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Veterans and Military Personnel

Cornell University is a veteran-friendly employer attracting highly talented individuals. Men and women from the military have the abilities and experiences that help further our mission and advance the university community.


As a person who has served or is currently serving in the military, ROTC, the Reserves or National Guard, you bring a unique perspective to our university. Whether you enter Cornell University as a student, staff or faculty member, you have much to offer Cornell, and Cornell has much to offer you.

Your military service is an important step along your life and career path. The supportive and caring environment at Cornell offers the perfect place to build on the skills and experiences of your military service while you pursue your aspirations. Cornell is proud to participate in the GI Bill and is a Yellow Ribbon institution.

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[MUSIC PLAYING] AMANDA MINIKUS: I received my acceptance letter to Cornell while I was forward deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. And I was very excited. I was immediately welcomed into the Cornell family. And it has honestly been very similar to my experience in the military. 

Exposure to the leadership and mentorship here at Cornell, in terms of the faculty and just the other students that surround me, who are all future leaders, has really rounded me out I think as a leader. I've been exposed to new and different perspectives and ideas, and I'm really looking forward to taking those back to the fleet. 

In the Marines, we have three core values-- honor, courage, and commitment. And I've certainly found all three here at Cornell. 

DARCY BRANCHINI: All around me was this expectation that I could succeed. And it almost went beyond an expectation. It was really a belief. It was probably the major takeaway from the military, just a stronger sense of confidence in myself. And a willingness to learn and being resourceful and having a strong work ethic, that's actually what I was able to take with me into my career and into my everyday life. 

My military experience sort of stuck out. People recognized it. Whether they were in the military or not, people seem to have a strong respect for it. The person that interviewed me saw it as a positive, and definitely looked at it, wanted to talk a little bit about it, wanted to hear how it influenced who I am today. 

SARA DAVIS: I was active duty Marine Corps for 10 years, and then I was a civilian for the Army for another seven. But I was ready to continue my education and looking for a grad school program. I picked Cornell. 

So I'm a student in city and regional planning. In conjunction with me getting a good education, since I'm a single mom of two school-aged kids, I wanted to make sure that I found a place that had strong-- had a strong school district. Seems like there are very few places where you have really strong universities that you can also really safely let your kids outside to play. 

My son go out and ride his bicycle and just say, come home when the sun sets, and I feel safe doing that. And I was really surprised to find that environment because I wasn't sure how many places you still can sort of safely let your kids outside to play. 

SARAH KREPS: We read a lot in the newspapers about international conflict, but I think it's a somewhat unusual circumstance to have a faculty member who actually has been part of that and can shed light on it in both a hands-on kind of way, but also an academic way on what students are reading about in the paper every day. In my nuclear security class, I have someone who's Army ROTC and Navy ROTC, and I was former Air Force. And so we have each of the services represented, and we end up engaging in these kinds of conversations that bring out our individual experiences, but bring them into conversation with each other. 

So having worked in the military and now teaching issues related to the military, I think what I can bring to bear are a lot of concrete examples that make kind of abstract ideas about defense issues more concrete. 

JADA HAMILTON: One of the benefits I think for Cornell, you know, for me concerning Cornell is pretty good hours as far as, you know set hours. But you can still do what you want to do. And then I think what also attracted me to the position is that in my Navy experience, we did a lot of, in our primary care settings, we did a lot sort of patient-centered sort of medicine, where you kind of, basically, you have one place where the patients go for all their care. And they're kind of working as a team. 

And I kind of got that sense also when I was looking to apply for this position that that was a similar sort of feeling, with the nurses and the support staff, everybody sort of working as a team to take care of the patients. And that was also what attracted me to Cornell, in addition to just the welcoming sort of vibe I got from just being a veteran, and they were happy, your experience is important to us, that kind of thing. So that was really, that was very nice. 

It felt like this would be the place, if I were to pick some place that I would be for the next 10, 15, 20 years, this would be it. Just looking back at other positions that I could have had, I wasn't so sure those were permanent. They were kind of maybe bridges. And after moving around every three to four years and deploying, I wanted to pick a place that I knew I could be here for awhile. 

DAWN SEYMOUR: Cornell was full of opportunities. I was a curious student, and I wanted to learn as much as I could. And Cornell certainly opened those doors for me. 

Cornell is dear to my heart. It accepted anyone who wanted to study in any subject. Now this is remarkable. And it has accepted women and has been led by women for many times. In fact, in my senior year, the dean of our college had a one-hour course every Friday afternoon talking about the early women from Seneca Falls. And it was on their shoulders that we have made progress. 

