TWU recognized for support of veteran, military students
Texas Woman’s University has been recognized by top veterans publications for its support for student military service members and veterans.
The university was named a Military Friendly® School for the ninth consecutive year. The 2018 Military Friendly Schools list recognizes higher education institutions that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. Criteria for Military Friendly Schools include military support on campus, academic credibility, percent of military students, academic credit for military service, flexibility for military students and more.
Texas Woman’s also ranked among the Military Times’ Best Colleges for 2018. Formerly known as Best for Vets, the rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ annual survey, a comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement.
“Serving those who’ve served is so important to us, it’s front and center in our Strategic Plan,” said Amy O’Keefe, executive director of the TWU Office of Campus Alliance for Research Education. “We are proud of our student veterans’ accomplishments and appreciate these important designations.”
TWU’s special services for veterans include:
- Academic credit for military experience (when applicable)
- Early course registration
- Personalized help with Hazelwood and GI benefits
- Small class sizes
- Study workshops
- A Student Veterans Association and veteran cords at commencement
- A website, twu.edu/veterans, which has admissions information specifically for veterans
- An active TWU Student Veterans Association
The university also offers a Veteran Student Center that provides a study and gathering space where TWU student veterans can connect with others who have served and those who want to support them. The Vet Zone symbol displayed across campus points veterans to faculty and staff who have participated in training to better support veteran and military affiliated students.
Julie Ortiz, who graduated with a bachelor of general studies degree in December, served four years as a U.S. Navy corpsman. The Veterans Center at Texas Woman’s provided a place where “Everyone has respect and value for each other and we are treated more like family,” she said.
“My military service gave me a sense of worth, and helped me figure out who I wanted to be,” Ortiz added. “TWU has provided me the tools I need to make those dreams my reality.”