Veterans in the Ivy League: Students Seek to up Their Ranks

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Army private Edurado Arceo, of Pamona, Ca., studies for his General Educational Development certificate in a new Army program dedicated to helping high school dropouts earn their GEDs before they move on to basic training Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, at Fort Jackson, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

Army private Edurado Arceo, of Pamona, Ca., studies for his General Educational Development certificate in a new Army program dedicated to helping high school dropouts earn their GEDs before they move on to basic training Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, at Fort Jackson, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

By jennifer mcdermott

It’s not easy to find military veterans in undergraduate programs at most Ivy League schools.

Harvard has only three in its undergrad liberal arts and sciences school. Princeton, just one.

Students from the eight Ivies hope to change those kinds of numbers. They see a chance for institutions to diversify and for veterans to get an education that will help them become leaders.

“If we deny veterans the opportunity to go to these schools, not only do we deny them the same opportunity that others have, but we don’t give our future leaders a chance to meet them,” said Peter Kiernan, a Columbia University student who served six years in the Marine Corps. “They don’t get a chance to learn what it was like on the ground in Afghanistan or what combat is really like. These are important lessons that make them better leaders.”

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