HPU Named to 2015 Military Friendly School List

September 23, 2014

Military Friendly School

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.

Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

For 40 years, Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Military Campus Programs (MCP) has provided an effective and challenging education for all military service members, their families, veterans, and Department of Defense (DOD) civilian personnel and other non-traditional students — helping them to achieve their educational and professional goals.

“I am proud to be celebrating the 40th anniversary of our commitment to serving military service personnel, veterans and their families. It is a part of the university’s history and culture, and we’re honored to be ranked once again as evidence of that,” said MCP Interim Dean Justin W. Vance, Ed.D.

MCP offers more than 20 degree programs, including Justice Administration, Computer Science and Diplomacy and Military Studies, with courses and programs online and on O‘ahu military bases. HPU is also known for its award-winning support of veteran students with a knowledgeable staff and Military Veteran Center.

“We look forward to continuing to innovate to meet the needs of military and veteran students for the next 40 years,” Vance said.

The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country. The survey captures more than 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.

For more information about HPU’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit

About Hawai‘i Pacific University:

Celebrating nearly 50 years, Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) is the state’s leading independent, non-profit university with a dedicated and accomplished faculty, and a student population recognized as among the most diverse in the nation. With its core campus in the heart of Honolulu’s business district, and campuses at Makapu‘u Point, Kāneʻohe and O‘ahu military bases, HPU gives students a distinct blend of small class sizes, hands-on learning opportunities, and global perspectives. HPU offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs for those seeking an educational adventure in the center of the Pacific Rim. 

About Military Friendly® Schools:

The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on our website,, and a complete list of schools can be found through our Schools Matchmaker tool on

About Victory Media:

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® media channels, republished in periodicals such as USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW, and frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.