Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion

Spring 2020

Thesis Director

Dianne Timm

Thesis Committee Member

April D. Flood

Thesis Committee Member

Amanda J. Starwalt


This study was focused on learning more about the experiences female student veterans have while transitioning from the military to college as well as what types of resources they utilized during this time. Research on this population is very limited, but the number of relevant studies completed is increasing. A narrative qualitative approach was utilized for this study in order to give this population the platform to tell their stories and for their voices to be heard. There were four participants who have all served at least one year in the military and have completed at least one year of post-secondary education. The participants were interviewed one on one over the phone and their narratives are included as part of this study. This study found that no journey is the same as another and female student veterans have a unique set of needs that higher education institutions need to be aware of. Also, the findings shed light on a discriminative and sexist culture that exists within the military and with higher education institutions. Lastly, these students often face challenges such as connecting with others, learning relevant information, and completing relevant course work as they enter college.