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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2009, 08:09
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Is the "Program for Entrepreneurs" something in which those in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation concentration participate?


P4E is intentionally separate from the concentration, but the courses can go toward satisfying some of the requirements for the concentration.

The way Jon Fjeld, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation's Exec. Director, described it to us this past weekend, the intent is to bring together students in the P4E who are genuinely committed to seeing an idea through to starting up an actual company -- if the idea is good enough to warrant it. So there's no certificate or credential to gain in the P4E -- just experience trying to get a company off the ground (and academic credit for the courses).

The concentration, by contrast, is just a set of courses. It's useful preparation, but it serves a different purpose.

There is clearly a lot of interest in this kind of hands-on opportunity at Duke, because interest is huge this year. We had about 40 students in the room this weekend -- about a tenth of the FY class. Being in b-school provides something of a safety net for working out how to get a business off the ground -- Duke is throwing a lot of resources at creating an environment to facilitate that learning.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2009, 11:06
BTW, I forgot to mention, P4E is open to *ALL* Duke students, not just Fuqua students. There is one set of courses for graduate students and a parallel set for undergrads. The intent is to allow med students, engineering students, MBAs, law students, and others to get involved in start-ups.

Obviously a ton of start-ups are tech and health sciences oriented, especially at Duke and in this region of the country. So that permits Duke to really draw on all its strengths to promote and nurture start-ups.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2009, 11:15
I came across this site, which looks pretty solid for explaining all of this:
http://entrepreneurshipatduke.blogspot.com/
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2009, 21:01
Add me please for R1 :-D
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2009, 05:20
Updated roll call page.

On a separate note - where are those darn essays?!?!!
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 15:29
new viewbook!

my fabulous mug is sadly not included, but some of my friends are in there.

http://ow.ly/j53K

Also, are you all fans of Fuqua on FB? They post updates about once a week, and they're pretty interesting: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_i ... 877&ref=nf
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 16:11
I'm in for R1. Considered doing EA. Does it make a huge difference for those of us that are borderline cases?
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 16:23
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I'm in for R1. Considered doing EA. Does it make a huge difference for those of us that are borderline cases?


If you think you're borderline, go EA (provided you can put in your best application, blahblahblah). Your obvious commitment to Fuqua is a counterpoint to whatever deficiency your application may have.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 16:31
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I'm in for R1. Considered doing EA. Does it make a huge difference for those of us that are borderline cases?


If you think you're borderline, go EA (provided you can put in your best application, blahblahblah). Your obvious commitment to Fuqua is a counterpoint to whatever deficiency your application may have.


Fuqua's EA round is supposed to be binding though - so you are supposed to withdraw your other applications once you are admitted (and it's highly likely you won't have most decisions from other schools by then). Clearly there's no way to make sure you do that, but I'm guessing it's quite frowned upon if you don't.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 16:35
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I'm in for R1. Considered doing EA. Does it make a huge difference for those of us that are borderline cases?


If you think you're borderline, go EA (provided you can put in your best application, blahblahblah). Your obvious commitment to Fuqua is a counterpoint to whatever deficiency your application may have.


Fuqua's EA round is supposed to be binding though - so you are supposed to withdraw your other applications once you are admitted (and it's highly likely you won't have most decisions from other schools by then). Clearly there's no way to make sure you do that, but I'm guessing it's quite frowned upon if you don't.


What I took from it is that you have to rescind your other apps once your accepted to Fuqua, not when you're still awaiting a decision from them. Correct?

I've always wondered this as well, and don't let this be a reflection on the school or take it as me not researching enough, but is it pronounced FOO-QU-AH or FOO-QUA
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 16:41
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If you think you're borderline, go EA (provided you can put in your best application, blahblahblah). Your obvious commitment to Fuqua is a counterpoint to whatever deficiency your application may have.


Fuqua's EA round is supposed to be binding though - so you are supposed to withdraw your other applications once you are admitted (and it's highly likely you won't have most decisions from other schools by then). Clearly there's no way to make sure you do that, but I'm guessing it's quite frowned upon if you don't.


What I took from it is that you have to rescind your other apps once your accepted to Fuqua, not when you're still awaiting a decision from them. Correct?

I've always wondered this as well, and don't let this be a reflection on the school or take it as me not researching enough, but is it pronounced FOO-QU-AH or FOO-QUA


Yes, once your accepted, but the decision date is earlier, so you won't know about your round 1 schools yet (with the possible exception of schools with a rolling decision deadline).

I can never read those phonetics, but I would say FU-KWA? It is a U just like you say the U in the alphabet.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 16:50
Few Kwuh (like duh) ... ?
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 17:09
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2009, 15:46
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I can never read those phonetics, but I would say FU-KWA? It is a U just like you say the U in the alphabet.


