There are more than 22 million military veterans in the United States, including more than 1.9 million in California—your friends, neighbors, and family—and many of them are tragically having a difficult time transitioning into the post-military world. In data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the jobless rate for veterans aged 18 to 24 is more than 30 percent, and there are currently more than one million veterans unemployed, making the need for quality, relevant and adaptable higher education vital. But for many reasons, 88 percent of veterans who enter college do not finish—and so National University is here to answer that call, with programs centered on providing for the educational needs of active duty military and veteran students.
As the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California, National University, established in 1971, is the leader among local universities in educating active duty and veteran military personnel, with current enrollment of more than 6,000 active duty military and veteran students.
• Founded the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success in 2010, focusing on increasing student retention, guiding veteran students in achieving educational and career goals, and improving their quality of life.
• Received the Ray Ehrensberger Award for Excellence in Military Education in 2003.