Earlier this month, Johns Hopkins University announced a new partnership with Service to School's VetLink program, which will expand opportunity and access for highly qualified veterans transitioning to higher education.
Service to School provides VetLink partner schools with an effective way to identify, evaluate, and accept qualified veterans for undergraduate programs. For veterans, the VetLink program helps find a top college that is the best fit for their academic and personal interests and helps them navigate the college application process through one-on-one mentorship.
"Johns Hopkins is proud to extend our outreach efforts to veterans through this important partnership," said David Phillips, vice provost for admissions and financial aid. "As a member of the American Talent Initiative, Hopkins has been focused on enriching our institution by recruiting and enrolling students from diverse and underserved backgrounds. Through this expanded support, we hope to see more highly qualified veteran students making Hopkins home."
Veterans have traditionally faced challenges navigating the complex process of applying to college, often lacking a support system from guidance counselors, peers, or parents familiar with the process. However, once on campus, they become highly successful students and contribute greatly to the educational environment.
"Veterans bring a unique perspective to the classroom, rooted in real-life experiences and global contexts," Phillips said. "Our student body is strengthened by their presence in our classrooms, our forums, and our quads."
This diversity of ideas and life experiences is central to the university's mission to solve the world's most complex problems. New perspectives are what has allowed Johns Hopkins to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for lifelong learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world for almost 150 years.
Since the VetLink program was founded in 2015, nearly 700 veterans have matriculated to the nation's top undergraduate programs. Among the veterans who worked with a Service to School mentor, 63% are attending a U.S. News & World Report Top 50 college and nearly all attend a Top 150 college. This means more veterans at colleges with high graduation rates, highly regarded academic standards, inclusive internship programs, and top-ranked career services.
"We are thrilled to partner with Johns Hopkins University and to team up in their efforts to expand access for our nation's military veterans," said Jim Selbe, chief operating officer of Service to School. "We applaud President Daniels and the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council for including student veterans in their effort to advance the diversity of their undergraduate population."
Johns Hopkins University joins 23 members of Service to School's VetLink program.