Columbus State Reaffirmed as Military Friendly for 2012

Military Friendly Schools logoCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University has earned a place on G.I. Jobs' 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools.

The designation marks two consecutive years for CSU on the list, viewable at The list recognizes the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s service members and veterans as students.

The list was compiled through exhaustive research and a poll of more than 7,000 schools nationwide.

G.I. Jobs is a publication providing information related to education, transition assistance and the job market for former military.

Criteria for the designation range from financial and non-financial efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students to a school’s academic accreditations.


Columbus State is playing a vital role in “Soldiers 2 Scholars,” a recently beefed-up University System of Georgia program designed to help those in military service make the transition to civilian life by earning a college degree.

Columbus State has significantly boosted its service to, and connection with, Fort Benning, veterans and the military community, said retired Army Lt. Col. Mark Ridley, director of military affairs at CSU's Fort Benning Center. Such efforts by CSU include:

An expanded array of online courses targeting the military.

  • A beefed-up Veterans Affairs office.
  • Additional classroom space near Fort Benning at CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center.
  • Academic credit toward a master’s in public administration (government track) or a master’s of educational leadership for soldiers who complete the Maneuver Captains’ Career Course at Fort Benning.

The USG launched the Soldier 2 Scholars program in January 2010, with Columbus State one of nine founding institutions.

Visit Columbus State’s Fort Benning Center online at or call 706-507-8803.

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