Northwestern named Military Friendly® university

Rob Karwath | November 10, 2016

Northwestern Health Sciences University has been recognized as a Military Friendly® university for exhibiting leading practices in recruiting and supporting student veterans.

Northwestern Health Sciences University has been recognized as a Military Friendly® university for exhibiting leading practices in recruiting and supporting student veterans.

Northwestern is one of 1,160 universities, colleges and trade schools nationwide to receive the 2017 Military Friendly® designation from Victory Media, which helps veterans with educational and employment options.

“As we celebrate Veterans Day, it’s an honor to be recognized as a Military Friendly® school and to demonstrate to veterans who have served our country that we welcome and honor their service at Northwestern,” said university President and CEO Chris Cassirer.

He added: “We extend a special welcome and create opportunities for veterans as well as members of our military reserves. Northwestern is a place where they can grow and prepare for meaningful health-care careers that provide a strong component of service, much as they have demonstrated while in uniform.”

In addition to the Military Friendly® designation, Northwestern offers a 20 percent tuition discount to veterans, can cover additional costs as a veteran-friendly Yellow Ribbon School, has created a military leave of absence policy and has organized special events for veterans to try chiropractic, massage, acupuncture and other treatments to address pain, often caused by injuries suffered during military service.

Northwestern also has opened a Veterans Support Center to serve the needs of students who have served or are serving in the military. With a grant from the Home Depot Foundation and in partnership with the Students Serving Veterans Club, the center was built in the lower level of the Wolfe-Harris Center for Excellence.

Each year, the list of Military Friendly® schools helps service members and their families select colleges, universities and trade schools that allow them to pursue successful civilian careers. For the 2017 survey, institutions earning the Military Friendly® designation were evaluated using public data sources as well as survey responses. More than 1,600 schools participated, and 1,160 received the designation.

Ratings are determined by combining an institution’s survey scores with an assessment of the school’s rates for retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, degree advancement and loan defaults. The program is free and open to all post-secondary schools nationwide. Ratings are independently evaluated by a public accounting firm. Information is available on Northwestern's rating and information page and on the program's website

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