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Inver Hills is a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company

Our college community builds a comprehensive force that connects and coordinates key areas to proactively support and recognize Servicemembers and military families.

President's Welcome

Michael Berndt, President

Since 1982, we have worked hard at Inver Hills Community College to support our veterans, service members, and their families. We offer comprehensive, veteran-centric support services—including scholarships, networking, and employment opportunities—through strong collaborations with area communities and agencies.

Veterans Services at Inver Hills has teamed up with our counselors to help our student veterans and service members adapt to college life and achieve their academic and career goals.

Best for Vets

In 2020, Military Times, the renowned independent news source for the U.S. military community around the world, ranked Inver Hills #5 on its Best for Vets compilation of two-year colleges for our excellent veteran and military student success rates. Inver Hills is the only Minnesota State institution to break the top 25 on the Best for Vets ranking, which reviews colleges nationwide.

Best for Vets is an independent news project that evaluates the many criteria that make an organization a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. Inver Hills has made the Best for Vets top-10 list three years running.

Committed to Serving Veterans

In 2019, Inver Hills was ranked #20 nationally on Online College Plan’s Top 20 Best Two-Year Colleges for Veterans. Inver Hills was the only college in Minnesota to make the list. This ranking helps veterans find colleges that make them feel at home while offering services that aid in enrollment; services include understanding tuition waivers and financial entitlements contained in the G.I. Bill.

Veterans and military students make up the single largest constituent group on our campus. Inver Hills has been named a Military Friendly School since 2010 and has also been recognized as a top school in the Military Advanced Education (MAE) Guide to Colleges & Universities research study.

Resources Galore

For veterans using their veteran benefits to attend college, Inver Hills acts as their liaison with the Veterans Administration. Our campus is home to a spacious, private Veterans Lounge, located in Heritage Hall, as well as the John H. Thill Veterans Resource Center in the heart of the College Center. Our staff makes sure every veteran starts and continues his or her educational benefits; we also help with completing and filing VA forms.

The John H. Thill Veterans Resource Center is the go-to link to VA news and scholarships as well as veteran-specific workshops, events and programs. As the advocate for veterans and service members on campus, we serve as a one-stop referral point to college, VA, academic, local, career, and employment resources.

VALOR on Campus

VALOR is a national chapter of Student Veterans of America (SVA). The chapter’s mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. VALOR members mentor others in the veteran community, offer support for veterans and family members, coordinate many community and campus events for veterans, and volunteer with organizations that provide healing and support for veterans.

In 2017, VALOR received the Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' Student Leadership Award. This award recognizes an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership. This is evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience.

Gateway to Higher Education

Our employees are dedicated to serving veterans and military students. We strive to make them and their families feel at home on campus, so they can attain their educational goals. Veteran Services at Inver Hills has the experience, expertise, and connections to see that veterans as well as active-duty military personnel always have what they need to excel in college.


The Signature of   President Michael Berndt

Michael Berndt, President
Inver Hills Community College

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