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Berkeley College Named Among “Best for Vets” for Sixth Year
Helping veterans and their families has long been a priority at Berkeley College, where more than 450 active military and veteran students currently study. Recently, Military Times offered even more evidence of that commitment. The publication, which focuses on news and information for service members and their families, named Berkeley College among the “Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 Four-Year Schools.” This is the sixth year Berkeley College has received this distinction. The Military Times survey included hundreds of colleges across the United States and combined survey findings with federal data to rank the schools in the areas of university culture, academic quality and outcomes, policies, student support, costs, and financial aid. To view the entire list of schools, read the survey.
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Recognized for commitment to veteran students
Several respected organizations consistently recognize Berkeley as a best college for military and veteran students, including U.S. News & World Report, Military Times, U.S. Veterans Magazine, and Military Advanced Education. Berkeley provides comprehensive support to its student-veterans through its Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, which offers six on-site Veterans Resource Centers (VRCs) in New Jersey and New York, as well as an Online VRC. Berkeley supports service members and their families across all branches of the military and overseas, and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program under the GI Bill. Staff members—many with military experience—are trained in GI Bill matters, and other issues affecting soldiers and veterans.
Veterans benefit from Berkeley’s programs and support
Berkeley students echo the accolades. “I had served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. After doing some research, I heard about Berkeley and almost immediately fell in love,” says combat veteran Jose Pagan. “I wouldn’t have made it to where I am today without the help of Berkeley College. Berkeley truly opens its doors to veterans.” Watch Jose Pagan’s journey from growing up in the Bronx, and serving in the military, to making the President’s List at Berkeley College.
From military service to entrepreneur
Military veteran Grovert Fuentes also credits part of his post-military success to Berkeley. After injuries forced his medical discharge, he discovered the programs and support that Berkeley offers to veterans. “I definitely feel more prepared now that I attended Berkeley because it gave me a good foundation to start my business,” notes the Founder and CEO of Fit Lifestyle Box, a subscription-based seller of items focused on fitness. “They [Berkeley] allowed me to create the life I really wanted to create.” For further inspiration, view a short video about how veteran graduate Grovert Fuentes, found his “why.”
Along with the extensive support resources provided to veteran students, Berkeley College students and staff participate in initiatives such as the New York City Veterans Day Parade and the Veterans History Project sponsored by the Library of Congress. In 2000, the United States Congress established the Veterans History Project in order to collect, preserve, and archive personal accounts of American service members so that future generations will be able to hear directly from the veterans and better understand the realities of war.
To learn more about Berkeley College’s career-focused programs, as well as the support services and resources available to military and veteran students visit www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
The views and/or opinions in this article are those of the individuals interviewed. The academic achievements and/or employment outcomes described in this article are specific to each individual, and are not a guarantee of similar results for past or current students. For up-to-date and detailed information, please visit berkeleycollege.edu, and view our catalogs at berkeleycollege.edu/publications.