Northwestern named a Military Friendly® Gold university

December 08, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—Weeks after being named a Military Friendly® university, Northwestern Health Sciences University has achieved the program’s Gold level of recognition for service to veterans and their families.

The Military Friendly® Gold designation places Northwestern in the top 20 percent of schools recognized for outstanding programs and assistance to student veterans and their families.

“We’re proud of our veterans and proud of our programs that help veterans make successful transitions from service to our country to service in the health-care world,” said Northwestern President & CEO Chris Cassirer. “We have many veterans studying on our campus and many more in our alumni community. All of them have made a choice to work for the greater good. When they leave active military service, health-care work serving others is a natural next step. We appreciate their sacrifice, and we work to enhance their success in careers focused on individual and community health and wellness.”

Last month, Northwestern was one of 1,160 universities, colleges and trade schools nationwide to receive the 2017 Military Friendly® designation from Victory Media, which helps veterans and their families make choices about education offerings. The Gold designation places Northwestern in the top 20 percent of that group. Information about the educational, campus and financial assistance programs that helped Northwestern achieve the Military Friendly® Gold designation will be published in upcoming editions of Victory Media publications.

Northwestern offers a 20 percent tuition discount to veterans, covers other costs as a veteran-friendly Yellow Ribbon School, has created a military leave of absence policy and has organized events for veterans to ease service-related pain through chiropractic, massage, acupuncture and other treatments. Northwestern also has opened a Veterans Support Center to assist students who have served or are serving in the military.

Each year, the list of Military Friendly® schools helps veterans and their families select colleges, universities and trade schools that allow them to pursue successful civilian careers. For the 2017 survey, 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. For more information, please visit

About Northwestern Health Sciences University

For more than 75 years, Northwestern Health Sciences University, based in Bloomington, Minn., has provided world-class professional education and research as well as comprehensive health and wellness services. Its more than 130 faculty members annually teach about 6,500 students pursuing degrees and continuing education in accredited programs in chiropractic, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, Chinese medicine, nutrition and other health treatments. Northwestern has more than 7,500 graduates throughout the U.S. and in 21 countries. For more information, please visit

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