Northeastern Supports Veterans

For nearly a century, Northeastern University has been dedicated to the education of our nation’s veterans and service members.

During both the first and second World Wars, the university offered Student Army Training Corps and the Army Specialized Training Program and by the 1950s, created the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) which quickly became the largest such program in the nation, with more than 2,800 cadets.  In the early 1960s, the university aligned with the Service-member Opportunity College criteria necessary to serve a post-war influx of veterans seeking educational opportunities.  And, more recently, Northeastern pledged $2 million of its own resources to help veterans earn a college education through the federal government’s Yellow Ribbon Program.  Our goal has been not only to recognize military service but to also reward that service with opportunity.

Northeastern has since launched an educational partnership with the National Guard Homeland Security Institute to provide access to the master’s program in Homeland Security along with scholarships for active military students. With new programs in Information Assurance (Cyber-Security); campuses in Boston, Charlotte, and Seattle; and over 60 online degree options, the university has continued to increase the number of opportunities for service-members and veterans to participate in our top-ranked education programs wherever they reside.

Our lasting commitment has placed Northeastern among the top 10 universities in the country for veteran student enrollment and among the top 5 in the country for graduating veterans and service members.  This success comes as a result of the university’s unparalleled co-op program, our innovative programs and our unwavering commitment to serve all students.

  • Our #1 Ranking in Career Services is the result of creating opportunities for students to blend learning with experience and become meaningful contributors to the workforce.  90% of Northeastern graduates are employed full-time or enrolled in post-graduate degree programs within nine months of graduation.
  • Northeastern’s graduation rate of 79% for Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® recipients is significantly higher than the average national rate of just 51%.  Students and veterans benefit from our exceptional track record, which reflects recent graduate employment and alumni success in civilian professions of more than 90%, a sharp contrast to the 32% unemployment rate among veterans aged 18–24. 
  • Northeastern is home to the nation’s #1 Student Veterans Organization as ranked by the Student Veterans of America (2013). This organization, which includes a dedicated veteran staff advisor, plays an integral role in recruitment, marketing, and improving the veteran environment and experience on campus.

As we celebrate our veterans and military service members this November, Northeastern’s president asks all of America’s colleges and universities to rethink our mission of serving veteran’s students.  To read more, click here.

About the Author:

As the CEO and Regional Dean, Dr. Richards oversees the delivery of high quality professional education on campus, and advances the university’s global corporate partnerships and research capabilities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication, a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education, and Ph.D. in Leadership for Higher Education.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

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