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Olivet named a 2013 Military Friendly School

Posted: Dec 05, 2012

Olivet Nazarene University was recently named a Military Friendly School in the 2013 Guide to Military Friendly Schools. Of the 12,000 schools approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs nationwide, Olivet is in the top 15 percent of those that deliver the best experience for military students.

Olivet achieved this honor by offering the following opportunities to military students: Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans and their dependents; ROTC scholarships; in-state tuition for non-residents; credits for military service and training; CLEP; online courses; evening classes; no activation penalty; associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees; regional, national and programmatic accreditation.

“Being recognized for our commitment to serving the military community is exciting for us,” said Major Roman Ortega Jr., chair of the Department of Military Science. “We strive to balance quality education and outstanding military training with the realities of our students’ lives.”

Along with providing “Education with a Christian purpose,” Olivet’s Department of Military Science and ROTC Roaring Tiger Battalion provide military students with extensive training in leadership, teamwork and discipline skills. This training prepares them well not only for military service, but also for entering the civilian workforce.

“We’ve always considered Olivet as a military friendly school, and this prestigious recognition underscores our success in that area,” said Dr. Jim Knight, registrar and associate dean of instruction. “We are especially proud to be part of the Yellow Ribbon Program to assist veterans.”

This designation by the Guide to Military Friendly Schools is granted through an objective, data-driven survey process with results valuated by Ernst and Young, the same auditing firm that handles voting for “American Idol.”

Guide to Military Friendly Schools is published annually by Victory Media, Inc. in conjunction with G.I. Jobs magazine, Military Alumni (, Military Friendly Employers (, Military Spouse magazine, Vetrepreneur magazine, Franchising Guide for Military Veterans, and the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA). 

Acres that comprise Olivet's beautiful, park-like campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois