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Veterans and Active Military

The University of Pennsylvania has welcomed members of the military since our founding and many of history’s finest military leaders have earned their degree at Penn. From our decorated alumni to our esteemed NROTC program, Penn embraces those who serve our country. As a veteran in The College of Liberal and Professional Studies, you can expect the highest quality Ivy League education in an institution that values your background. Penn proudly honors the Yellow Ribbon Program and is a Leadership Scholar Program affiliate institution.

While studying at the University of Pennsylvania, you have access to academic support services that can make your transition into higher education as smooth as possible. Along with world-class facilities, professors on the forefront of their field and programs built to fit each student’s needs, you will find that veterans are truly a part of the fabric of Penn. Our nontraditional students bring their unique histories and expertise in their studies and our veterans are a crucial part of Penn’s diversity in the classroom.

Student support services

Penn and the College of Liberal and Professional Studies offer tools and guidance to ensure every student’s success.

The Yellow Ribbon Program

In accordance with the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, The University of Pennsylvania will help cover the costs of tuition for undergraduate and graduate programs offered through The College of Liberal and Professional Studies. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows Penn to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses for eligible veterans.

Academics and admissions

The College of Liberal and Professional Studies offers transformative educational experiences for nontraditional students seeking new paths and possibilities. We understand that many veterans have been away from academics for an extended period of time and LPS values your military experience when it comes to admissions. Our advisors will help you find undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to fit your intellectual and professional interests—and one that fits your schedule.

Career services for veterans

Career Services specializes in advising Penn students and alumni with career exploration, resumes, CVs, cover letters and correspondence, interviewing, networking, mentoring, graduate school applications, jobs, and internships. The program also hosts a variety of workshops, career fairs and recruiting events. They also provide veteran-specific job and internship databases, as well as other resources.

Health, wellness, and recreation

Penn’s offers a full range of health and wellness services as well as recreational resources that support your transition into a new learning environment and help you maintain optimal health. From accessible healthcare to state-of-the-art fitness facilities, your whole mind and body are taken care of here at Penn.

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania provides no cost, high-quality, integrated behavioral health care for veterans and/or their family members in an independent, private setting. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for military families and veterans, including those from the National Guard and Reserves, regardless of role or discharge status.

Penn’s leave of absence policy

Should you need to withdraw from your studies due to active military service, Penn will support you in your re-entry to academics.

Veteran and active military groups at Penn

Penn offers a range of groups, organizations, academic supports and resources, some focused specifically on veterans, and others that may be of interest to veterans.

University Of Pennsylvania Student Veteran Association (UPSVA)

University of Pennsylvania Student Veteran Association (UPSVA) is the student organization for current and former military members affiliated with University of Pennsylvania.

Naval ROTC

University of Pennsylvania's Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps prides itself on its rich history and training program. With more than sixty-five years of experience, the University of Pennsylvania Naval ROTC program seeks to train the most technically and tactically proficient officers to serve in the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Through hard work, perseverance, and the help of our highly trained officers, students can earn a commission into the world's strongest navy.

Penn Law’s Service Members and Veterans’ Legal Assistance Project

In 2011, Penn Law students founded the Service Members and Veterans Legal Assistance Project (SVLAP) to provide targeted and useful resources to Philadelphia’s veterans and service members in need of civil legal assistance. SVLAP also supports attorneys in Philadelphia who have made it a priority to serve veterans in our community.

TRiO Veterans Upward Bound

The TRiO Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Program is a free, non-credit, non-profit, pre-college program federally funded by a grant from the US Department of Education. Students come to TRIO VUB from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania and Camden County in New Jersey.

Contact us

Current and prospective LPS students are encouraged to reach out to Kathy Urban, LPS veterans and active military contact, for more information about Penn's military services. Kathy can be contacted via email or by calling (215) 573-7536.