For the fifth consecutive year, the United States Sports Academy has been named one of the country’s 2014 Military Friendly Schools, a coveted title for U.S. institutions that are actively ensuring the academic success of America’s military men and women.

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, created the Military Friendly Schools list to honor the top 20 percent of American colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans and spouses.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows the United States Sports Academy’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year U.S. Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.

Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.

The Military Friendly Schools’ website features the complete list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools is slated to be highlighted in the annual “Guide to Military Friendly Schools,” distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.