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Veterans at Rutgers

Rutgers supports veterans and military-affiliated students pursuing a college degree

Top 15
Named a top school for vets since 2012

Military Times

#1
Rutgers–Camden is New Jersey’s first Purple Heart University
1,900+
Military-affiliated students
 

5 Reasons Veterans Choose Rutgers

Veterans and military-affiliated students choose Rutgers for the same reasons many others do: the university's vast array of educational offerings, huge alumni network, and proximity to major job markets are all big benefits. But there are a few specific draws to Rutgers for military-affiliated students, including: 

  1. Reputation - Rutgers is dedicated to facilitating a smooth transition through a wide range of programming and services that address academic needs, promote wellbeing, and enhance the professional development of our military-affiliated population.
  2. High job placement - more than 80 percent of respondents to a military-affiliated student survey reported finding full-time work after graduating.
  3. Networking - Rutgers boasts an active membership in STEM Veterans USA, which helps student-veterans find employment in STEM fields. Groups such as RU-Vets, Student Veterans of America (SVA), and the Society of Women Engineers provide additional networking opportunities.
  4. Strong community - student-veterans have many opportunities to bond and network, including through recreational activities such as lessons with PGA golf pros, kayaking, and rock climbing, funded through the university's Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services. 
  5. VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) - run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VSOC provides benefits assistance and counseling. A VSOC counselor is on campus at Rutgers.
Seth Habacht (SAS '20)

Transferring GI Bill Benefits to Dependents

Reminder: If you plan to transfer your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a spouse or dependent, you must elect to do so before you leave the armed forces.

The Student-Veteran Experience

"In my experience Rutgers University is a fantastic institution and the Rutgers Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services is second to none. They go above and beyond helping you use your military benefits, they sincerely care about the students they assist, and they work tirelessly to make sure everyone is taken care of. Whether it is registering for classes, getting on a payment plan, selecting housing, the list goes on."
Michael DeBonis, U.S. Air Force, Class of 2019

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