The University of Kansas (KU) has a long and distinguished history of veteran students, staff, and faculty on its campus. The University has welcomed military students to its campus for the past 150 years. KU offers a wide range of support to its student veterans to assist with the transition from the military to an academic environment, persist to graduation, and find post-college personal and professional success. In addition to its dedicated faculty and staff, the University has a strong Student Veterans of America Chapter, a large Veterans Alumni Network, and a very supportive local community.
The mission of the University is to elevate students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world. KU is a public research university and the largest in Kansas and is home to the state’s only Medical School and School of Pharmacy. The university was opened in 1866, under a charter granted by the Kansas Legislature. The university's Medical Center and University Hospital are located in Kansas City, Kansas. KU offers more than 360 degree programs and the university is one of the 62 members of the Association of American Universities.
KU has nearly 900 veterans, active duty military, and their family members attending KU. There are also more than 250 veterans serving on its faculty and staff. KU offers a wide range of programs specifically designed to support student veterans, servicemembers, and family members, such as a centrally located Veterans Services Office, a Veterans Learning Community, a strong SVA chapter, and an active KU Veterans Alumni Network. Additionally, the University annually awards scholarships for disabled veterans, for which their dependents and primary caregivers are also eligible. KU strives to include military and veteran family members into the student veteran community.