by Jerome Saintjones, AAMU Public Relations
Alabama A&M University (AAMU) has earned the designation as a TOP TEN Military Friendly School for 2019-2020. This is the highest recognition that colleges and universities can earn as a military friendly school. Since 2014, AAMU has competed against community colleges and universities that are categorized as small, large, private, public, or Tier 1 and Tier 2 research institutions.
Its five-year journey has led to AAMU earning the recognition as a “Designated” MFS in 2014 and 2015, “Bronze Level” MFS in 2016, “Gold Level” MFS in 2017 and 2018, and last—but certainly not least—the highest recognition of all–TOP TEN in 2019-2020!!
In order to accomplish this goal, AAMU exceeded the standards by 95.24% in academic policies and compliance, 83.84% in admissions and orientation, 66.67% in culture and commitment, 51.50% in financial aid and assistance, 30.43% in graduation and career, and 53.14% in military student support and retention.
Active duty, veterans and dependents of veterans have identified biology, business administration and management, communications, computer science, criminal justice, engineering, environmental science, hospitality administration/management, psychology, and social work as their top 10 degrees of choice.
AAMU is a fully accredited, nearly 145-year-old land-grant institution located in Huntsville, Alabama. With more than 6,000 students (approximately 8 percent receiving VA educational benefits), AAMU has steadily increased its offerings to cater to the multi-faceted pool of military students.
In 2014, the office of veterans affairs and disability services created a Veterans Center. This location serves as a safe place for veterans and dependents to study, conduct meetings, socialize, and destress. Additionally, to honor Purple Heart Veterans, the Bulldog Veterans Student Organization spearheaded a project to designate three (3) reserved purple heart parking spaces campus-wide. Scholarships are also available for veterans and dependents who excel academically.
Ms. Sanoyia L. Williams serves as the director of Veterans Affairs and Disability Services, and Mr. Quentin Pearson is assistant director.