G.I. Jobs magazine has added the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to its 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools.

That’s a designation given to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools working to embrace veterans as students.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list includes efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students and academic accreditation.

Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus  programs, credit for service and military spouse programs.

“We are honored to be selected for this recognition,” Dana Rocha, director, Office of Veterans and Military Affairs at UCCS said. “We continually strive to meet the needs of veterans and their dependents and have seen a more than 70 percent increase in the number of students enrolled in the past two years.”

The list was compiled through research that polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide.

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