Student Veterans

All students are assigned to an academic advising office/academic advisor based on their intended or approved major or special program affiliation if applicable. A complete listing of advising offices by major can be found by using the Advising Directory.

It is recommended that all students meet with their academic advisor at least once a semester and whenever they need assistance. In addition to all of the information you find on the Undergraduate Academic Advisement website the information below is specific to the needs of student Veterans.

Get the Credit You Deserve

Credit for Military Training/Education

A major benefit for students is the granting of university credit for military training and education. The university will consider experiences gained while in the military, provided that the American Council on Education has completed an official evaluation. The Council publishes a Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. This guide contains a description of the coursework or experience, and statement of recommendation (or non-recommendations) of credit.

What kind of coursework can be considered for credit?

In determining whether credit should be awarded, the following are taken into consideration:

  • The level of college/university credit which has been recommended. No credit is awarded if the recommendation is at the vocational/certificate level. Baccalaureate level courses are required.
  • Appropriateness of the coursework to the university’s degree programs.
  • Whether the experience duplicates any other courses for which the student has received credit.
How do I get my coursework records evaluated?

The evaluation of records is for currently enrolled University at Buffalo students. The process for requesting evaluation is as follows:

  1. Students must submit appropriate documentation to the Office of Admissions (12 Capen Hall). Acceptable forms of documentation are:
    • Form DD 295 (available to active duty services personnel from the military education officer)
    • AARTS transcript (Army)
    • NAVPERS 1070/604 (Navy)
    • DD 214 (although this alone does not usually contain all the information necessary to properly identify the coursework)
    • Certificates of completion (used only to supplement other records)
  2. This documentation is forwarded to a staff member in Student Advising Services for evaluation, and assigning of credit for the coursework/experience.
  3. If coursework/experience is eligible to receive credit the student’s Academic Advisement Report will be updated within 10 to 15 business days to reflect the credits. Students can access their Academic Advisement Report in their HUB Student Center via MyUB.
  4. Students should email babbs@buffalo.edu if there are questions regarding the evaluation of their military coursework/training.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know; qualifying scores on CLEP exams is required. CLEP offers 33 exams and Veterans can use their G.I. Bill tuition benefits toward the cost of the exam. Review the CLEP information for Veterans to learn more, CLEP exams are offered by the UB Career Services office.

For more information about who is eligible for CLEP benefits visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a Veterans Affairs Office at UB?

Yes, the Office of Veteran Services assists university student veterans.

I am in an Army National Guard unit, can I receive credit?

Yes, all military personnel including Active, Reserve, National Guard, and Veterans can receive credit.

How many credits will I receive?

Students can receive a maximum of 60 credits. The number of credits awarded depends on the course recommendation according to the American Council on Education guides.

Can the credit be used to fulfill major or UB Curriculum (General Education) requirements?

No, the credits are used as free electives toward graduation and cannot be used to fulfill any degree requirement.

How can I get a copy of military education courses completed?

If you are on active duty you can request a copy of your DD 295, DD214, or a SMARTS transcript. If you are currently in a National Guard or Reserve unit, a copy can be obtained from your personnel officer.

Can I receive credit if I only have attended Basic Training?

Yes, submit a copy of your DD 214 for evaluation. As you complete more training you can submit updated documentation for additional credits.

Student Veterans Club

Weekly meetings each semester. Join us on facebook.com/ubvets.

The Office of Veterans Services

The office of Veteran Services provides a variety of services for student veterans including information about benefits, the VA Work-Study Program, and opportunities to connect with other UB students with military experience.

Last updated: January 19, 2017 10:32 am EST

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