UM Earns Top Military School Designation

January 12, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana has been named a top school in the Military Advanced Education & Transition 2016 Guide to Top Colleges & Universities, a searchable online database that measures institutions based on best practices in military and veteran education.

The guide assesses colleges and universities based on six criteria: military culture, financial assistance, flexibility, general support, online support and on-campus support.

The entry on UM cites the Veteran’s Education and Transition Services Office as a prime example of how the University supports student veterans. The VETS Office acts as a liaison between UM, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and students. It is responsible for all G.I. Bill transactions and provides a positive environment for veterans and their family members.

The guide states “the University of Montana has taken huge strides to ensure the veteran population is taken care of and given the opportunity to succeed in college.”

The listing, available online at, is just one of several accolades recognizing UM for its commitment to veterans. also included UM in its 2016 Military Friendly Schools rankings. Last year, UM was officially designated a Purple Heart University – recognition that places it among a handful of select universities in the country. Not only is UM the only institution in Montana to earn the designation, but the only one in the Northwest.  

“The University has made a concerted effort to improve services for our veterans and their beneficiaries over the past several years,” said Shawn Grove, VETS Office director. “The great support our students receive would not be possible without the collaboration of UM as a whole.”

For more information call Grove at 406-243-5044 or email

Contact: Shawn Grove, UM VETS Office director, 406-243-5044,