Manhattan College Named a Military Friendly School

Manhattan College received a silver designation, highlighting its Veterans at Ease program.

Student veterans laughing and talking in Veterans Success CenterContinuing its mission to provide veterans, their spouses, and the military community with the finest choices for education opportunities, Military Friendly has released the 2020-21 Military Friendly® Schools list. For the sixth consecutive year, Manhattan College is on the list receiving a silver designation.

For more than 150 years, Manhattan College has been committed to helping educate veterans and ensuring their professional success after graduation. As a partner in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon program, Manhattan College assists veterans in their transition from military to academic and civilian life and eventually professional careers. 

Manhattan’s Veterans at Ease program offers veteran sections for a first-year course, "The Nature and Experience of Religion," which teaches stress reduction, relaxation techniques and provides opportunities for bonding. Manhattan’s Veterans Success Programs ease veterans’ transition by ensuring that they have access to the resources necessary for academic, professional, and personal development.

Now in its 10th year, the Military Friendly® Schools list has come to set the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses. This prestigious list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies and proprietary survey information from participating organizations.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school. More than 1,000 schools participated in the 2020-2021 survey, with 625 schools earning the designation from every state in the country.

The 2020-2021 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine. The list can also be found at

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by VIQTORY 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. For the first time, the methodology included a new measure - the 90/10 Rule and Loophole. Military Friendly® has closed the loophole on our survey and is eager for Congress to follow as it deliberates closing the loophole legislatively.

By Pete McHugh