CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Because of you, we're safe, we're free. We depend on you for our way of life, and the sacrifices you make are extraordinary," said President Obama as he addressed the military during his July 4th speech in 2014. One of those sacrifices is putting dreams on hold, like earning a college degree, while on active duty. Queens University of Charlotte is proud to be ranked a top 20 "Best Colleges for Veterans" by U.S. News & World Report so that when discharged, veterans can easily pursue a college education. Unfortunately, not all higher education institutions make the transition easy or inviting.
Just ask Air Force veteran and current Queens student Chris Rolph. Originally interested in a large state school, Chris visited Charlotte while on leave in the fall of 2014 from Ramstein, Germany. While exploring college options, he stumbled upon Queens through a Google search, visited campus and was hooked.
"Queens is a beautiful, intimate campus. The unintimidating environment was exactly what I was looking for after serving overseas," said Rolph. "But what really solidified my decision was my experience with the admissions department and the VA Certifying Official. They helped walk me through all of the hurdles and obstacles related to using the G.I. Bill."
The biggest challenge for veterans looking to transition to college is figuring out how to cover the cost. Funding from the G.I. Bill is a critical component, but navigating it can be stressful. To help prospective students, Queens provides a thorough Military Students webpage, which includes financial information and a Get Started checklist. Most importantly, Queens offers what many institutions don't: one-on-one, step-by-step support throughout the entire process.
"Veterans have so many questions once they decide to attend college. 'Can I afford it?' 'How do I get started?' 'Who will help move everything along while I'm still on Active Duty?'" said Emily Richardson, dean of the Hayworth School of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Queens. "We work hard to make it a stress-free experience - that's the culture that makes Queen so special."
In addition to its student-centered mentality, Queens supports veterans with convenient day and evening programs; graduate programs in seated and online formats; Yellow Ribbon Program benefits at the highest level for those who meet the requirements; a veteran's organization, QU4Troops, to provide mentorship and professional development; and membership in SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society.
ABOUT QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF CHARLOTTE
Queens University of Charlotte is a master's-level university with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of Charlotte, Queens offers undergraduate, graduate and online degrees such as a highly regarded MBA program, a top-10 Low-Residency MFA program, and an online MSN-Clinical Nurse Leader degree. The university serves approximately 2,300 students through its College of Arts and Sciences, McColl School of Business, Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of Education, James L. Knight School of Communication, Hayworth School of Graduate and Continuing Studies and Andrew Blair College of Health which features the Presbyterian School of Nursing.
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