UMA Awarded Gold Status as a Top Military Friendly School

Military Friendly® has just announced the official list of schools that have earned the 2024-2025 Military Friendly® Schools awards level designations, and our gold level status indicates University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) is one of the very best.

Jennifer Cushman, UMA President, shared her delight at the news, “University of Maine at Augusta is honored to be recognized as a military friendly school. Our historic mission to meet all populations of students where they are, to get them where they want to be, is achieved through providing workforce training for today’s economy, in multiple locations and modes, and cultivating bachelor’s and master’s level essential skills for tomorrow’s economy, like problem solving and communication. Active duty personnel and veterans are an important population in this context. Our veterans center in particular provides a space for reflection and support from staff who understand their unique challenges, and we are proud of our attention to those who serve or have served in the military.”

Since its founding in 1965 when a simple “Welcome Veterans” sign encouraged Vietnam-era Veterans to enroll, UMA has continued a rich tradition of supporting military-experienced students. Vice President of Enrollment Management, Jonathan Henry, stated, “UMA is proud to again be recognized for our continued support of veterans and our strength in delivering quality higher education that is both accessible and affordable.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® Schools Awards designation were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over 1,800 schools participated in the 2024-2025 survey, 537 schools earned awards level designations in Gold, Silver, and Bronze. UMA was one of just 243 schools chosen for “Gold” award status for their leading practices, outcomes, and effective programs.

“We are very pleased to receive this recognition from Military Friendly Schools again this year,” proclaimed Amy Line, UMA Director of Military and Veterans’ Services. “UMA’s commitment to educating and providing opportunities to our military, veterans, and families continues to be a priority and it shows!”

The 2024-­2025 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in G.I. Jobs magazine’s May issue and found at