Military and Veterans Services
Current and former U.S. military personnel make up a growing number of individuals starting or returning to college. The reality is that veterans, whether currently serving, just back from active duty, discharged, retired, or just starting out in military life, require a unique set of tools to complete their degrees.
At Kutztown University (KU), we understand your need for flexibility in programming because of time commitments and training/deployment schedules that come with military life. We understand your need for guidance through the complexity of scholarship and tuition assistance programs. We understand exactly what you need to get started, continue your education, and earn your degree.
You honored us with service to our country; we honor you with support and guidance to achieve your academic goals.
Why Veterans Choose KU
Veterans choose Kutztown University for the same reasons other students do. KU is a nationally-recognized military friendly school that provides an exceptional education at an affordable cost. KU is a vibrant, modern institution that offers more than 100 areas of study, opportunities to study abroad, an array of living and dining options, recreation, clubs, organizations, NCAA Division II athletics and volunteer options. Our beautiful campus is located 20 miles from Allentown and Reading, 90 minutes from Philadelphia and two hours from Delaware, New York City and Maryland. But more importantly to you, KU has a Veteran and military-supportive atmosphere.
This supportive atmosphere starts with a committed and knowledgeable staff. Our Veterans Services Center, located in the McFarland Student Union, is your one-stop-shop that provides a welcoming space with centralized staff, resources and services. Our Veterans Services Coordinator serves as your single point-of-contact and will help you coordinate comprehensive services. KU offers a number of services for Veterans, Service members and family members to make the pursuit of academic goals more manageable.
KU awards credits for military training, CLEP and DANTES according to ACE guidelines, provides financial aid and military benefits assistance, academic advising, career planning, and counseling and disability services. To meet the needs of our diverse military-affiliated student population, faculty and staff participate in sensitivity awareness training and some serve as Veterans liaisons in key university offices. You can broaden your horizon through Army ROTC leadership programs and participate in our Military Club activities.
KU structures our veterans programs and services with the student-veteran in mind. Our advisory board who consists of administrators, faculty, staff, military club members, local VA and veteran-related organizations, meet regularly to provide services that meet your need.
- Guidance and assistance on educational benefits eligibility and processing paperwork.
- On-campus Veterans Liaisons in key offices (Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, Housing, and others) to assist students to navigate the university system.
- Green Zone/Got Your Six sensitivity awareness training that educates faculty and staff about the student-veteran transition experience so they can become campus advocates.
- Provide scholarship opportunities through our partnership with the VFW Post 560 Scholarship program.
- Counseling and Disability services, along with services that support student-veterans struggling with military-related trauma such as PTSD, TBI, and MST.
- Conduct events and programs that connect veterans and build relationships with the campus community, Student Veteran Organization, community organizations, and employers.
- Provide a Veterans Orientation for all new student-veterans and military-affiliated students.
- Peer sponsors available during semester to help new students become familiar with KU's vast services and opportunities.
- Mentoring program to support career goals.
To ensure Kutztown University is a recognized leader among institutes of higher learning for the delivery of quality veterans services and opportunities that foster academic success, professional growth, and meaningful employment.
To be an actively engaged resource and referral center that provides excellent customer service, meaningful support, and timely guidance.
To honor KU military members, veterans, their families and supporters by providing meaningful service.
The Kutztown University Office of Veterans Services provides a one-stop-shop suite of services, events, and programs for our military-affiliated students, faculty, and staff. We exist to help our military-affiliated population succeed in their educational and career goals. The Veterans Services Center is a vital hub where students can study, relax, have access to computers and printers, socialize, meet members of the Military Club, and receive assistance with their GI Bill and other benefits. The Center offers a lounge environment equipped with flat screen television, a kitchenette with snacks and drinks (as available), Wi-Fi access, a multi-charging station for all your electronics, and Xbox. Stop by and visit our 'mini-USO!'
Veterans - term used to describe a person who served or is currently serving honorably in one of the U.S. Armed Forces- U.S. Army, U. S. Marines, U.S. Navy, U.S Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve Component.
Military-connected - term used to describe dependents (spouse and children) of military members who served or are currently serving.
Military-affiliated - term used to describe all students who have some affiliation to the military; those serving and those who are dependents of military members.