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University of Tampa Named a 2011 Military Friendly School

Published: August 17, 2010

The University of Tampa has been named by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2011 – a designation that ranks UT in the top 15 percent of all colleges and universities nationwide. This is the second year in a row that UT has been named to the prestigious ranking.

UT’s veteran student population is the fastest growing on campus with a 50 percent increase from the fall 2009 to fall 2010.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list include efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.

Rich McCormack, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine, said G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide to identify the schools that provide benefits to student veterans. “The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience,” he said.

According to Dennis Nostrand, UT’s vice president for enrollment, UT offers exceptional opportunities to new cadets, Green-to-Gold enlistees and veterans – and their dependents – seeking career changes.

“We realize that veterans bring highly coveted leadership, discipline and experience to the UT campus, and we participate in all major veteran education benefits available,” Nostrand said.

  • UT's Army ROTC program – the Spartan Battalion – is frequently ranked as one of the best in the nation.
  • Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps and Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps programs are offered under an intercampus agreement with the University of South Florida.
  • UT waives up to 100 percent of tuition/fees for veterans – and their dependents – eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.
  • UT, which is located less than ten miles from MacDill Air Force Base, offers a generous transfer credit policy for military students, including credit for military service, and correspondence and online courses.
  • A Veterans Affairs-certifying official is onsite at UT.
  • UT has both a veteran student organization and a veteran orientation for incoming students.

As a Military Friendly School, UT will be listed in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools. Information can also be found at