Huron, Ohio – G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Bowling Green State University Firelands College the designation of Military Friendly School. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

“The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience,” said Executive Director for the Student Veterans of America Michael Dakduk.

In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insights into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students.  Student veteran survey feedback can be viewed at list.

Service members and veterans can also meet individual student veterans from the various schools virtually on the site to learn more about personal school decisions and the transition from the military to an academic environment.

The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. 

BGSU Firelands offers a designated office and “one stop” for all services and veteran student advising.  “We strive to provide highly individualized support and service,” said BGSU Fireland’s John Clark, who is the college liaison to veteran students.  “We want to ensure that their experience here is seamless and enjoyable.”  

Additional services offered in conjunction with the Bowling Green campus include a Facebook page for veterans (bgsuveterans) and the BGSU Veterans Community page at  BGSU Firelands is also in the process of reinstituting a Veteran Students’ Club.

The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools  was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.

A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools and on a poster, both of which will be distributed to thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. The newly redesigned website, found at, features the list, interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans with their school decisions.

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