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OU recognized for support of veterans, military-connected students

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OU recognized for support of veterans, military-connected students
Veterans at OU
Oakland University has earned a gold ranking for veteran-friendliness for the seventh straight year.

Oakland University has once again earned the highest possible ranking for veteran-friendliness among the state’s higher education institutions. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) awarded Oakland gold-level status for its strong commitment to serving the educational needs of military-connected students. 

Created in 2013, the Veteran Friendly Schools program recognizes schools with gold, silver and bronze rankings based on seven criteria: 

• Established process for identifying student veterans

• Veteran-specific website

• Active student-operated veterans club or association;

• Veteran-specific career services, resources, advising and/or outcome monitoring;

• On-campus veterans’ coordinator and/or designated staff point of contact;

• System to evaluate and award credit based on military training and experience;

• Monitoring and evaluation system for student veteran academic retention, transfer and graduation rates.

Gold-level certification requires six or more of the criteria, while Silver schools must complete four and Bronze schools, three. Oakland met all seven criteria and has earned a gold ranking for seven consecutive years.

“Earning gold-level status for the seventh consecutive year signifies Oakland University’s commitment to our veterans and military-connected population,” said Lisa Rhoades, coordinator for Veterans Support Services at Oakland University. “The mission of the VSS office is to provide gold-level service for our military-connected students every day.”

To learn more about veteran support services at Oakland, visit, call (248) 370-2010 or email [email protected].

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