Student Veteran Success

The University of Kentucky Student Veterans Association (UKSVA) serves the campus community by working with the Veterans Resource Center, Veterans Resource Team, and the Student Government in order to facilitate the needs of non-traditional students. Our goal is to promote the morale; welfare; and academic, personal, and professional success of all military-affiliated students and their families in the University of Kentucky campus community.

Please note that this site is not part of the official uky.edu domain; it was created and is maintained by student veterans attending UK. If you have any suggestions or questions for the UKSVA, or would like to request a welcome packet and/or student veteran peer mentor, please use the Feedback Form.

Click on the image below for a printable version of our "Top Ten" steps for a successful transition to UK!

To introduce you to the heart of the leadership serving student veterans at the University of Kentucky, here is an interview with the VRC director, Mr. Tony Dotson (retired Army officer).

If you don't have enough time to read through all the sections on this website right now, that's OK—bookmark it and come back later!

Before you navigate away, here are a few important pieces of information for you:

    • UK's admission fee is waived for student veterans.
    • Students using the GI Bill/National Guard TA are charged in-state tuition & any late fees accrued while awaiting VA tuition payment are waived.
    • Student veterans get priority for on campus single student & family housing.
    • Student veterans are automatically assigned priority registration windows!
    • UK 201 is a pre-registered, vets-only section of the UK transfer orientation class taught by the VRC Director, Mr. Tony Dotson.
    • If you will be needing childcare services, check out Big Blue Family Care.
    • The VRC has many resources available:
        • Free printing in the computer lab
        • Student lounge with free coffee, two microwaves, a fridge, tables, a wall-mounted large screen TV and comfy chairs
        • Private study spaces
        • The VRC Director, VetSuccess On Campus Counselor & VA Certifying Official, all in one centralized location!
        • Remember that you are a resource too; Your experiences and your stories matter.
    • Attending orientation with other student veterans, joining a student organization, eating lunch and studying at the VRC with other non-traditional students—these are ways to build connections, which boosts retention, which leads to graduation!

The Veterans Resource Center is open year-round! The center is intended to support student veterans, veteran-affiliated students, ROTC cadets and also veterans who are employed by the University. Regular business hours are from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters, with slightly reduced hours during the Summer term. If you have any questions or concerns, call the front desk at 859-257-1148, drop by Room 2 of Erikson Hall, or send an email!

Amy Southwood, VA Certifying Official - amy.southwood@uky.edu

Joel Andrade, VSOC Counselor (at UK on M, Th, Fr) - joel.andrade@va.gov

Tony Dotson, VRC Director - anthony.dotson@uky.edu

The Fine Print: This is not an official uky.edu webpage. The checklist project was developed during the Summer 2018 term with encouragement and generous funding from the Office of Institutional Diversity. The information presented herein was compiled based on interviews with student veterans currently attending the University of Kentucky (UK), anonymous responses to a survey sent to members of the UK Student Veterans Association (UKSVA), a comparison of veterans' services at UK's benchmark institutions, as well as feedback from the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) staff and selected faculty members. This site was created by student veterans as a tool for incoming and transfer students using the GI Bill or other education benefit claiming active military/veteran and/or dependent status. It is primarily aimed towards post-9/11 GI Bill users and students transferring to UK with prior college credit; however, there is good information on the site for all active-duty, veteran and veteran-affiliated students as well as any student new to UK. If you experience trouble accessing some of the linked documents/webpages due to your security settings, we suggest that you try viewing the mobile version on your personal device. If you have any questions or concerns that are not addressed here, please use the Feedback Form or call the UK Veterans Resource Center at 859-257-1148.