harleston Southern University has been providing educational programs and services to military personnel and their families for over 40 years.
Recently, the college expanded its veterans services and academic programs to serve even more military students and enhance their college experience. The college has seen an increase in enrollment of its military students, with approximately 370 students enrolled using Veterans Administration (VA) benefits for the spring 2016 semester.
Charleston Southern University employs a full-time Veterans Services Coordinator to help navigate the complicated system of benefits; it also works with military students to get the most out of their education. CSU also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which makes additional funds available for education.
Devon Kemble, Veterans Services Coordinator at Charleston Southern, says benefits can be used 10-15 years from the last day of active duty service. Spouses and dependents may also be eligible for benefits.
“Anyone who has VA education benefits can enroll and utilize their benefits as long as they meet our admission requirements and gain acceptance,” Kemble says. Courses of study span all disciplines.
Charleston Southern University has increased campus life amenities for its military students, including a veterans services lounge.
“College-bound veterans are able to return to the college classroom, get an education and connect with other veterans,” says John Strubel, CSU Director of Integrated Marketing. “We’re building a strong, vibrant community on campus.”
The college employs faculty members who are veterans and who understand the unique needs of military students. The college also has an active local chapter of Student Veterans of America and a prestigious Air Force ROTC, which recently expanded from two to four years, and Army ROTC program. Charleston Southern University has been designated as a Military-Friendly College and works with the Palmetto Warrior Connection.
“Veterans services at Charleston Southern is one of the fastest growing programs on campus,” adds Strubel. “Because of the impact the military has made on the Charleston community, we feel as if it’s our duty as a university to support our veterans both in and out of the classroom.”
“Veterans services at Charleston Southern is one of the fastest growing programs on campus. Because of the impact the military has made on the Charleston community, we feel as if it’s our duty as a university to support our veterans both in and out of the classroom.”
– John Strubel, Director of Integrated Marketing