Mount Aloysius College Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools ® Designation

Posted on: September 16, 2013

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Cresson, Pa.-Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Mount Aloysius College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list.  Mount Aloysius College was the first college in the region to achieve Military Friendly School status. This is the fifth consecutive year it has been named to the list.

The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows your school’s name commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year US Navy veteran.   “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

Complete survey methodology is available at

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.  A full list of board members can be found at

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

Mount Aloysius College is a private and affordable Catholic liberal arts college sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy– one of 16 Mercy Colleges nationwide. Established in 1853, Mount Aloysius College welcomes people of all faith traditions.

Mount Aloysius offers both undergraduate and graduate education. Since the founding of the College, alumni number nearly 15,000 world-wide. The College is committed to providing small class sizes, and students benefit from accessible faculty and staff.  The Mount Aloysius faculty to student ratio is 14:1.  The current freshman class of Mount Aloysius students comes from 18 states, five foreign countries and three continents. There are over 2,500 students enrolled.

At Mount Aloysius College, there are approximately 100 organized clubs, groups, honor societies, and an intramural sports program. Activities include a student newspaper, residence hall associations, student government, cheerleading, dance team, scholarship-funded theater and choir programs, and a student activities planning board. Mount Aloysius fun includes social events, intramural sports, athletic events, comedians, live music, theater, educational events, campus forums, and awesome guest lectures.

Mount Aloysius College is a member of NCAA Division III. Athletic programs involve both women and men and include basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, and tennis. Men’s baseball and women’s softball and volleyball are also offered.  Athletes benefit from the Ray S. and Louise S. Walker Athletic Field Complex, which include a softball field, one of the finest soccer fields in the area, the Calandra-Smith baseball complex and the Mountie Stables which house lockers, showers, storage, and concession facilities.

The Mount Aloysius Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center is nearing completion.  This 90,000 square-foot facility is located on the western edge of the beautiful 193-acre campus. This building is scheduled to open this fall taking Mount Aloysius athletics to a new level. The facility will also add a welcomed special events venue to the southern Allegheny Mountains.

Mount Aloysius is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. All nursing and health studies programs are also fully accredited.


Mount Aloysius College is located in the scenic Southern Allegheny Mountains of west-central Pennsylvania, in the town of Cresson.  The College’s setting is rural but mere minutes from State College, Altoona, and Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  Mount Aloysius is 90-minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.

Financial Aid

Mount Aloysius prides itself on affordability. Fully 94 percent of students at Mount Aloysius College received some form of financial aid.  The College awards academic awards based on GPA and SAT or ACT scores. Mount Aloysius College participates in all federal and state programs.

ABOUT Victory Media Inc

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

Aerial Photo of the Mount Aloysius Campus