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Supporting Student Veterans

Hazel Kelly

The CSU is dedicated to the success of students who served.

​Photo courtesy of Chico State [archive photo]


​​​The CSU's commitment to student success extends to all students, especially those who serve or have served our country. Approximately 7,500 servicemembers and veterans are currently enrolled at the CSU, and more than 11,000 dependents of servicemembers and veterans.

“An important part of our mission is to serve those who served," says Marshall Thomas, Ed.D., director of Veterans Affairs at the CSU's Chancellor's Office. 

Each CSU campus has a Veterans Success Center (also known as a Veterans Resource Center) that acts as the hub of information and support for military-connected students. Students can find information on student veteran organizations, benefits for state and federal veterans and dependents of veterans, and other resources available to military-connected students and those who are thinking about attending the CSU.

Some campuses also offer customized educational experiences and career support for veterans. The Veterans Education Program at Fresno State offers transitional education and career services for returning veterans of the Central Valley. The program provides returning veterans with a parallel admission route into the university, offering required coursework in cohorts exclusively for veterans. After successful completion, student veterans may transition to matriculated status at Fresno State.

CSU San Marcos has a program to help student vets discover careers in sustainable energy, called Veterans to Energy Careers (VTEC). The university recently received a $6 million grant to expand the successful internship program.

Many veterans may also be eligible for credit for prior learning​, or training they received while serving in the military, that will transfer to the CSU, shortening their time to degree.  

Countless student veterans and veteran alumni have earned trajectory-changing degrees at CSU campuses. And for at least eight years, a student veteran has been among the annual recipients of the CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement for demonstrating high academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need.

This year, CSU Monterey Bay student veteran Dillon Herrick was named the 2021 Wells Fargo Veteran Scholar. "As a veteran and scholar, Dillon Herrick inspires us all with his service, his determination and academic achievement, his dedication to the values of his college, and his commitment to community," said CSUMB Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Katherine Kantardjieff, Ph.D.

Exemplary military veterans have a wide-ranging impact, not least their own families and communities. Read reflections from 23 CSU students on how a veteran has shaped their lives. Veteran students are nothing short of remarkable and inspiring.