SUNY Ulster’s Military Friendly Status Raised to Gold for 2018

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SUNY Ulster’s Military Friendly Status Raised to Gold for 2018

Named a Top 10 Military Friendly® School for 2018 with a Gold Status

man dressed in military uniform on suny ulster campus

December 7, 2017
Stone Ridge, NY

SUNY Ulster’s Military Friendly Status Raised to Gold for 2018

Named a Top 10 Military Friendly® School for 2018 with a Gold Status

SUNY Ulster has been named a Top 10 Military Friendly® School for 2018 with a Gold status. The College has been awarded a Military Friendly designation since 2009. Under Military Friendly’s new specifications, Ulster has moved up to the Top 10 in small community colleges with a Gold status, putting the college in the top 5% of community colleges nationwide who receive a Military Friendly designation.

Military Friendly® is the designation that measures a school’s commitment to veteran and veteran dependent recruitment, retention, and advancement. These are assessed through an analysis of graduation/career outcomes, academic policies, admissions/orientation, culture/commitment, financial aid, and military student support.

SUNY Ulster’s veteran and veteran family member student population has grown over the past two years, particularly in dependents and vocational rehab veteran students. Kevin Keaveny, a SUNY Ulster student veteran says, “I was in the National Guard. I really couldn’t do the career I had anymore. That’s when I came to the school and started talking with the Veterans Service Coordinator and some of the other faculty. They helped guide me to the career goal I’m heading toward now.”

SUNY Ulster’s veteran students benefit from a broad array of College-wide support services as well as a number of support services specific to veterans as they work toward their degree:

  • An accredited part-time Veterans Service Coordinator on campus who provides help navigating the application process for benefits earned through service
  • A Battle Buddy Center located on campus which offers a quiet place for student veterans and veteran family students to connect and work on projects
  • The Veterans Club

Ulster is an approved educational institution under the Veteran's Educational Assistance Act (GI Bill) and the Dependent's Act. SUNY Ulster also cofounded the Veterans Consortium of the Hudson Valley for Higher Education, which is a culmination of 14 colleges working together on best practices for veteran students.

Manuel Torres, SUNY Ulster’s Veterans Service Coordinator, says, “We work one on one with veterans to maximize the use of benefits to ensure they are able to reach their desired goal. We also work with outside agencies to address any problem our veterans may encounter, from homelessness to mental health issues. By providing the necessary resources we maximize veterans’ chances for success.”

Interested veterans and their families can learn more about SUNY Ulster’s military veteran opportunities at www.sunyulster.edu/admissions/military .

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