William Paterson honored as ‘military friendly school’ for 14th consecutive year

William Paterson University has recently been named a military friendly school by Viqtory, a company that honors institutions that implement the best practices and policies for veterans.

It is the 14th consecutive year the Wayne-based school has been honored.

William Paterson was among 537 schools recognized, with Viqtory examining public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey across more than 1,800 schools as part of the 2024-25 survey.

William Paterson officials said its Office of Veteran and Military Affairs offers information, resources and a supportive environment for veterans, active-duty service members and dependents of veterans. It also provides assistance with the unique challenges that students face as they transition from military service to college life.

Silvia Barrera, the coordinator of veteran and military affairs at WPU, said the university takes pride in earning this distinction and continues its effort to make college education more helpful for veterans.

“We are so proud to have earned this designation for the 14th year in a row,” she said. “We continually strive to create an environment that is not only inviting, but that encourages academic success. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our services and reach all veterans, service members and their dependents who are seeking opportunities to expand their career options through higher education.”

One example of this is the William Paterson Global War on Terrorism Tuition Waiver. With this waiver, veteran students who have exhausted their educational benefits can continue their studies and obtain their degree through this unique university program designed to help student veterans achieve their academic goals.

Further, the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs also hosts activities on campus such as the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, Veterans Day Flag Planting and Remembrance Day, and a Veterans Graduation Recognition Ceremony, and supports the Student Veteran Organization on campus.

William Paterson University’s support for veterans was recognized in 2022 with a “We Value Our Veterans” Community Award presented by Gov. Phil Murphy and Brig. Gen. Lisa Hou, adjutant general and commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The award recognized the contributions of the university’s student, faculty, staff and alumni veterans, as well as the work of those who supports them on campus and in the community.