Mendoza School of Business

Notre Dame Awarded Military Friendly School Title from G.I. Jobs

Published: September 12, 2011 / Author: Carol Elliott

The University of Notre Dame’s MBA program at the Mendoza College of Business has been named
as a “2012 Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for
military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The list honors the top 20
percent of colleges, universities and trade schools – 1,518 out of more than
8,000 surveyed – that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service
members and veterans as students.

addition to being very pleased to assist those who have served our country so
well, we have found that military service is excellent preparation for MBA
study and business careers,” said Edward J. Conlon, associate dean of Graduate
Studies at the Mendoza College.

In its effort to help student veterans find the right
school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time.
This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the
student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews
from current students.  Student veteran
survey feedback can be viewed at

Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student
veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience,” said
Michael Dakduk, executive director for the Student Veterans of America.  “Nothing
is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans.”

members and veterans can also meet individual student veterans from the various
schools virtually on the site to learn more about personal school decisions and
the transition from the military to an academic environment. Schools
on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student
veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military
spouse programs and more.

Notre Dame has a long history of supporting the United
States Armed Forces, dating back as far as 1858 with the Notre Dame Continental
Cadets, a company composed of Notre Dame students. In September 1941, three
months prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Naval Reserve Officers’
Training Corps became the University’s first ROTC detachment. An estimated 12,000
officers completed their training at Notre Dame between 1942 and 1946.

The University participates in the GI Bill® known as the Yellow
Ribbon Program
. The legislation enacted by Congress authorized significant
benefits to eligible U.S. military veterans with honorable discharges who
served on active duty after Sept. 11, 2001, for at least 36 months.

“We remain dedicated in our commitment to serve those who
have served our great country so valiantly,” said Brian Lohr, Notre Dame MBA
admissions director. “Our $15,000 fellowship match of the Yellow Ribbon
Program is just one aspect of a much broader and comprehensive program to
ensure our veterans are well positioned for the future.”

The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled
through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools
nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed
with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators
from schools across the country.  A full
list of board members and additional information can be found on the guide’s
website at

The Notre Dame MBA at the Mendoza College of Business
enrolls approximately 340 students annually in its one-year and two-year
programs. The program is designed to sharpen students’ analytical and
problem-solving skills, enhance their leadership ability and increase emphasis
on ethical decision making. Students have the opportunity to study the
complexities of global business through international immersions in Asia, Latin
America and other locations. The Notre Dame MBA is ranked 24th among U.S.
business schools by Bloomberg Businessweek, and No. 5 in the Aspen Institute’s
2009-2010 Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey and alternate ranking that
indicates the school’s success in integrating social, environmental and ethical
issues into its program.

G.I. Jobs (
is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business which also publishes
The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur
magazines and annually rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers,”
“Military Spouse Friendly Employers” and “Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned

For more information about the Notre Dame
, the Yellow Ribbon Program or other opportunities available to military
MBA candidates at the University of Notre Dame, visit the Mendoza College of
Business U.S. Military Resource Site.

Contact: Brian Lohr, 574-631-8488 or


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