Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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SDSU is dedicated to serving veteran students on and off campus. SDSU is dedicated to serving veteran students on and off campus.
 


Top School for Vets

SDSU was ranked in the top 30 schools for veterans.
By Hallie Jacobs
 

San Diego State University is recognized nationally as a military-friendly university, serving more than 3,000 student veterans, active duty, reservists and dependents each year.

Recently, Military Times Best for Vets recognized San Diego State University as a top school for veterans.

Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the G.I. Bill and availability of specific programs to help service members.

“SDSU continues to provide top-notch support to its veteran, active duty, reserve and military dependent students through various on-and off-campus programs and resources,” said Todd Kennedy, veteran’s coordinator for SDSU’s Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center. “Several factors contribute to our high level of success such as an incredibly supportive faculty and staff, a proactive and motivated student veteran population, and amazing support from traditional students and the surrounding San Diego community.”

The Best for Vets rankings include 86 four-year schools, 20 online and nontraditional schools and 14 two-year schools.  They will be published in the November issue of Military Times EDGE — the premier publication for military transition — and online at MilitaryTimes.com, as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.

“SDSU does an awesome job serving veteran students,” said Robert Taylor, a current student veteran. “I feel that the campus community really appreciates us and gives us a lot of opportunities to be successful.”

The extensive evaluation process for the rankings also factored in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates and student-faculty ratio.

Veteran friendly university

SDSU is dedicated to serving veteran students on and off campus.

“To continue building on what we provide to our military population, we are expanding and reinforcing our community bonds through mentoring and outreach programs, continuing to provide the best resources available to assist veterans with their educational benefits and goals and maintaining a high level of commitment to those who have served our country,” Kennedy said.

In the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center, veterans, reservists and active duty personnel, as well as their dependents, utilize resources that help with applying to the university, accessing military benefits and finding housing and employment.

SDSU is also home to the nation's first on-campus housing facility exclusively for veterans. The Veterans House offers a unique on-campus living experience for students, which includes a large meeting space, study space, a full kitchen and patio. The co-ed complex offers priority residency to SDSU veterans, active duty, reservists and dependents.