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Veteran and Military Students

Helping Veterans and Military Get a Civilian Education

MSU Denver currently educates more than 1,000 veteran and military students and employs more than 80 veterans as faculty and staff. We thank you for your service and would like to it pay it forward by helping you further transform your life through an education.

What you should know:

  • The Military Times consistently includes MSU Denver on its “Best Colleges for Veterans" list. The ranking is the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student success rates.
  • MSU Denver’s President, Dr. Janine Davidson, is a veteran. For 10 years in the U.S. Air Force, she flew combat support, airdrop and humanitarian missions all over the world. Dr. Davidson also served as an instructor at the Air Force Academy, earned the rank of second lieutenant and was the first woman to pilot a C-130. Read her welcome letter to our veteran and military students.

How Do I Start?

As a military veteran student, there are only a few extra steps to take:

  1. Start by applying for your VA Education Benefits.
    • If this is your first time using benefits, select “Apply For A New Benefit.”
    • If you are transferring from another school, select “Updating My Current Education Benefit.”
    • Be sure to provide your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the Office of Veteran Education Benefits at MSU Denver.
  2. Submit your DD214.
  3. Submit military transcripts:

Everything else is the same! Complete the application steps based on what type of student you are:


TIP: Use the code veterans in your online application to get the $25 fee waived, and remember to keep track of important dates and deadlines.


I've Finished My Application. Now What?

If you completed your application and submitted all of the required items listed above, please give the Office of Admissions 1-3 weeks to review your file. You will receive an email and a mailed letter with your admission status.

Check out Residency for Military Veteran Students or Dependents to see if you qualify for in-state tuition.

For more resources and to join the community at MSU Denver, visit Veteran and Military Student Services.



Madeline Marshall, military veteran student "MSU Denver gives you the tools and opportunities you need to succeed. Leaving the military is not easy, but going to college doesn’t have to be difficult. MSU Denver provides ways to make the transition easier. Knowing that a university wants me to succeed just as much as I want to succeed is a positive experience that will stay with me forever.”

- Madeline Marshall, Military Veteran Student

English major with concentration in Secondary Education