Eastern Connecticut State University is the 14th highest ranked public institution in the north when it comes to being a “Best College for Veterans,” according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 rankings. Eastern’s campus is home to more than 600 faculty, staff, and students who are self-identified veterans, active military or reserves service members. Veterans who are students have a range of resources available through The Vet Center, which has a study area and lounge and hosts social events and family programs. Because veterans often face additional challenges as students—such as post-traumatic stress disorder or families to support—the center organizes trainings for faculty to teach them about this dynamic student group. Situated in Willimantic, a town with a large veteran population, the Vet Center works as a link to the community, connecting students to the local American Legion and Veterans Affairs offices.
“I visit the Veterans Center here on campus because it provides a sense of community, which is an important part of transitioning to civilian life,” said Shannon Polhemus, a Coast Guard veteran and current Eastern student.
At Eastern’s Center for Internships and Career Development is a representative who helps veterans look for jobs and incorporate military experience into their resumes. Student vets and service members also have access to on-campus mental health services.