Valdosta State University has been designated a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine, an honor it has received for several consecutive years. The national recognition ranks VSU among the “top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide for its service to military members, veterans, and spouses as students to ensure their success in completing a college degree.”

In 2010, VSU established the Adult Academic Degree Completion and Professional Development Programs. Using the acronym AMP (Adult and Military Programs) the department was developed to help improve degree completion for adult learners, with particular attention to members of the military and veterans.

Jerry Merwin, director of AMP, says the focus of the department is to recruit more adult learners, assist with the admissions process, and provide support until degree completion.

“We are carrying on a tradition that has been part of the VSU mission for a long time, in helping meet the educational needs of active duty service members and veterans of the military branches,” said Merwin. “We have permanent, fulltime VSU staff members working at both Moody Air Force Base and Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, and we offer undergraduate and graduate programs at both locations.”

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