Life at TU

Counseling Center

For Veterans and Active Military Students

While only about 260 Towson University students in 2009 were active military personnel or veterans, that number is expected to grow. Students who are veterans or active military may be reluctant to seek counseling services. According to a recent article (Dingfelder, June 2009, APA Monitor on Psychology, vol. 40 (6), p. 52), "about a fifth of people returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are reporting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression, and only half seek treatment.” For a discussion of concerns that active military/veteran students may have about seeking mental health counseling, please follow this link.

Towson strives to meet the unique needs of students who have or are currently serving in the military. Some of the challenges that active military or veteran students may face are:

  • Being older than the average student
  • Needing to readjust to civilian life while also adjusting to college
  • Adjusting to a routine that is less structured and regimented than military life
  • Feeling socially isolated and disconnected from your military unit
  • Having experiences to which other non-military students cannot relate
  • Heightened awareness of your environment (necessary for survival on the battlefield) leading to concentration difficulties in the classroom
  • Coping with grief and trauma (invisible injuries) as well as physical injuries
  • Uncertainty about the possibility of reactivation and deployment
  • Worry/concern over your ability to succeed academically

These are normal challenges for veterans/active military students. While you should be patient with yourself and give yourself time to get used to your new environment, you might also consider using the resources below as they will help you to:

  • Connect with other military/veteran students with whom you share similar experiences
  • Locate academic resources to help you with your classes
  • Locate resources to help you address difficulties adjusting to non-military life and cope with both visible and invisible injuries

Self-Help Apps 

PTSD coach self help app

PTSD Coach

PTSD Coach was developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs' National Center for PTSD in collaboration with T2. The goal was to develop a mobile app to assist veterans and active duty personnel and civilians who are experiencing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is intended to be used as an adjunct to psychological treatment, but can also serve as a stand-alone education tool.


Campus Services

Self Help

Counseling Center
The Health & Counseling Centers at Ward West, 2nd Floor (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2512

Make An Appointment


Call 410-704-2512

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

or visit the Counseling Center

at Ward & West (map)

Are you in a crisis?


Online Screening


These online resources are free and confidential.

Mental Health Screening

Mental Health Screening for Military, Veterans and Families

Wellness Quiz




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