UNT's commitment to student veterans has been recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine, which named UNT to its annual list of military friendly schools.
The list honors the colleges, universities and trade schools that most embrace America's veterans as students. The selection criterion included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.
As of the 2009-10 academic year, UNT had an estimated 1,200 student veterans. To better serve this large student veteran population, UNT opened a Veterans Center during the fall of 2009. The center, which is located in the University Union, helps veterans navigate the transition from service to college. UNT also has an active Student Veterans Association and offers emotional support through the Disability and Well-being Consortium.
"UNT is poised and committed to continue the development of a consistent and seamless student veteran support system. We are dedicated to responding and supporting student veterans as they have supported us through their military service," says Mona Hicks, dean of students and founding director of the UNT Veterans Center.
"Specifically, the UNT Veterans Center has three primary goals — to help remove barriers as student veterans transition to college life; connect student veterans to resources that will enhance their college experience; and give recognition for their military service, as well as academic achievement and social engagement."
G.I. Jobs is featuring UNT and the other honored institutions in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools and on a poster that is distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel.
Alyssa Yancey with UNT News Service can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.