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Drexel University Online Named a Military Friendly School 2011

November 30, 2010

For the second year in a row, Drexel University Online was named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs, a premier media outlet for military transitioners.

This list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

“The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience,” says Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America and a member of the list’s Academic Advisory Board. Blumke continues, “It’s especially important now, with so many schools competing for military students.”

The list was compiled through exhaustive research starting last April, during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Drexel University was selected based on its efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.

With a current enrollment of more than 276 military or veteran students, Drexel is committed to higher education for members of the military. The University’s focus on applied learning is consistent with the military's philosophy of education and is a comfortable fit for military members, according to Dr. Ken Hartman, academic director at Drexel University Online.

“We are extremely proud to have earned this distinction for the second year in a row,” said Hartman. “Drexel University Online recognizes the importance of supporting our nation’s military, who sacrifice so much for all of us and we plan on continuing to improve and expand services offered to our military students.”

Drexel also offers a wide range of flexibility and support for this audience. Yellow Ribbon-eligible members attend tuition-free, with no enrollment caps, regardless of campus or degree program, including programs through Drexel University Online. In addition, Drexel offers scholarships and/or tuition discounts for military students, veterans and military dependents, convenient online learning, classroom-based programs on military installations, and more.

About Drexel University Online: Drexel University Online, winner of the 2010 Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Drexel University, specializing in innovative, Internet-based distance education programs for working professionals and corporations in the United States and abroad. Drexel University is continually ranked one of the best national universities by U.S. News & World Report and enjoys regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges & Secondary Schools. A leader in online education, Drexel has offered programs online since 1996. Visit our website or blog to learn more about our programs and online learning.

About Drexel University: Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is the nation’s 14th largest private university and is ranked second among national universities in the U.S. News list of “Up-and-Comers.” Drexel is widely recognized for its focus on experiential learning through its co-operative education program, technology and use-inspired research.

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News Media Contacts: Christine Fagan, Drexel University Online 215-895-6121 or Christine.Fagan@drexel.edu

Niki Gianakaris, Drexel University News Bureau 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or ngianakaris@drexel.edu

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