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MVAA recognizes 62 Veteran Friendly Schools for 2023


The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has recognized 62 universities, colleges or trade schools as Veteran-Friendly Schools (VFS) for the 2023-2024 school year.

The VFS program, created in 2015-16, recognizes academic institutions committed to supporting the needs of veterans and military-connected students. These institutions are awarded Gold-, Silver-, and Bronze-level status based on their veteran-centric services and programs. Any academic institution or training facility in Michigan eligible to receive veteran education benefits can apply for the program.

In 2023, 47 schools earned Gold-status, with seven schools upgrading from Silver to Gold from the previous year. The Gold-level schools range from public universities such as the University of Michigan and Northern Michigan University to trade schools such as Midwest Truck Driving School and the North Country Heavy Equipment School.

“We are incredibly grateful to have 62 Veteran-Friendly Schools in Michigan that are committed to supporting their student-veteran population,” said MVAA Director Adam Hollier. “Making the transition from boots and a helmet to a cap and gown can be a daunting process, but having guidance and resources from their academic institution is a game changer. Their talent and experiences matter, and the best way to thank a student veteran for their service is to support them in their journey and offer them a job after they graduate. I want to wish our student veterans the best as they start this next academic year and continue their educational journey.”

Here's the full list:


Albion College
Alma College
Andrews University
Baker College
Bay de Noc Community College
Central Michigan University
Cleary University
Davenport University
Delta College
DSDT (Detroit School
for Digital Technology)
Eastern Michigan University
Ferris State University
Global Information Technology
Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Valley State University
Henry Ford College
Jackson College
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Kirtland Community College
Lake Superior State University
Lansing Community College
Macomb Community College
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
Mid-Michigan College
Midwest Truck Driving School
Montcalm Community College
Mott Community College
North Central Michigan College
North Country Heavy Equipment School
Northern Michigan University
Northwood University
Oakland Community College
Oakland University
Saginaw Valley State University
Schoolcraft College
Southwestern Michigan College
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
University of Michigan – Dearborn
University of Michigan – Flint
University of Olivet
Walsh College
Washtenaw Community College
Wayne State University
West Shore Community College
Western Michigan University


Aquinas College
Focus: HOPE
Galloup School of Guitar Building
and Repair
Glen Oaks Community College
Gogebic Community College
Grace Christian University
Great Lakes Boat Building School
Kettering University
Lake Michigan College
MIAT College of Technology
Rochester University
St. Clair County Community College
Suburban CDL
Western Michigan University –
Cooley Law School


Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan

Universities, colleges or trade schools interested in becoming a Veteran-Friendly School must meet the criteria below:
1. Established process for identification of current student veterans
2. Veteran-specific website
3. Active student veteran organization or club
4. Veteran-specific career services, resources, advising, and/or outcome monitoring
5. On-campus veterans’ coordinator and/or designated staff point of contact
6. System to evaluate and award academic credit based on prior military training and experience
7. Monitoring and evaluation of student veteran academic retention, progress, and graduation rates
Gold level: Complete six or more of the above
Silver level: Complete four of the above
Bronze Level: Complete three of the above

Michigan institutions interested in becoming a Veteran-Friendly School should contact for more information. Learn more about the program on the MVAA dashboard.