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UMaine Augusta Campus Designated 'Military Friendly'

AUGUSTA, Maine - The University of Maine at Augusta has been designated one of the top military-friendly schools in the country by three publications. Spokeswoman Rachel Paling says that attracting military students has been an aim since the college opened in 1965.

"Our very first year we put a sign out: 'Welcome Veterans,' and that was for Vietnam-era veterans to enroll," Paling says, "and we've continued that tradition to this day. We've always supported military students and we hope to continue to do so."

UMA earned high rankings in GI Jobs Magazine, the Military Times, and the Military Advanced Education and Transition Guide to Colleges and Universities. Factors include support services for veterans, flexibility, financial aid, graduation rates for vets and more.

Among programs UMA offers veterans, Paling says, are a peer-mentoring program, special veteran’s lounges, as well having veterans on staff.