ODU Named “Military-Friendly School” for Fifth Consecutive Year

Military Friendly School


Columbus, OH For the fifth consecutive year, Victory Media named Ohio Dominican University (ODU) a Military Friendly School. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. 

“This third-party recognition affirms ODU’s long-standing support of military veterans,” said ODU’s PATRIOTS Program director Major General Dennis Laich, (Ret.) AUS. “Our current veteran-scholars and veteran alumni represent a tremendous asset to our University, our community and our nation. We are committed to forging even stronger bonds with veterans in the future.” 

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Ohio Dominican University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”  

Ohio Dominican first launched the PATRIOTS Program 20 years ago to meet the educational needs of returning Vietnam veterans. Through PATRIOTS, veterans can achieve their academic goals, pursuing either an associate, bachelor's or master's degree. The University reintroduced the PATRIOTS Program in response to the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, also known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill. ODU also offers veterans and their spouses a 25-percent tuition discount in its LEAD program for working adults. ODU is an active participant in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon program. 

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act enables those veterans who qualify for the educational benefit to earn a college degree or graduate degree. Depending on the number of active-duty months they have served, Post-9/11 veterans in Ohio may qualify for as much as 100 percent of their schooling expenses, with allowances for monthly living expenses, books and student activity fees. Veterans may receive up to 36 months of assistance (or four academic years).  

The list can be viewed by visiting www.militaryfriendlyschools.com. 

For more information on ODU’s PATRIOTS Program, visit www.odupatriots.com, or contact (614) 251-4500 or laichd@ohiodominican.edu. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 43 majors as well as nine graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.