According to a national organization, University of Wisconsin-Stout is a great place for veterans and active military members to pursue their higher education goals.
The university has again been named a Military Friendly® school, the 14th straight year, receiving a silver designation for 2023-24.
UW-Stout has approximately 450 military-affiliated students, who include veterans, current members of the U.S. military (active and reserve) and eligible family members. In the university’s new First Destination report, 100% of veterans who graduated in fall 2021 and spring 2022 were employed within six months.
“We are committed to our tailored support and services for military-affiliated students and helping them advance their careers,” said Chris Engen, a 30-year Army veteran who is the university’s military education benefits coordinator and oversees Veteran Services.
“Our number one priority is enabling their success from admission to graduation and beyond through personalized service.”
Special programs at UW-Stout include a peer-to-peer Veteran Mentorship Program, a Military and Veteran Resource Center, a Council on Veteran Services and a student Veterans Club.
An initiative launched during 2022 is an online course, Military Benefits 101, for first-year and transfer students who are military-affiliated. The course provides an overview of military education benefits along with information about support and services available at UW-Stout.
“Our efforts and initiatives consider and incorporate the perspectives and experiences of our veterans, those currently serving and their family members,” Engen said. “We want to continue to create maximum opportunities for these students to achieve their goals.”
Last fall, UW-Stout moved up to No. 27 — top three in the UW System — among all Midwest universities in the Best Colleges for Veterans 2023 ranking by U.S. News & World Report. The university also has been recognized in recent years as a Best for Vets school by Military Times.
UW-Stout is part of the Northwoods Battalion Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps with UW-Eau Claire and UW-River Falls. UW-Stout offers a minor in military leadership.