5 College Search Tips for Military Students

Military members thrive in purpose-driven environments, which is why it’s so important for you to find meaningful work after—or between—your terms of service. While universities like Bethel provide many active and retired military members with valuable direction, skills, and networking opportunities, navigating the search process can be challenging. Here are a few tips for finding the college that’s right for you:

1. Look for a school that aligns with your values.

The military develops people of character, and the right college should do the same. Review mission and value statements, meet with admissions counselors and professors, and visit campus to get to know the heart of the community you want to join.

2. Ask about resources for maximizing your military benefits.

When it comes to understanding your benefits and the process of utilizing them, pick a university that offers the help you need. From learning more about benefits eligibility to submitting your paperwork, you shouldn’t have to go it alone.

3. Pay attention to military-friendly certifications.

When a college receives a Yellow Ribbon or military-friendly designation, that means it has demonstrated significant commitment to providing superior services to military students and their families.

4. Search for signs of sustainable support.

It’s important to find a university that is committed to serving those who served. Look for an office or department dedicated to supporting your academic, social, and spiritual wellbeing.

5. Find out if there are special offers for military-affiliated students.

Some colleges offer discounted tuition rates, scholarships, and streamlined financial aid processes to students with military experience. Make sure you do your research to find out what’s available to you.

About the Office of Military and Veteran Services

The Office of Military and Veteran Services at Bethel is committed to serving military-affiliated students so they can succeed academically, utilize their military benefits efficiently, and connect with military-affiliated alumni as they grow into a career where they can be world leaders.