Bristol Honored as 2019-2020 Military Friendly School

Military Friendly 2019-2020 Logo_IP ImageVIQTORY, a media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Bristol Community College as a military friendly school in the 2019-2020 Military Friendly Schools list, to be included in the May 2019 issue of G.I Jobs Magazine.

 “Our inspiring student veterans enrich our entire community through their determination, strong work ethic, problem-solving skills and comradery,” said Bristol Community College President Laura L. Douglas, Ph.D. at the Joseph A. Marshall Veterans Center’s ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 11, 2018.

The 2019-2020 Military Friendly Schools list honors schools throughout the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. The listing provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies, veteran students, and proprietary survey information from participating organizations.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school. For the first time, student survey data was taken into consideration for the designation. This year 766 schools earned this prestigious designation.

The list’s methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by VIQTORY with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

The college’s Joseph A. Marshall Veterans Center, at the Bristol Fall River campus, serves as a single point of contact for all Bristol and Veterans’ Affairs (VA) materials, educational benefit certification, academic counseling, essential resources, opportunities for peer connections and assistance with job preparation and placement services, including veteran-specific job fairs and recruitment activities.

The center consists of a variety of spaces designed specifically for assisting student veterans: student study space, private counseling and group activities. The college’s student veterans have access to the center’s laptops to complete documentation, VA certification or academic assignments. The open social space can be utilized by student veterans as a place to study, relax and strengthen the sense of community among the college’s student veterans.

For more information about the 2019-2020 Military Friendly Schools list or Bristol’s Joseph A. Marshall Veterans Center, please visit, call Justin Caverio at 774.357.3235, or email

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