WGU Achieves Military Friendly® School Designation 2022-2023


Las Vegas, NV – Western Governors University (WGU) has announced that it is the recipient of the 2022-2023 Military Friendly® School designation and is ranked as the #1 school in line. This is the 12th consecutive year that WGU has received the Military Friendly® School designation.

Schools that have earned the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using public data sources and proprietary survey responses. More than 1,800 schools took part in the 2022-2023 survey, 665 of which won special awards for exceeding the standard.

The 2022-2023 Military Friendly® Schools list will appear in the May and October issues of GI Jobs magazine and can be viewed at www.militaryfriendly.com.

The methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Board comprised of independent leaders from the higher education and military recruiting community. Final grades were determined by combining the results of the institution’s survey with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet the thresholds for student retention, graduation, placement, reimbursement of loan, persistence (advancement or degree transfer) and default rate for all students and, in particular, for veteran students.

“WGU recognizes and honors the sacrifice and dedication required to serve our country, and we strive to be a military-oriented institution that provides educational opportunities for active duty members, National Guard, reservists, veterans and to their families. We are proud to once again be named a Top Military Friendly® School” – Jeff Harley, Director of Military Engagement Strategic Partnerships, WGU.

“Military Friendly® is committed to ensuring transparency and providing consistent, data-driven standards in our designation process. Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and supporting services that improve the educational landscape and provide opportunities for the military community. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to scale and invest in their programs consistently. Schools that achieve award designation demonstrate true commitment to their efforts, going above and beyond this standard. – Kayla Lopez, National Director of Military Partnerships, Military Friendly®.

For more information on WGU’s Veteran Student Programs, visit the WGU website at www.wgu.edu/military.

About Military Friendly® Schools:

The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources from over 8,800 schools nationwide, input from veteran students, and proprietary survey responses based on Military Friendly® Schools data from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory board of educators and employers. The survey is administered free of charge and is open to all post-secondary schools that wish to participate. The consideration criteria can be found on www.militaryfriendly.com.

About WGU:

Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to affordable, high-quality higher education, the nonprofit online WGU now serves more than 130,000 students nationwide and has more than 265 000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading skill-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, heads of state, employers, and students as a working model in post-secondary education. In just 24 years, the university has become a major influence in changing the lives of individuals and families and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly changing economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and has been featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more about wgu.edu and wgu.edu/lawyer.

About Viqtory:

Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, education and entrepreneurship opportunities through its GI Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands. . VIQTORY and its marks are not part of or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at www.viqtory.com.

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:


Jeff Harley

Director, Military Engagement Strategic Partnerships

For press inquiries, visit: www.wgu.edu/newsroom/expert-center.html

Military Friendly® Schools:

Kayla Lopez

Director of Military Partnerships

For press inquiries, visit: www.militaryfriendly.com/support


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