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Olivet College named to Military Friendly SchoolsŪ list
Sep 18, 2012

Olivet College has been named to the 2013 Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Olivet College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

Olivet College recognizes and honors the sacrifices that U.S. service members make in the defense of our nation. It is the college’s mission to assist veterans, guardsman, reservists and others receiving U.S. military benefits in making a successful transition to the Olivet College community. “By offering a veteran friendly campus and encouraging student soldiers to apply, we have the opportunity to create a challenging and rewarding educational experience,” said Leslie Sullivan, Olivet College’s registrar and designated correspondent with the Department of Veterans Affairs. “In turn, the valuable life experiences these heroes offer can only broaden the diversity of staff, faculty and other students here at Olivet.”

Olivet College Student Services currently assist 26 veterans, active duty military students and dependents of veterans with certification, registration and financial aid. The college has established a school profile with GoArmyEd, a one-stop location for managing school education and obtaining tuition assistance benefits used by all active Army and Army Reserve soldiers. In addition, the college is in the process of establishing a support organization for veteran and active duty students and their families. This organization will assist students with transition issues, credit recognition, and admission counseling, among other services. On Veterans Day each year, the college recognizes students, faculty and staff who have served by inviting them to share their experiences with the community during a formal presentation organized by Cynthia Noyes, J.D., associate professor of sociology and anthropology.

“Olivet College is genuinely friendly to its military and veteran students,” said Alexander DeFinta, retired master sergeant with the U.S. Air Force and Olivet College senior. “From the very beginning, I noticed little things, such as listing my service and status in the college directory, personal assistance with Veterans’ Administration financial aid, and hosting and being asked to speak at the Veterans Day presentation.”

Arthur Reist, 21-year member of the Army Reserve and Michigan National Guard and Olivet College senior, added, “Olivet College deserves this honor. Leslie Sullivan has been a huge asset in navigating around the process of student and VA benefits. The active involvement with faculty members in creating a veterans student organization over the last year is a positive direction for both the college and veteran students.”

Complete survey methodology of the 2013 Military Friendly Schools list is available at

The Military Friendly Schools media and website, found at, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that comprise the 2013 list were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business founded in 2001. Victory’s free, data-driven, Military Friendly lists can be found at, and Victory’s lists are also published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines, are republished in national and local periodicals, and are frequently cited on national and local TV stations.

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