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Diversity at Smith Military

Military and veteran students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business have an opportunity to access one of the best business school educations in the world. From our world-class faculty and research to our veteran community, no school can provide the value-add that Smith offers. In fact, Maryland is one of only 15 Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success in the nation. We are a military-friendly school that offers many benefits, including financial assistance, partnerships and programming - all with the goal of helping you seamlessly make the transition to a civilian career.

The Smith School's military and veteran initiative is led by Mike Connolly. As director of military and veteran affairs, Connolly serves as a one-stop resource for military and veteran students during their entire association with Smith. As a student moves from curious prospect to current student to working alum, he is there as a resource, confidant and concierge for anything a military-affiliated student may need. Connolly served two tours in Iraq in the United States Army National Guard, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science and government. He is personally available to guide you through the on-boarding process and beyond, and can be reached directly at 301-405-9506 or mdconnolly@rhsmith.umd.edu.

We offer our Military and Veteran Applicants:

  • Yellow Ribbon Program Participating Institution Benefits
  • Waived Application Fees
  • SmithVets student club & Campus Student Veterans of America Chapter
  • Merit-based scholarships for Military/Veteran Students
  • Dedicated point of contact for guidance and help for mil/ vet students, through their entire association with Smith.
  • Veteran-centered programming
  • In-state tuition extended to veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States who reside in Maryland and active duty members of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in Maryland or who reside in Maryland

Partnerships and Conferences

MILITARY MOJO RECRUIT MILITARY
SAAC Military MBA

Active Duty

Students on Active Duty status have a number of resources available to them, including potential VA funding such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill. In-state tuition is extended to Active Duty members who are stationed in Maryland or who reside in Maryland.

Many students on Active Duty are eligible for both the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post 9/11 GI Bill, and a decision must be made on which to use. Resource counseling and information is available through the Smith School’s military and veteran initiative, and more information on VA benefits is available here.

Active Duty students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill are not eligible for the monthly housing allowance, book stipend, or Yellow Ribbon portions of the benefit. If this presents a financial hardship, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss options. Many scholarships are available specifically for military and veteran students at the University of Maryland. More information about those financial aid resources can be found here.

Guard/Reserves

Students on Guard/Reserve status have the possibility of being eligible for a wide array of benefits; including the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve, and others. Many of these depend on any Active Duty status the service member may have served previously.

Please contact us with any questions you may have about potential conflicts with student obligations and Reserve Status duty, questions about benefits, or anything else that may be of concern.

Veterans

Students who have left military service may be eligible for a number of VA benefits, most commonly the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill. While a choice must be made between which of those two benefits a student would like to use, we are happy to provide information, resources and guidance to help a student make an informed decision.

Deployment

Students who have been called to Active Duty status should contact the military and veteran initiative at Smith as soon as possible. The University of Maryland is committed to ensuring our students who are called to Active Duty are not financially penalized for their service, but it is important to let our staff know as soon as possible so we can begin collecting information and working for you.

More information about the university’s Military Call Up policy can be found here.

For more information about military at Smith, contact Michael Connolly, director of military and veteran affairs in the Office of Diversity Initiatives, at  301-405-9506 or mdconnolly@rhsmith.umd.edu.