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Tiffin University Receives Collegiate Purple Star Designation for Service to Military Students

On May 26, 2022, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) announced that Tiffin University has been named a Collegiate Purple Star campus. TU is one of Ohio’s 33 first-ever Collegiate Purple Star award winners. Through these winning campuses, servicemembers, veterans and military-connected students are able to pursue higher education knowing that their school has the necessary support system and guidance to help them find their next steps. Ohio is the first state in the nation to offer these designations.

“At Tiffin University, we recognize that we should take every opportunity to both accommodate and celebrate our students within the armed forces,” said Tiffin University President, Dr. Lillian Schumacher. “To all who have served or are currently serving, our message is clear – it remains our upmost priority to ensure this institution remains a hospitable place for you and your families. I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to the Ohio Department of Higher Education and their advisory committee for acknowledging our efforts through this award.”

Criteria for being chosen as a Purple Star college or university include having a dedicated military/veteran point of contact and/or office on-campus, establishing priority registration for veterans and servicemembers, surveying student veterans and servicemembers – along with spouses and dependents – about needs and challenges and allowing for the establishment of student-led groups and organizations for veterans and servicemembers. Colleges and universities that earn the Collegiate Purple Star designation will receive permission from the advisory committee to utilize a logo or badge signifying the designation.

“Tiffin University is well known as a military-friendly school that offers various forms of support to military-connected students as they work toward their degree and career goals,” said ODHE Chancellor Randy Gardner. “I’m pleased to include Tiffin University on our first-ever list of Collegiate Purple Star schools.”

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