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University of Dubuque Earns 2022-2023 Military Spouse Friendly® School Designation

By Stacey Ortman

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The University of Dubuque has earned a 2022-2023 Military Spouse Friendly School designation for its leading practices, outcomes, and effective programs for military spouses.

"Not only does the University of Dubuque strive to support our veterans, but I am proud of the way we support our veteran spouses and families. One of the ways we go the extra mile for spouses is by offering them reduced tuition through our Salute to Service program. With the program, veteran spouses who may have had their careers impacted by multiple military moves can more readily attend college," said Rick Ernst (CSM, USA, Ret.), director of the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center.

Institutions earning the Military Spouse Friendly School designation were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over 1,200 schools participated in the 2022-2023 survey with 785 schools earning the designation as a Military Friendly School, of which 346 were selected for the Military Spouse Friendly Schools list.

Earlier this year, UD received the 2022-2023 Military Friendly School designation and placement on the Top 10 Military Friendly Schools list as No. 3 in the Private Schools Offering Doctorate category.

UD's commitment to service members and veterans dates back to World War II with the Navy's V5/V12 programs and continues to the present day with a vibrant U.S. Army ROTC program. Additionally, the veterans center provides veterans a seamless transition from military life to civilian college life.

The 2022-2023 Military Spouse Friendly Schools list was published in Military Spouse magazine's June issue and can be found at

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. The institution's ability to meet the following thresholds were measured: student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer), and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

"Military Friendly is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in our designation process. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to evolve and invest in their programs consistently and with purpose. Schools who achieve designation show true commitment and dedication in their efforts. Our standards assist schools by providing a benchmark that promotes positive educational outcomes, resources, and support services. Focusing on the betterment of the educational landscape and providing positive outcomes and economic opportunity for the Military Community," said Kayla Lopez, national director of Military Partnerships, Military Friendly.

For more information about veteran services at UD, visit