by Stephanie Barrera | Staff Writer |
CSUSB was placed in the top 15 percent of “Military Friendly” schools out of 7,000 U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools according to G.I. Jobs Magazine for the second year in a row.
The magazine conducted a nationwide survey that helped determine which of the 7,000 schools offered the best education for military members, veterans and their spouses.
CSUSB made the vetted list of 1,000 schools that represent the top 15 percent nationwide that the magazine yearly publishes.
According to G.I. Jobs Magazine, CSUSB placed high at offering support, financial benefits and flexibility to military-involved students.
CSUSB student Alex Weis has been in the ROTC Army program for four years and is the Operations Officer for the program on campus.
According to Weis, he is receiving a full scholarship, room and board and a $500 stipend every month.
He believes that CSUSB has been named a military friendly school two consecutive years for many reasons.
“CSUSB has a good military reputation and is being recognized because of our extremely good staff that consists of active and retired military officers that are very knowledgeable,” said Weis.
“[The staff has] good leadership and knowledge, a lot of what they know comes from those who have been overseas and in the front line which gives them firsthand experience,” said Weis.
“The staff on campus serves as mentors to those students who have not been overseas or have not been on active duty,” said Weis. “The ROTC program has helped me to further my career” continued Weis.
After graduating Weis plans on becoming a second lieutenant in the Army or possibly pursuing his Master’s degree.
One of the main displays of military support on campus is the ROTC program which consists of Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC.
The CSUSB Aerospace Studies Department declares that the Air Force ROTC prepares students to take on more responsibility while on active duty in the Air Force.
According to CSUSB Army ROTC, it is a program that leads to a commission in the U.S. Army and trains students to take on positions in the active Army.
Another reason G.I. Jobs Magazine distinguished CSUSB as a military friendly school was because they believe the university is flexible. CSUSB offers evening and weekend programs for students.
G.I. Jobs Magazine collected data from 626 military or veteran students enrolled at CSUSB out of the roughly 17,000 who attend the university.
Weis also believes that this campus is a good fit for veterans.
“We are a cheaper school which makes it easier for prior service members to return to school and get their degree,” said Weis.
Information on how to join ROTC can be found on csusbarmyrotc.com or by contacting CSUSB Aerospace Studies Department at (951) 537-5533.