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Veterans at Columbia

The Military in Business Association (MIBA), Columbia Business School’s student veteran organization, has continually grown in membership as the veteran presence within the School community has increased. MIBA provides an incredibly strong network for student veterans within Columbia Business School, as well as with alumni, recruiters, and students from across the University.

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“I never thought I would be able to develop the same esprit de corps and camaraderie that I experienced during my career in the military, but I’ve been overwhelmed by how cohesive and supportive the community is at Columbia.”
—Kelly Boone ’12

Members come from all branches of the armed forces within the United States and internationally. By leveraging the experiences of current and former members, MIBA seeks — through camaraderie, support, and networking — to enhance the career success of all those with a connection to the Columbia Business School military community.

Student Initiatives

MIBA organizes a variety of social and career-oriented events throughout the year, strengthening the veteran community on campus and cultivating relationships with recruiters. MIBA also organizes events with current and former high-ranking military leaders such as former US Army Chief of Staff General George Casey and former Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr.

In addition, MIBA has also sponsored student-wide happy hours, raised over $6,500 for Survivor Joe (an organization that supports currently deployed service members), and co-sponsored a successful social event with Cluster Q (Columbia Business School’s LGBT student organization) that raised over $3,000 in donations for The Trevor Project and Team RWB.

MIBA also maintains close relationships with many recruiters from top firms — from finance to consulting to brand management — who actively recruit MIBA members of the Columbia Business School veteran community.

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The Admissions Office actively participates in several organizations related to veteran recruitment, including the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Veterans Matter @ Columbia

MIBA and the Admissions Office will be co-hosting Veterans Matter @ Columbia, an event specifically for veterans, on Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Matter @ Columbia will allow participants to immerse themselves in the Columbia Business School veteran community and obtain a holistic understanding of the MBA application process.

Agenda details for Veterans Matter @ Columbia 2014 to follow. Past activities at Veterans Matter @ Columbia have included:

• A student and alumni panel illustrating veteran community life and the value proposition of Columbia Business School.
• Detailed application advice and guidance from members of the Admissions Committee.
• A class visit.
• Financial Aid and Veteran Affairs presentations.
• Networking opportunities with current students and admissions officers.
• Informal optional happy hour with current veteran students after the conclusion of the event.

For questions about this event, please contact the Admissions Office at apply@gsb.columbia.edu or 212-854-1961.

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