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For Immediate Release
September 10, 2013

IPFW Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools Designation

Key Info

  • Victory Media has named IPFW a 2014 Military Friendly School®
  • Top 20 percent of colleges and universities that are doing the most to embrace military service members are recognized
  • More information can be found at or IPFW Military Student Services on Facebook

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows IPFW’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.” Complete survey methodology is available at

The Military Friendly Schools media and website feature the list, interactive tools, and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities, and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

"Our IPFW military veterans and student service members consistently demonstrate dedication, determination, and diligence in working toward their individual degrees in spite of various physical disabilities, family commitments, and multiple deployments during the pursuit of their degrees,” said Jo Vaughan, military student services coordinator.” I am very proud to coordinate our Military Student Services program and appreciate the support from Chancellor Carwein and her administrative team as we begin our fourth year as a program."

Military students are also encouraged to attend the upcoming Military Friendly Schools Virtual College Fair in November. “The Virtual College Fair will provide an unprecedented opportunity for service members, spouses and veterans to engage with our organization during the school search process and is especially efficient for introducing service members deployed overseas or those still in uniform to our education programs,” said Vaughan. Free registration is required for all attendees.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria, and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at the website.

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

ABOUT Victory Media Inc.

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven Military Friendly lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and other outlets.