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CSU once again named Silver-level Military Friendly® School

By Jenna Johnson | April 7, 2022
AFROTC Detachment 772 cadets at Charleston Southern University. Photo by Ty Cornett

Charleston Southern University announced today that it has earned the 2022-2023 Military Friendly® School designation—Silver level. CSU is currently educating 248 veterans and 159 veteran dependents.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2022-2023 survey with 665 earning special awards for going above the standard. 

“This designation signifies CSU’s continued commitment in providing the best educational experience and service to those who have served,” said Paula Charls, VA school certifying official for Charleston Southern and a U.S. Air Force veteran. 

Charleston Southern has provided programs and services to military personnel and their families for more than 40 years. Veteran-specific services include: a dedicated lounge that allows veteran students a space to relax and study, a Student Veterans Association, and free veteran counseling services.

Ranked in the top 30 in U.S. News & World Report five years in a row, CSU is currently ranked #21 in the nation for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. 

The 2022-2023 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May and October issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory 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. 

Kayla Lopez, national director of military partnerships at Military Friendly®, said that the organization is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in the 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,” she said. “This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges 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.”For more information about CSU’s student veteran programs, visit  

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