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Retired Army Maj. Gen. Jeff Hammond, director of veteran and military student services at Southern Miss, stands outside the facility that will serve military students on the Hattiesburg campus. (Photo by Kelly Dunn/USM.edu)

Hattiesburg Universities Named ‘Military Friendly Schools’

University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University designated 'Military Friendly Schools' for the first and sixth time, respectively.

Two universities located in Hattiesburg, Miss., have been given the title of “Military Friendly Schools.”

According to the Hattiesburg American.

The University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University recently were designated Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media Inc., a veteran-owned ratings entity whose work includes identifying organizations, including schools, which engage in practices supportive of active-duty military, veterans and their families.

… this is the first year Southern Miss has received the designation and the sixth year for Carey. The designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the U.S.

“Less than 1 percent of Americans serve in the military,” Retired Army Maj. Gen. Jeff Hammond, director of veteran and military student services at Southern Miss, told the Hattiesburg American. “That is why we owe it to these service members, veterans and their families to take care of them. These are service-oriented people whose hearts are bigger than their bodies.”

The criteria used for the designation, according to Southern Miss, includes:

  • Military support on campus (non-financial)
  • Academic credibility
  • Percent of military students
  • Academic credit for military service
  • Flexibility for military students
  • Veteran graduation rates
  • Government approvals
  • Student tuition assistance
  • Student survey and employment (job placement) rates, and military spouse policies

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