Veteran Friendly Universities

We can’t stress this enough: competitive universities want to diversify their classrooms with high achieving student veterans such as yourself. Some colleges have gone so far as to create their own programs in order to exclusively target nontraditional-student recruitment. We promise to keep this page updated as more opportunities arise.

Columbia University:
School of General Studies

A college within Columbia University, specifically tailored to the needs of nontraditional students

“Core Strategy: By recognizing the diversity and specific needs of the veteran student, we sustain communication, collaboration, and innovative engagement with both the veteran and non-veteran community to provide the platform needed for veterans to successfully integrate, participate, and graduate – ultimately pursuing their goals within society.”

Yale University:
Eli Whitney Program

Welcoming nontraditional students with exceptional backgrounds and aspirations

“The Eli Whitney Students Program (EWSP) at Yale is designed for individuals with high academic potential who have had their education interrupted, at some point during their educational careers, for five or more years.”

Brown University:
Resumed Undergraduate Education

Bringing nontraditional students into their flexible, open curriculum

“The Resumed Undergraduate Education (RUE) Program is a small, highly competitive program ideal for students who interrupted or delayed their formal education due to family commitments, financial concerns, health issues, military service, employment opportunities or simply a compelling need to explore other paths.”

Stanford University:
Veteran Accelerator

Stanford’s free 8-week summer course, designed for veterans in their first two years of school

“Stanford Summer Session’s Veteran Accelerator is an eight-week, full-scholarship program designed for military veterans in their first two years of study and are headed towards a four-year degree or beyond. The program builds on a veteran’s significant military experience to further develop important academic, professional, and personal skills needed to thrive at a four-year institution. The Veteran Accelerator allows students to take two to three courses during the Summer Quarter at Stanford, while living on campus as participants in an active learning community.” For questions, email:

Georgetown University:
School of Continuing Studies

Veterans can (and do) attend all of the Georgetown colleges. SCS is just their college specifically tailored to nontraditional students, specifically targeting undergraduates in the form of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies.

“The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BALS) was designed for non-traditional students interested in a values-based interdisciplinary education. The BALS program helps students build a multidimensional understanding of a complex world. The Core Area curriculum brings together work from a variety of integrated disciplines in the areas of Culture, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Social Sciences, and Writing. Additionally, students choose one or more of the following Concentrations: Business and Entrepreneurship, Humanities, Individualized Study, International Relations, Professional Media and Communication.”

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