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March 13, 2023 (Middletown, Conn.) — Middlesex Community College earned a national Top 10 Gold ranking in the Military Friendly® Schools list for 2023–2024 (small community college category). The college has been recognized at different levels every year since 2011—earning gold previously in 2022.

“Middlesex has a robust and diverse set of veterans on our campus. Achieving the designations of Top 10 and Gold with Military Friendly® Schools shows how much we are committed to them and the sacrifices they once made. We want to honor and support all that they have gone through to ensure a seamless transition into the civilian world,” said Melissa Michaud-Maltese, veterans outreach coordinator and a U.S. Navy veteran. “Being recognized for our efforts is humbling and one that not every school receives.”

Middlesex provides dedicated space on the Middletown campus, known as the Veterans OASIS Center, for veterans and military members to network, socialize and study. The center schedules workshops with the Department of Labor and the VA. In addition, the college’s Veterans Club offers community programs to support veterans and their families. Learn more about veterans services on the college’s website at

More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2023–2024 survey with 665 earning special awards for their leading practices, outcomes and effective programs. Gold ranking is defined as a school scoring within 10 percent of the 10th-ranked institution in their category. Institutions were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey.

“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 colleges to evolve and invest in their programs consistently.” said Kayla Lopez, senior director of military partnerships for Military Friendly®. “Schools who achieve awards designation show true commitment in their efforts, going over and above that standard.”

For more information about VA education benefits at Middlesex, please visit

The 2023–2024 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.