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Prepare for UC

You have many choices after and during your military service, and you’re making an important one by continuing your education.

California offers many higher education opportunities, including three different public school systems — the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU) and California Community Colleges (CCC) — and various private institutions.  To figure out what’s best for you, think about your interests and career goals, and research what programs and majors each school has to offer.

If you decide that UC is the place for you, you’ll find that each campus offers an incredible range of experiences and support programs, especially for the military service community.

map of California with UC campus locations

Why choose UC?

UC is one of the top research universities in the world, and we have resources you won’t find anywhere else:

  • Nine undergraduate campuses (UCSF is a graduate school)
  • More than 750 majors and 150 disciplines

  • More academic departments ranked in the top 10 nationally than any other public or private university
  • Professors who are leaders in their fields: 60 Nobel laureates, 16 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and many opportunities to learn from them
  • Over $850 million in financial aid for undergraduates
  • Higher graduation rates than other leading public research universities in the country

Support for veterans

As a UC student, you will have access to numerous services and programs, including priority registration for classes and veteran-specific campus orientation. And all of our campuses have dedicated veterans coordinators who can help connect you with career centers, academic advisors, student mentors and student veterans groups across campus.

They are happy to answer all of your questions, even if you’re not yet ready to apply to UC.

Contact a campus veterans coordinator