Military Connection: Veterans Flocking to University of Louisville

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By Debbie Gregory.

When military veterans separate from active duty, they want their civilian careers to be meaningful and lucrative. They also want to be able to earn a comfortable income, while working in a profession they are passionate about. So for these reasons, before embarking in their new careers, most veterans utilize their service-earned education benefits, such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill or Yellow Ribbon program. Finding a college or university can be as challenging as choosing your next profession. But veterans in the know need look no further than the University of Louisville (UofL).

UofL is a member of the Kentucky State University System, with a rich history dating back to 1798. UofL is one of today’s leading schools, attracting students from the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky, all fifty U.S. states, and 116 countries around the globe. UofL’s vast academic program includes bachelor’s degree programs in 70 majors, in addition to 78 master’s degree majors and 22 doctorate programs. UofL also offers a wide array of online programs including bachelor’s and master’s degrees, graduate certificates and teaching endorsements.

Veterans are specially drawn to UofL for the school’s cutting-edge education in disciplines such as Engineering, Criminal Justice and Social Work.

UofL’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering is an excellent option for veteran students. The school offers various degrees in such departments as: Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Fundamentals. Speed School also offers a Master of Engineering in Engineering Management, a Master in Civil Engineering, a Master in Computer Science and various certificate programs completely online.

With many Post-9/11 veterans entering the field of social work or looking for career advancement after active duty service, UofL’s Kent School of Social Work is a top choice for veteran students passionate about helping others live a better, healthier and safer life. Students can earn a bachelor, master or doctorate degree from the Kent School. The Master in Social Work is offered 100% online for those who have a background and college studies in social work and for those who don’t.

Another popular option for veterans is to pursue a career in law enforcement and earn their undergraduate or/and graduate degree in Criminal Justice. This type of degree fits well with the traits and talents that most veterans want to transfer from their active duty to the civilian life. Both criminal justice degrees can be completedonline at UofL, and are designed to prepare professionals to be effective servants and leaders in their communities, state and nation. Commissioner Brewer of Kentucky State Police speaks to the value of earning a degree online at UofL in this video:

UofL’s College of Business offers undergraduate degrees in a traditional campus setting. The College of Business also offers options for its Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program, including an Entrepreneurship MBA, Joint MBA programs, and programs suited for both full-time students and working professionals. UofL also offers a Masters of Accountancy program and a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship program.

According to the VA’s Post-9/11 GI Bill Comparison Tool, there are 919 GI Bill beneficiary students enrolled at UofL. To help meet the specific needs of Veteran students, UofL’s Office of Transfer and Adult Services is prepared to help Veteran students with: securing federal and state educational benefits, obtaining transfer credits from military service, withdrawals/re-admission due to military deployments,identifying resources on and near campus, and promoting academic success for Veterans and their dependents on campus.

UofL is also a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon program, meaning that the school can provide additional support to help veteran students cover the costs of tuition and/or other expenses that could make the cost of an education more than the maximum yearly rate of $20,235.02.

For veterans or dependents who qualify for education benefits and are looking for a top-rated education, UofL and its online programs should be at the top of the list. For more information, please visit them online at

Military Connection: Veterans Flocking to University of Louisville: By Debbie Gregory