We are committed to recruiting, retaining, and supporting active duty servicemembers, veterans, and dependents to maintain a diverse and highly qualified student body, faculty, and staff. Our University encourages student organizations such as the United Student Veteran Organization (USVO) and the Islander Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Battalion.
Important issues for veteran students in making the transition from military to academic life include:
Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA)
CASA offers a wide variety of tutoring services and all students are encouraged to take advantage of them. These programs are designed to improve the retention and graduation rates of University students. This tutoring is typically done on a walk-in basis at the CASA offices (located in the Glasscock Student Success Center). Students who wish to receive tutoring usually do not need to make an appointment, although tutors for certain subjects (like writing) do encourage that an appointment be made prior to your arrival. For further information, please contact their offices at 361.825.5933.
Academic Advising Transition Center (AATC)
Academic advising centers are housed in each college and staffed by full-time academic advisors. Undeclared/exploratory students and prospective transfer students are advised through the Transition Center (AATC), located in the Student Services Center, Room 214. The goal of these advising centers is to establish a culture of communication between the students, faculty, and staff which provides a supportive environment for professional growth and learning. They are designed to help answer undergraduate questions and guide students to appropriate campus resources. Full-time academic advisors are available to assist students with their educational plans, course selections, degree requirements and other academic matters. Academic advisors support students from the time of their initial enrollment to the successful attainment of the educational goals. Students should set an appointment with their academic advisors during their first semester. An additional feature of the academic advising program is the direct involvement of University faculty as career mentors. To locate your academic advisor and/or to learn more about academic advising, please contact the AATC at 361.825.5931.
Career Services is dedicated to assisting qualified veteran students and alumni in exploring career opportunities and the development of the individual to empower them to achieve their career goals through part-time and full-time employment, internships and job shadowing. Career Services offers a variety of programming such as career fairs, mock interviewing, interest inventories, skills assessments, and workshops that assist the student in their job search. For additional information, or to make an appointment with a Career Counselor, please contact their offices at 361.825.2628. Career Services is located on the 3rd floor of the University Center, in Room 304.
United Student Veteran Organization (USVO)
The USVO is a chartered student organization that assists veterans in the acclimation from military to academic life for a successful college experience. Members advocate for veteran student issues at the university and state level and have created a resource in support of members of the U.S. Armed Forces, at home and deployed around the world.
University Health Care
Health care of veterans has been identified as a priority of the University. The staff members of the Health Center, Counseling Center, and Disability Services offices on campus are dedicated to assisting veterans with their health care needs.