Military Support College of Distinction Ranking 2024

University holds open house for the newly renovated Veterans Center 

Alvernia University earned a national endorsement in military support from Colleges of Distinction (COD), an advocate for colleges and universities whose program experiences are grounded in a philosophy of engagement, teaching, community, and outcomes. This recognition follows the opening of the newly renovated Veterans Center in Bernardine Hall.  


“With the launch of our enhanced Veterans Center, we reaffirm our commitment to empowering military students throughout their educational journey,” said Veterans Center Coordinator and Director of Admissions Bret Krotee. “The new Veterans Center aims to provide an enriching experience for students, educators, and the campus community. This upgraded space is not only a testament to our dedication to those who serve or who have served, but also symbolizes our ongoing efforts to foster a community of inclusivity and support. I am thrilled to witness the fruition of this endeavor, knowing it will profoundly impact the lives of our military-affiliated students, providing them with the resources and environment they deserve to thrive academically and personally.” 

The Alvernia University Veterans Center raises awareness about what is endured and accomplished by those who serve our country while providing them with an environment that assists them with the transition into higher education. The center provides anyone with ties to (or an interest in) the military with the resources, support, and advocacy necessary to succeed academically, personally and professionally without membership fees or dues. 


“I’m very proud of serving in the Army, and to have access to a beautifully appointed, clean, and quiet space for studying demonstrates to me in a real tangible way, just how committed Alvernia’s administration is to supporting vets on campus,” said Veteran Student, Jeffery Gibboni. 


To earn a distinction in military support, Alvernia must offer comprehensive educational benefits, a military and veterans affairs team, flexible and accessible educational options, faculty training, campus activities specific to veterans, and community support. The expansion of the Veterans Center’s location increases the capacity for providing resources and personalized support to veteran students.  


“Colleges like Alvernia University prioritize the well-being of individual military students rather than just the size of their GI Bill package,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer at Colleges of Distinction. “These institutions ensure comprehensive support for military students.” 


This academic year, Alvernia University was also recognized by the COD for its business programs, education programs, and was named a 2023-24 national, Catholic and Pennsylvania College of Distinction