Press Release

Franklin University Awarded 2020-2021 Military Friendly® Schools Silver Designation


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations

Columbus, OH (February 21, 2020)

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, is pleased to announce it has once again been named a Military Friendly® School by VIQTORY – a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects the military community to civilian employment and education and entrepreneurial opportunities. Now in its eleventh year of recognition, the University is proud to have earned the silver level of recognition, adding validation of its dedication to serving those who serve our country.

Of the 8,800+ schools evaluated nationwide, Franklin is one of 29 schools in Ohio to be named a Military Friendly® School and only one of four schools in Ohio to earn the prestigious, Silver distinction. Schools were assessed based on their ability to meet the threshold for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence and loan default rates for all students and specifically, for veterans. Schools earning the honor of Silver distinction scored within 20% of the 10th best school in their category, signifying the standard of excellence. Earning the 2020-2021 designation authenticates Franklin’s focus on helping U.S. military veterans, service members and their spouses/dependents who wish to pursue a degree and receive the assistance they need to be successful.

As a Military Friendly® School, Franklin University helps set the standard of personal, dedicated support to military and veteran students, providing a clear pathway from earning a degree to successful career attainment.

 “I chose the MBA at Franklin for a number of reasons, but one area that stood out was the support team available to me and the assistance and flexibility they provided,” said Jeremy Banta, a Franklin alumnus (’11). “As a full-time Army Guard member I could have been called for an emergency at a moment’s notice, and I was confident Franklin would work with me as to not disrupt or set back my education.”

The University ‘s adult-focused services, in-demand programs, and free support resources deliver a learning experience built to serve military and veteran students through:

  • Priority registration
  • Graduation cord designation
  • Centralized advising
  • VA benefit support
  • Military and veteran specific scholarships
  • Military student lounge
  • Special undergraduate tuition of $250 per credit hour
  • Reduced military master’s degree rate of $536 per credit hour

For more information about Franklin University’s commitment to supporting military students, visit the University’s Military and Veterans web page at

About Military Friendly​®​ Schools

The Military Friendly​®​ Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria, and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Ernst & Young, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction, and advisory services, independently evaluated the scoring methodology used for the Military Friendly® Schools list using the criteria set forth by VIQTORY. The services performed by EY are were limited to advisory procedures and do not provide assurance over the scoring methodology.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides on-site course options at our Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Franklin is only one of three schools in Ohio designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. 

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