Washington State University is a world-class institution of higher learning that has been in operation since 1889. We proudly affirm our gratitude and commitment to serving military-affiliated students, including veterans, active duty service members, guard/reserve, and military family members.
WSU has a rich history of honoring the service and sacrifice of our military-affiliated Cougs. It began with the first cadets training on campus in 1892. After World War II and the GI Bill launched, WSU saw a significant increase of veterans attending WSU. That connection continues today, as hundreds of student veterans, active-duty military, guardsmen and reservists, and military-affiliated family members enroll throughout the WSU system from locations all around the world.
We affirm the selfless service and the personal sacrifice of these students and acknowledge that their unique experiences and challenges call for an awareness and commitment from our WSU community. We welcome and are grateful for their unique perspectives and continued leadership. We pledge to support all of our veteran and military-affiliated students’ academic achievement and personal development.
Through the following efforts we will support and serve those who have served our country.
Washington State University will strive to be a veteran-inclusive, veteran-ready, veteran-supportive community with sustainable resources to promote the well-being and success of its military-affiliated students:
Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for veterans.
Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership.
Implement an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive academic, career, and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming.
Coordinate campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space.
Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate services for veterans.
Utilize a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on veterans, including demographics, retention, and degree completion.
Provide comprehensive resources for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans.
Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for veterans.
U.S. Department of Education 8 Keys to Student Veteran Success