August 29, 2016

University of Detroit Mercy has once again been designated a Gold-certified Michigan Veteran-Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, the highest designation for any university or college in the state.

Gold Level The Michigan Veteran-Friendly School program is designed to formally recognize academic institutions of higher learning committed to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents. The program promotes best practices by awarding Gold, Silver and Bronze-level status to institutions that offer veteran-centric services and programs.

 “These colleges and universities have proven their dedication to the men and women who have served their country by ensuring they succeed in achieving their educational goals,” said MVAA Director James Robert Redford.

Criteria for certification include: On-campus veterans coordinator or staffed veterans center, an active student veterans club or association, processes to best identify current student veterans on campus, systems to evaluate and award credit based on prior military training and experience, a well-maintained veterans-specific website, evaluation of student veteran academic retention and the knowledge of student veteran job placement rates post-graduate. See the PDF for the full ranking list in Michigan.

University of Detroit Mercy’s VA certifying official is Diane M. Praet, Associate Vice President and University Registrar. She can be reached at the Office of the Registrar at 313-993-3313, or