Across Columbia University's many schools and programs, veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces play an integral part in the student life, academic endeavors, and intellectual accomplishments of the University. This website serves as an online resource for learning about the veteran population at Columbia. Further, it offers a central and comprehensive repository of the services, policies, and procedures that affect students who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Graduate Schools and NROTC
Anne Marie Gesslein, Associate Director of Military and Veteran Affairs
Eric Halperin, Coordinator of Military and Veteran Affairs
202 Kent Hall
(212) 854-3161
Office Hours
Our office is in 202 Kent Hall. You may reach us by phone at 212-854-3161 and by email at veterans@columbia.edu. Our fax number is 212-854-2818.
We have walk-in hours on the following days:   Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Appointments are welcome Tuesdays and Thursdays; please email us at veterans@columbia.edu to schedule an appointment time.

School of General Studies
(Please visit https://gs.columbia.edu/veterans)
Tessie Scroggins
Assistant Director of Educational Financing for Veterans Benefits
408 Lewisohn Hall
(212) 854-5410
Teachers College: The Office of the Registrar
Thorndike Hall, 3rd Floor
525 West 120th Street, Box 311
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 678-4050
Email: registrar@tc.columbia.edu

Submit Veterans Request for Certification Form
GS students: gs.columbia.edu/veterans-request-certification-fall-spring
Grad students: veteranaffairs.columbia.edu/content/veterans-request-certification


- Columbia Honor Roll remembers all of the Columbia students killed in US-involved military conflicts since 1754.

-Tillman Scholars

Veterans at Columbia
Garth Stewart (GS, '09)

United States Army, 2001-2004

Garth Stewart grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota, a hamlet of 15,000. It was there that he decided to enlist in the Army—some two months before the 9/11 attacks. By 2003, he was stationed in southern Kuwait, where temperatures would soar above 130 degrees by day and come sundown his unit would drill until 3 a.m. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Stewart stepped on a buried landmine south of Baghdad, leaving his left leg a mangled mess. However, just three months later, Stewart was back with his battalion, on active duty.

John W. Dandola (SIPA, '10)

Staff Sergeant, United States Army, 1996-2008

With only the intent of being able to tell bemusing stories to my childhood friends I enlisted in the United States Army in 1996. Had I known the experience would be as life changing as it's been, I would have joined years earlier. During my tenure, I developed a deep sense of loyalty and professional respect for my comrades which significantly enhanced my passionate respect and defense of the public sector, its practitioners, and its unique objectives.

La-Verna J. Fountain
Vice President, Construction Business Services and Communications
Columbia University Facilities
SP4, U.S. Army - 95C; 7IL (1976-1978)

I joined the military because I didn’t know what else to do. My brothers served, my father served and eventually, I married a veteran. The military was a realistic choice for a woman with no money raised in the mountains of South Central Pennsylvania.