Veteran Transitions

While the transition to college is difficult for most students, it can be particularly challenging for student veterans. Our student veterans are often older than their peers and have had experiences that our traditional students struggle to relate to. Sixty percent of the veteran students at the University of Maryland have served in an active combat role and 80% have served for four years or more. More than half of our veterans are married and more than one third have dependents. The adjustment to life as a civilian and student can present significant obstacles to acquiring a degree and pursuing a fulfilling career.

Veteran Student Life at the University of Maryland exists to support a seamless transition from military life to civilian college life and provides support for continued growth in mind, body, and spirit, carrying the pride and confidence established in the military into the college experience as well as future careers for veteran alumni. In addition to financial help, veterans are introduced to Dr. Nancy K. Schlossberg’s transition theory which can help them understand what they are experience. In particular, they can take a self-scoring TransitionGuide (Schlossberg and Kay) to help them identify their resources for coping.

For more information on the Transition Guide, please visit - Transition Guide

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