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Our Mission

We facilitate the transition of veterans from military to University life, support their ongoing academic success, and assist veterans, guardsmen, reservists, spouses, and dependents in receiving their military education benefits.

  • Pre-college planning.
  • Small class size: Over half of the undergraduate classes at Pitt enroll fewer than 30 students; 94 percent have fewer than 100.
  • Individual attention: Student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1.
  • More than 50 years of experience serving nontraditional students.
  • Nearly 400 undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from.
  • A wide range of support services.
  • Interested in coming to Pitt? Register for a Transfer Friday here. Janet Owens, the OVS Outreach Coordinator, will be present to assist you.
  • Important information for Military Affiliated Applicants can be found in the "Applying" section of our website. For Information on education plans, GI Bill Benefits and financial resources, visit the sidebar "Information for Military Affiliated Applicants".

Summer Scholarship Available for Veterans

The Bill and Emily Kuzma Military Service Fund was founded to provide financial support to veterans, active duty military, guardsmen, and reservists.  The Kuzma Military Service Fund will be awarding 2 scholarships for the summer 2014 term.  These scholarships cover the tuition and fee costs for one 3 or 4 credit course at the University.  This scholarship provides financial assistance to military affiliated students for courses not otherwise covered by their educational benefits OR if the student does not want to use their educational benefits over the summer.  Must be a veteran, active duty military, a guardsman, or reservist. Must enroll in and complete the summer course (failure to enroll or dropping the course will result in funds being rescinded). Scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with GI Bill benefits. No judicial holds on account. Dowload the application here and submit to Ryan Ahl at by April 18, 2014.

Wounded Warrior And Veterans Education Assistance Fund Fall 2014 Scholarships Avaialble

OVS will be awarding scholarships from the Wounded Warrior and Veterans Education Assistance Fund for the fall 2014 term. Applications will be accepted until May 2, 2014. To be eligible, you must be a wounded veteran, or the dependent or spouse of a fallen or wounded veteran, or a veteran. If you applied for this scholarship for the spring 2014 term, there is no need to reapply; we will use the application we have on file for you.The Office of Veterans Services seeks to support all its veteran and military affiliated students.  YOU CAN HELP.  Please consider donating to the Wounded Warrior Education Assistance Fund.  Find out more about the fund.

Employment Opportunities

The Office of Veterans Services coordinates with local employers to find opportunites for veterans. In addition to hosting Employer Networking workshops, OVS fosters relationships with employers in order to identify job openings that are well suited for Pitt's veteran students.  Check it out here.

The Veterans Resource Team also has a dedicated veterans career counselor located in the McCarl Center for Nontraditional Studen Success. You can also contact Brianna McMeekin for information on jobs, internships, and resume assistance.  You can also utilize Future Links by logging into the Pitt Portal using your Pitt ID.  Future Links will allow you to search Pitt's database of job and internship opportunities.

Upcoming Special Events

10th Annual Pat's Run

Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.

Three Rivers Heritage Trail, ALCO Parking Lot, 16th and Smallman, Strip District

The University of Pittsburgh Office of Veterans Services and the Pitt Vets invite you to join us for a 4.2 mile run/walk/hike to support educational scholarships for veterans and their spouses. Pat's Run is the signature fundraising event of the Pat Tillman Foundation, a national leader in providing resources and educational scholarshop support to veterans, active service members, and their spouses.  The Tillman Military Scholars program aids all veterans, specifically the ever-growing population of veterans of Post-9/11 conflicts. Join us in supporting this great cause. Registration is $40.  Register here.


Join the Pitt Vets                  

The Office of Veterans Services is proud to support its veteran and military affiliated student body. We seekto create and foster an active, engaged, and tight-knitcommunity of veterans oncampus. The University of Pittsburgh has its own chapter ofthe Student Veterans of America, the Pitt Vets. They provide an opportunity to connect with other veteran students and continue the camraderie you enjoyed while serving your country. You can find out more at the Office of Veterans Services and by checking out the Pitt Vets Web site here.


The Veteran's Legal Practicum

founded in the Pitt Law school, is here to provide pro-bon no-cost legal assistance to the veterans of Western Pennsylvania. This new initiative is designed to help veterans dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs, connect existing programs designed to assist veterans, and refer veterans to other attorneys for legal issues that the clinic cannot address. If you are a veteran and need legal assistance, you can reach the Veterans Legal Practicum at 412-648-1285


OVS Spring Workshop Schedule


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