SALEM, Ore.–

Corban University, a private Christian university, was named Military Friendly® School by Victory Media for the fifth year in a row.

military friendlyCorban received the recognition on Sept. 23, and is considered one of the top 15 percent of schools nationwide for veterans services by Victory Media, according to their website.

Forty-one student veterans currently attend Corban. Victory Media graded the university on military support on campus, academic credibility and assistance, and veteran graduation rates.

The university said it has “consistently worked with student veterans to help them receive the educational benefits for which they are eligible.”

Veterans attending Corban are eligible for a scholarship through the Yellow Ribbon Program, which allows students to use the maximum yearly Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits owed to them. Through the scholarship veterans can graduate without debt.

The university also provides non-financial support for veterans, through events and a new mentoring program.

On Veteran’s day some of the staff, faculty and students take turns recognizing those that died while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, by reading names from a list of more than 7,000 military men and women.

The new mentoring program will strive to help students veterans adjust to college life, according to the university’s website.

Marine Corps Veteran and Corban senior Andrew Holbert worked with Corban to develop strategies to help veterans transition from a military lifestyle to a college lifestyle.

Hoblert said the transition can be difficult, but the program will seek to ease the challenges. “Corban has an opportunity to see that veterans are taken care of and provided for the way Corban takes care of all of its other groups,” he said.

Corban has a welcoming environment that fosters life-changing growth in Christ, Holbert said, but veterans can still have a hard time adjusting to the environment.

“[The new] program is important to help vets embrace the environment our school has set, and it will help the transition between worlds,” he added.

For information about Corban University and veteran educational benefits offered contact Rebecka Vessey at or call 503-375-7017.

Angel is a Journalism student, finishing her last undergrad year at Corban University. She digs listening to The Black Keys, reading old smelly books, drinking cappuccinos, collecting quotes, and writing about grace. She would love to start her own print/online publication that would document people's stories and experiences.