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July 15, 2016                                                                 

Military Veterans to Attend Academic Boot Camp at the University of Oklahoma

Intensive program helps prepare enlisted veterans for transition from military to four-year college

Norman, Oklahoma For some military veterans, the first day of school at a new college or university is as challenging as a deployment to a foreign country. Immersion in a new culture and reintroduction to a demanding academic environment can make the transition from military to higher education difficult. To ease the transition, the Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) is hosting an intensive two-week-long academic boot camp at the University of Oklahoma beginning on July 16, 2016.  

The Warrior-Scholar Project coordinates immersive academic preparation courses for enlisted military veterans of any skill level at America’s top universities. The program is designed to help military veterans develop and rediscover the skills and confidence necessary to successfully complete four-year undergraduate degrees. Because veterans are non-traditional students with unique experiences distinguishing them from their college peers, WSP also uses the boot camps to help prepare participants for the emotional and cultural adaptations required to succeed in a higher education setting.

“We are proud to host a Warrior-Scholar Project academic boot camp at the University of Oklahoma for the second straight year,” said Dr. Sidney Ellington, Executive Director of WSP. “The program at the University of Oklahoma will tap into the immense potential of Post-9/11 veterans and reduce obstacles to success, addressing veterans’ misperceptions about college and building their confidence through an intense academic reorientation.”

WSP launched its first program at Yale University in 2012 with nine participants. Since then, WSP has expanded to encompass 12 top schools, including the University of Oklahoma, and is on track to host more than 200 veterans at boot camps across the country in 2016. In addition to the University of Oklahoma, WSP graduates have gone on to enroll at top schools across the country including Yale University, the University of Michigan, the University of Southern California and Stanford University.

Each WSP boot camp is run by a team of student veterans, and taught by esteemed university professors and graduate students. An intensive syllabus composed of both classic and modern scholarly works guides participants as they learn how to frame their ideas in an academic context, think critically, and formulate scholarly arguments. Participants not only learn the subject-matter material; they learn how to learn.

“The University of Oklahoma has a long and illustrious history of serving veterans,” said Nathan Ferraro, Campus Program Director of WSP. Recognized as a top university for veterans by both Military Times and USA Today, the University of Oklahoma offers dozens of extensive programs and support initiatives designed to assist service members throughout their collegiate careers.  

“We have a very strong sense of patriotism here at the University of Oklahoma and want to reach out and give back to those men and women who have served our country and done so much for us,” said Shad Satterthwaite, Assistant Vice President for University Outreach and Continuing Education Academic Programs. “The Warrior-Scholar Project is one of the best ways that we can give back, by helping military veterans get ready for college.”

WSP funders and private donors cover the entire cost of the program for participants, excluding travel. Student veterans attending the University of Oklahoma boot camp will reside in campus housing and attend lectures in various classrooms.  

To learn more about the program, visit http://www.warrior-scholar.org.

About the Warrior-Scholar Project

The Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) runs immersive academic boot camps hosted at America’s top universities for enlisted military veterans. The majority of enlisted personnel exiting the military have not been in a classroom setting for several years, and find it hard to transition, being unprepared for the fundamentally different social and cultural environment. WSP helps veterans rediscover and develop the skills and confidence necessary to successfully complete 4-year undergraduate programs in higher education. WSP unlocks their educational potential and transforms the way veterans view themselves as students. For more information, visit http://www.warrior-scholar.org, email info@warrior-scholar.org or call 202-625-4313.

About the University of Oklahoma
Created by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a doctoral degree-granting research university serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region and nation. The Norman campus serves as home to all of the university’s academic programs except health-related fields. The OU Health Sciences Center, which is located in Oklahoma City, is one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges. Both the Norman and Health Sciences Center colleges offer programs at the Schusterman Center, the site of OU-Tulsa. OU enrolls more than 30,000 students, has more than 2,700 full-time faculty members and has 21 colleges offering 171 majors at the baccalaureate level, 152 majors at the master’s level, 79 majors at the doctoral level, 32 majors at the doctoral professional level, and 35 graduate certificates. The university’s annual operating budget is $1.8 billion. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. For more information, visit


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