Syracuse University's connection with the military and veterans dates back to World War I when the University opened the campus to the Students' Army Training Corp (SATC), part of a federal government military training program. The Syracuse University Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) began shortly after and remains a valued program. During the Second World War the University offered military training, including the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), Air Force Cadet Training, Russian & Slavic Language Training, and the US Cadet Nurses Corp.
The Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944 - better known as the GI Bill - offered a college education to millions of returning veterans. No university in the country was more closely identified with the GI Bill than Syracuse. Although still small by national standards, the University ranked first in New York State and 17th in the country in veteran enrollment.
Programs such as Navy Photojournalism, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families show the continued commitment Syracuse University has to supporting the United States military and its veterans.
To support the increased effort on behalf of Syracuse University to be the top university for veterans, the University Archives has created a subject guide to aid researchers interested in materials that relate to the military, wars, veterans, and Syracuse University.
As an adjunct to the 1997 Archives exhibition - Remembering the GI Bulge: Veteran Impact on the Campus - the University invited World War II veterans to share their memories and donate materials to the Archives. Several veterans or their families responded.
Archives' Online Exhibitions
College of Arts and Sciences Office of the Dean Records
Institute for Veterans and Military Families Collection
Newhouse School of Public Communications Records
Treasurer's Office - Hugh C. Gregg Records
University Senate Records
World Wars and the Military Collection