NMU recognized as military-friendly school

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University ranks No. 2 nationwide among small public schools that have been designated Military Friendly Schools by the service-disabled, veteran-owned business VIQTORY.

This is Northern’s seventh-consecutive appearance in the top 10 and is also recognized as a Military Friendly Spouse School.

The Military Friendly Schools designation honors the top 15% of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that provide benefits for military and veteran students. It uses public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey of schools covering 10 indicators of success to determine its rankings.

More than 1,800 institutions participated in the 2024-25 survey, with 665 earning special awards for going above the standard.

NMU exceeded the Military Friendly benchmark standards in six categories. Highlights include rating 80% above the benchmark for military student support and retention, nearly 78% above for financial aid, and assistance and nearly 75% higher for culture and commitment.

Mike Rutledge, a U.S. Army retiree, serves as coordinator of NMU Student Veteran Services. He is dedicated to helping individuals on the NMU campus and in the community take advantage of all benefits available to them by their military service. He also is the staff adviser for the Student Veterans Association.

“The most common thing I see on the end-of-semester surveys we send out is the satisfaction with the direct attention veterans get from this office, which is staffed by veterans,” said Rutledge. “We try and make contact as soon as veterans submit their applications and then remain in direct contact through their first day and beyond. They don’t feel lost or alone entering a completely different world from that of the military.”

More information on NMU’s veteran services and benefits can be found at nmu.edu/veterans.


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