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Texas Tech Named Top 10 Military Friendly School

Amanda Castro-Crist

May 21, 2018

This is the eighth consecutive year Texas Tech has received the Military Friendly designation.

Texas Tech University has earned a 2018-19 Top 10 Military Friendly School designation from Victory Media and G.I. Jobs, which provides articles, tips and online tools to help members of the military as they transition into civilian career and post-secondary education options.

The designation recognizes an institution's commitment, effort and success in creating a sustainable and meaningful educational experience for the military community

“We are very proud to be honored with this award again, as it shows an overall commitment by the Military & Veterans Programs (MVP) staff and the entire university to provide an environment of support to veterans and their families who want to continue their education,” said Debra Crosby, MVP interim director.

Since 2010, Texas Tech has been named a Military Friendly School each year. This is the first year institutions have been awarded the Top 10 designation, the highest of the available accolades, which also include gold, silver, bronze and designated. Texas Tech earned the additional recognition because of its Graduate School, which was ranked sixth in its category.

“We are proud that the broad range of personalized graduate degree offerings and our comprehensive professional development opportunities enable our veterans to enter and advance in a skilled workforce that drives the American economy,” said Graduate School Dean Mark Sheridan.

Housed within the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, MVP is dedicated to assisting veterans and their families in being successful on and off campus. The divisional unit provides resources for financial aid, academic assistance and navigating federal forms and educational benefits. An active event calendar gives veteran students a chance to engage in the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities and to recognize and honor fellow service members.

Texas Tech and the other institutions earning the Military Friendly designation were evaluated using public data from federal agencies, responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school and data from veteran student surveys. The final ratings were determined by combining the institution's survey scores with assessments of the institution's retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (which evaluates degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

Of the more than 1,400 participating schools in the 2018-2019 survey, 941 earned the Military Friendly designation.

Texas Tech is consistently recognized for its efforts in serving its military and veteran members. In 2014, the university was designated as the first Purple Heart University in Texas by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Since 2013, Military Times has included Texas Tech on its Best for Vets Colleges list each year, and the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration also has been listed as a Best for Vets Business School.

“As women and men transition out of the military, they often look at these types of rankings to pick a school,” Crosby said. “I hope they look no further than Texas Tech as we continually work to establish a culture of support throughout the entire campus for veterans and their family members. We can help them along their path to create a future with meaningful results: a degree of impact.” 

See the full list of Military Friendly Schools here.

For more information about Texas Tech's Military & Veterans Programs, visit the website.