Bonita Springs News


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9/23/2014 Member News

Hodges University Awarded 2015 Military Friendly Schools Designation

NAPLES FL. — Hodges University announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly School® by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting military and civilian worlds. This is the third consecutive year that the institution has made the list.

Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

“Hodges University is honored to again be recognized for our work with service members and veterans,” said Lee Smith, Director of the Veterans Services Center at Hodges. “It is a privilege to give back to those who have served our country, and we will continue to work hard to provide our military service members with the degree programs and personalized support they need to achieve their educational and career goals.”

The survey captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. As in past years, the 2015 Military Friendly® Schools results were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology developed by Victory Media with input by its independent Academic Advisory Board.

Hodges University also holds the distinction of having the first student-run American Legion Post in the entire country.

For more information about Hodges University’s commitment to attractive and supporting military students, visit, or contact Lee Smith at (239) 938-7833.


About Hodges University
Hodges University, founded in 1990, has emerged as one of Florida’s leading institutions of higher learning. In addition to the main campuses in Naples and Fort Myers, Hodges offers courses at several learning sites, including Pasco-Hernando Community College and South Florida State College. The mission of Hodges University is to offer Associate, Baccalaureate and Graduate degrees as well as other programs that enhance the ability of students to achieve personal and professional objectives. In addition to offering courses in 18 professional disciplines and its comprehensive English as a Second Language Program, Hodges University fulfills educational and personal enrichment needs for area seniors through facilitation of the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information, call 239-513-1122 or visit us online at

About Military Friendly® Schools:
The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country, and are independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on our website,, and a complete list of schools can be found through our Schools Matchmaker tool on

About Victory Media:
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® media channels, republished in periodicals such as USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW, and frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

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