MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University (NMU) was recently named one of the top Military Spouse-Friendly Schools in the nation.

This recognition was given to NMU by Viqtory which is a company that specializes in providing civilian opportunities to veterans and their spouses.

The university has received this honor for five consecutive years and in the past two years, they have been ranked in the top 10.

This year, they ranked 6th among small public schools nationwide.

“One of the reasons that we’re recognized, not only by the national media but also by the state of Michigan as a Veteran Friendly School, is because they want to be here because they don’t feel alone. One of the problems that veterans have after leaving the service, whether it’s school or the workplace, is they feel alone all of a sudden after that military experience and they’re dropped into a new environment” said Student Veteran Services Coordinator at NMU, Michael Rutledge.

Rutledge, who is a veteran himself, understands the transition from military life to civilian life and tries to make the transition as seamless.

NMU was chosen because of the opportunities they offer to members of the military, their spouses and their family members.

These opportunities include in-state tuition for spouses and dependents, flexible learning options, career counseling and mentoring programs.

For more information on NMU’s veterans benefits, click here.