By Alicia Lambert, Contributor
University of Nebraska at Omaha has officially been ranked by G.I. Jobs magazine and Victory Media as one of America’s top military friendly schools. This is the fifth consecutive time UNO has been awarded such a high honor. The list of schools in the running was created from data from over 10,000 schools across the country that are approved for VA funding.
Ever since the U.S. Air Force instituted the Bootstrap program at UNO in 1951, UNO has been committed to supporting veteran and active duty students. The commitment has paid off again as UNO has been ranked in the top 20 percent of schools in the United States to embrace America’s veterans as students and to provide resources to ensure their success.
UNO’s Military and Veterans University Services Office (MaV USO) has helped make UNO even more of a military-friendly institution. The office, dedicated by Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State and UNO alumnus, was established in 2011. UNO’s MaV USO assists students in their transition between military and academic life. This help includes G.I. Bill assistance and academic mentoring and support. The office also provides space for veteran students where they can work on homework and connect with others.
“Our office is a valuable resource to military and veteran students and we strive to be the best, but it’s the campus-wide attitude of teamwork that allows us to be a top military friendly school,” said Mike Wieneke, MaV USO assistant director.
In addition to MaV USO, UNO offers many other military-focused programs and services. One of these includes an online Bachelor of General Studies that was ranked fifth nationally for military students by U.S. News & World Report. UNO waives application fees for military veterans, provides a flexible deployment policy, and even offers college credit to military students for their training and experience. UNO also collaborates with Offutt Air Force Base where they offer advising and distance learning opportunities.
After its fifth year on the list, UNO strives to continue serving the over 1,000 military-affiliated students who have served the country. For more information on MaV USO and other UNO-based military programs, contact the MaV USO office at 402-554-2349 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.