Daniels undergraduate student Nevin Kinzel shares his perspective
Editor’s note: Nevin Kinzel is a senior business information and analytics major at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. He also served in the U.S. Army for 13 years, including deployments to Iraq, Qatar and Afghanistan. Kinzel is a current member of the U.S. Army Reserve. He wrote this blog as part of a BUS3000 class assignment and competition.
Every veteran should be scrambling to attend the University of Denver. Here’s why:
Tuition was likely the No. 1 factor keeping veterans from DU in the past. No more. As of the 2019–2020 academic year, DU participates in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Yellow Ribbon Program at the “unlimited” amount, sharing all tuition costs beyond the GI Bill’s yearly private school cap with the VA.
Yellow Ribbon Amounts:
- All undergraduate students: Unlimited
- Graduate Students in the Daniels College of Business, Graduate School of Social Work or Josef Korbel School of International Studies: Unlimited
- Other Graduate Students: $5,000 (which the VA matches for a total of $10,000)
The Veteran Services Office is extremely helpful and has a lounge where veterans can hang out, do homework and socialize with other veterans. There’s no doubt student veterans want to get to know their non-veteran classmates, but most are older than the general student population—from a few years to a couple of decades older—so having a place where we can gather is nice. With the new Community Commons student center, Veteran Services has a shiny new facility with even more capability than before.
DU has a policy protecting current military members should they have to leave the University for military service. Since many programs are structured to have classes sequentially, it’s nice to know that serving your country won’t push back your academic progress any more than the time you must be gone.
The faculty at the University of Denver is top-notch—extremely knowledgeable and very easy to work with when issues arise. Many of us [veteran students] are non-traditional in that we commute and have families that we have to plan around. Whether juggling a family or Reserve or National Guard duties, or just needing a bit of extra help, the professors I’ve encountered have been nothing short of amazing.
U.S. News and World Report rated DU No. 53 for Best Colleges for Veterans. Daniels’ MBA@Denver is ranked No. 35 in the nation for Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans.
Overall, I believe DU is the best in Colorado for veterans. If you’re a veteran and are looking for a place to matriculate from, I’d implore you to take a good look at the University of Denver. It’s a great University and a great place for veterans!