09/11/13 Victory Media, a national media company serving military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Ancilla College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Ancilla College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.   “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

“Citing Ancilla as a Military Friendly School® is an honor for us. Veterans returning to Indiana will find Ancilla College featured in publications and online. Being named to the list helps put Ancilla in front of military students looking for the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences,” said Eric Wignall, Ancilla’s Interim Executive Director of Admissions.

“We have 18 valuable Associate’s Degree programs that can launch a civilian career or lead to a degree at a four-year institution. Being named as a Military Friendly school shows that Ancilla demonstrates leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.” Wignall said.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.  A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.

Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution near Plymouth, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Ancilla serves a diverse population of traditional and adult learners with small classes, comprehensive tutoring and personal interaction, Wignall said.