Are you a veteran thinking about applying to college and not sure where to start? There are many important things to consider before choosing a school.
Some of the things you may want to look for when choosing a four-year university:
- What is the actual cost for attendance?
- What is the reputation of the institution?
- How well does the university prepare you for your future career?
- What kinds of opportunities are there for students in your potential major or field of study?
- What are the post-graduation employment statistics?
- What is the graduation rate?
- How many of my community college classes or military classes are transferable?
- Are there veteran-specific resources?
- Is there an active veteran population?
The nonprofit organization Service to School, www.Service2School.org, offers free helpful tips and guides written by veterans just like yourself to help you choose the proper school for your needs and embark on the military to civilian journey.
If you are just out of the service and looking to obtain an undergraduate degree, their Undergraduate Application Handbook will help you with many parts of the college application process including:
- Comparing colleges
- Choosing a college
- Setting up and completing a college checklist
- Preparing for the ACT or SAT test
- Writing Application Essays
- Submitting letters of recommendation
- Preparing for, and successfully completing an application interview
They also offer free mentoring from veterans just like yourself who have “been there and done that”. These mentors can help you understand the admissions process, answer any questions you may have, and make you feel more confident about yourself when entering the uncharted territory of civilian life.