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UMES Earns 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School Designation

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021
    2019 UMES alumnus Emmanuel Grogan

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore announced today that it has earned the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School designation. 

    Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-2022 survey with 747 earning the designation. 

    The 2021- 2022 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at

    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 institution's survey response set and government/agency public data sources, within a logic based scoring assessment. It measures the institution's 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. 

    “As a top 20 doctoral research historically black university, it is imperative we serve and support students of all background,” said Alphonso Garrett Jr., UMES' director of the Office of Admissions & Recruitment. “Receiving military friendly status will help veterans and military connected students know they are valued - and supported at UMES.”

    “Military Friendly ® is committed to transparency and providing consistent data driven standards in our designation process. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to consistently evolve and invest in their programs,” said Kayla Lopez, national director of Military Partnerships,Military Friendly®.

    “Schools (that) achieve designation show true commitment and dedication in their efforts. 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,” Lopez said. 

    More information about UMES' student veteran programs can be found online at:

    About Military Friendly® Schools:

    The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data -driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools that wish to participate.  Criteria for consideration can be found at

    About UMES:

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, founded in 1886, is a historically black, Carnegie-classified doctoral research, land-grant institution offering more than 90 academic programs and concentrations leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate.  UMES provides affordable access to higher education while developing innovative technology and research in key fields like agriculture, science, pharmacy and engineering.  For more information, visit .

    About Viqtory:

    Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at

    This announcement courtesy of Military Friendly® Schools.