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Military and Veteran Programs and Services

MVPS Mission Statement

Our mission is to make the University of Dayton a top choice for veteran and military affiliated students. Through enhanced access to programs and services, we are committed to linking this diverse community’s leadership and service experiences with learning and scholarship from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels.


GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Fast Facts


veteran and military affiliated students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate in-residence and online programs annually


tuition covered in the Fall and Spring semesters for eligible undergraduate and most graduate students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill® at the 100% eligibility level when combined with Yellow Ribbon

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The best way to understand our passion for veteran and military affiliated student success is to experience it yourself.

Why Service Members, Veterans, and Families Choose UD MVPS

"Collegiate Purple Star Award" Recipient "Best of the Best" Top Veteran-Friendly School "Veterans Nationwide BEST" Verified "Top 10 Gold" Military Friendly®

University of Dayton received the "Collegiate Purple Star" Award.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education awards the Collegiate Purple Star designation to schools who meet and exceed federal and state guidelines for serving military affiliated students. These include providing designated points of contacts for student veterans, early registration, evaluating and awarding credit for prior learning, providing career services, supporting the Student Veteran Association, and more!

University of Dayton earned a “Best of the Best 2023” designation.

U.S. Veterans Magazine, a publication of DiversityComm, Inc awarded UD a designation of a “Top Veteran-Friendly School”. Each year, DiversityComm, a woman-owned and disability-owned business, conducts non-biased evaluations to identify “Best of the Best” in relation to outreach and accessibility to the minority, veteran, female, people with disabilities and LGBT population.

University of Dayton earned a 2023 Veterans Nationwide BEST designation.

College Factual™ analyzed over 2,100 schools nationwide and found UD to be in the top 5% for veterans. They also found UD to be in the top 5% for veterans majoring in Education, Computer Engineering, Finance, and Entrepreneurial Studies. Our programs in Mechanical Engineering and Business, Management & Marketing are in the top 10% for veterans.

University of Dayton earned a 2021-22 Military Friendly® School Top 10 Gold designation.

Military Friendly® is a component of a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business. This year they rated over 1200 schools and determined that UD placed within the Top Ten schools in our category of Tier II Research Institutions!

  • Top 5%

    Our ranking out of 366 schools in the 2021 Military Times "Best for Vets: Colleges" rankings. We also ranked as the #1 Private Not-For-Profit in the Midwest and the #2 nationwide

  • 174

    Number of different undergraduate and graduate majors to choose from

  • Merit Scholarships

    GI Bill® recipients keep their Merit Scholarships, which can be used or refunded for housing, food, and other educational expenses

Featured Programs and Initiatives

Veteran Education Benefits

The University of Dayton MVPS Center provides a simple step by step process for how to request GI Bill® educational benefits. Veterans, Service Members, Cadets, and benefits eligible family members can also register early for courses, getting you the classes you need. Our staff is available to assist at any point along the way.

Student Veteran Associations

UD is home to our own chapter of the national Student Veterans of America. SVA is a social and service organization, linking UD's student veterans, current service members, and families. SVA sends our members on service oriented trips, supports local veteran organizations, and provides opportunities for veteran students to connect on and off campus. The Veteran and Military Advocacy Group (VMAG) is a UD Law School student organization. Our mission is to help support area veterans and veteran organizations.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The University of Dayton is proud to be a Yellow Ribbon Program participant. Yellow Ribbon is an agreement between the university and the VA to split the costs on annual tuition in excess of the VA's annual private school tuition cap. CH 33 Post 9/11 beneficiaries at the 100% entitlement level receive a contribution from UD and a matching contribution from the VA to cover remaining tuition. Review the Yellow Ribbon eligibility page to understand specific requirements and reach out to our staff.

Military Tuition Assistance and National Guard Scholarship

The MVPS Center can assist students in determining their eligibility and requesting state and federal benefits available to Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard Service Members.


Military and Veteran Programs and Services (MVPS)

Zehler Hall, Room 203
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1481

VA Approved Programs

All of our degree granting undergraduate and graduate degrees are approved for veterans' education benefits. The VA's Web Enabled Approval Management System (WEAMS) displays all approved majors.