DUDLEY, Mass.—Nichols College has again been nationally recognized as a Military Friendly® School by publisher Victory Media. The 2018 Military Friendly® Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the United States that support and embrace the educational pursuits of active military service members, veterans, spouses, and their children as students—and ensure their success. Nichols is the only private college in Worcester County to be designated Military Friendly®.
Criteria for inclusion on the Military Friendly® Schools list include a strong commitment to recruiting, retaining; and providing financial, academic, and social services to student veterans. Nichols College distinguished itself with its range of services to veterans, including waiving its admissions application fee and ACT and SAT scores (for military personnel and veterans who have been out of high school for at least two years), awarding college credit for military training and experience, offering online courses, and Nichols’ generous Yellow Ribbon program and other financial aid to veterans.
Military personnel recognize the quality of the Nichols College experience and programs designed to help them be successful in achieving their education and career goals.
Senior management major Anthony Ritacco of Webster, Mass., studied business administration at a community college when he was stationed at the Pentagon in Virginia as a sergeant in the Marine Corps. When it was time for him to transfer to a four-year college, he said that Nichols made the process easy.
“I like that Nichols is a Yellow Ribbon school and that it works with the Veterans Administration half way to ensure that everything is covered by our GI Bill,” Ritacco said. “Nichols is close, convenient, and everyone I know who comes here has positive things to say about it. The small class sizes are nice, and I have good relationships with my professors.”
U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Corporal Mario A. Turner ’16 is coordinator of the Nichols Office of Veteran and Military Services (OVMS), which he helped found last year as a one-stop shop to better serve the College’s military-connected population.
“I chose to attend Nichols College, because here, military personnel and veterans are able to take the leadership skills they gained while in the service and apply them to a variety of courses and through experiential learning opportunities offered by the College,” said Turner, who is a student in the Nichols Master of Science in Counterterrorism Studies program. “Being a student and a service member, I understand the need for colleges and universities to have programs in place to support this population. At Nichols, we want to take care of our military-connected students because they have already sacrificed so much for our country—whether they served in the military or are family members of military personnel. It’s our duty and responsibility to give back to them. It’s also keeping with our mission of providing leadership education, which complements their military training.”
Turner and Nichols Professor and retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Boyd Brown coordinated a social event held in Daniels Auditorium to celebrate and pay tribute to veterans—in particular Nichols faculty, staff, students, and alumni who have served in the military. The Nichols College Fischer Institute sponsored the event. Professor Brown also chairs the College’s Military Advisory Committee, which oversees and guides the direction of the OVMS.
Now in its ninth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list provide service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past few years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country. The survey captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.
The Military Friendly® School announcement follows recent recognition of Nichols by The Princeton Review for being one of the best colleges in the Northeast, and being named a national College of Distinction for providing innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate and adult undergraduate education and preparing its graduates for real-world success.
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