Wednesday, March 7, 2012

From the Battlefield to the Classroom

In this post, we would like to introduce you to Colt Hoyt, 27 year-old Marine Corp veteran and president of the UNCW Student Veteran Organization. According to G.I. Jobs magazine, UNCW is currently ranked among the top 15% of military-friendly schools nationwide. While the transition from military to college student life can be a challenge, UNCW has adopted innovative efforts to ease this transition.

  • Expanding the definition of transfer student in admissions to better assist active military students who do not meet traditional admission requirements, allowing for consideration of military service

  • Waiving the application fee for active duty military applicants and the physical education requirement for active duty and veteran students

  • Implementing a written policy for students who are deployed or involuntarily recalled to active duty

  • Enabling students experiencing delays in receipt of GI Bill benefits to request a book advance stipend or a hold on their account which keeps their classes from being cancelled or a late fee from being applied

  • Establishing numerous military support resources including special class sections and orientation breakout sessions just for military students, the Student Veterans Organization and a veteran-to-veteran peer mentoring program

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