March 27, 2024

UM Retains Military Friendly School Status 

The University of Montevallo has once again earned the Military Friendly School designation for the 2024-2025 cycle. This is the fourth time UM has received the award since the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs opened in 2019.  

“We are honored to be awarded the Military Friendly School designation again this year,” said Traci Crenshaw, director of UM’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs. “Montevallo truly lives up to its motto ‘you belong at Montevallo’ by welcoming and providing outstanding service for our veterans and their families.”  

Created in 2003 by VIQTORY, a service-disabled, veteran-owned business, Military Friendly rates companies and colleges on their programs to recruit and retain military veterans as employees and students. The organizations and institutions that choose to participate in the process earn their Military Friendly designation. Military Friendly’s mission is to create maximum professional opportunity for our nation’s military service members, veterans and military spouses. 

The final ratings are determined by combining the institutions’ survey responses and government/agency public data sources within a logic-based assessment. Military Friendly Schools measures their ability to meet thresholds for retention, graduation, job placement, repayment, persistence and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. 

“It takes a lot of hardworking people to make this designation possible,” Crenshaw said. “Without immense support from Dr. Tammi Dahle, the Student Accounts Office, the Student Aid Office and the Registrars’ Office, it would be nearly impossible to accomplish what we do on a daily basis for our military-related students.” 

UM also ranked No. 6 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Colleges for Veterans rankings. 

Click here to learn more information about the UM Veteran and Military Affairs office.