CASPER, Wyo. — Casper College has been named one of the 10 most military-friendly colleges in the country, and the second-most in the Small Community College category, as well as a Gold Award recipient by Viqtory Media.
“Casper College is the only school in Wyoming to receive this designation,” veteran and military student services coordinator Nick Whipps said.
The list honors those colleges, universities and trade schools that are considered to be doing the most to support America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
According to Military Friendly, over 1,800 schools participated in the 2023–24 survey. From that group, 530 schools earned awards-level designations in gold, silver and bronze. 250 were given Gold awards for their leading practices, outcomes and effective programs.
Casper College ranked in the top 10 of all schools nationwide, including online universities, small public schools, nontraditional schools and private schools. The Top 10 were selected from the gold group.
Final survey results and ratings were determined by combining each institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet minimum thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, and loan default rates for all students and specifically for student veterans.
“I believe that Casper College consistently receives the gold standard as a military-friendly campus in Wyoming and across the country because we are committed to taking the extra step to create a structure of support for our military-affiliated students,” Whipps said. “As advocates, we know that one of the best ways to ensure the academic and personal success of these students is to get them connected. There are many resources out there, and we pride ourselves as resource experts. I have found that it is not enough to just pass the resource information along to our students in hopes that they will act. We have decided that to truly live out our mission of breaking down barriers to success; we have to bring the resources to our students.”
Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence — degree advancement or transfer — and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.
The 2023–24 Military Friendly Schools list was published in the May issue of “G.I. Jobs” magazine and can be found here.