Good as gold: SUNY New Paltz is a top Military Friendly® school for eighth-straight year

SUNY New Paltz has once again been recognized for its service for veteran, dependent and active-military students with the Military Friendly® Gold designation for 2022-23 small public colleges and universities.

This is the eighth year in a row that New Paltz has earned a spot on Military Friendly®’s list of top small public schools.

“Our team is dedicated to serving those who served with the same tireless effort,” said Jason Gilliland, director of Veteran & Military Services. “We simply could not do this without the support we receive from the College, its leadership, and the wonderful collaborative culture of other campus offices. New Paltz has proven through action that supporting our military-affiliated students is a priority, and for that we are very thankful.”

The data-driven Military Friendly® Schools assessment is based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions.

The methodology considers a number of factors, with the heaviest weighting going to graduation rates, career outcomes, student support services and student retention.

These have been consistent areas of emphasis in SUNY New Paltz’s Office of Veteran & Military Services, which supports a military-affiliated student population that has grown from less than 100 in 2014, to hundreds of enrolled students today.

The office coordinates a wide variety of resources and support structures for military-affiliated students, including early course registration, free parking permits, smooth credit transfer, team-building events and help navigating the application processes for GI Bill® and other benefits earned through service.

They also work closely with civilian students, faculty and staff, providing trainings on unique challenges faced by veterans and service members in their pursuit of higher education.

Visit the Office of Veteran & Military Services online to learn more.

About the Military Friendly® program
The Military Friendly® designation creates better outcomes for veterans by setting and promoting standards of excellence that provide positive reinforcement for American organizations to work to improve the lives of veterans. Military Friendly® is the standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful opportunity for the military community.

The data used to determine Military Friendly® designations and awards are sourced from public data sources, proprietary data and personal surveys of veterans themselves. More information at