(May 14, 2018) -- UTSA has received a special national designation for how it treats and takes care of its student veterans. Victory Media recently released its Military Friendly Schools rating, and UTSA is ranked No. 3 in the country among its research peers.
Additionally, UTSA is one of just two Texas higher education institutions that made it to the top 10 in its peer group.
The ranking methodology was based on six categories, each of which UTSA exceeded. Categories included academic policies and compliance, admission and orientation, culture and commitment, financial aid and assistance, graduation and career, and military student support and retention. Notably, UTSA had nearly perfect scores in two areas: academics policies and compliance, and culture and commitment.
“This ranking validates our efforts to help students be successful and to build prosperity in San Antonio; however, there is still more work that needs to be done,” said Lisa Carrington Firmin, UTSA associate provost for veteran and military affairs. “For example, we are currently working on efforts to secure a comprehensive center for military affiliated students.”
Last year, UTSA created the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (VMA). It provides oversight and counsel to the UTSA military community to ease their transition to UTSA and to drive student success. UTSA’s student enrollment includes nearly 4,500 veterans, active duty, guard and reserve, ROTC, dependents and family members.
The VMA office:
VMA also teams up with community partners. Recent events for student veterans include:
“We stepped outside the box to create this office to better serve our military population,” said Firmin. “I see an even stronger commitment to serve student veterans under President Eighmy’s leadership.”
Learn more about UTSA’s Military Friendly Rating.
Learn more about the UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs.
Lisa Carrington Firmin, UTSA associate provost for veteran and military affairs, will deliver the keynote at this summit where veterans and professional leaders will share best practices regarding veteran-related opportunities.The Club at Sonterra, 901 Sonterra Blvd., San Antnio
Conversations on Science and Art is hosted by UTSA Art Collection and UT Health San Antonio Research. It features an interview with artist, remarks by VP for Research Dr. Andrea Giuffrida, followed by a roundtable QA with curator Arturo Almeida.South Texas Research Facility, Lobby 8403 Floyd Curl Dr. San Antonio
Campers in 9th grade through college will receive instruction and coaching on agility testing and position specific drills to refine and improve his skillset as a football player.Recreational Field Complex, Main Campus
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