Rocky Mount, N.C.—Victory Media announced today that it has named North Carolina Wesleyan College a Military Friendly School for 2014. Wesleyan followed that recognition with an additional salute to the military—a 10 percent tuition discount.
The college announced today that it will provide a 10 percent discount to students who are veterans or who are serving on active military duty in any of the branches of service, including the U.S. Coast Guard. The discount will apply to tuition for traditional students, beginning with the spring semester, and for adult students in the college’s ASPIRE program, starting with Fall B classes, which begin in October.
Victory Media’s “military friendly” designation places Wesleyan in the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans, and spouses in order to ensure their success on campus. The selection process was based on a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 schools nationwide and was certified independently by Ernst and Young. Criteria for the designation were developed with the assistance of an advisory board made up of educators from colleges across the country.
“Wesleyan has an active and growing ROTC program, which is one of the criteria for being named military friendly,” said Wesleyan President Jim Gray. “Our program has grown significantly, from three ROTC cadets two years ago to about 40 today. I believe that number will continue to increase. We now have a total of 105 students receiving VA benefits. Other reasons that Wesleyan was recognized included our academic quality, support from our counselors and staff, and our flexibility in scheduling classes. Our military science students contribute to the campus and community in many ways, and we are proud to support them in return.”
Rich McCormack, president of Victory Media, said in a prepared statement, “Competition for the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list was fierce. As a result, we raised the already stringent criteria to a higher benchmark. Wesleyan is among the elite competing for military students.”
Victory Media is a veteran-owned business that publishes G.I. Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools.
Wesleyan offers students a program in Military Science (ROTC–Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) that combines college courses with summer training sessions to prepare students who show potential to serve as commissioned officers in the Army, Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard. U.S. Army Major Christian Drew heads Wesleyan’s Army ROTC program. He is an Iraq war veteran and instructor of military science and tactics who earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his efforts in engaging snipers in 2006. The number of students involved in ROTC at Wesleyan has increased significantly under his leadership.
Enrollment in ROTC is open to all Wesleyan students, including those at the community colleges that participate in a Comprehensive Articulation Agreement with Wesleyan.
Major Drew can be reached at 252-985-5340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.