Rio honored as Military Friendly

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, recently named the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College to its 2014 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.

“Veterans are a special community within our population deserving of the highest praise and recognition,” Rio Grande President Dr. Barbara Gellman-Danley said. “The entire Rio family takes tremendous pride in serving our veterans, and their families. The freedom to pursue higher education is one of the many liberties our veterans so graciously afford us.”

More than 100 veterans and their dependents are currently enrolled at Rio Grande, which offers an Admissions Office entirely trained in veterans’ support, as well as a dedicated Veterans Affairs Office. Rio also offers veterans-specific campus life activities through the Rio Grande Veterans Organization, Veterans Center and a Veterans Open House hosted each semester.

The next Adult Students/Veterans Open House is scheduled for Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rio Grande offers more than 70 academic programs ranging from certificate programs, associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Custom majors and minors also are available for students whose needs differ from traditional program offerings.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College’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.”

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.