Central Michigan University has educated the troops — throughout the U.S. and around the world — for more than 40 years.
Last week, CMU was once again honored for its commitment to educating and providing opportunities to America's veterans, service members and families with its inclusion in Military Times' eighth annual Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings. CMU ranked 92 out of 500 colleges and universities.
In honor of this new distinction — and Veterans Day — here are 10 things you may not know about CMU's dedication to military education:
- CMU distance education began at two Michigan National Guard Air Force bases in 1972 — Wurtsmith and Kincheloe.
- Central offers 19 programs and certificates on 20 military bases throughout the country.
- CMU's online courses are accessible to service members and veterans no matter where they're deployed or live, and hybrid formats also are available.
- More than 155 flag officers — across all branches of the military — have CMU degrees.
- CMU provides tuition rates discounted up to 40 percent for all active duty military, reservists, guard members, their spouses and qualified dependents.
- Central has been designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Media for seven consecutive years.
- U.S. News and World Report ranks three of CMU's online programs for veterans in the top 40 in the nation.
- CMU was one of the original 12 schools partnered with Peer Advisors for Veterans' Education.
- The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has named CMU a gold-level veteran-friendly school for two consecutive years.
- CMU's Reserve Officer Training Corps program is the only one in the nation with a Field Leadership Reaction Course within a mile from campus.