What Does “Military Friendly University” Mean?

By Elizabeth Rittiman - January 29th, 2015

For Colorado State University-Global Campus, “military friendly” means going above and beyond to support those who make the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.

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CSU-Global has been traveling across the U.S. attending military education fairs and conferences. Last week we were in the D.C. area and this week we are in Southern California. We attend these events to make sure we’re doing everything we can to provide the best service possible to our military students and to be military friendly. Now, we realize that military friendly university could mean just about anything. We can’t speak for all schools, but we can tell you what it means here at CSU-Global Campus.

Honor

First of all, it means a lot to us. It’s a great honor when a veteran or active duty servicemember inquires about our school. We believe in supporting our troops and feel like what we have to offer is our way of giving back to them for their sacrifices for our country.

The ways CSU-Global is designed really fits in well with the life of a military student. Our university fits their need for something flexible, affordable, high-quality, and accessible. In addition to being a great college for veterans, reserve, and military family members, our military students can even pursue their degree while actively serving overseas. We are constantly working to ensure we provide the support and services they need to successfully complete their degrees and are prepared for their next career after their service to our country.

Support

We offer our active servicemembers, veterans, and their families many forms of  military education assistance, such as a discounted tuition rate that is guaranteed to remain the same as long as they are enrolled, alternative credit options, and policies that maximize the amount of transfer credits accepted from past military experience. We are also approved for Military Tuition Assistance and Veteran Assistance Benefit programs, and offer a few military specific scholarship opportunities. These are all reasons Military Advanced Education magazine selected us as one of their Top Schools for military students for 2015.

In our fall trimester, more than 16 percent of our student body had some form of military affiliation. This includes many active duty military personnel working toward their online bachelor’s or master’s degree while serving overseas.

Connections

Part of our goal of student support is achieved through the ability to connect military students and alumni from around the world. CSU-Global is a proud member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium (SOC) and the VA Principles of Excellence Program, which helps us continue to improve our services and dedication to student success. Our Student Veterans Organization is an approved chapter of the SVA, and provides additional career support and networking opportunities with other military  personnel not only at CSU-Global but with chapter organizations at other institutions.

If you are in the military currently, a veteran, or have a family member who has served, we thank you for the sacrifices you have made for the safety and well-being of our country.  If you know someone who is that is looking to continue their education, we hope you’ll tell them about us.  Visit CSUGlobal.edu/military to learn more our military-inclusive services and support.

Elizabeth Rittiman
Elizabeth Rittiman spent the first seven years of her career working in television news. When she moved to Denver with her husband in 2011 she used the opportunity to switch gears in her career to find a role where she could be more of an advocate for the things she was passionate about, education being one of them. When she’s not working, she enjoys skiing and snowshoeing in the Rocky Mountains.

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