Northwestern is Military Friendly

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named University of Northwestern to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2017 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Northwestern’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.”

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

Northwestern student experience

Tech Sgt. Brandon Lancaster experienced a "military friendly" Northwestern when he joined the FOCUS program in 2009, transferring 90 credits from community college and previous military education. While pursuing a degree in business management, he found flexibility to accommodate his ongoing military career.

"The school couldn't have been better for me," Lancaster said, "There were times I needed to take an incomplete or needed an extension on an assignment, and the teachers were really flexible with that. That was a big deal, because I don't really have control over my military schedule."

After graduating in 2010 and starting a family, Lancaster decided to begin a transition out of his paralegal job into a business career. He sought guidance from Northwestern's Center for Calling & Career, partnering with Diann Lloyd-Dennis (director) to refine his resume.

"I had a meeting with Diann and it couldn't have been better. She knew just by looking at my resume that I should be more confident about my qualification and my skills," he said, "It was a really big confidence booster and that was key in me taking the position I'm in now."

Lancaster manages a JAG office for the U.S. Air Force and works as a performance manager for CenterPoint Legal Solutions.