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Pitt Recognized as a 'Military Friendly' School
On September 23rd, the University of Pittsburgh announced that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.
The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.
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.
ETS Now, BA Next
There’s a lot to consider when starting or returning to college. It can be daunting, but you don’t have to do it alone.
The University of Pittsburgh Office of Veterans Services (OVS) was designed to serve you. We understand the unique needs of veterans and their family members, and we are here to support you every step of the way.
OVS strives to be a one-stop shop for veterans, military-affiliated students, and dependents of veterans by offering:
- Personalized pre-admission counseling sessions
- No application fee for veterans
- Assistance in navigating your military education benefit
- An orientation for new veteran and dependent students
- An “Improving Veterans Experience on Campus” workshop to help veterans transition into academic life, and academic success workshops throughout your time at Pitt
- Career counseling from one of the top 20 career services offices in the country and networking events with veteran-friendly employers
OVS also supports a community of veterans on campus and throughout the Pittsburgh region, providing the camaraderie you came to rely on in the military in an area full of opportunities for veterans.
Learn more about Pitt’s prestigious academic programs and explore our Web site to learn more.
Important Information for Military Affiliated Applicants:
Please see the "Applying" section of this website. For information on education plans, GI Bill Benefits and financial resources, visit the sidebar "Information for Military Affiliated Applicants".
Veteran Course Scheduling Preference
The University of Pittsburgh will now be providing course scheduling preference for Veteran Students. For specifics on eligibility and the course scheduling process, please visit the Current Students section on the OVS website.
Kuzma Summer Scholarship Available for Veterans
The Bill and Emily Kuzma Military Service Fund will be awarding two scholarships for the summer 2015 term. 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. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees for one three-credit course at the University of Pittsburgh. The Bill and Emily Kuzma Military Service Fund was founded to provide financial support to veterans, active duty military, guardsmen, and reservists. This scholarship requires that:
• Applicants must be a veteran, active duty military, a guardsman, or reservist.
• Applicants must enroll in and complete the summer course. Failure to enroll or dropping the course will result in funds being rescinded.
• The scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with GI Bill benefits.
• Students cannot have any judicial holds on their account.
• Academic holds or probation will NOT disqualify a veteran from this scholarship.
Download the application and submit to Ryan Ahl by April 24, 2015.
The Office of Veterans Services is proud to announce a new resource in partnership with our Veterans Alumni Council and RecruitMilitary. A new job search engine, powered by RecruitMilitary, is now available on our website.
OVS 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 Student 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.
In addition to resources through the University of Pittsburgh, the Pennsyvania Department of Labor & Industry has developed a straightforward job posting website titled JobGateway. JobGateway offers services to help veterans discover what civilian occupations best align with previous military skills and experience.
Join the Pitt Vets
The Office of Veterans Services is proud to support its veteran and military affiliated student body. We seek to create and foster an active, engaged, and tight-knit community of veterans on campus. The University of Pittsburgh has its own chapter of the 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 Homepage.
Veterans Alumni Council
The Pitt Veterans Alumni Council (VAC) is an alumni organization created to connect and support the growing number of Pitt military veteran alumni , lifelong and worldwide, through meanigful academic, professional, and social programs. The VAC is a joint partnership between the Pitt Alumni Association and the Office of Veterans Services.
The Veterans' Legal Practicum
Founded in Pitt's School of Law,the Veterans' Legal Practicum is here to provide pro-bono-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.