The Valley is a good place to be a veteran student, according to recent rankings.
Amidst a nationwide scandal uncovering the mistreatment of veterans in Veterans Affairs Centers across the country, including Arizona, ASU stands as one of the top colleges for veterans by G.I. Jobs magazine, a publication that serves the 400,000 service men and women who leave the military each year and return to the civilian workforce.
Also working to make college an attainable goal for veterans, Maricopa Community Colleges recently announced that all 10 colleges are to be honored with the 2015 Military Friendly Status.
This year, ASU was also ranked second as the “Best College for Veterans” by College Factual, a list that is used to recognizes the top 15 percent of universities and trade schools that lead in providing educational support and benefits for veterans.
Not new to these lists, ASU has been receiving accolades for their commitment to veterans for many years. However, the university continues to be a pioneering leader in finding innovative ways to support not just military personnel, but their families as well.
The VetSuccess on Campus center is one of the original eight locations selected to be a part of a joint pilot program with the VA to have a vocational rehabilitation program and outreach coordinator on campus. Transitioning soldiers from active duty to being college students, the center offers support in counseling, advising, medical centers and vocational exploration.
Another tool unique to ASU is The Pat Tillman Veterans Center, which opened in the fall 2011, which offers a wide range of tools and support for student veterans not just directly related to their studies, but also housing and childcare.
In 2011, Governor Jan Brewer signed into law that any honorably discharged veteran moving to Arizona would automatically receive in-state tuition at any state university or college. ASU has also created a scholarship program to honor Pat Tillman, the fallen ASU alum who was killed by friendly fire fighting in Afghanistan. Scholarship programs and events that honor Pat Tillman work to honor his character, commitment to service and excellence.
Currently there are 3,108 students on the GI bill attending ASU, according to College Factual, and in Spring 2014, 250 veteran students were approved for graduation.