Bowling Green State University - Firelands
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Founded in 1968, Bowling Green State University - Firelands is in a rural area that is a just a few miles from an urban area. It is in the Sandusky OH area.
Address
One University Drive
Huron, OH 44839
www.firelands.bgsu.edu
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Programs offered by this school
Size corresponds to the number of graduates and color indicates field of study
General StudiesEngineering and Science Techno...Education by Level or Special ...Healthcare Technologists and A...Healthcare Practitioners and T...Healthcare Management and Prof...Protective ServicesGeneral Business Operations an...Social Services and Public Adm...
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Programs
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Career
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Award Levels
1-2 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
Quick Facts
Institutional Control
Bowling Green State University - Firelands is a public organization.
Undergraduate Students
Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time first-time students
Part-time transfer students
Accreditation
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Accreditation provides important oversight over a school's instructional practices and institutional stability.
Bowling Green State University - Firelands holds an accreditation from one of the seven regional accreditors, which should ensure that credits earned transfer easily.
Accreditation History
Higher Learning Commission (Accredited January 26, 1969 - present)
  • The next accreditation review is scheduled for August 31, 2023.
Student Attention
Context: Freshman satisfaction
Do most freshman choose to return for a sophomore year?
Context: Students per full-time instructor
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs.
Students on campus
Study Types
About 49% of students are full-time. About 10% of students take all of their courses via distance education, while another 42% take some courses online.
Full-time
49%
Online classes
52%
Context: Student body size
Bowling Green State University - Firelands has 2,457 students.
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Admissions Competition
Context: Average GPA
99% of attending first-time degree-seeking students submitted a high school GPA. The average GPA reported was 2.8.
Graduation Rate
Approximately 49% of undergraduate students are full-time and about 58% of students are full-time first-time college students. In the last reporting year, 26% of students, inclusive of part-time and transfer students, received a degree within 8 years.
26%
Time to complete
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Context: Graduation rate
These numbers reflect eight-year graduation rates for all degrees at the colleges and universities in your chosen context group. This reporting is for undergraduate students inclusive of transfer students and full/part-time students.
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student race/origin
Bowling Green State University - Firelands reports that 18% of students are minority, which is more than 99% of the context schools. This school's 0 of international students representing 1 countries is near the middle proportion of international students within the context schools.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
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student gender
Is the gender balance of Bowling Green State University - Firelands students important to you? You can see the breakdown in this donut chart. For many context groups, the balance is not 50-50, so be sure to check out the context chart below.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage of women
With 66% women , Bowling Green State University - Firelands ranks near the middle of context schools in its percentage of women students.
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Opportunities and Services
Does Bowling Green State University - Firelands offer good activities, services, and academic options for you? Here's what we found!
Activities offered

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Cooperative program

Credit for advanced placement

Distance learning

Double-major allowed

Formal adult program

Honors Program

Independent study courses

Internships

Orientation program

Part-time degree programs

Remediation available

Services for learning disabilities

Student-designed major

Study abroad

Summer session

Undergraduate Student Satisfaction and Success
Student Satisfaction
Context: Percentage of students who return after their first year

If students come back for a second year, that suggests they are satisfied and able to succeed. The schools with satisfied freshmen should score above that dark gray 50% mark.

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Context: Percentage of students transferring out

How many people transfer out of Bowling Green State University - Firelands within 8 years of entering? If you're considering a school with lots of transfers, be sure to find out why it was a bad fit for so many other students!

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Are students graduating on time?
Let us tell you all about low graduation rates!

Across the country, graduation rates are surprisingly low. In fact, Forbes Magazine suggests that they are unacceptably low. However, from another point of view, sometimes graduation rates simply reflect the relative preparation of the students who enter. Colleges with a mission to help people coming from less advantaged backgrounds, such as first-generation and low-income students, may have low graduation rates despite relatively strong outcomes for students who face many obstacles to success. Without the context provided in these views of completion rates, it can be tricky to separate predatory schools that take financial advantage of under-prepared students from those that are actively seeking to encourage and help those students.

