Northwestern State University has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

Northwestern State University has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
“Northwestern State has a long history of working with active duty personnel and veterans to help them obtain a college education,” NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb said. “The faculty and staff at Northwestern State value their service to our country and work closely with each individual as they work toward a degree.”
Northwestern State has a campus at Leesville/Fort Polk and also offers classes at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. The university has 31 degree programs available online.
"The people at Northwestern have always been available to answer questions and assist me,” said Tommy Peek, a senior general studies major, who is stationed at Fort Polk. “I had times when I was taking summer courses that it was difficult because of my work schedule, but the faculty understood and worked with me.”
Peek plans to retire from the military later this year after a 14-year career that includes deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Okinawa.
“My brother was at Northwestern and my father encouraged me to give it a try, and I’m glad it worked out that way,” Peek said.
Peek said faculty and staff Dr. William Housel, Martha Koury, Bob Triplett and Juanita Self made special efforts to help him.
After graduating in May, Peek plans to go through alternate certification and become a history teacher.
“I always had a keen interest in history," he said. Being in the military and being part of history added to that interest. I began to understand the various doctrines that were developed and how they impacted history. I get animated when I talk about history and I hope that can lead to students developing an interest in history.”
This is the third time Northwestern State has been named a Military Friendly School.
The Military Friendly Schools website at militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.
For more information on services at Northwestern State, go to registrar.nsula.edu/va-and-military-information.