COA earns Top Ten 2024-2025 Military Friendly® School Designation

Published 4:48 pm Tuesday, April 23, 2024

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College of The Albemarle has announced its recent designation as a Top Ten 2024-2025 Military Friendly® School. The school is ranked fourth among the top 10 small community colleges nationwide.

COA has been designated as a Military Friendly® School for four years: 2021-2022, Designated, Friendly; 2022-2023, Silver, Friendly; 2023-2024, Gold, Friendly; and 2024-2025, Top Ten, 4th – Small Community Colleges. Additionally, COA has been designated as a Military Spouse Friendly® School for two years: 2022-2023, Silver, Friendly and 2023-2024, Gold, Friendly. The 2024-2025 designations for Military Spouse Friendly® Schools have not been released yet.

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 2024-2025 survey, with 537 earning special awards for going above the standard.

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The 2024-2025 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May and October issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at

Viqtory determined methodology, criteria and weightings with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent higher education and military recruitment community leaders. 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.

“Providing a supportive college experience for our military and veterans is important for fulfilling our commitment to COA’s strategic plan, which prioritizes inclusivity, diversity, and excellence in education,” said Kris Burris, COA vice president of student success and enrollment management. “Our recognition as a Top Ten 2024-2025 Military Friendly® School reflects our dedication to serving those who have served our country and aligns with our mission to empower all students to achieve their academic and personal goals. For information on our military and veteran support at COA, please visit”

“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 Institutions 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,” said Kayla Lopez, national director of military partnerships, Military Friendly®.