Veterans Enrolling in Record Numbers

    mfTexas Southern University continues to see a rise in the enrollment of military veterans on its campus. Currently there are over 500 military veterans enrolled in programs ranging from business, political science, law, pharmacy/health sciences, communications and education. Compared to 360 in Fall 2011, this is highest recorded total in TSU history.  

     According to Taiwan Johnson, TSU’s Veterans Affairs coordinator, part of the success is due to the renovations and the new Veterans Resource Center located in the Bell Building on campus. The center allows veterans to meet one another, utilize the computer lab, obtain resource information, learn about events concerning veterans, get scholarship and career information as well as counseling and many other veteran specific success tools.

    Other incentives driving veterans to enroll at TSU include: the VA transfer scholarship,the policy of using a veteran’s transfer liaison to review credits for veterans, adhering to Military Friendly School requirements, and a commitment to 8 Keys to Veterans' Success, a voluntary initiative through the Departments of Education, Veterans Affairs, and Defense.  The TSU faculty/staff Veterans Task Force has also gathered growing interest over the past two years. 

    “I would like to extend special thanks to those, too numerous to name, who has worked closely with the department ensuring our veterans receive the services they have earned,” Johnson stated. “Your efforts are well-appreciated.”

    Veterans and their dependents are allowed to register a week before regular registration each semester during special population registration. They have the option of registering in the VA Center or with their departments.  This November the Office of Veterans Affairs will host the 10th Annual Veterans Day Program.  The TSU Chapter of Student Veterans of America will also be contributing to the success of various TSU community service and private projects benefitting local veteran organizations and causes.