The College of Charleston has earned the silver-level Military Friendly® School designation for the 2023–24 academic year – an upgrade from its bronze-level designation last year.

“We are thrilled to move up to a silver-level Military Friendly School,” says Jessica Wilkes, director of Veteran and Military Student Services. “Our office strives to support our veteran and military students from the admissions process through their transition to campus and up to graduation.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over 1,800 schools participated in the 2023–24 survey, with 530 schools earning special awards for their leading practices, outcomes and effective programs.

The 2023–24 Military Friendly Schools list will be published in G.I. Jobs magazine.

Methodology, criteria and weightings were determined by Viqtory 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 institutions’ survey scores with the assessment of the institutions’ 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.

“Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the military community,” says Kayla Lopez, national director of military partnerships with Military Friendly. “Schools who achieve awards designation show true commitment in their efforts, going over and above that standard.”

For more information about the College of Charleston’s student veteran programs, visit the Veteran and Military Student Services website.