For the consumer choosing a school, once you have narrowed your list to those schools that you can afford and that seem likely to admit you, consider the outcome measures in this section and choose the specific measures that best describe your plans. Very simply, schools with high graduation rates and high loan repayment rates will likely give you the best opportunity to succeed.

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Rates with need context
Trends in rates
Rates by gender and race
Context: the impact of wealth and transfer status on degree completion

We took a close look lagging success for students with financial need in a case study. Here's a chance to compare schools based on student successes with a better appreciation of how circumstances may impact success. One word of caution: the statistics for some categories may consist of only a handful of students -- see the details by hovering or long-pressing on the bars.

Full-time first-time students
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Full-time first-time students
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Percentage with Pell Grants
71%
Full-time first-time students who received an associate's degree within 4 years after enrolling
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Full-time first-time students who received an associate's degree within 6 years after enrolling
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Full-time first-time students who received an associate's degree within 8 years after enrolling
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Do alumni earn enough to repay college loans?

Even if you don't need financial aid, the ability of past students to successfully repay loans speaks to the value of the education received.

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Loan defaults and burden
Success in loan repayment
Student groups and successful repayment
Context and trends: are the loan default rates as small as possible?

The default rate is the percentage of students who are already delinquent on their loans within three years of leaving the school. If a school has a high default rate, that sends an alarm out that the students' educations are not sufficient to earn enough to repay those loans. Read below for details on the typical loan burden, and keep in mind that a low default rate may be more important than loan amounts in predicting your future success.

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Chart explanation
Bowling Green State University - Firelands
On the blue curve, we see the percentage of alumni from Bowling Green State University - Firelands who have defaulted on their federal school loans within 3 years ending on the date shown.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the 3-year loan default rate for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Loan burden

At Bowling Green State University - Firelands, 55% of full-time degree-seeking freshmen receive federal student loans, averaging $5,476 each in just the freshman year. We have much more details about the full loan burden students experience in our Cost and Financial Aid Section.

Context: Percentage of freshmen with federal loans
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Context: Average freshman federal loan amount
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Alumni earnings compared to same-aged Americans

The blue curve shows the earnings of this school's alumni -- so a high curve indicates this school is setting its students up for success!

More information about earnings data

How might your earnings compare with other people your age? Opportunity Insights used IRS data to track almost every person born in the US in the years 1980 to 1991, and they ranked the mean (average) 2014 earnings of students who attended Bowling Green State University - Firelands in comparison to all people in the US the same age. Although this data is now a little old, the scope of this project was awesome and gives us a glimpse at alumni performance that we cannot find until a new study of this incredible magnitude is performed.

The Equality Project found that by age 34, people's relative earnings had leveled off, so it's a good assumption that approximately 62% of the population will earn less than Bowling Green State University - Firelands alumni.

You might notice a little earnings dip at young ages for some of the top bachelor's institutions. This coincides with the years that many alumni may be in graduate school and earning less.

Context: Alumni earnings by age
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Chart explanation
Bowling Green State University - Firelands
In the blue curve, we see how the average earnings percentile for this school changes as its alumni age as compared to like-aged Americans without regard to their educational background.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of these average alumni earnings percentiles for context schools: dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools and light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Bowling Green State University - Firelands equality data is combined with:Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
Wealth mobility at Bowling Green State University - Firelands

We may wonder if, as a result of attending a given college, we will have a better chance for higher earnings. Opportunity Insights sought to answer this question by following the wealth story of every student for whom income information was available.

Learn more about the mobility study

How does wealth change after attendance?

Opportunity Insights studied groups of all children born in the US in the same year for each birth year from 1980 to 1991. This grouping included every single US child who had a valid SSN or ITIN (tax identification number) and could be linked to parents with non-negative income.

