$129,000 Average Starting Compensation
60 Average FT MBA Class Size
10% Veteran Enrollment
1951 Founding Year
66,000 Living Alumni
Many military veterans have accelerated their transitions by attending the Illinois MBA. Click their photos to learn more about why they decided to pursue an MBA, how they chose Illinois, and what they’re doing now!
Why an MBA? “I knew that despite having gotten great management and leadership experience as a Naval Officer, I wasn’t easily employable in the private sector. It was clear that an MBA education would help me earn the credibility and foundational knowledge that would enable me to succeed outside the military and also increase my chances of success in secure a job that I actually had some passion for.”
Why Illinois? “When exploring business schools, I knew that I wanted top-ranked MBA program, but I also didn’t want to go $150,000 in debt. When the dust settled after the application season, Illinois awarded me a full tuition and fee waives and when combined with it’s Top-40 ranking – it was one of the easiest decisions that I ever made.”
MBA Grad Year: 2009
Military Service: US Navy
Undergraduate University: Tulane University
Jessie works for Sandia Labs in Albuquerque, NM as a Buyer and Contracts Manager. Prior to graduate school, he served for 4+ years on active duty, serving as a US Army Intelligence officer in a variety of assignments in the US and Afghanistan. He now serves in the Indiana National Guard.
If you’re interested in learning more about Illinois or business school in general, he’s a great guy to connect with!
MBA Grad Year: 2017
Military Service: US Army (Captain)
Undergraduate University: Western Illinois University
Why an MBA? “In early 2006, I found myself in Baghdad contemplating my future. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but I did know that I should invest a great deal of the money I’d saved it. I turned to a Kiplinger Money Magazine thinking I would find the inside scoop on up-and-coming stocks and investment strategies, but instead found an article on investing in yourself through an MBA. The article specifically wrote about returning veterans and the advantages of going back to school. The best advice I took from that write-up, and continue to tell other veterans, is to seek top MBA programs that recruit other veterans.”
Why Illinois? “The transition from a combat soldier to a civilian could easily be the hardest undertaking a person deals with in his or her life. Having a veteran-friendly program allows you to connect and learn with other veterans who understand your transition, your experiences, and your struggles. With the help of my veteran classmates at Illinois, I adjusted back to civilian life, grew as a person, and set a path for career success”
MBA Grad Year: 2008
Military Service: US Army National Guard
Undergraduate University: Illinois State University
BIO: Patrice was appointed as the CEO of Ralph Lauren in 2017. Prior to that he was the Group President for all of Procter & Gamble’s Beauty and Hair Care businesses globally. Patrice joined Procter & Gamble in 1989, after completing his MBA at Illinois and serving in the French Navy and spent over 25 years with the company.
MBA Grad Year: 1987
Military Service: French Navy
Undergraduate University: Ecoloe Superieure de Commerce de Paris
VETERANS GRANT 100% Tuition & Fees Waiver
GUARD GRANT 100% Tuition & Fees Waiver
IN-STATE TUITION Available To All Veterans
RIBBON $5,000 Grant
GI Bill Value Varies
AWARDS Value Varies
FEE WAIVER $70 Value
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