There aren’t enough veterans in the Ivy League! Ivy League admissions is all about diversity — from diversity of ethnic background to diversity of socioeconomic background to diversity of specialized talent to diversity of experience. And what 20-something in these United States brings a greater diversity of experience to an Ivy League campus than a veteran of Iraq and/or Afghanistan? A recruited basketball player? A talented oboist? An African American flutist? Don’t get us wrong — all of these skills and backgrounds are nice and can add to the rich diversity of an Ivy League school — but such a background probably isn’t as compelling as the experience of fighting for our country in a foreign war.
These veterans have served our nation and it’s now time for our nation to serve them. Ivy League campuses need to open their doors to more veterans. If they think they’ve admitted enough, they’re mistaken. According to “Business Week,” Princeton University said it has four veterans enrolled! Four! Shame on Princeton! Brown has 12. Shame on Brown! Dartmouth, we know you’re trying to increase the number of veterans on campus. Your former president, James Wright, is perhaps the biggest advocate higher education has for opening up doors in higher education to returning soldiers.
Yale says that it has filled 13 of the 50 slots under the “Yellow Ribbon Program” to provide financial aid from the federal government to soldiers. What’s going on with the other 37 slots, Yale? Fill them! Follow in Columbia’s lead. Columbia has enrolled 459 veterans since 2009, according to the “Business Week” article on veterans in the Ivy League published subsequent to this blog. And Harvard has enrolled about 250 during that same time frame.