UM Named 2020-21 Military Friendly School

MISSOULA – The University of Montana has once again been named a Military Friendly School by a national ranking organization.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the institution. More than 1,000 schools participated in the 2020-21 survey, with 625 schools earning the designation from every state in the country.

Military Friendly 2020 School logo“Over the years, UM has made every effort to improve services for our veterans and their beneficiaries,” said Shawn Grove, director of UM’s Veterans Education and Transition Service (VETS) Office. “We have expanded our office to three different locations across campus to increase our availability to our students.

“Every year, we’ve provided training opportunities for staff and faculty on how to better serve our veterans and their family members,” he said. “We are fortunate to be surrounded by talented staff and faculty dedicated to the well-being and success of our students.”

Now in its 10th year, the Military Friendly Schools list has come to set the standard for higher education institutions that provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses. This prestigious list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies and proprietary survey information from participating organizations.

The 2020-21 Military Friendly Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine. The list also can be found at

In addition to several years on the Military Friendly School list, UM has earned similar accolades recently. In 2015, the University was named a Purple Heart University for its service to veterans – one of a handful of select universities to receive than honor. In 2017, UM earned the Joining Community Forces-Organization Award in recognition of its service to student veterans. UM President Seth Bodnar also is a veteran who joined UM after a distinguished military career, including serving in the U.S. Army’s elite Green Berets.

To learn more about the ranking, visit More information about UM’s VETS Office is online at



Contact: UM VETS Office, 406-243-2744,