Helping military veterans get a civilian education

Best for vets colleges  2016 military timesOur programs and services have been independently (and consistently) recognized for their effectiveness. ‌

The Military Times included MSU Denver on its 2016 list of “Best Colleges for Veterans." Now in its sixth year, the ranking is the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students’ success rates.

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G.I. Jobs magazine listed MSU Denver on its 2015 guide of top Military Friendly Schools.

Military Advanced Education magazine listed MSU Denver as Top School on its 2015 guide of Colleges and Universities.

U.S. Veterans Magazine named MSU Denver to its list of 2014 “Best of the Best” schools for military veterans.


MSU Denver’s Veteran and Military Student Services coordinates many programs, groups and events for veterans and current military members, including:

  • A veteran-specific new student orientation program helps vets transitioning out of military into civilian and student life.
  • The Veterans Upward Bound Program provides a pre-collegiate experience designed to ease apprehensions about pursuing higher education that veterans may have. MSU Denver’s program—started in 1972—is one of the oldest in the nation and has assisted more than 5,00 veterans.
  • The Veterans Education Benefits Office serves a liaison with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
MSU Denver is nationally recognized for its efforts to serve military veterans.
MSU Denver is nationally
recognized for serving military


At MSU Denver, taking care of veterans starts at the top. Our president, Stephen Jordan, served in the Army. 

More than 1,000 MSU Denver students—including more than 25 active military personnel and more than 80 faculty and staff—are veterans.


For more information about MSU Denver, please contact an admissions counselor:

Paul Cesare 
Assistant Director of Admissions - Non-traditional and Veteran/Military Students

For Veteran/Military students with transfer credits:
Audrey Jones
Transfer Admissions Counselor


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Madeline Marshall, military veteran student

"MSU Denver gives you the tools and opportunities you need to succeed. Leaving the military is not easy, but going to college doesn’t have to be difficult. MSU Denver provides ways to make the transition easier. Knowing that a university wants me to succeed just as much as I want to succeed is a positive experience that will stay with me forever.”

- Madeline Marshall
Military Veteran Student,
English major w/concentration in Secondary Education