Family Income

The incomes of all families in a birth year group are measured when the child is 15-19 and these incomes are averaged. The calculated incomes from all families in the group were arranged from smallest to largest, and divided into five groups of equal size. On the left of the diagram, you can see the relative distribution of Bowling Green State University - Firelands's students between the family income divided into fifths formed by looking at the entire US group.

Individual Student Earnings

In 2014, all people from the same birth year were divided into a new set of five groups that were determined by their individual labor earnings for that year. The students from this birth year who primarily attended Bowling Green State University - Firelands between the ages of 19 and 22 were divided into these five groups, and the percent in each group is shown on the right of the diagram.

The diagram lets you see the proportion in each original income group who travel to each earnings group, and provides some insight into the likelihood of financial success after attendance.

If you'd like to understand the nitty gritty details of this interesting data, be sure to check out the well-written Opportunity Insights report by selecting SOURCES under the figure.

Context: Mobility Rating

Opportunity Insights came up with an overall measure of how much individual colleges contribute to economic mobility by creating a mobility rating. Colleges offering both access to and economic success for low-income students receive a high rating.

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The full picture: wealth access and mobility at Bowling Green State University - Firelands

Below, we can see the percentage from each initial family wealth group who attend this college, and also the alumni's relative wealth later. Do students entering college from the bottom twenty percent of family income end up making it to a higher level? Do the top twenty percent stay at the top? Follow the colors, left to right, and see for yourself.

$24,300$45,100$72,900$110,300$900$18,500$35,200$55,800Lowest 20%Second-lowestMiddleSecond-highestHighest 20%Highest 20%Second-highestMiddleSecond-lowest Lowest 20%Family IncomeStudent Income
Bowling Green State University - Firelands equality data is combined with:Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
Classroom Quality
Student attention at Bowling Green State University - Firelands

Schools are required to report the ratio of students per instructor, but look for a small number of students for every full-time instructor as your best indicator of personal attention and a modern well-integrated curriculum.

Context: Number of students per instructor
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Full-time and long-term instructors at Bowling Green State University - Firelands
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs. Bowling Green State University - Firelands has 43% full-time instructors, and this is near the middle of the context schools' percentages of full-time instructors. Faculty with multi-year contracts provide additional stability and commitment to the school and its students. Within the full-time instructors at Bowling Green State University - Firelands, 51% have multi-year employment contracts. 74% of the context schools have a lower percentage of faculty with multi-year contracts.
Full-time instructors
43%
Long-term instructors
51%
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Faculty Diversity

Here's an opportunity to explore the faculty's diversity. For many schools, attracting a diverse teaching faculty can be a challenge. It's important to judge their success with the reality check of what their peer schools have accomplished.

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Overview
Context
Number of full-time instructors
The chart shows male instructors to the left, and female to the right, with the races/origins included along the bars. Select the context graph to see how this diversity profile compares to the schools that interest you.
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Student Body
Which students comprise the campus?

Who might be attending school with you? We'll look at what degrees most students have received, whether they are on campus or online, a little about their path, and the overall student body size. Our aim is to give some idea of what the campus culture might be.

See what degrees have been awarded

This donut chart shows you what degrees were awarded by Bowling Green State University - Firelands last year, and gives you a good idea of this school's focus. Make sure this school's focus matches your goals.

1-2 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
What percentage of students are online and not on campus?

There are performance problems with many online-focused schools -- you can read about this in an Ididio case study, but you may want some online options to give you greater flexibility.

Fall enrollment
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Some courses online
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Where are the other undergraduate students in their studies?

You will be most happy at a school with a large number of students who are like you, whether that's someone who enters right out of high school, or someone who is transferring, or someone who isn't ready to work towards a degree.

