Penn State University Among Best Universities for Veterans

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U.S. News and World Reports consistently identifies Penn State among the top national universities for veterans (currently #2; http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/nat...). Similarly, G.I. Jobs named Penn State World Campus a military friendly school.

So what is it that we have done as a university to deserve these accolades? Here are a few of the things that Penn State does to serve our active duty service members, veterans, and their families.

  • Peer Counseling – get help from other veterans who have been there 
  • VA Work-study Positions – help in finding work intended to help defray the cost of college 
  • Veterans Priority Registration – veterans and seniors are allowed to register for classes first 
  • Support in using VA benefits at PSU in both residential and online enrollment 
  • Support in transferring credits from another college or university as well as from the military 
  • Support for disabled veterans and access to disabled veteran counselors 
  • Special Needs Endowed Scholarship - the purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate or graduate veteran or military dependent students who have a demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses 
  • Omega Delta Sigma a National Veterans Fraternity: http://www.omegadeltasigma.com/
  • An office of adult learner programs and services for residential students 
  • Access to dedicated professionals at the World Campus Advising and Learner Success Team 
  • Student clubs, podcasts, videos, webinars, town halls and activities designed to help veterans connect with the Penn State community 
  • Annual Student Veterans of America Conference 
  • In May, Penn State honors all military and veteran students during National Military Appreciation Month by holding Military Appreciation Day which includes: 1) fundraising done via text to benefit military and veteran students 2) football game seats reserved for military and veteran students. 
  • Penn State also offers support to professionals outside of the military that serve through partnerships with Operation Military Kids to serve teachers. 

For more information on these or other accommodations and services intended to ease veterans, active military students, and their families through the transition to college contact the Office of Veterans Programs at Penn State University.

Resources:

Penn State Admissions. (n.d.). Transferring credits, military credit, CLEP & DSST testing [Website]. Retrieved from http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/admissions/transferring-credits-military-...

Penn State News. (2012, February 6). PSU4PA: Penn State helping teachers support military families [Online article]. Retrieved from http://news.psu.edu/story/151961/2012/02/06/psu4pa-penn-state-helping-te...

Penn State News. (2012, February 28). Conference offers tips for life after military deployment [Online article]. Retrieved from http://news.psu.edu/story/151288/2012/02/28/conference-offers-tips-life-...

Penn State News. (2013, May 9). Penn State honors all military and veteran students during National Military Appreciation Month, including a record number enrolled online [Online article]. Retrieved from http://news.psu.edu/story/276572/2013/05/09/academics/world-campus-milit...

Penn State News. (2013, September 10). G.I. Jobs names Penn State World Campus a military friendly school [Online article]. Retrieved from http://news.psu.edu/story/287098/2013/09/10/academics/gi-jobs-names-penn...

Penn State News. (2013, November 11) U.S. News and World Report names Penn State top national university for veterans [Online article]. Retrieved from http://news.psu.edu/story/294803/2013/11/11/academics/us-news-and-world-...

Penn State Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equality. (2013). Office of Veterans Programs in the Office of the Vice Provost for educational equity [Website]. Retrieved from http://equity.psu.edu/veterans

Penn State Undergraduate Admissions. (2012). Transferring credits for adult and military students [Website]. Retrieved from http://admissions.psu.edu/info/future/adult/credit/

Penn State Undergraduate Admissions. (2012). Military credit [Website]. Retrieved from http://admissions.psu.edu/academics/credit/military/