In the words of Liz Riley Hargrove, it's pronounced few-kwah, because FEW QUAlify to attend. ;-)
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2009, 11:21
http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/programs/duke ... y_daytime/

Essays for Fall 2010 Entry

Three essay questions must be completed before submitting your application. Prepare your essays carefully. The Admissions Committee considers your responses to the following questions important in the selection process. Please respond fully and concisely using 1.5 line spacing. Your response to each question should be no more than 2 pages in length, with a font size not smaller than 10-point.

Candidates who applied to The Duke MBA between September 2008 and April 2009 are considered re-applicants. All re-applicants are required to complete the Re-applicant Essay in addition to the Applicant Essays.

All applicants have the opportunity to submit an optional essay to explain any extenuating circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware.

Applicant Essays : Answer all 3 essay questions.

Today, companies must navigate through complex and interdependent issues. They must deal with health and security matters, environmental impact questions, and diversity and cultural concerns. Leaders need adaptability, imagination, emotional intelligence, as well as business acumen. Thus, Duke is in the midst of an ambitious global venture that will embed and connect us around the world, and we are seeking future leaders of consequence, those who value diversity and collaborative leadership, and who aspire to impact the companies and communities of which they are a part in a lasting and positive way.

In an effort to identify, engage, and foster the development of future leaders of consequence, the Admissions Committee would like to get to know our applicants in a more holistic manner. We would like to know who you are, what has shaped you into the person you are today, and how you hope to impact both Duke and the communities of which you will be a part in the future. The essays are your opportunity to convey that to us. Please be open, genuine, and passionate. Share with us what makes you a dynamic, multi-dimensional person.

Describe your vision for your career, your inspiration for pursuing this career path, and the role of The Duke MBA in achieving your goals. If you are interested in a specific concentration or joint degree program, please discuss in this essay.
Discuss a person, event, or experience that has significantly shaped your life and explain why.
Individuals choose a business school for many different reasons. Through your research, what attributes or characteristics of The Duke MBA program have most resonated with you and why? How do you plan to contribute to the strengthening and enhancement of those attributes and characteristics during your time at Duke and beyond?
Optional Essay (not required)

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weakness in your application).

Re-applicant Essay

All re-applicants are required to complete the Re-applicant Essay. Please limit your response to two pages. Write an essay describing how you are now a stronger candidate for admission compared to the application you submitted the previous year.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2009, 11:55
Huh, interesting that they seem to have wrapped the leaders of consequence essay into one of the others. The other interesting thing is that even though there are fewer questions than last year, with their increased page limits, you could actually end up writing more if you so chose. So all in all, looks like not much change.

I'll update the front page with these.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2009, 11:28
Count me in. I'm debating between R1 and EA. My question, and I've seen a brief answer, but would love some more info/explanation, is about the opportunity for money if you apply EA. Duke is my first choice (went there undergrad and moved back here a few years ago) but I have been thinking of applying to UNC, Darden, and Duke.

My biggest concern is with my quantitative portion of the application. I have read that at Tuck, Q 75% (45) is the cut-off point. I figure that Duke is similar. Plus, my only undergrad grades that were bad were in Stats and Calculus.

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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2009, 09:57
For anyone who is interested, Duke's online scheduling for campus visits and interviews is now up and running.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2009, 13:29
I'm a Navy officer studying for the GMAT (10 days left..) and working to get my applications finished as we prepare for yet another deployment, and my goal is to apply to Duke in R1.

Skitalets, how many former military officers are in your class at Fuqua? How active is the Armed Forces Association? Thanks for the help!


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I'm another Fuqua FY -- happy to answer any questions as best I can.

We just had the kick-off weekend for the Program for Entrepreneurs, which was really exciting! Duke is a great place to be -- not just because of the first-rate MBA programs at Fuqua, but because of all the synergies with other schools at the university. Lots of amazing ideas for start-ups came out of the med school, the engineering school, and nearby departments at NCSU and elsewhere.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2009, 17:43
So I was searching for something about Duke today and stumbled across this from an old BW article which I thought was kind of interesting/fun. It's the profile from almost exactly 10 years ago. The room & board has increased by 40%, while the tuition has increased by almost 80% & look at the average GMAT. :-D

1999-2000 Fuqua Admission Profile
Full-Time Students 670
Tuition/Board $28,781; $11,150
Female 35%
Non-U.S. Citzens 25%
Underrepresented Minorities 12%
Applicants Accepted [Selectivity] 17%
Applicants Admitted [Yield] 54%
Number of Applicants 3,557
GMAT Avg. 676
GPA Avg. 3.3
Work Exp. Avg. 5
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