So I believe the women just are part of the same continuum, women's advancement and partnership, with men. And I like that idea. 


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Cornell's Military Community

We offer support for our veterans through many departments and benefits from active involvement of our Veterans Colleague Network Group. We aim to provide you with the resources you need to be successful at Cornell and are proud that you are part of the Cornell community. 

Military Tradition

Cornell University has a long tradition of supporting our Armed Forces that dates back to its founding in 1865. During WWI we commissioned almost 5,000 officers, more than any other institution in the United States, including the military academies. An additional 4,000 Cornellians, including faculty, alumni, students, and staff, also served. During World War II, Cornellians had more than 20,000 serving in the armed forces and in every theater of war.

As the only Ivy League University to host Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine ROTC programs, Cornell is one of three that offered continuous ROTC studies throughout the Vietnam era to today. The current Detachment hosts students from a number of neighboring universities and colleges.

Cornell recognizes that your military service is a step along your career path; our supportive and caring environment offers the perfect place to build on the skills and experiences of your military service.

Shared Values

Cornell and the military share many core values: the pursuit of excellence, civility, collegiality, respect for teamwork, and fidelity to public service. Public service is at the core of our mission—to learn, to help, to solve, to unravel, and to change the world by transforming the lives and livelihoods of our students, the people of New York State, and others around the globe.


At Cornell you can enjoy many advantages such as flexible work options, family-friendly communities, generous benefits, and numerous programs for personal and professional development.

Flexible Work

We value flexible work arrangements from alternative work schedules and telecommuting to compressed work weeks and job sharing. We want you to succeed.

GI Bill and Employee Education

Leverage your GI bill benefits through the Employee Degree Program. You can pursue a Cornell University degree with no tuition costs. This program lets you collect your GI bill benefits as a means of reward for effectively holding two jobs: going to school and working.

Professional Development

Our belief is that Cornell excels because of its highly skilled people. There are many opportunities for you to grow and develop your skills. We offer orientation, leadership development, and skill-based programs. Whether it’s a webinar, seminar, campus speaker series or week long training, opportunities to learn abound.

Military Leaves*

Several kinds of leaves exist to help you balance the demands of the workplace and your military commitment. If your spouse, child or parent work at Cornell, they may be eligible for leaves as well.

Staff Military Leave: Your position is held for a total of 26 weeks of leave during any 12-month period. And your benefits continue at the same cost while on your leave.

*Qualified staff only (academic and union positions qualify for different polices)

Caregiver Leave: An employee who is a spouse, child, parent, or next of kin is eligible for leave to care for a member of the armed forces, National Guard or Reserves, or a veteran, who incurred a serious illness or injury in the line of duty.

Active Duty Caregiver Leave: Employees can take up to 12 work weeks of leave who have a family member serving in the regular armed forces, the National Guard or the Reserves for any qualifying event that arises while the family member is on active duty.


Veterans with qualifying disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can request workplace accommodations.

Qualifying disabilities may include post-traumatic stress disorder, deafness, blindness, intellectual disability, partially or completely missing limbs, and more.

Reasonable accommodations can include but are not limited to worksite accessibility, flexible schedules, assistive listening devices, and transportation.

Staff from the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX (OIETIX) are available to meet with employees regarding disability accommodation issues.

Learn more about disability accommodations.

Wellness Program

Cornell recognizes the importance of maintaining a healthy work/life balance. The Cornell University Wellness Program offers you and your family a range of opportunities and activities that enhance joy, balance, and wellbeing.


Cornell offers financial and investment planning services, robust retirement benefits, and a wide array of investment funds to help you realize your financial security goals.

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) offers free, confidential, professional counseling and consultation services by telephone or in person. FSAP services are available to all benefitseligible faculty, staff, retirees, and their partners.

Diversity Resources

Find out about Cornell’s accessible and welcoming environment:  Diversity Resources

Pursue Your Career at Cornell

Want to make your resume stand out? The following tools help military personnel and veterans convert their skills into more civilian friendly language.
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
O*NET OnLine

Career Navigator

For current and new military employees, the navigator tool maps where you are in the Cornell job family matrix and shows a framework for advancement.

Join Our Careers Mailing List

To stay connected with Cornell career opportunities in your area of interest. Register today.

Veteran’s Colleague Network Group

This nationally recognized colleague network group brings together veterans and military personnel from across the University. The group raises awareness of  military/veteran issues on campus and discusses topics of mutual interest. They support the more than 450 veterans who work and/or attend school at Cornell.