Veteran & Military Student Success Center - Viking Vets

VMSSC Orientation

Before you began serving in your new billet you were handed a checklist that by the time you had completed it you knew where everything on your ship or base was, your records were up to date, and you knew who to go to with questions and concerns.  We do the same thing at Cleveland State University. At CSU you don’t have to figure it out for yourself.

How to attend:  You will receive an invitation along with how to RSVP for the semester you plan to begin at Cleveland State University.
Our orientation is presented to small groups by veterans already attending CSU. and we will cover topics that include:

  • Veteran and Military-specific benefits and information
  • VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) – you will know all you need for your GI Bill® and other VA benefits
  • Certification – what is it and what is the certifying process (we make it very easy at CSU)
  • Ohio National Guard Scholarship – NG units are supposed to take care of this but we know how to assist
  • Medical benefits – are you using everything available and useful to you?  Are you sure?
  • Disability process – we can point you in the right direction
  • VA facilities in Northeast Ohio – is Louis Stokes VAMC the only place to receive services?  We have a wealth of CBOCs and VetCenters in our region – get to know their services and locations.
  • Are you registered with the VA?  Why do you even need to do that?  We answer that question and help you register.
  • What about Ohio’s Veteran Service Commission (every county has one) – what are their services and where are they in our region?  How do they differ from Veteran Service Organizations – and what services do VSOs provide?
  • Looking for a p/t job while at CSU?  We can hook you up with the veterans program of the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.
  • CSU policy on missing classes for IDT, ADT and mobilization (it’s military-friendly)

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

How about Cleveland State University itself?

  • CSU services include Disability Services, Counseling, Recreation Center, Health and Wellness (it’s more than just a clinic), tutoring . . . and more. They're here to be a help for you.

Veteran and Military Student Success Center

  • Mentoring - you have a question, concerns, etc., you have another vet to call on
  • Viking Vets chapter of the Student Veterans of America
  • Other academic assistance such as helping you find the academic major best for you if you begin as an undeclared major
  • A 4,000 square foot Veteran and Military Resource Center that includes:
    • A large dayroom
    • Large dedicated academic suite including a computer room, tutoring room and quiet study
    • A kitchenette
    • A student staff space
    • When you arrive, we have a front desk staffed by a vet who can take care of most of your questions or find where to get the answers. 
  • Most of all, you’ll be joining over 450 veterans already attending CSU. Our focus here is on your success and your transition. No matter what branch you served or are serving in, no matter the nature of your duty, no matter your AFSC/MOS/Rating, no matter your rank.. all that matters to us is that you served, are serving, or military-connected – we are all family.

What if I don’t remember everything?  We hope you do (but, honestly do you remember everything you heard at TAPS?) but at very least you will know where to ask the questions and get the answers and know that you are a member of a new team! 

We look forward to having you be part of our military-connected family at Cleveland State University.

If you have any questions or concerns email us at