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Cal Poly Named ‘Military Friendly’ Campus for 2019-20

February 7, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO –– Cal Poly has been named a Military Friendly® School for 2019-20 by VIQTORY, a veteran-owned digital media, advertising technology and data utilization company.

Cal Poly is one of seven large public universities in California to receive the designation for efforts in serving military veterans and veteran-dependent students.

“I am extremely proud of the important work being done in the Veterans Success Center and across campus to support our military-connected students,” said Cal Poly Dean of Students Kathleen McMahon. “We hope more military-connected students will choose Cal Poly, knowing that we are committed to creating a meaningful and inclusive experience for the military community.”

The university opened its Veterans Success Center in 2015 and serves approximately 550 students annually.

“This designation is particularly meaningful to me because it validates the intentional hard work that happens within our center and throughout campus to assist veterans and military families,” said Kari Leslie, Cal Poly Veterans Success Center coordinator. “Whether they are a veteran returning to civilian life, currently serving, or a member of a military family, Cal Poly is here to support them from day one.”

Qualifying campuses earn the Military Friendly designation based on several factors, including graduation rates, first- and second-year retention rates, and job placement rates for veterans and veteran-dependent students. All told, the company utilizes information collected from public data sources and by its proprietary survey to determine designations.

A complete list of Military Friendly Schools will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine. For more information about Cal Poly’s Veterans Success Center, visit

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