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UGA named No. 1 Military Friendly institution in nation  


For the third time in six years, Viqtory Media has named the University of Georgia the No. 1 Military Friendly tier 1 research institution. UGA was previously recognized as the top-ranked Military Friendly school in 2017 and 2021, and has been recognized as a Military Friendly school since the Student Veterans Resource Center’s inception in 2013.

To support student veterans and service members, the SVRC works to ease the transition from the military to higher education, improve the UGA experience, and facilitate career readiness. In collaboration with units across campus, the SVRC guides students to maximize their military benefits and explore all their available opportunities.

UGA student veterans are 33 years old on average, and though they bring a wealth of global and life experiences to the classroom, they also carry the responsibilities and demands of adult life. Many of UGA’s 275 student veterans have families, dependents, hold full-time jobs and commute longer distances to campus. More than 20 percent of these students are still serving with the active-duty military or in the reserve component forces. Navigating these personal, professional and academic responsibilities can be extremely challenging.

“Transitioning from the Army was not easy,” said Gabriela Castillo, a student veteran studying biology on a pre-med track. “As a dual military family, my husband and I had to start from square one. I was not prepared for the amount of support I would need at UGA—or how the SVRC staff would help me through the challenges. The response has been overwhelming. From ways to connect with my peer student veterans, to mentoring and opportunities for scholarships, I am so grateful for the guidance and the resources.”