University of Colorado Denver named Military Friendly school for third time

For the third year in a row, the University of Colorado Denver has been named a “Military Friendly School,” a recognition of the university’s innovative programs and welcoming environment offered to veterans.

The university again earned a spot on the G.I. Jobs “Military Friendly Schools List,” placing it among the top 15 percent of 7,000 institutions nationwide for its high-value education and comprehensive offerings for veterans.

“I think it’s a testament to the staff we have who are veterans themselves and are very conscious and thoughtful about the needs of our veteran students,” said Raul Cardenas, PhD, associate vice chancellor for student affairs. “Also, the number of support services we have — i.e. the Boots to Suits program and the Office of Veteran Student Services — are attractive to our veteran students.”

Cameron Cook, veteran student services manager, said the “Military Friendly” designation is a reflection of the university’s proactive approach to serving veterans and students with military connections.

“It publicly acknowledges the great internal commitment and support that the university has granted the military related student population over the last three years,” Cook said. “Advancements such as the the new CU Denver Veteran Student Center, Military Transfer Credit Initiative and Boots to Suits program are prime examples of the dedication that this institution has to our service members and their families.”

The university has more than 900 students with military connections — whom it supports with employment help, transition and redeployment assistance, counseling referrals and educational benefit certification. Since Cook assumed his position at the university in February 2010 the number of students connected to the military has tripled. His recruiting efforts include visits to military bases and veterans’ organizations.

The Military Friendly Schools list includes criteria concerning not only active-duty students, but also Reservist, National Guard and dependent (spouse or child) students.

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs predicts veteran student populations will triple over the next three years. The Post 9/11 GI Bill offers financial help to veterans seeking higher education, which results in billions of dollars available for tuition.

“The Military Friendly school recognition is a testament to the hard work and devotion that our faculty, staff and students have shown in order to properly serve those who served,” Cook said.

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