NJCU Receives Gold Distinction as a 2022-2023 Military Friendly School

March 9, 2022
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. | New Jersey City University (NJCU), led by its Office of Military & Veterans Services, has been recognized as a 2022-2023 Military Friendly® School and ranked with Gold Designation, militaryfriendly.com announced on March 7.

It is the first time NJCU, which has been previously honored as a bronze and silver-level recipient, has been classified as a Military Friendly Gold institution in the Small Public category.

"NJCU is proud to be recognized for its work with our students in the military,” said Jodi Bailey, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs. “NJCU is a better place because of the military community on campus. Our students are driven, entrepreneurial, hard-working, and dedicated to continuing education. Our faculty and staff are focused on honoring these students and helping them attain their degrees. We pledge to continue expanding services and programs for our students in the military."

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2022-2023 survey with 665 earning special awards for going above the standard.

The 2022-2023 Military Friendly Schools list will be published in the May and October issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.

Elaine Gargiulo, Director of Military & Veterans Services at NJCU, said: “We’re serving our students in a one-stop shop capacity to help them get from admissions to graduation and beyond. In addition to helping them academically, we assist with external resources, offer career opportunities to explore, and aid in their networking. For veterans, their fellow veterans are a family, and we treat them like family as well. I think as a whole, a resource like that is invaluable to our military and veterans students. Our graduation rates are higher, our retention rates are higher, and as NJCU’s focus to aid this population of students continues to improve, so have our resources. We are proud of this distinction as a Gold-level ranked university and celebrate what it represents.”

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.

Kayla Lopez, National Director of Military Partnerships, Military Friendly, added: “Military Friendly is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in our designation process. Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the Military Community. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to evolve and invest in their programs consistently. Schools who achieve awards designation show true commitment in their efforts, going over and above that standard.”

For more information about NJCU’s student veteran programs, visit https://www.njcu.edu/student-life/campus-services-resources/military-veterans-services

About Military Friendly Schools:
The Military Friendly Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources from more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data- driven Military Friendly  Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all postsecondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com

About NJCU:
New Jersey City University is an institution of higher learning with an audacious goal: the development of our students, our city, our communities, our state, and the world beyond. We are a game-changing force for our students and their families. Whether our students are enrolled in one of our 50 undergraduate, 30 graduate or three doctoral programs, NJCU provides an affordable, diverse environment, and an exceptionally supportive faculty—all of which prepares them to be critical thinkers in a global landscape.

We’re also changing the game for our city, our communities, and our state. As the educational anchor institution in Jersey City, we’ve established partnerships to ensure the area’s growth directly benefits our students and community members. We seek to improve the lives of everyone in the Garden State, whether creating a home for the arts, bringing educational programs to K-12 students, offering bachelor’s degrees in partnership with community colleges, or providing professional development opportunities for adults.

At NJCU, we’re not just educating minds, we’re nourishing souls and lifting communities. We’re changing the game.


Ira Thor
, Senior Director of University Communications and Media Relations | ithor@njcu.edu | 201-200-3301