Brescia Named to Coveted Military Friendly Schools® List

Victory Media Inc.’s Military Friendly Schools® 2015 has recognized Brescia University among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the county that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® School designation and survey-driven list is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success.

“Brescia is proud to be recognized as a Military Friendly school. Since our move to downtown Owensboro in the 1940s we have done our best to serve veterans and active military and we expect to continue to do so today and in the years to come,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President of Brescia University.

Brescia University’s relationship with veterans traces back to immediately following World War II when leaders of the City of Owensboro asked the founding Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph Junior College for Women to consider bringing some of their classes to Downtown Owensboro to accommodate veterans returning from the war. As a result, a second campus was formed in Owensboro.

Eventually, the consolidation of the two campuses led to what is now the current location of Brescia University.

“The 60’s were a difficult time as the country was in the middle of the Cold War and engaged in terrible conflict in Southeast Asia. The war was unpopular and poorly managed, and as a result returning service men and women were made to feel ashamed of their service, much of which occurred on campuses of our colleges and universities. Brescia was different,” stated Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne, Brescia alum and United States Navy veteran. “I was never made to feel ashamed on campus but was welcomed by faculty and students. Sure there were protests against the war, but not those fighting it. Brescia has been committed to serving the men and women of our armed forces since 1928. I am proud of my service in the United States Navy but I am also just as proud to be a graduate of Brescia College”

There are currently approximately 60 veterans attending Brescia and at least three students that are on active duty and attending classes through BUOnline, the university’s online program that was developed to allow for convenience, flexibility and affordability for all students empowered to learn.

The Military Friendly® Schools list is compiled through extensive research and data-driven surveys that captures more than 50 leading practices in supporting military students.  The results are independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.

“The future is bright in this community because of Brescia University. The future is bright because of the students who have attended the college and received a liberal arts education. I can tell you today, that I have every confidence in the world that the future of our children and our children’s children will be brighter than the future we experienced all because of institutions like Brescia and the opportunity to gain an education that is unparalleled throughout this state, throughout this nation and dare I say throughout the world,” said Daviess County Judge Executive Al Mattingly, Brescia Alum and United States Army veteran.

For more information about Brescia University’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit For a complete explanation of the criteria for the Military Friendly® Schools List, visit