You know that you’re going back to school, want to enroll in a 4-year degree program at a public school, & need military/veteran programming at said institution. But, that’s as far as your college search has gone. You’re left wondering, how are you going to select THE right school for you as a military-affiliated student?!

 

We’ve rounded up a list (in no particular order) of the 4 most military-friendly, four-year, public universities in the United States:

San Francisco State University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida International University

University of Hawaii-West Oahu

 

How did we come up with this list?

All of the above military friendly universities have the following:

  1. A Basic Allowance for Housing of $2,160 or higher
  2. A Student Veterans of America chapter
  3. A Full-time Veteran Counselor on Campus
  4. A Club or Association For Veterans
  5. Has Signed the VA Principles of Excellence
  6. Awards College Credit For Military Experience
  7. Awards Credit for CLEP & DSST Exams

If you aren’t aware of all of these different military assistance programs, you can learn about them all here. (*Without programs like these, how can a school rightfully call themselves a military friendly university?)

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San Francisco State University 

A lot happens on this bustling urban campus of 30,000 students. Between classes you can take part in one or more of SF State’s many clubs, organizations, fraternities or sororities. San Francisco State is a student-centered university, providing many support services from child care to disability assistance. The University offers a full range of cultural and performing arts events throughout the year, as well as athletic events, lectures and workshops. Once you’re enrolled as a student on campus you can check out SF State’s career planning resources to help you get that great job after graduation. San Francisco State attracts world-class faculty dedicated to the pursuit of excellent teaching, the development of students’ potential, and the advancement of discovery, understanding and expression.

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Florida Atlantic University

The Office of Military & Veterans Affairs at Florida Atlantic University promotes activities and programs intended to enhance military and veteran student success. The assurance of a caring environment conducive to veteran support with the widest possible reach is our perpetual commitment. By fostering a culture of communication and understanding between community and institutional stakeholders about veteran issues, veteran students are provided with the best tools and opportunities to succeed.  

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Florida International University

As Miami’s first and only public research university, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, FIU is worlds ahead in its service to the academic and local community. Designated as a top-tier research institution, FIU emphasizes research as a major component in the university’s mission. The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and the School of Computing and Information Sciences’ Discovery Lab, are just two of many colleges, schools, and centers that actively enhance the university̠’s ability to set new standards through research initiatives.  

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University of Hawaii-West Oahu

UH West O’ahu is located in the City of Kapolei on the island of O’ahu. The average enrollment is about 2,400 students via on-campus and distance learning. The University offers six bachelor’s degree programs in more than 25 areas of study in addition to seven certificate programs. Nearly 14% of enrolled students live on the neighbor islands. The average age of students is 27 of which 41% report their ethnicity as Asian, 14% Caucasian, 28% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 14% mixed, 3% other.UH West Oahu is a four-year, comprehensive university with an emphasis on baccalaureate education. UH is founded in the liberal arts, service professional, career-related, and applied fields, based on State and regional needs. UH West Oahu is committed to providing access to residents throughout the State of Hawaii through its partnerships with the University of Hawai’i community colleges and its delivery of distance education programs.  

 

Exploring These Universities…

To get a better idea of all these universities have to offer, explore their university profiles here. Most notably, you can also start a conversation with admissions personnel here. This way you can figure out if the university is in fact the right fit for you. Best of luck!

 

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