Military-Friendly Schools That Veterans Should Consider

Getting an education is usually an item that sits on the top of many veterans’ lists as they transition from the military to civilian life. However, the process of securing financial aid and finding the right match for a student who may be considered nontraditional (a bit older than most students) can seem intimidating for some. 

There are several schools that actually welcome and benefit military veterans. Some allow military students to convert their experience into college credit while others have more lenient admission standards. Here’s a list of ten 4-year institutions that military veterans should consider when seeking a post-secondary education.

1. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  The university has a dedicated office for military veterans to support students on campus.  Designated as a VetSuccess On Campus University by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Rutgers staffs its office with full-time VA employees that can relate to transitioning students. 

2. D’Youville College.  This Yellow Ribbon college supports post 9/11 GI Bill veterans that are eligible for full tuition benefits. In addition, they provide two additional grant programs for students in undergraduate and masters programs.

3. Texas A&M University. This state university provides an extensive admissions process and student and alumni network for vets that are interested in attending.

4. The Ohio State University.  This institution is great for people looking for a rich and diverse veterans community. The school boasts over 1,000 faculty and staff vets, 1,600 military students, and a robust ROTC program.

5. Syracuse University. The university, in partnership with JP Morgan, created IVMF, the first research and policy analysis institute dedicated to improving the lives of veterans. It’s career resource website, VETNET, was recognized by Forbes as one of the top 100 websites for job seekers.

6. CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. This school allows veterans to apply for late admission and grants students on return from active duty the opportunity to receive full credit for courses that they have earned a C or higher in.

7. Western Kentucky University. This institution participates in the Veterans Upward Bound program, which provides books free of charge to qualifying members. They also provide an extensive detailed admissions process for military students.

8. Penn State University - University Park.  This school recently announced that it has approved priority registration for honorably discharged student vets of the US armed forces, reserve and guard. The school also provides peer counseling for veterans to help with the transition into civilian life.

9. Miami University - Oxford. This institution provides a range of scholarships and tuition benefits for military students. It also provides financial assistance for military students that are interested in studying abroad.

10. University of Nebraska at Omaha. This school prides itself on having a one-stop office for military students, vets, and dependents, and provides a range of services including a VA work-study program and funding.