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September 13, 2011

Roberts Named A 'Military Friendly' School




‘Guide to Post-Military Success’ Awards Designation to Only 12 Percent of Nation’s Colleges


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Military personnel and veterans take note:  The authoritative G.I. Jobs magazine – “Your Guide to Post-Military Success” – today announced that it has named Roberts Wesleyan College a “Military Friendly School” for 2012.

Citing various policies, programs and resources that Roberts makes available to help veterans achieve a quality education, G.I. Jobs placed the College on a very select list:  Only 12 percent – just over 1,500 U.S. educational institutions – qualify for its “Military Friendly” designation, the magazine noted.  Roberts also earned the designation for 2011.

“We’ve gone to great lengths to determine which of the 8,000 colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide offer the best education, value and welcome for military members, veterans and their spouses,” said G.I. Jobs, which noted that its 2012 list of “Military Friendly Schools” was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey.  “Schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other assistance to those who served.”

“It is a great honor for Roberts Wesleyan College to receive this special recognition as a military-friendly institution,” Roberts Provost Robert Zwier said.  “We are delighted to provide a variety of educational opportunities for this deserving group of students – and we are committed to educate and support those who have served or are serving our country.”

Reflecting on Roberts’ mission statement of scholarship, spiritual and service, Joy Rebstein, an advisor in the Division of Adult Professional Studies Program who works with veteran-students, said the College’s various efforts on their behalf demonstrate the practical application of its core values.

“We not only want to teach our students about the importance of service, we want to set the example,” Rebstein said.  “It’s important to us that we are serving this diverse population that has done so much for all of us.  U.S. service men and women deserve the utmost support our society can provide, and the assistance to veterans that we provide is an important way Roberts as an institution can help.”

Rebstein also noted that, as a rule, veterans make terrific students.

“Military veterans typically possess valuable training, solid study and work skills, and the attitude and good character that lead to a highly successful college experience and a rewarding career,” she said.  “We’ve found that whatever financial or other support Roberts provides is repaid many times over.”

Among its various types of assistance to veterans, Roberts provides educational counseling and also participates in the Yellow Ribbon program sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.  Under this program, the College annually makes a financial match of up to $5,000 for as many as 100 veterans receiving G.I. Bill educational benefits.  The money can be used for tuition, books and housing expenses.


About Roberts Wesleyan College

With an enrollment of nearly 2,000 students and a tradition of excellence since 1866, Roberts Wesleyan College is a leader among liberal arts colleges with a Christian worldview.  The College offers more than 50 undergraduate programs, as well as graduate programs in education, school psychology, school counseling, health administration, health information administration, nursing education, nursing leadership and administration, social work, music education, strategic marketing, and strategic leadership.  Roberts Wesleyan also offers innovative undergraduate degree-completion programs for working adults in health administration, nursing, organizational management, and teacher education. 

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