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Business Schools Welcome Students' Partners, Spouses

Some say they feel as much a part of the M.B.A. program community as the actual students.

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Rachel D'Eredita, communication chair of the Fuqua Partners group at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, says applicants planning on attending business school with a partner should consider whether the school has a partner group. 

"When we first moved here, I went from seeing my husband regularly to not seeing him at all—really, not at all," she says. "That can create a huge strain on even the best relationship. Having a partner's program kept me busy while my student was unavailable and provided a lot of comfort early on."

D'Eredita adds, "It's obviously not the No. 1 reason for coming to a school, but it's certainly in the top 10."

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