The University of Arkansas at Monticello has been named to the 2013 Military Friendly Schools list, which honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

The list is compiled annually by Victory Media, founded in 2001 and owned by service-disabled veterans to help military personnel transition into civilian life.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows UAM’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president of Victory Media. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

The Military Friendly Schools media and website, found at, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

“UAM is proud to be designated as a military friendly school,” said Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “We honor their service and are committed to helping them with their educational needs. I want to commend our Office of Financial Aid, and our veteran’s contact, Nick Ryburn, for their efforts to assist veterans, military personnel, and their spouses as they make the transition to civilian life.”

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. 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.

A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.  The Guide and associated media will also be featured at the Carrier Classic college basketball game on November 9 between Ohio State and Marquette on the deck of the USS Yorktown. Both participating schools are on this year’s list of Military Friendly Schools.

For more information, contact Nick Ryburn at (870) 460-1050