Veteran ’Canes
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Veterans have long played a significant role in shaping the University of Miami. With only 1,923 students in 1945, the University more than tripled its enrollment to 6,902 the following year as returning servicemen filled classrooms. Since then, the University has continued to welcome and support veterans through a number of programs and resources that has earned the U the #25 ranking on the US News & World Report 2021 Best Colleges for Veterans list. The University participates in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees, such as the GI Bill, and in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which makes additional funds available to veteran students.

In addition to scholarships, a number of on-campus resources are available to help with benefits and the transition to civilian life, including Veterans' Affairs Certifying Officials, UM Counseling Center specific programs for veteran students, the Veteran Employee Resource Group, and career planning and tutoring for vets. The Veteran Student Organization provides support and an extensive network for veterans as they adapt to student life.

Our U alumni veterans reflect the diversity of our campus as a whole. They come from all walks of life and, though their experiences in the military differ, they all share a commitment to serving their country and to making an impact both during and after their time in the military. 

From a special ops pilot turned critical care nurse during COVID, to a US Air Force computer systems analyst who translated her love for helping others into a career in family law, to an army sergeant who became an advocate for veterans, and a World War II vet who helped transform the University of Miami, meet a few of our Veteran ’Canes below.

We honor and thank them, and all of our veterans, for their service.


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