THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University has been designated a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine for the fifth consecutive year. The honor is given annually to the top 15 percent of American universities that offer the best support, flexibility and value for active duty military and veterans pursuing an education.
“Nicholls continues to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that our veterans receive their earned benefits,” said Gilberto Burbante, Nicholls coordinator of veterans services. “More importantly, we have created a home for them — a home filled with fellow service members from diverse backgrounds who have formed a family. We have established a connection that only veterans understand.”
Burbante, a former U.S. Marine and Army National Guard officer, is a three-time Iraq War infantry veteran and 2011 Nicholls graduate. Currently, 186 veterans are enrolled at Nicholls.
The recognition reflects the university’s growing efforts to recruit and retain military students. Last year, Nicholls opened a veterans lounge in Shaver Gym to help build community among student veterans and assist in their transition to college life. The Nicholls Office of Veterans Affairs acts as a one-stop shop, helping veterans to register for classes, navigate financial aid, receive military or transfer credits and even find jobs during the summer break or after graduation. The Nicholls Veterans Association provides a social outlet for veteran students, participating in tailgating and other activities.
“Our goal at Nicholls is to create a place for veterans to be successful in academics as well as in society,” Burbante said.
Members of the military — as well as veterans — can expect priority service when enrolling at Nicholls. Admissions criteria are exempted for veterans who have received an honorable discharge, and enrollees may register before the general student population.
Nicholls administrators have also identified a group of individual advisors to serve as veterans advocates. Veterans may consult with these faculty members for information, advice or understanding as they work their way through university rules and regulations.
For more information about Nicholls’ services for veterans and active service members, call Burbante at 985-448-4208, or go to nicholls.edu/veterans.