Brandman University is Recognized by Military Advanced Education (MAE) as a 2014 Military-Friendly® Institution

Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded Brandman the designation of a Top Military-Friendly University in its 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, released in print and available online at www.mae-kmi.com. From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE’s 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities provides future students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.

Brandman University was founded to serve the specific needs of military students when Chapman University, one of California’s oldest, most prestigious, nonprofit institutions, opened a campus on El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in 1958. While still part of the Chapman University System, today Brandman is a separate, regionally accredited school that is dedicated to students currently serving in the military, veterans, their families and civilians alike. New students have the opportunity to transfer up to 46 credits for previous military experience and have dedicated Military Services Specialists to help guide students towards graduation.

Among the attributes considered in evaluating this year’s institution for inclusion in the Guide are the flexibility of online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, on-campus ROTC, Service member Opportunity Colleges (SOC) participation, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, the support provided to the families of servicemembers, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues, presence on military installations, and  full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns, to name but a few.

“Our staff used strict criteria to evaluate the submissions of the respondents, and we had a record number of schools participating this year. We believe the Guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising servicemembers about their educational opportunities,” said Kelly Fodel, MAE’s editor. 

“I encourage students and ESOs to check out our searchable database online,” Fodel said. “We designed this database with the military student in mind. We want to help them make informed choices, so we are giving them access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues like the schools’ activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information and important support information.”