AZUSA, Calif.— Azusa Pacific University was again named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine for the 2013–14 school year, placing the university in the nation’s top 20 percent of military-friendly schools. APU was selected for this honor based on its continued success in providing military students with quality programs, discounts, scholarships, clubs, networking, and staff support.

“Military students and veterans are valuable assets to any academic institution because they bring a different perspective and unique leadership skills to the classroom,” said reservist United States Air Force Lt. Col. Vic Bezjian, DBA, executive director of military and veterans resources. “APU is committed to serving those who serve our country, and it is an honor to be recognized as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs for the second year.”

“APU offers a welcoming environment for veteran students with friendly faculty and staff who want us to succeed,” said former Army Staff Sgt. Matt Blain, a senior business administration major. “The veterans office helped me with my benefits and I found a great support system through the on-campus veterans group.”

Azusa Pacific University Military & Veteran Education Benefits is committed to servicing military members and their families by assisting with educational benefits. APU is a GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program participant enabling the university to offer student veterans scholarship funds to help cover the unmet portion of tuition costs.

To expand APU’s military community, in 2011 the university established the Office of Military and Veterans Outreach with its primary goal of recruiting and enrolling new students. More recently, APU created the Office of Military and Veterans Resources to ensure veterans successfully transition to life as a college student. In addition, last June Azusa Pacific received a $50,000 Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative (AVSI) grant from the Ahmanson Foundation. The award, distributed to 25 colleges and universities in California, provides funds to recruit, retain, and educate student veterans at these schools.

This is the fifth year that GI Jobs magazine has released its Military Friendly Schools list. More than 12,000 approved schools were considered for the title. Since 2001, Victory Media and its publications G.I. Jobs, The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse magazine and Vetrepreneur magazine, have set the standard for ranking America’s most “military-friendly” employers and schools that recruit military personnel and veterans as students.