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SDSU serves more than 3,000 student veterans, active duty, reservists and dependents each year. SDSU serves more than 3,000 student veterans, active duty, reservists and dependents each year.

Best Bet for Vets

SDSU was selected by U.S. Veterans Magazine as a top veteran-serving university.

This week U.S. Veterans Magazine released the results of its 2014 evaluation of the nation's Best of the Best Veteran-Friendly Schools, and San Diego State University was among them.

"SDSU is proud to be listed by U.S. Veterans Magazine in their 2014 Best of the Best List for schools who have made great strides in student veteran programs," said Joan Putnam, director of SDSU's Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center. "SDSU has an extraordinary commitment to its veterans, active duty, reserve and dependent population. The university has been a leader in the development of many student military support programs." 

SDSU is in good company, ranking among universities including Ohio State University, George Washington University and the University of California, Berkeley.  

About the review

The magazine aims to open up employment, business and supplier opportunities within the federal government and corporate America for veterans, transitioning service members, disabled veterans, spouses and veteran business owners. 

The annual review is an evaluation of the nation's employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions.

The goal of the annual evaluation is to encourage active outreach and diversity policies among corporations and government agencies. The lists were compiled from market research, independent research, diversity conference participation and survey responses. This year, more than 250 companies and institutions participated.

“Veterans are entrepreneurial, they assume high levels of trust and they’re resilient,” says Mona Lisa Faris, president and publisher of the U.S. Veterans Magazine.

“This magazine was created to support our troops, and we at USVM are proud to recognize other businesses that are also making veterans a priority.”

Veteran friendly university

SDSU is dedicated to serving veteran students on and off campus. The university's commitments were also recently acknowledged by Military Times magazine.

“To continue building on what we provide to our military population, we are expanding and reinforcing our community bonds through mentoring and outreach programs, continuing to provide the best resources available to assist veterans with their educational benefits and goals and maintaining a high level of commitment to those who have served our country,” said Todd Kennedy, the veterans coordinator for Enrollment Services. 

In the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center, veterans, reservists and active duty personnel, as well as their dependents, utilize resources that help with applying to the university, accessing military benefits and finding housing and employment.

SDSU is also home to the nation's first on-campus housing facility exclusively for veterans. The Veterans House offers a unique living experience for students with a large meeting space, study space, a full kitchen and patio. The co-ed complex offers priority residency to SDSU veterans, active duty, reservists and dependents.