Arcadia Named Military-Friendly University for Third Year in a Row

GLENSIDE, Pa.,—Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012—For the third consecutive year, Arcadia University is recognized in the Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities.

The 2012 guide notes that Arcadia offers online programs, commonly referred to as “distance learning,” and is among the  Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges. Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to servicemembers who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees. SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and Active and Reserve Components of the Military Services to expand and improve voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for servicemembers worldwide.

Arcadia also awards American Council on Education credit for military training and accepts transfer credits. For more than a half century, the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services has been the standard reference work for recognizing learning acquired in the military.

Arcadia also participates in the Yellow Ribbon financial aid program.  The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows post-secondary institutions in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the V.A. (Veteran’s Administration) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the VA’s set reimbursement rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. For the 2011-12 academic year, effective 8/1/11, for private schools, the V.A. will reimburse up to $17,500/year for tuition and fees at Pennsylvania schools.  Arcadia and the V.A. will cover the remaining balance after that for tuition (each contributing 50% of the remaining amount as a match). Click here for additional information on the program.

The guide, compiled by Military Advanced Education,  is a journal dedicated to the higher learning of today’s service members. See the Guide.

Media Contact: Lori Bauer, Arcadia University, 215-847-1819 (mobile), bauerl@arcadia.edu

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report ranks Arcadia University a top leader in the nation in undergraduate study abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program 7th in the nation. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. (www.arcadia.edu)