Serving with Honor

Penn State is committed to serving veteran and active military students through flexible education and support services.

Penn State has been consistently ranked as a military/veteran-friendly school by numerous publications, including Military Times, GI Jobs, and Military Advanced Education.

This year, Penn State's World Campus undergraduate programs were ranked No. 1 in the country for veterans by U.S. News and World Report. 

Ted Timmerman, associate director of the Office of Veterans Programs at University Park, and Ginny Newman, assistant director of military education for Penn State's World Campus, along with their dedicated colleagues, have worked hard to make it that way. 

With a veterans outreach office since the 1980s, says Timmerman, Penn State is "at the top of the pack compared to others." 

Office of Veterans Programs

"One of our most important roles [in the Office of Veterans Programs] is to help students receive their GI Bill benefits," says Timmerman. 

There are more than 1,000 veterans at University Park using the complex Post-9/11 GI Bill, with another 2,200 studying online through World Campus and an additional 1,400 spread across other Penn State campuses.

Military Appreciation Day

Military Appreciation Day

Members of the Penn State ROTC Army Ranger Challenge Team during Military Appreciation Day at Beaver Stadium.

Image: Patrick Mansell

"We're at the top of the pack compared to others."—Ted Timmerman

It's that dedication to keeping veterans in school, along with the offering of counseling and outreach services, that distinguish Penn State as a military/veteran-friendly school. 

The student outreach section of the office is staffed by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs work-study students who contact prospective students seeking more information. Additionally, three of the six full-time staff members are certified in counseling.

World Campus

World Campus works with students from all over the globe, including those currently deployed to Afghanistan. With current technology, it is possible for soldiers to work forty hours a week and still be taking classes. 

Penn State World Campus military student

Penn State World Campus military student

Penn State World Campus student Maggie Smith is a graduate of the bachelor's degree in law and society, offered by the College of the Liberal Arts and delivered online by the World Campus.

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That's where Newman and her colleagues come in, providing support programs like military admissions help and academic advising specifically for service members and their spouses. 

Like Timmerman's team, most of the World Campus military advisors are veterans themselves, New man says, and can understand what the students are facing. 

World Campus' physical reach within the military is also impressive and includes the recent establishment of Penn State programs at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, as well as the Army Sergeants Major Academy Fellowship Program at Fort Bliss, Texas, which awards selected fellows with a master's degree in adult education. 

Above all, everyone on the World Campus military team is passionate about helping service members and veterans, and they feel privileged to support this audience of adult learners.

Penn State Military Appreciation

Penn State will honor veterans and active military service members at its annual Military Appreciation game, to be held on October 3. The components of Military Appreciation Day include a military tailgating party, on-field activities, and Seats for Service Members.