University of Dubuque Named a 2019 Military Friendly® School

Feb 21, 2019 | University Relations staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque ranks third in the nation on VIQTORY’s 2019-2020 Military Friendly® Schools list for private schools offering a doctorate.

“We are honored to once again be recognized as a Military Friendly School. The designation is reflective of our continuing commitment to veterans and their families,” said Rick Ernst (CSM, USA, Ret), director of the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center at UD.

Military Friendly® measures an organization’s commitment, effort, and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community, according to The Military Friendly® Schools list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies and proprietary survey information from participating organizations.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a propriety survey completed by the school. This year, 766 schools earned the prestigious designation.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by VIQTORY with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council. 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.

There are over 150 military affiliated students at UD. The University’s commitment to service members and veterans dates back to World War II with the Navy’s V5/V12 programs and continues to the present day with a vibrant U.S. Army ROTC program. Additionally, the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center provides veterans a seamless transition from military life to civilian college life.

The 2019-2020 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine. The list can be found online at

For more information about the veteran services at UD, visit