Premier Veterans Group Hosts First MBA and JD Admissions Fair
Since its inception in 2011, Service to School (S2S) has helped thousands of service members and veterans transition not just into higher education, but often into the schools of their dreams. It does this through preparation for tests and interviews; review of resumes, applications and dissertations; networking assistance; and matching veterans with mentors in the programs they aspire to.
Next month, the national veteran-focused nonprofit is hosting its first-ever MBA and JD admissions fair to connect military members one-on-one with leading business and law schools.
“It’s a one-stop shop for some of the best schools in the country. There is no other event like this where a veteran, from the comfort of their home or even work, can simply walk in and meet the admissions teams,” said S2S CEO Christine Schwartz. Poets&Quants.
“The value (of S2S) is that many people who leave the military do not consider higher education. They go out and get their first job and maybe they’re not very happy about it. I think higher education is such an important next step. Veterans have the GI Bill, so they have access to this wonderful benefit that helps them pay for higher education, so you might as well use it to find a job that suits you.
FOUNDED BY FORMER ARMY OFFICERS
Service to School was founded by former military officers and an admissions guru to help military members transition into school programs. While it was originally designed to help students gain admission into MBA programs, it has expanded to help veterinarians get into law schools and undergraduate business programs. Schwartz says S2S is designed to help service members use rather than waste their GI bill at less-than-reputable online schools.
S2S works with veterans throughout the application cycle, and they have helped over 3,000 veterans last year to enter higher education programs. Their services are completely free.
In September, S2S held its first admissions fair for veterans looking for an undergraduate college, and 29 universities and 500 veterans attended.
“We’ve had such positive feedback from veterans and schools, and we wanted to do the same for our graduate students,” says Schwartz. “The goal of the MBA and JD Admissions Fair is to get any service member or veteran who is even considering getting an advanced degree to come and talk to as many schools as possible. These are some of the best schools in the country, giving them the opportunity to connect one-on-one with admissions teams and with veterans currently attending these programs.
So far, 28 schools have registered to participate in the MBA and JD event. The event is completely virtual and completely free, says Schwartz. Once logged in, participants will be able to choose which schools they wish to “visit” and will be placed in a queue to speak to a representative from that school. Participants can bounce back to speak to as many schools and representatives as they can fit in.
“You don’t have to be in the application process. You may just think that you might like to get an MBA or a law degree. We would love to have these types of people attend and pay for the programs, and talk to veterans getting an MBA, talk to the admissions team, and decide if this is the right path for you,” Schwartz said.
WHY MILITARY EXPERIENCE IS GOOD FOR HIGH SCHOOL
It’s no secret that graduate business schools love to court military talent. In the top 25 programs of P&QAccording to the most recent rankings, veterans typically make up between 5-10% of incoming MBA cohorts. Many of the top schools waive MBA application fees for veteran applicants, offer scholarships and scholarships to ease the financial burden, and have strong and active veterans’ associations to help attract military talent. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs‘ GI Post 9/11 Bill provides up to 36 months of tuition, housing, and other funds to eligible veterans, while the Yellow Ribbon Program provides out-of-state grants for the difference of – state tuition, dollar-for-dollar equivalent of contributions from participating schools.
All of this also translates into top-notch law schools, and Service to School’s mission is to connect veterans with these top-notch institutions and the benefits available to them.
“Military veterans already have a lot of leadership expertise that they bring to the table and to the classroom, so they’re going to be that natural leader, whether it’s in an MBA program or in law school,” says Schwartz. “They’ve already learned to be quite analytical and to think critically, and I think that’s huge value.
“They also bring a diverse perspective. You know, it’s not the college senior who applies for a graduate program. He’s someone who’s a little older, maybe a little wise, who’s had different life experiences. And they bring all that diversity of thought into the classroom.
- WHAT: Service to School’s premier admissions fair for MBA or JD programs. Veterans and active military members considering or seeking to enroll must attend. You will have the opportunity to connect directly with the admissions teams of participating schools and explore what each institution offers.
- WHEN: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT on April 14, 2022
- FORMAT: The event’s virtual platform will connect veterans and serving military to top schools from the comfort of their home, office, smartphone or tablet. Learn more about each school’s applications, programs, and veteran support services. Once logged in, you will be able to connect directly or register for one-on-one discussions with admissions officers from schools across the country.
- REGISTRATION: Register for the free event at Service2School.org/events.
- PARTICIPATING B SCHOOLS: American University, Kogod School of Business, Berkeley Haas, Cornell University – Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. Harvard Business School, Lehigh University College of Business, MIT Sloan School of Management, NYU Stern School of Business, Schwarzman Scholars, Stanford GSB, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, University of Miami Herbert Business School, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Wharton School and William and Mary.
- PARTICIPATING LAW SCHOOLS: American University Washington College of Law, Boston University School of Law, Georgetown Law, Harvard Law School, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Notre Dame Law School, Seton Hall Law School, University of Kansas School of Law, University of Michigan Law School, University from Wisconsin Law School, William & Mary and Yale Law School.
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