Among the many distinctions given to the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) throughout the years, the university has once again received high marks for its support of military-affiliated students. Military Times and its 2021 Best for Vets: Colleges lists UTSA as one of the best schools for student veterans and those with military connections.
The survey of more than 300 colleges evaluates data collected from more than 70 questions based on a range of information from cost to programs, and the types of policies and services for veterans and service members. The U.S. Departments of Education, Veterans Affairs, and Defense also contribute federal data that is then translated to identify those colleges that ultimately finish on top of the annual list.
As a result of its commitment to providing veteran services to students with military affiliation, UTSA created the Center for Military Affiliated Students, housed within the John Peace Library and offers a slew of benefits for UTSA’s military community.
As of 2020, UTSA has increased its programming with its Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (VMA) to include priority registration and veteran-specific orientation services, veteran resource fairs, and professional development and wellness workshops.
2020 was also the year UTSA and VMA unveiled the first of its kind veteran and military-affiliated scholarship program in the university's history and developed informative videos for students interested in applying for the G.I. Bill and Hazelwood benefits.
UTSA senior director of veteran and military affairs, Michael Logan, witnessed firsthand how the pandemic year was able to spotlight the dedication to ensuring the success of student-veterans with programs such as VetSuccess on Campus. Program counselors worked tirelessly to transition to virtual office hours, and a call campaign was created to lend social and mental health support to the 1,600 military-affiliated students enrolled at UTSA.