What Makes Ohio University Military Friendly?
Disclaimer: It is not the intent of Ohio University to imply an endorsement by any service branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Students in uniform are current and former Army and Air Force ROTC students, and it is not the intent to imply an endorsement by the Army and Air Force.
Why Should Veterans and Military Dependent Students Come to Ohio University?
Located in the heart of Southeast Ohio, Ohio University boasts a beautiful Appalachian setting, diverse campus and rich history. Ohio University values your experiences and provides several outstanding resources to ensure your success. Join the over 5,000 military affiliated students currently enrolled at Ohio University along with countless veteran faculty and administrators in the college experience.
Opened in 2014, the Brigadier General Abraham and Colonel Greenfield Veterans and Military Student Services Center is conveniently located in Baker University Center Room 350, with support offices located on our regional campuses to assist you with any educational issues you may encounter. Ohio University dedicates 3 full time employees to assist students in the use of their educational benefits and conduct supplemental advising. Additionally, the Department of Veterans Affairs funds 13 work study positions between the main campus and each regional campus.
For seven consecutive years, Ohio University has been recognized by G.I.Jobs as a "Military-Friendly School". This designation is limited to the top 15% of schools in the nation. In 2018 Ohio University was awarded #8 in the nation as a Tier 2 Research Institution. Some of the contributing factors in this designation is OU's participation in the 'Service members Opportunity College Consortium', 'Principles of Excellence Program', specific policies established to allow students to attend VA appointments without penalty, and creation of veteran delegates on the Student Senate bodies.
Your Veterans and Military Student Service Center is here to assist you in determining your academic interests, filing educational benefits requests, exploring opportunities on campus, and identifying post education employment. We work very closely with the Bursar Office and Veterans Affairs to ensure your educational benefits are applied for and allocated properly. In coordination with the Career & Leadership Development Center, we established career opportunities with businesses who have military friendly hiring practices. We provide supplemental academic advising and review program requirements to ensure you minimize your academic timeline to reduce expenses while achieving your academic pursuits. We also provide oversight of our three military affiliated organizations: Combat Veterans Club, Student Veterans of America and Military Dependents Club.
Some of the benefits you receive include:
Military Transfer Credit and Experience Evaluation, Priority class registration, Possible waiver of 2 year residency requirement, Authorized absences for drill attendance, Waiver of vehicle registration for drilling reservists, Counseling and Psychological Services for veterans, Dedicated commuter/veterans lounge on campus, and Developing Faculty-Student mentorship program
The Veteran Learning Community (VLC) concept was created to help our first year student veterans succeed in the college environment. The VLC allows our first year veterans an opportunity to have shared course schedules and provides a support network as you assimilate into college life.