Recognized again for resources that assist veterans in their transition to civilian life, St. John’s University has been designated a “military friendly” institution for 2022–23 by VIQTORY, a Pennsylvania-based company that connects newly separated members of the armed forces with professional and educational opportunities.
St. John’s has earned a second consecutive Military Friendly® School designation, presented to institutions that demonstrate the best in military and veteran educational support while cultivating employment and educational outcomes for veterans and their families.
Sharod L. Tomlinson, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Student Success and Engagement, says the honor demonstrates the commitment the University makes to those who serve the nation.
“From study skills to career mentorship and job placement, student-veterans have unique needs in their transition to civilian life,” Dr. Tomlinson said. “Recognition like this demonstrates that St. John’s respects those who serve and sacrifice for the nation.”
Colleges and universities recognized by VIQTORY were evaluated during 2022 using public data and responses to surveys of their institutions. More than 1,800 schools participated. Ratings combined the institution’s survey scores with an evaluation of its ability to meet thresholds for retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, and more for student-veterans. The surveys were open to all institutions nationwide that wished to participate.
As in 2022, St. John’s received a “silver” ranking in VIQTORY’s four-tiered ranking system, placing the University near the top 20 percent of all recognized schools.
“Some veterans entered the military when they were young; they’ve been away from the classroom for a while,” Dr. Tomlinson said. “It’s important not only that we make student-veterans ready to earn a degree, but that we make the University ready for them.”
Among the highlights for student-veterans at St. John’s is the Veterans Success Center (VSC), which offers networking and community service opportunities for those transitioning from military service, including mentoring, tutoring, housing assistance, and career services.
The University also offers potential academic credit for military experience and a number of scholarship and financial aid opportunities. St. John’s participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides veterans with financial assistance for tuition and fees not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Academic advisors and veterans benefits representatives help students develop a degree plan.
As of Fall 2022, approximately 150 veterans were enrolled at St. John’s. The University provided more than $3 million in aid to those students while the US Department of Veterans Affairs offered more than $5 million in assistance.
“My experience since my first course in 2020 has been great,” said Maj. Ralph E. Scott, a veteran of four Army deployments who is pursuing a Doctor of Professional Studies degree in Homeland Security. “The University provides an excellent education while catering to the unique needs of veterans. The VSC provides first-class services and resources to the veteran community at St. John’s.”