USF Named One of the Nation’s Top Military Friendly Schools by VIQTORY

Joliet, Ill. –  The University of St. Francis (USF) announced today that it has earned the 2020-2021 Military Friendly® School distinction by VIQTORY. This is the tenth consecutive year the university has received this prestigious designation. Each year the list of Military Friendly® schools is provided to service members and their families, which helps them to select the best institution for the education needed to pursue a civilian career.

“USF maintains the highest standards in our programs and assists veterans in both the admission process and applying for their applicable benefits,” said Bruce Foote, Veterans Certifying Officer at USF.

Since 2000, 172 veterans, spouses or dependents have graduated from USF. Another 53 veterans, spouses and dependents are currently enrolled in one of USF’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university also offers a 20% veterans/military discount program that is available to veterans and active military who have exhausted their Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and includes spouses of active duty military personnel not eligible for VA benefits. This discount is extended to drilling members of the National Guard/Reserves and active duty military personnel and employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This discount program only applies to master’s degree programs at University of St. Francis. This discount program only applies to master’s degree programs at University of St. Francis.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school. More than 1,000 schools participated in the 2020-2021 survey, with 625 schools earning the designation from every state in the country.

The 2020-2021 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine. The list can also currently be found at

About Military Friendly® Schools
The Military Friendly® Schools list has come to set the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses. This prestigious list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies and proprietary survey information from participating organizations.

The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide 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. Ernst & Young (EY), a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, independently evaluated the scoring methodology used for the Military Friendly® Schools list using the criteria set forth by VIQTORY.  The services performed by EY are were limited to advisory procedures and do not provide assurance over the scoring methodology. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary 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®, Military Spouse, Military Friendly® brands.  VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at

Currently celebrating 100 years of higher education rooted in Franciscan values, the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

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