CSU Committed to Veteran’s Success
November 25, 2013
The California State University (CSU) is proud of the more than 13,000 veterans and their dependents that have chosen to fulfill their higher education goals at the CSU. The CSU strives to be a national leader in providing affordable, high-quality university experience for those who served and their families. The CSU recognizes the unique circumstances of active and former members of the military and that is why each of our 23 campuses has a specialized team of staff, programs and resources to ensure that these students are welcomed and supported along their path to a CSU degree.
Enrolling at a CSU Campus
To facilitate the transition to higher education, every CSU campus has a veteran team with a Veterans Service Coordinator serving as the primary point of contact. These professionals provide guidance on the application process, transferring credit and how to apply for financial assistance. The role of the Veteran Services Coordinator centers on a student support model designed to provide a continuity of resources aiding veterans and their dependents that have chosen to pursue a college degree.
Veterans receive priority admission and registration for classes throughout their educational career with the CSU. At the time of admission or matriculation, campuses review all military and academic records in order to provide a clear degree path for the student veteran. This review identifies the acceptance and articulation of prior credit, including credits that may have been earned through military experience and training.
Support at Key Stages
Individual campus programs are created to address the unique needs and composition of their student veterans and broader campus community. This support addresses three key stages in the CSU experience: the transition to campus, success on campus and campus to career.
Transition to Campus
Many campuses offer special orientation days or programs either on-line or in person for veterans. These opportunities introduce student veterans to campus resources as well as to individual members of the campus veterans’ community, which is important for developing a sense of camaraderie similar to what they experience in the military.
Success on Campus
Once student veterans begin their studies at the CSU, there are a variety of ways that the CSU supports their academic success: veteran-focused tutoring, advising, mentoring and counseling – including mental health services – if needed. All CSU campuses also have a student veteran organization that provides both a peer support network for students and leadership opportunities.
Several campuses have also developed training to provide faculty and staff with information about the unique needs of veteran students. These training programs help to foster a campus climate where faculty and staff are more aware of specific issues facing veterans and their families, ways to support student veterans and campus policies and procedures – allowing for better assistance of students when the need arises.
Campus to Career
To assist with the transition from campus to career, CSU campuses offer career fairs, advisement and some offer specific programs such as Troops to Engineers. Once veterans graduate, they often look for ways to continue their connection to the campus and give back to the community. This is why many campuses have established veteran alumni chapters.
CSU: A National Leader
The CSU’s efforts to serve veterans are being recognized nationally. For example, 21 of 23 CSU campuses are noted among the nation’s most military friendly universities according to www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, which identifies the top 20 percent of schools nationwide delivering the best experience to military students.