Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

MA Higher Education


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Sisco, Burton R.

Committee Member 1

Walpole, MaryBeth


College-student veterans


Higher Education


The purpose of this study was to examine what kinds of internal emotions and feelings are attached to the transition of becoming a student on a college campus for veteran students. Veteran students have a different experience on campus compared to the rest of the student population, therefore it is important for institutions to understand this experience in order to best provide for these students. A survey was created based off of Chickering's seven vector development theory. The survey collected demographic data such as what branch of the military the student was in, age, race/ethnicity, and gender. The rest of the survey provided statements relating to each of Chickering's seven developmental vectors in which participants would rate on a Likert Scale how little or much they could relate to the statement. The results of the data collection concluded that veteran students generally find their transition to college easy and enjoy what they are doing on campus. However there are several emotions attached to the process, such as feeling stress and pressure in the environment, confidence in their abilities, relationships with their peers and professors, and working alone compared to in a group.