Degree-seeking: first-time
Degree-seeking: continuing
Degree-seeking: transfer-in
Non-degree-seeking
Student body size

Another breakdown that can help is a view of the student body size. Here we show student counts, including part-time versus full-time students. If the proportion of students that best describes you is relatively small, then is it possible that another school might be better-prepared to meet your needs?

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Freshman residences

A high proportion of international and out-of-state students speaks to reputation and offers an opportunity for diverse interactions in and out of class.

Bowling Green State University - Firelands has undergraduates from 6 states or territories and 1 countries.

Freshman residence
In-state
Out-of-state
International
Not Reported
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Residence in context
Residence over time
Freshman residences in context
How does the geographic diversity at Bowling Green State University - Firelands compare to the context group?
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Student race/origin

The NPR article A Campus More Colorful Than Reality: Beware That College Brochure emphasizes the importance of judging a school's diversity based on solid data as promotional materials are eager to suggest a multicultural student body.

Student race is only categorized for non-international students, and international students are listed separately.

Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
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Race/Origin in context
Race/origin over time
Context: Student race/origin
Here we offer some context as we compare diversity at Bowling Green State University - Firelands with that of the current context group.
6%78%6%1%0%0%4%4%0%20%40%60%80%100%InternationalPacific IslanderAmerican IndianAsianNot ReportedMultiracialHispanicBlackWhite
Student age distribution

The age distribution at a school can tell you a lot about its mission. If you're looking for a traditional undergraduate experience, you may prefer to see students who are mostly younger than 25 (lighter shades), but if you want support as a returning student, a large number of students 25 and older (darker shades) may better suit your needs.

Age range
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Age in context
Age over time
Context: Age distribution
Seeing the age distribution in context lets us evaluate the focus at Bowling Green State University - Firelands compared to the focus for the context schools.
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Student gender distribution
The donut shows the gender breakdown for students at Bowling Green State University - Firelands.
Why are genders so rarely 50-50?

There are multiple outside factors that can affect the gender balance of students recruited by schools. As an example, within less-affluent families higher education is more frequently attained by women than by men, a phenomenon explored in the Atlantic. Therefore, schools serving lower-income populations may be more likely to see a gender imbalance. On the other hand, some colleges may offer predominantly degrees that are stereotypically associated with a single gender, affecting the ratio of men to women accordingly.

Gender
Men
Women
Choose how to look at gender
Gender in context
Gender over time
Context: Gender Balance
It is very difficult for many types of schools to achieve a gender balance, and this context is valuable in evaluating the balance at Bowling Green State University - Firelands.
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Family wealth of incoming freshmen

It's not surprising that colleges in general have a greater percentage of students from wealthy families than from poor families. Although nationally 20% of families earn at least $110,200, at Bowling Green State University - Firelands, this percentage rises to 29%. Similarly, while nationally 20% of families earn $19,800 or less, at Bowling Green State University - Firelands only 6% are in this bottom quintile.

Family wealth quintiles
Most wealthy 20%
Next Highest 20%
Middle 20%
Next 20%
Lowest 20%
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Context: family wealth represented at Bowling Green State University - Firelands

Compare student wealth at the extremes to other schools in the context group.

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Bowling Green State University - Firelands equality data is combined with:Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
Programs Offered
Finding a program

In the folders below, you can explore your options for study. The folders are grouped and colored by broad field, and you can see the number of students who have completed degrees in each field by following the colors in our chart showing graduations. You can...

  • Filter the programs by the award level that interests you.
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  • chevron-rightfolder-closeGeneral Business Operations and Management
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Admissions
Open Admissions
Bowling Green State University - Firelands is an open admissions school and accepts any student who applies.
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Costs and Financial Aid
Net price: the best estimate for the cost to attend

Most schools publish tuition rates that give them room to offer both scholarships and financial aid where applicable. Your best guess at what you might pay is to see what others with similar family incomes have paid. A more tailored and accurate estimate is available at this school's net price calculator.

