Ivy Coach is committed to helping servicemen and servicewomen gain admission to highly selective colleges and universities upon the completion of their active duty or reserve military service. And we make a point of criticizing highly selective universities for not doing enough to offer spots to members of our military who serve our nation at great personal sacrifice. But, right now, we’d like to salute a university for doing just the opposite. The Duke University business school, Fuqua, admits our servicemen and women — officers — and splits the cost of their education with the U.S. government.
According to a “Duke Chronicle,” article on Fuqua and our military, “Since 2004, the Fuqua School of Business has partnered with the United States Military Academy at West Point to provide top military officers an opportunity to attend business school at no cost to the individual. Officers with the highest performance and leadership capabilities are selected by West Point to attend MBA and other degree programs nationwide, conditional on further military service after graduation. Nomination by West Point does not guarantee the soldiers’ acceptance into the business school of their choice.”
And an officer did not have to attend West Point as an undergrad to take advantage of this partnership with Duke. It’s open to graduates from other universities who have since become officers in the military. It should also be noted that the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business offer similar such programs. We salute them for it.