Penn State Abington earns military-friendly designation

Penn State Abington has earned a place on the 2013 Military Friendly Schools list, which honors institutions that provide a supportive environment for service members, veterans and spouses as students to achieve academic success.

According to Christopher J. Walters, associate director of enrollment management and retention at Abington, only the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide earn a place on the list.

More than 100 veterans attend classes at Abington campus. Two staff members are certified by the federal Veterans Administration to ensure vets receive appropriate benefits, and a transfer counselor who works with vets.The staff is supplemented by a student veteteran who facilitates communication between the college and other student veterans.

Abington campus hosts a chapter of the Student Veterans of America club and has an active Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program. Earlier this year, Abington campus partnered with the nonprofit Workforce Opportunities Services and Prudential Financial Inc. for a program to help bridge the employment gap between veterans and business.

The complete Military Friendly Schools list can be found at 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.

The 2013 list was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that comprise the 2013 list were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP.

For more information about veterans affairs at Abington campus, go to