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Veterans & Military

At Quinnipiac, we recognize the sacrifices that current and former military service members have made on behalf of the United States. We've long been committed to helping our nation’s veterans, active and reserve military and National Guard members reach their educational goals. We partner with both the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs to provide a comprehensive set of benefits that fit with your military experience.

Whether your mission is advancing your military career, transitioning to the civilian sector or supporting your dependent as they work toward their degree, we are honored to assist you every step of the way.

Our Community in Action

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Those who served reflect on first Veterans Day since Afghanistan withdrawal

There is a different tone this Veterans Day for many following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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Kathleen Lekko

Empowering our vets with individualized support

U.S. Marine Corp veteran Kathleen Lekko ’22 had lots of options when she considered her higher education path, but one university captured her attention.

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Morgan Mohalla

Veteran attends medical school with unique perspective, path

Serving as a combat and senior medic in the U.S. Army, Morgan Mohalla, MD ’25, knows what it’s like to make sacrifices. Seven years later, he is working toward a medical career, but in a very different environment.

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Erica Adams

Accelerated nursing student uses skills she developed in the U.S. Navy to excel at Quinnipiac

Erica Adams ‘22 said her decision to attend Quinnipiac for an accelerated nursing degree was a “no brainer.”

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Student brings Veterans Day celebration to those who served

Nebiyou Masresha, a graduate student in Quinnipiac’s social work program, wanted to salute America’s veterans — and show them that their work and sacrifice is as valued today as it was the day they stood up for their country.

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Student Veterans Organization provides unique opportunities for those who’ve served

Quinnipiac is a recognized leader in educating the nation’s veterans, regularly ranked among the top military-friendly institutions in the country.

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Law student helps Afghan refugees fleeing to Qatar

For one Quinnipiac law student, learning doesn’t stop when duty calls. Navy Lieutenant Commander Brian Conatser, JD ‘21 balances his studies with military service as he performs active duty in Qatar, where he’s been stationed since mid-June.

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Quinnipiac earns high marks in Military Times' 'Best for Vets' college rankings

Military Times has ranked Quinnipiac University No. 1 in Connecticut, No. 3 in the Northeast and No. 12 nationally for private, non-profit universities in its 2021 “Best for Vets: Colleges” rankings.

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Director of veteran and military affairs included in James Patterson’s new book

A harrowing account by Jason Burke, the director of veteran and military affairs at Quinnipiac, is included in acclaimed author James Patterson’s new book, “Walk in My Combat Boots: True Stories from America's Bravest Warriors.”

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Quinnipiac ranked a top military friendly private university in the U.S.

Quinnipiac’s distinction as the top military-friendly private university in the United States among schools offering doctoral degrees has been highlighted in G.I. Jobs magazine.

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Veterans director leads fight against invisible enemy on campus

Jason Burke has devoted his life to service. He served his nation as a member of the U.S. Navy for more than two decades — as a naval aviator and, later, as a commanding officer, where he left his mark as a distinguished pilot and esteemed educator. The university quickly felt his impact when he was named director of veteran and military affairs seven years ago, and helped Quinnipiac gain the recognition as No. 1 most military friendly four-year university in the United States that offers doctoral degrees by the non-profit Military Friendly.

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Quinnipiac earns high marks in Military Times’ ranking for 2020

Military Times has ranked Quinnipiac No. 1 in Connecticut and No. 10 nationally for “Best for Vets Colleges: The best schools for military students in 2020.”

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Bringing field experience to the classroom

Robert Lombardo’s life was forever changed when he was drafted and deployed to Vietnam.

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On the national stage

Our commitment to honor and support our active duty and veteran students, faculty and staff was featured on "Military Makeover: Operation Career," which debuted on the Lifetime network on June 24. The nationally broadcast show highlighted Alex Hartman '19, Shamar Farmer '18 and Jason Burke, director of veteran and military affairs, and showed how their military experiences have led them to success at Quinnipiac. The segment will continue to air nationally throughout the summer.

Distinctions

Best for Vets Schools in the United States

Victory Media

Best 4-year university for veterans

Military Times

Yellow Ribbon Program Participant

Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program

Jason Burke

Jason Burke

Director, Veteran and Military Affairs

"The Military Times does a very comprehensive survey to ensure their list of best schools for veterans reflects universities that offer the best chance for success of these non-traditional students. Quinnipiac ranks very well because of the team effort that supports our veterans not only on campus but also within the Connecticut VA system. We also have a very active Student Veterans Organization that gets additional outside campus support via the Student Veterans of America."

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