FDU Veterans Newsletter

Transitions From Military Service Back to Civilian Life

A story of veterans, this documentary weaves together the personal experiences of four ex-service members who make their way into higher education.

Elliot Hoffman (right foreground), award-winning filmmaker, and Martha Papson Garcia (at left), Director of Veterans Services, during filming of Transitions.

Like all student veterans, the people in this documentary story set out on a new chapter in their lives, one in which many will face academic and social obstacles that may seem insurmountable. It may not be in the first year – or the second year – at the university that they taste success. However, in this story – as in others – the lifestyles of the student veterans, are unique and vibrant, leading to a revelation, that each of their achievements reflects a growing competence, in academic terms. Despite any earlier misgivings, their future is destined to place them among professionals in a broad range of fields.

Services and Opportunities for Veterans at FDU

Our Community Salutes of North Jersey 2022,
High School Enlistee Recognition Ceremony

Our Community Salutes of North Jersey recognized New Jersey high school students enlisting in the U.S. military. Video from the event can be viewed here.

OCS North Jersey

Veterans Day

The University’s commemoration of Veterans Day typically includes ceremonies at both the Metropolitan Campus and the Florham Campus.

Veteran Entrepreneurs

Veterans who are current or aspiring entrepreneurs can enroll in the Veterans Launching Ventures program. This unique program combines in-person instruction with online education, and active mentorship to provide skills and support so that you can and launch and/or grow your business.

Yellow Ribbon Program

FDU has been educating America’s veterans since 1946, and offers a variety of academic programs. FDU is a proud participant in the GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program, which allows a 100% eligible veteran to attend an FDU undergraduate, graduate, or certificate program at no cost. 

Pictured above, University President Christopher Capuano with veterans who received their academic degrees at 2018 Commencement at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Academic Opportunity for Veterans

Depending on your area of study, you can attend FDU in any of three modalities. Gain additional information about the particular FDU academic program that best fits your your career and life goals.
  • Full or part-time, residential or commuter

    Our two northern New Jersey campuses provide the widest range of undergraduate and graduate academic programs and study options.

    Metropolitan Campus: With ample on-campus housing and extensive evening programs for working commuters, our Metropolitan Campus bridges the residential communities of Teaneck and Hackensack. A relaxed suburban setting just ten miles from New York City, the Metropolitan Campus attracts a diverse student population.

    Florham Campus: Ideal for students choosing to reside on campus, but also convenient for commuter students. Situated in Madison, NJ, the Florham Campus is located on picturesque grounds near historic Morristown.

  • Full or part-time commuter, at over 50 Locations in New Jersey

    Community college partnership

    SAS sites

    No matter where you live in the State of New Jersey, chances are that FDU offers a program in a location close to you. FDU offers courses, select degree completion programs, and select graduate programs on-site in dozens of New Jersey locations, including schools, police academies, medical centers, National Guard armories, and the campuses of several New Jersey community colleges. FDU is the only university in this State to offer programs in every county.

  • Full or part-time, anywhere in New Jersey or the World

    Online programs

    Pursue an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or one of four Master’s degrees, in fully online classes that do not require any time on campus. FDU online students include active duty service members and members of the National Guard.

To apply for undergraduate admission at FDU, please contact the Office of Veteran Services at (201) 692-7085. Please note that depending upon your choice of academic program, you may be required to submit your high school transcript (or GED), SAT or ACT scores.

To apply for graduate admission at FDU, please complete a Graduate Application Form or Special Program Form: see Apply for Graduate Admission


Eligibility for Chapter 33 benefits does not guarantee admission to FDU.

Eligibility for Chapter 33 benefits is determined by the Veterans Administration – not by FDU.

Information was collected from the website of the Department of Veterans Affairs and is accurate to the best of our knowledge at this time. Veterans should rely on official VA documentation and policies in determining their individual eligibility for educational benefits.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.

Contact Information

Office of Veteran Services

Martha Papson Garcia
Director of Veterans Services for Outreach
Catherine Gutierrez
School Certifying Official
(201) 692-7085