By Mattie Traphagan, Contributor
The University of Nebraska Omaha has recently been named one of the top military friendly schools, according to G.I. Jobs magazine. This is the third year in a row UNO has made the list and has been placed in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools.
The University of Nebraska Omaha is known for welcoming America’s veterans as its students. Military friendly schools are defined as constantly recruiting military students and focus on putting military friendly programs that encourage students to finish their education.
Programs that UNO provides for military students are many. They include an office at Offutt Airbase where students can find most of the same services offered at UNO, online degree programs and a veteran’s services office on campus. The Veteran’s Services office can assist with GI Bill and other veteran education benefits.
The University of Nebraska Omaha has been known to work with the United States military since the 1950s. UNO works with all branches of the military – active, veteran, reserve, guard, and dependents.
At UNO, military students can acquire a general studies degree that features more than 45 different areas of concentration. Many of these areas of concentration are specifically designed to meet the career needs of military personnel. UNO recognizes previous college and some previous military credit. The UNO military program offers ten credit hours for at least one year of military service. The university is also equipped with many advisors who have experience working with veterans and military students.
Currently at UNO there are approximately 800 active and veteran military personnel students. Military students are able to take UNO classes at Offutt Airbase, on UNO’s campus and through a variety of online classes. UNO’s online classes can be completed anywhere in the world, making it easier for military personnel to complete a degree while participating in the armed services.
Adam Maley, a UNO student and member of the National Guard (Motor Transport Operator, Calvary Scout and Honor Guard) is a sociology major.
“I have always found the professors at UNO to be extremely capable and helpful,” maley said. “The UNO experience is what you make it, and you can find like-minded individuals – including a student veteran organization – and support for your academic pursuits.”
According to GI jobs, the tuition assistance program covers 100 percent of tuition, and UNO participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The post 9/11 Yellow Ribbon Program covers all public school in-state tuition and fees or up to $17,500 annually for a private school for military personnel. UNO also offers a variety of other military friendly financial assistance programs such as scholarships for military students, dependents and veterans and in-state tuition without residency requirements for military students. These students can be called to active service without penalty.
UNO offers different types of support services for military personnel on campus such as ROTC programs, full time veteran-counseling, advisors to help with career placement, and childcare on campus. The University of Nebraska also has campus/social networking events planned specifically for veterans. UNO encourages military personnel to visit the specific webpage on their website for active and veteran students. University of Nebraska Omaha’s administration makes a valiant effort in making active and veteran students feel welcome and have gone above and beyond to make sure military personnel can succeed in completing their education.