WVSU is a proud institutional member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). SOC is an organization funded by the Department of Defense that helps to expand and improve voluntary college education opportunities for service members within all military branches and components, veterans, and their families.
As a member of SOC, WVSU has established flexible policies that limit roadblocks for those who qualify and are pursuing a college degree. Specifically, WVSU is committed to the following academic guidelines for the military student population:
Reasonable Transfer of Credit: to avoid excessive loss of previously earned credit and avoid course work duplication.
Reduced Academic Residency: limited to no more than 25% of degree requirements with no final year or semester in residence (may require 30% for undergraduate degrees offered 100% online).
Credit for Military Training and Experience: to recognize and use ACE's Guide to the Evaluation of Educational
Experiences in the Armed Services in evaluating and awarding academic credit for military training and experience.
Credit for Nationally-Recognized Testing Programs: to award credit for at least one nationally-recognized testing program such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST Examinations, and Excelsior
College Examinations (ECE).
Left to Right State Senator Erik Wells, Chair of the Senate Military Committee, Dr. Carole Garrison Keynote Speaker and Coston Davis Jr. Director of Military Student Services Center
Student Veterans of America (SVA)
Peer support is crucial to the success of any student who is pursuing a degree so they can enjoy their academic experience along the way. As military and veteran students transition to college life, the Student Veterans of America (SVA) are there as helpful networks of experienced individuals who help new students reach their goals.
The objectives of the SVA are to:
• Support members as they transition from the military to civilian life,
• Generate awareness of veterans on campus,
• Create and promote camaraderie, and to
• Serve as a voice for student service members and veterans on campus.
There are no dues required for membership, and the SVA is open to all veteran students at West Virginia State University who are actively registered (full or part time) and maintain an overall GPA of 2.0.
Interested students can visit this link to fill out a NEW MEMBER APPLICATION
At State, we recognize that there are many expenses that go into being a college student, and textbooks are one area where we try to do our part to provide assistance.
Military and Veteran students enrolled in WVSU courses are automatically eligible for our Textbooks for Veterans program, where we partner with the Student Veterans of America (SVA) to collect donated textbooks to lend to students for an entire semester.
Collected textbooks that are not for specific classes may be used as study guides (LSAT, PCAT, GRE, etc.) or sold to fund the purchase of other needed books.
The 5 Star Challenge is an initiative of the Office of Veterans Education and Training Programs, within the Commission’s Division of Student Affairs
Pictured right - left - Coston Davis, Jr. Director of Military Student Services, Chloe K. Powell, Navy Veteran WVSU Student and WVSU 10th President, Brian O. Hemphill.
Established to ensure that student veterans have the proper guidance through their educational journey, the Vet-2-Vet Mentorship program connects students with experienced staff and other student veterans currently attending WVSU. Students who take advantage of this mentoring opportunity will have one-on-one support in the development and expansion of their educational, career, and personal goals.
WVSU is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program). As a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, this program allows degree granting institutions in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Association (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and the VA will match the same amount as the institution.
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about this program, visit this link: