Characteristics of Student Veterans
"Student Veterans" includes active-duty service members, reservists, members of the National Guard, and veterans.
- The number of Student Veterans on campus is growing.
- In 2009, there were approximately 500,000 student Veterans and beneficiaries receiving education benefits. In 2013, there were over 1,000,000.
- Most institutions of higher education serve Student Veterans.
- 96% of all post-secondary institutions enroll Student Veterans.
- 82% have a designated point of contact.
- Student Veterans are pursuing different degrees and educational experiences.
- 79.2% are enrolled in public institutions.
- Popular degrees include: business, public service, health, science, and engineering
- IMPORTANT: 51.7% of Student Veterans successfully complete their degree/certificate within 4 to 5 years, a rate similar to other students.
- 73% of Student Veterans are male; 27% are female.
- With only 10-12% of military personnel being women, female student veterans are over represented in postsecondary education.
- 62% of Student Veterans are first generation students.
- Student Veterans are non-traditional students.
- Only 15% of Student Veterans are traditionally aged college students (18-23). Most are between the ages of 24 and 40.
- Many Student Veterans have families.
- 47% of Student Veterans have children.
- 47.3% of Student Veterans are married.
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