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College of The Albemarle Earns Top Ten 2024-2025 Military Friendly® School Designation

Elizabeth City, NC – College of The Albemarle is pleased to announce its recent designation as a Top Ten 2024-2025 Military Friendly® School. We are proud to be ranked fourth among the top ten small community colleges nationwide.

College of The Albemarle has been designated as a Military Friendly® School for four years: 2021-2022, Designated, Friendly; 2022-2023, Silver, Friendly; 2023-2024, Gold, Friendly; and 2024-2025, Top Ten, 4th – Small Community Colleges. Additionally, we have been designated as a Military Spouse Friendly® School for two years: 2022-2023, Silver, Friendly and 2023-2024, Gold, Friendly. The 2024-2025 designations for Military Spouse Friendly® Schools have not been released yet.

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 2024-2025 survey, with 537 earning special awards for going above the standard.

The 2024- 2025 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May and October issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at

Viqtory determined methodology, criteria, and weightings with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent higher education and military recruitment community leaders. 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.

“Providing a supportive college experience for our military and veterans is important for fulfilling our commitment to COA’s strategic plan, which prioritizes inclusivity, diversity, and excellence in education,” said Kris Burris, COA Vice President of Student Success and Enrollment Management. “Our recognition as a Top Ten 2024-2025 Military Friendly® School reflects our dedication to serving those who have served our country and aligns with our mission to empower all students to achieve their academic and personal goals. For information on our military and veteran support at COA, please visit”

“Military Friendly® is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in our 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. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages Institutions 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.”- Kayla Lopez, National Director of Military Partnerships, Military Friendly®.

For COA-related information or media inquiries, contact Tammy W. Sawyer, COA Director of Communications and Marketing, at [email protected] or 252-335-0821, ext. 2420.

For information about Military Friendly® Schools, contact Kayla Lopez, Senior Director of Military Partnerships, at


About Military Friendly® Schools: The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources from more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data -driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at

About College of The Albemarle: As the regional community college for Northeastern North Carolina, College of The Albemarle fosters educational excellence and is the heart of the communities we proudly serve. With a rich and expansive history, COA offers accessible, high-quality education to students across Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties. Our four campuses, strategically located throughout the region, reflect our commitment to student success. At COA, we empower individuals, transforming lives and shaping the future of our region. Discover your potential with College of The Albemarle, where education meets opportunity.

About Viqtory: Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at