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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.





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.


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.


Ready to learn more? Get more information or schedule a pre-admissions counseling appointment today!


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.

Conflict Zone

The University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies and Office of Veterans Services present “Conflict Zone,” a groundbreaking look at war, October 16-31 at the University Art Gallery.Conflict Zone is a collection of images from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan captured by some of the world’s leading combat photographers and journalists.

"Hail to our Heroes" Pitt Football game

Pitt Panthers vs. Duke Blue Devils, Heinz Field, Saturday, November 1, 2014, Time:TBA      

Complimentary tickets are available for current and former military service members.  Join us for pre-game festivities at Stage AE, complete events to be announced.  Ticket availability made possible by generous donations from Pitt Athletics.  Reserve up to four tickets for you and your family here.

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 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 sevices 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 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 Homepage.


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.


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