Military Times Recognizes Manhattan College’s Continuing Support for Student Veterans

Manhattan is on the Best for Vets: Colleges list for the second straight year.

Student veterans in the Veterans Success Center

Left to right: Alumni veterans Juan Rosario '17, Kirsten Battocchio '18 and Jesse Tossetti '16 in the Veterans Success Center on campus.

For the second consecutive year, Manhattan College is included in Military Times'  Best for Vets: Colleges 2020 list.

The rankings are based on the results of Military Times’ annual survey to higher education institutions about their operations involving current and former service members and their families.

Manhattan College has a number of programs designed for student veterans’ success and to ease the transition into civilian life. The College’s Veterans Success Center opened on campus in the fall of 2017 and has developed into a hub of activity for student veterans to bond socially and academically.

The Veterans at Ease program has been adapted as part of the Nature and Experience of Religion course required of all incoming students. Its goal is to introduce mindfulness activities that help new student veterans successfully move from the military to civilian/academic life.

Beginning in November and running through the end of the year, Manhattan College is also presenting a gallery at the Flatiron Building in midtown Manhattan. Part of the gallery will showcase the Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaboration, an exhibit that was hosted at O’Malley Library earlier in 2019. In another part of the gallery, the history of Manhattan College’s student veterans will be on display, from the Civil War to current conflicts abroad.

To create the rankings, Military Times evaluated colleges’ survey responses based on what veterans have told Military Times is important to them, as well as on their own editorial judgment. Broadly speaking, institutions were evaluated in five categories: university culture, student support, academic policies, academic outcomes/quality and cost and financial aid. 

By Pete McHugh