Best for Vets

As the hometown university of Military City USA, UTSA serves one of the nation's largest active and retired military populations while embracing the city's military culture. Students who identify as veterans, active duty, guard, reserve, ROTC and their dependents and family members comprise 15 percent of the university's total enrollment.

Military Times recognizes UTSA as a "Best for Vets" university. UTSA also ranks No. 6 among the nation's research institutions in Victory Media's rating of Military Friendly Schools.

Center for Military Affiliated Students

UTSA has opened a new Center for Military Affiliated Students located at the John Peace Library on the Main Campus where services are consolidated under one roof. The new space houses the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, the Veterans Certification Office, the Hazelwood Financial Aid Program and UTSA’s Veterans Affairs counselors. It also provides training, assistance from VA Health, Mission United, DAV and the Texas Veterans Commission and networking and socializing opportunities for students.

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The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs

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Under the leadership of retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and Bronze Star recipient Lisa Firmin, this one-stop shop:

  • Assists non-traditional students with transition to college
  • Offers veteran-to-veteran peer mentoring
  • Hosts special programs, such as the Veteran Success Collaborative
  • Serves as a hub for activation in times of disaster or war
  • Provides emergency funds to students for extreme hardship situations

VetSuccess on Campus

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This collaborative effort between UTSA and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is home to two on-site VA counselors who provide:

  • VA educational benefits counsel
  • Employment, job placement assistance and referrals to state employment agencies
  • Career counseling and vocational rehabilitation
  • Counsel about disability compensation, life insurance and home loans

Student Veterans Association

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This volunteer grassroots organization provides student veterans and their families with resources, support and advocacy to enable student success by:

  • Fostering "espirit de corps" among college veterans, active duty, guard and reserve, and their families
  • Promoting an understanding of veteran issues
  • Cultivating concerns through meetings, advocacy, social events and recreational activities
  • Organizing on campus infrastructure to establish support systems

Community Partners

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The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs regularly teams up with local sponsors to host special events for UTSA's military-affiliated students. Recent events include:

  • The Valero Resume Writing Workshop
  • The Wounded Warrior Project Networking Luncheon
  • Disabled American Veterans Alamo Chapter 5 Monthly Assistance
  • Campus Rec and Healing Waters Fly Fishing Stress Down Days
  • Student Leadership Center and Student Veteran Association Storytelling Luncheon

ROTC Excellence

UTSA offers world-class Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs for both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. Students in both programs take electives in military science and aerospace studies while benefiting from unrivaled leadership training. Learn more about UTSA's ROTC programs, which prepare students to be successful in the classroom, in their careers and through service to their country.