University of Mary Earns 2023-2024 Military Friendly® School Designation

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BISMARCK, ND — University of Mary announced today that it has earned the 2023-2024 Military Friendly® School designation.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® designation were evaluated using both the public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over 1,800 schools participated in the 2023-2024 survey with 530 earning the designation.

The 2023-2024 Military Friendly® Schools will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at

The University of Mary has consistently earned this designation on the Military Friendly® Schools’ select list. Quality, cost, and customer service continue to be the pillars of the University of Mary’s ongoing success and satisfaction with active serving military, veterans and their families.

“We have a whole department with over 50 years of military experience — including a military spouse — dedicated solely to our military students,” said retired Brigadier General Dave Anderson, coordinator of Military Student Services at the University of Mary. “We understand all the needs, military guidelines and the dos and don’ts to make sure all our military students get everything they are entitled to by walking them through the process, step by step. We want to make the enrollment process as easy and seamless as possible so the student and their military families can enjoy the educational process without worry or anxiety.”

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 response set and government/agency public data sources, within a logic-based scoring assessment. We measure 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.

Several veterans with many years of military experience actually teach graduate courses at the University of Mary. They served their country, then earned their doctorate degrees, and are now faculty. These instructors’ first-hand knowledge of the requirements and day-to-day demands of the actively serving military is vital to their success as students.

“Our graduate programs are basically free for those actively serving in all branches of the military, including the National Guard and Reserve,” added Anderson. “The University of Mary scholarships the difference the student receives from the military tuition assistance, so their education at UMary is tuition free. Military students have the option of taking their courses on-site, online, or a combination of the two in a blended format. Military students who choose to do on-site or the blended method receive more funding from the Veterans Administration (VA) benefit. Our undergraduate military students also receive a scholarship that pays up to $2,400 per semester.”

Active serving military, veterans and their families interested in enrolling at University of Mary can email Anderson at, call (701) 355-8339, or visit

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Anyone who wishes to learn more about any undergraduate or graduate programs can do so at, or, respectively, or by contacting an admissions representative at, or by calling (701) 355-8030. The University of Mary is one of only 15 Recommended Cardinal Newman Society Residential Colleges and Universities in the US.

About the University of Mary: True to its motto “lumen vitae”—The Light of Life—the University of Mary offers education for the whole of life through cutting-edge professional programs and graduate programs animated by moral courage and leadership in chosen professions and service to the community. A private, co-educational Catholic institution, the University of Mary welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.

A Christian, Catholic, Benedictine institution founded in 1959 by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, Mary offers nearly 60 bachelor’s, 15 master’s, and five doctoral programs—in Business Administration, Education, Nursing Practice, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. The 19-sport Athletic Department adheres to its Greatness Through Virtue mission under the governance of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) conferences. With more than 3,800 students, Mary has locations in North Dakota, Montana, Arizona, Rome, Italy, as well as vibrant online offerings. For more information, visit

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