UMO Makes Top 2020-2021 Military Friendly® School List

UMO Makes Top 2020-2021 Military Friendly® School List

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) has once again been named a Military Friendly School. Now in its 19th year, the Military Friendly® School list compiled by VIQTORY has come to set the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,000 schools participated in the 2020-2021 survey with 695 earning the designation.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. 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.

Dr. Lisa Nuesell, Associate VP for Adult and Graduate Operations and Enrollment Management, said, “At the University of Mount Olive, we take great pride in supporting our military students and we value not only the commitment and sacrifices they make, but also the leadership and life experiences they bring to the classroom. We recognize that every student’s academic and personal goals will be different, and we seek to partner with our military students to help them be successful, one semester at a time, throughout their academic journey. Our commitment and partnership with our military students starts with the admissions process and extends through alumni relations providing a network of coordinated services and support.”

According to Nuesell, UMO has one-stop advisors at all of its education service centers to connect students with the VA Benefits information they need. The University also has flexible policies for transfer work and military training, and it provides readmission to previous curriculum for service members who are called to active service.


The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has education service centers in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit www.umo.edu.

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