Wartburg College has been recognized as a military friendly school by Victory Media, a military media firm.
The recognition is included in the top 20 percent of U.S. colleges and universities who support military members. Dr. Edith Waldstein, vice president of enrollment management, said the award adds to what makes the school a diverse and positive environment for students of all backgrounds.
To apply, the school filled out a survey and report which took an overall look at what made the school military friendly. The media firm then looked at the school’s application and made a final decision.
“It says generally that we take every individual seriously,” Waldstein said. “I don’t think we could be military friendly if we weren’t paying attention to the individual. It’s generally a compliment to both the quality of our academic programs as well as to the support services.”
About a dozen students involved in the military attend Wartburg which is double the amount in previous years, Wartburg Registrar, Sheree Covert, said.
Covert works in the college’s registrar office as the Veteran Affairs official where she makes sure students are considered full-time and receive veteran benefits.
While the numbers may be small, Covert said all schools should strive to make their campuses inviting to the military.
“I think even within the government and general news, we do know that we are very strongly supportive of military and appreciate what they’re doing for us,” Covert said. “Everybody’s conscientious of it. It’s a community-wide effort to find ways to support their needs.”
According to militaryfriendlyschools.com, Wartburg is one of 34 traditional colleges and universities in Iowa to be awarded the honor. This does not include online schools.
Wartburg includes the Yellow Ribbon program for financial aid. The program is intended to help students avoid up to 100 percent of their tuition fees that may exceed the Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit.
The Pathways Center also includes services customized for students with a military background.
With this new award to put the college on the map as military friendly, Waldstein said she hopes it attracts more potential students.
“These guides are out there for military veterans to use,” Waldstein said. “Hopefully, they will use those and take a look at our characteristics, look at where we’re located and look at our majors. We’re part of a group of schools that are in a guide that these veterans will be looking at.”