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UAA achieves bronze-level recognition as Military Friendly School

by Michelle Saport  |   

Man resting arms on table decorated with red & blue streamers while holding small American flag during UAA's Veterans Day celebration at the Alaska Airlines Center.
UAA's 2019 Veterans Day celebration at the Alaska Airlines Center.

The University of Alaska Anchorage has been designated a Military Friendly School for the 13th consecutive year, earning bronze-level status for the first time.

From an initial field of more than 1,200 schools, UAA is one of only 747 to make the 2021–22 Military Friendly Schools list and one of only 90 to achieve bronze recognition. The complete list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at militaryfriendly.com.

The annual rankings — compiled using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey — measure an institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. UAA met and exceeded Military Friendly standards across all categories to attain recognition.

"Schools who achieve designation show true commitment and dedication in their efforts," said Kayla Lopez, national director of military partnerships, Military Friendly®. "Our standards assist schools by providing a benchmark that promotes positive educational outcomes, resources and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the military community.”

UAA offers support for its large military community — approximately 18% of students are active-duty military, National Guard and Reserve personnel, veterans or their immediate family members — through dedicated initiatives and programs. Key offerings include coordinated delivery of on-campus benefits assistance and counseling through Military and Veteran Student Services as well as the ability to take courses and access services at two locations on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson through Military Programs.

"UAA is focused on creating opportunities for all students, especially our service members and their family members,” said UAA Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lora Volden. "We’re honored to have those efforts recognized once again with the Military Friendly designation.”

Learn more about UAA's student veteran programs at uaa.alaska.edu/veterans.

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