Opinion Piece

Ian Tierney: My Journey from the Marine Corps to the University of Chicago

Over eight years ago I graduated high school in the bottom 10% of my class. This fall, I will once again be a full-time student at the University of Chicago. You may be asking yourself, how could a top tier school with a 6.2% acceptance rate possibly accept a student like him? It is not …

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The Road Less Traveled: The argument for becoming a student veteran

At some point in their career, every member of the military member considers life after their enlistment is completed. Often, they are filled with excitement as they anticipate the sense of freedom they will experience on the day they get out. With longing in their eyes, they imagine waking up late, not shaving or doing …

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Searching for a University: Considering the Chicago Principles

            In recent years the definition of the University has been in flux. As NYU psychologist Jonathan Haidt has noted[1], the university is oscillating between truth and social justice. The competition between these values has been seen on campuses across the United States for several years. The shout-downs at Yale[2], the meltdown at Evergreen[3], the creation …

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The University of Chicago’s Holistic Approach to Veteran Services

Former enlisted military veterans are not traditionally who one might expect to find in attendance at a top-tier university. In fact, most enlisted folks themselves wouldn’t even consider it a possibility. Fortunately, there has been a major shift over the last decade, both in how veterans envision their future in higher education and in how …

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