Collin College Named "Gold" Military Friendly, Military Spouse Friendly School

April 05, 2024

Cougar News

Collin College Named "Gold" Military Friendly, Military Spouse Friendly School

Collin College has been named a 2024-25 Military Friendly® School at the Gold rank, as well as a Military Spouse Friendly School. This is the ninth consecutive year the college has been recognized with a Military Friendly designation and the first time it has been recognized at the Gold rank.

“I am thrilled with this recognition for our faculty and staff who work hard to make Collin College a great place for veterans and their families,” said Dr. Neil Matkin, Collin College district president. “We welcome these military-connected students and are eager to help them reach their graduation goals.”

Institutions which earn Military Friendly® School designations have been evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey which measure factors including student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. 

More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2024-2025 survey with 537 earning special awards for going above the standard. Collin College’s gold designation signifies that its survey score was within 10% of Top 10 schools in its category – Large Community Colleges. 

“Collin College is committed to providing a welcoming academic environment for veterans and military-connected students to achieve their educational goals,” said Alan Pixley, director of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs for Collin College. “We are thankful to be honored for our efforts with these designations and encourage military members and their families to learn about the services we offer.”

The 2024-25 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May and October issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at

For more information about Collin College’s student veteran programs, visit


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 postsecondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at



Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business 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


About Collin College

Collin College serves more than 58,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Cybersecurity, a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Construction Management, and a new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Clinical Operations Management. The only public college based in Collin County, Collin College is a partner to business, government, and industry, providing customized training and workforce development. For more information, visit