March 27, 2024

The Catholic University of America has been ranked as a top ten Military Friendly® School in the United States, reflecting the research university’s dedication to serving those who protect our nation at home and abroad.

Military Friendly®  ranked Catholic University eighth out of 1,800 schools that participated in the 2024-2025 survey, with 537 earning special awards for going above the standard. The research university — the second oldest in the nation and the oldest Catholic research university — also earned the designation of being a Military Spouse Friendly School. 

“There's a genuine level of care and investment from the staff and faculty in our student success,” said Curtis Addleman, the University’s executive director of Military and Veteran Student Services. “I think that translates well, to the military population. Because they know that even if they don't have all these answers, they're not on an island by themselves. They have a network and a community that's here to help them navigate whatever challenges come up.”

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

“We are proud to receive this designation to indicate we are a university that supports the men and women of our Armed Forces, their families, and veterans,” said Deanne Roe Gipson, vice president for Enrollment Management. “Our university has a variety of programs and services tailored to fit the educational needs of those in the military and veterans. We are there for those who serve.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey.  Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by the publication company, Viqtory, with input from the Military Friendly® School Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. 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. 

“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,” said Kayla Lopez, National Director of Military Partnerships, Military Friendly®. “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.”