Understanding net price

With their net price calculators, many colleges and universities give an idea of what merit-based aid might accompany need-based aid. For schools that share such data, we also provide financial aid data in the Finanical Aid sections.

There are some caveats to consider when using the net price estimates:

  • The net price calculation is weighted by this school's proportion of students living on- and off-campus and this school's estimate of off-campus costs, which may cause the net price methodology be a bit inconsistent from school to school.
  • Parental income and student financial aid eligibility is sometimes more complicated than the simple family income number reported here.
  • The net price calculation for all students is inclusive of students who received any institutional or government aid, but at the family income levels the net price only considers the tuition paid by those who qualified for federal aid.

You can get a little better guess at what you would pay by using this school's net price calculator.

Percentage of students receiving any aid

The donut, based on 331 full-time first-time degree seeking students at Bowling Green State University - Firelands, shows the percentage of those who received any financial aid (including merit-based scholarships), subdivided by family income.

73%
Aid type and family income
Federal: $0-30K
Federal: $30K-48K
Federal: $48K-75K
Federal: $75K-110K
Federal: Above $110K
Only institutional
Net price by family income
All Incomes

Let's look over the past few years at what in-state freshmen who received any financial aid actually paid for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses on average, and how that compares to the in-state tuition usually paid for other public universities in your context group.

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Chart explanation
Bowling Green State University - Firelands
On the blue curve, we see how the net annual cost to attend Bowling Green State University - Firelands has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the net price for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
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Historic Annual Costs

See how this school's published costs have changed over the year, and how their cost trends compare with other public schools.

Published costs may have little to do with what you actually pay

It's important to remember that a school's published costs may not be indicative of what it will actually cost to attend. Time magazine wrote about this in their article Yes, you can get a college to cut its tuition price. Nonetheless, this inflation-adjusted look at the historic annual costs for tuition, fees, books, and supplies can give you an idea of the costs you might expect in the coming years. Comparing the total costs inclusive of room and board (if applicable) with the annual net price estimates in the previous tab will help you determine the financial aid package to expect.

Private and public universities' charges are difficult to compare due to the in-state and out-of-state price differences of public universities, and therefore we only compare Bowling Green State University - Firelands to other public schools within your chosen context group.

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Undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and supplies over time
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Chart explanation
Bowling Green State University - Firelands
On the blue curve, we see how the published annual cost to attend Bowling Green State University - Firelands has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the annual cost for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Current published costs

Here's a quick summary of costs to attend Bowling Green State University - Firelands. You will find the most up-to-date information at their website for admissions. The costs below are for out-of-state students, and you can switch by clicking the other button.

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$354
$12,695
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$4,576
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Financial aid overview

Understanding the rules and process that determine who gets financial aid can be intimidating. Here are some quick links to help:

  • Visit Bowling Green State University - Firelands's Net Price Calculator for the most accurate estimate of your anticipated costs. Every school publishes a Net Price Calculator that does its best to give you a fair estimate of what you might expect to pay. Many calculators consider your high school record as part of the calculation. This will be far more accurate than any of the averages or published tuition values that you see here.

  • FederalStudentAid, a government site that will walk you through the federal financial aid process. There are a number of kinds of student loans and other aid, and this site can walk you through all of the choices you will need to make.

Campus overview
No Student Housing Available

This school does not report any housing for students.

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Programs for Veterans

If you are a veteran, it's worth digging around to find a military-friendly campus. We think this article about how colleges might help veterans might be a good starting point for questions to ask the Admissions office before you choose to attend. It's also good to be aware that many for-profit schools are behaving as predators, hungry for GI Bill dollars. Watching out for those schools is no different for veterans than for all students: judge very critically using our "Student Satisfaction and Success" tab for undergraduate programs. We wish we had the same data to support graduate programs; however, we think the undergraduate data is a good starting point for judging overall quality.

Programs offered
  • Credit for Military Training
  • Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
  • Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
  • Recognized student veteran organization
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
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