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Georgia Southern’s gold commitment to military-connected students recognized in latest Military Friendly School ranking

Georgia Southern University has once again been named as a Military Friendly School® and received a “Gold” ranking for 2023-2024 by VIQTORY for its commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful opportunities for its military-connected students. 

Georgia Southern was among 250 schools to be selected for “Gold” award status for their leading practices, outcomes and effective programs. This award status is given to schools that are within 10% of the 10th-ranked organization.

“We are honored to be recognized by VIQTORY as a Gold award institution,” said Retired Col. George Fredrick, Ed.D., director of Military and Veteran Services. “Congratulations to our faculty, staff and our students for all the hard work we do each day to serve all of our students, especially our military-connected student population (veterans, active duty, guard and reserve, military spouses, and military children). It is my honor to serve at Georgia Southern University where we sustain excellence in serving our military-connected students.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2023-2024 survey with 530 schools earning awards level designations in gold, silver and bronze. 

Georgia Southern University has a strong and proud history of supporting veterans, current-serving military personnel and their families, and has accumulated many awards for its dedication to the military community. Information and resources are available on the Military and Veteran Services webpage.

Methodology, criteria and weightings were determined by VIQTORY with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. 

About Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers approximately 140 different degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through 10 colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia with expert faculty, the University is focused on public impact research and engaging learning opportunities through knowledge and know-how that prepare our students to take ownership of their lives, careers and communities. Visit

About Military Friendly® Schools

The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources from 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 survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all postsecondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at


Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at


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