OSU Institute of Technology has earned the 2022-2023 Military Friendly® School Gold designation, which honors the top 20% of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that best support America's military service members, Veterans and spouses as students to encourage academic success.
“Our campus was created to provide post-WWII Veterans with skills and training necessary to meet industry demands,” said President Bill R. Path. “We are proud that OSUIT continues to honor its legacy for Veteran students and dependents.”
Over 1,800 schools participated in the 2022-2023 survey, 665 schools earned awards level designations in Gold, Silver, and Bronze. 282, including OSUIT, were selected for “Gold” award status for their leading practices, outcomes and effective programs. The institution was measured by its 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.
OSUIT is one of the few schools that recognizes prior training and experience and converts it into college credit. This training points credit system allows Veterans the ability to turn their military career into credits that count towards graduation, not just electives. The same is true for their dependents that come to OSUIT with career field expertise.
“I chose to come to OSUIT to get my degree in Information Technologies because it is the top school in the state and rated top five in the region,” said Dustin Beene, current OSUIT student and former Army Infantry Specialist. “Learning the rich military history of the campus has been inspiring and given me pride to be an OSUIT cowboy Veteran student.”
Veterans can access their G.I. Bill benefits to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree at OSUIT for themselves or their dependents.
“Student Veteran Services has always been great and makes sure we are taken care of,” said Beene. “I enjoy using the Veteran Lounge on campus as a quiet, private space to eat and get work done.”
VIQTORY determined its methodology, criteria and weightings 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 response set and government/agency public data sources within a logic-based scoring assessment
The 2022-2023 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in G.I. Jobs magazine's May issue and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.