Manhattan College Named One of Nation’s Top Military Friendly Schools

The 2018-19 list of institutions “Better for Veterans” is announced.

Past presidents of Student Veterans OrganizationContinuing its mission to provide veterans and their spouses with the finest choices for secondary education, Victory Media has released the 2018-19 Military Friendly Schools list, and Manhattan College is again on the list.

For nearly a century, Manhattan College has invested in the education of veterans, spanning from World War I to the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars. Most recently, the College has helped support the education of veterans as a partner in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon program. Since that bill was passed, the number of enrolled student veterans at Manhattan College has doubled. More than 100 student veterans are currently enrolled at Manhattan.

One student veteran, Kirsten Battocchio ’18 will serve as the valedictorian at Undergraduate Commencement on May 18, speaking on behalf of her classmates in the class of 2018. An international studies and government double major with a concentration in Africa and the Middle East, Battocchio will be the first student veteran to receive the Carty valedictory medal. She is the past president of Manhattan College’s Student Veterans Organization.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

By Pete McHugh