A university planning team was formed in the fall of 2012 to explore how to better support our student veterans at the University of Florida. Through looking at best practices at other institutions, interviewing students and veteran support staff and holding focus groups, the team determined that a designated space for veterans would best serve their population on campus.
During November of 2012 construction began on the Collegiate Veterans Success Center in Yon Hall 418. On April 3, 2013 the Collegiate Veterans Success Center was opened. This Center provides a space where student veterans can study together, socialize as a group, and receive services from on-campus and community resources. This space is ideal since many veterans find that they are most successful when they interact with other Veterans and service members as a means to acclimate to the University and to successfully transition from the military life to student life.
The Collegiate Veterans Success Center operates through donations provided to support the Center. Below is a list of funding opportunities for those interested in supporting our student veterans. For additional information about supporting the Collegiate Veterans Success Center, click Donation.
Veteran History at the University of Florida
Military service is a University of Florida tradition, one that dates to the early years of this university. In 1917, when the United States entered World War I, 274 of the 434 men enrolled at what was then all-male UF, went to war. It is estimated that as many as 10,000 UF students served in World War II. Many faculty also joined up, so the war had a radical impact on campus. By the peak year of 1944-45, UF had just 740 students, down from 3,500 before the war started. We lost 401 students to World War II alone. Those who perished in WWII, included Gator football players, student government officials, and other leaders. We may not be aware that we remember their service to our country every day.
For example, Corry Village is named after William Corry, one of two student body presidents who died in WWII. Many more UF students served in Korea, Vietnam, and every conflict since. If UF has been a ready source of men and women sent to fight overseas, it has achieved legendary status as a place for them to come home to. We had so many veterans enroll after World War II that we had to build three makeshift cities containing over 1,000 residences. The Flavet Villages went up so fast, they included travel trailers and reused military barracks! Today, we are proud to count approximately 2000 veterans, active duty members, and dependents among our undergraduate and graduate students. Many staff at the University of Florida are working hard to make the University of Florida the most veteran friendly and effective campus in America.
Please remember that the Collegiate Veterans Success Center, VetSuccess on Campus Counselor, Office of Student Veteran Services, and Collegiate Veterans Society are four key resources that provide a base for support and information for all of our student veterans. Thank you for serving our country and welcome to the Gator Nation.