To help ensure that student veterans get off on the right foot when beginning the college experience, many schools are beginning to offer courses and programs specifically designed for veterans. Coursework can range anywhere from a one credit “introduction to the college experience” (where issues such as transition, leveraging benefits, and disability issues are discussed) to general requirement classes such as government/history, English, and math.
Service members who attend college after leaving the military often report difficulty interacting with people who don’t understand their experiences. Veteran-only classes help military students become well acclimated to college life and deal with the “culture shock” many experience on campus. Helping student veterans feel like they “fit in” is an important consideration, and the camaraderie experienced by those who choose veteran-only classes will likely continue and translate into positive experiences throughout their college careers.