CSU once again named Silver-level Military Friendly SchoolApril 7, 2022
Charleston Southern University announced today that it has earned the 2022-2023 Military Friendly® School designation—Silver level. CSU is currently educating 248 veterans and 159 veteran dependents.
Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2022-2023 survey with 665 earning special awards for going above the standard.
“This designation signifies CSU’s continued commitment in providing the best educational experience and service to those who have served,” said Paula Charls, VA school certifying official for Charleston Southern and a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Charleston Southern has provided programs and services to military personnel and their families for more than 40 years. Veteran-specific services include: a dedicated lounge that allows veteran students a space to relax and study, a Student Veterans Association, and free veteran counseling services.
Ranked in the top 30 in U.S. News & World Report five years in a row, CSU is currently ranked #21 in the nation for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.
The 2022-2023 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May and October issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.
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.
Kayla Lopez, national director of military partnerships at Military Friendly®, said that the organization is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in the designation process. “Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the Military Community,” she said. “This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to evolve and invest in their programs consistently. Schools who achieve awards designation show true commitment in their efforts, going over and above that standard.”
For more information about CSU’s student veteran programs, visit charlestonsouthern.edu/veterans.
About Charleston Southern University
Founded in 1964 in the heart of the Charleston metro area, Charleston Southern University is a private, Christian liberal arts university. With an enrollment of 3,378 students, CSU offers more than 80 academically rigorous and faith-integrated undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Charleston Southern is one of South Carolina’s largest accredited, independent universities and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as #21 nationally for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and #13 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. Students can learn online or in a traditional classroom setting, all while discovering their pathway to purpose.
About Military Friendly® Schools
The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources from more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all postsecondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.
Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at www.viqtory.com.