TU a top choice for veterans in 2020

By Sean Welsh on January 13, 2020

Towson University is in the top one percent of universities for military veterans.

TU a top university for veterans

When it comes to choosing a college, Towson University is in the top 1 percent among universities nationwide for veterans.

TU ranked No. 23 out of nearly 1,800 institutions for veteran friendliness in a review by College Factual. In Maryland, TU earned top marks for veteran students among all universities.

In the past, TU has been recognized by GI Jobs magazine as a military-friendly university. It is one of the first institutions in the region to establish a military and veteran’s center.

"This recognition as one of the nation’s best truly emphasizes Towson University’s institutional priority in creating an academic community where all of our students, including our military veterans or active-duty professionals, are supported to succeed and thrive both in the classroom and on campus,” TU President Kim Schatzel said.

TU’s Military and Veterans Center (MVC) promotes a safe and like-minded community, personal growth and career development opportunities, and comprehensive academic support.

"The Towson University Military and Veterans Center provides outstanding support and services to hundreds of student veterans and qualified dependents,” said Dario DiBattista, director of the center. “Through the community, growth, and support we offer, I have seen firsthand Towson University's commitment to the success of student veterans, and how that has changed lives. We are thrilled to be included in this ranking, and want to continue to be the best."

TU climbed more than 70 spots year-over-year in the veteran rankings, and placed just ahead of Florida State and the University of Maryland-College Park, which was No. 28 on the list.

The ranking was conducted by College Factual, and according to the organization’s website, “was meant to highlight colleges and universities who are working hard to provide quality educational outcomes to veterans, active duty military students and their families.”

Factors in the rankings included veteran affordability, veteran support services and available resources and overall metrics to support students, particularly non-traditional students.

This story is one of several related to President Kim Schatzel’s priorities for Towson University: Diverse and Inclusive Campus and TIGER Way.