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Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED)

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25 Aug 2009, 17:53
highhopes wrote:
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.

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

Anyone have a time machine?
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25 Aug 2009, 19:16
Very interesting that their selectivity was higher back than it is now.
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26 Aug 2009, 14:10
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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!

There are a fair number of ex-military officers at Fuqua. In my class, so far I've only met Army officers--we have several West Pointers. However, last year I went to a Fuqua Friday sponsored by the armed forces club--I met a Navy LCDR who did her MBA on sponsorship by the Navy there.

If you PM me, I can get you in touch with some folks once classes start up in a couple of weeks.
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26 Aug 2009, 14:22
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Very interesting that their selectivity was higher back than it is now.

Check out the class size.

I remember hearing that Duke increased the class size a few years back, which resulted in lower selectivity and a drop in the rankings.

Kinda stupid if you ask me. Do you really think the career opportunities or quality of the education dropped at all?

That's why rankings need to be taken with a grain of salt.

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27 Aug 2009, 12:48
I'm a reapplicant, submitting in the first round.

I see they 86'd the leaders of consequence essay.
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27 Aug 2009, 16:39

http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/programs/duke ... us_visits/
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27 Aug 2009, 17:08
Hi, all.

1. TONS of military folks. Our club is very active and I know a lot navy, air force, army, and coast guard people. The leadership guy, Joe LeBoeuf, is an old West Pointer who retired from the military to do consulting and leadership and organizational training full-time. I have a lot of respect for Joe, and a cool factoid is that he and his wife were at one time the high-est ranking military couple.

2. Yes, it's true - we added a 6th section a few years ago. Selectivity took a dive, and the school will circumspectly admit that our student quality took a bit of a dive as well. Unfortunately, we added that section at a horrible time when applications were down across the MBA world and all schools were having to make quality-quantity trade offs. We sometimes jokingly call Section 6 "The Tail." It's not nice, and not true, but still kinda funny. Poor section 6. Since that time, our applications have gone back up and our dean will argue that the additional section actually increased quality - it allowed us to hire more faculty (leading to more classes and more research) and lures more employers because our marketplace is essentially bigger than that of a lower-class-size school. That's debatable, of course.
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27 Aug 2009, 19:02
Just in case, you guys want to see what life at Fuqua is really like....

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27 Aug 2009, 19:13
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Just in case, you guys want to see what life at Fuqua is really like....

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Oh, Station 9, you Melrose wanna-be!

I have to say we never had a toga party - hats off to Fuqua 2011!

(I also am surprised at how many of those folks I recognize...teeheehee...)
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27 Aug 2009, 20:37
And here's the outside of the party....
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27 Aug 2009, 21:01
When does Rush Week start? I hope I can get a bid to pledge a good house.
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28 Aug 2009, 10:01
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http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/programs/duke ... us_visits/

Just so I'm clear on this - you can schedule an interview for a date prior to when you actually apply?

I had planned on visiting Fuqua in Sep/Oct just as a normal campus visit, since I did not have the chance to visit this past spring. I'm tempted to wrap an interview in there as well, but then again, I wouldn't be able to adequately respond to any questions similar to "Why Fuqua?" Are these open interviews of a different format? Would it be looked down upon if I came and visited but did not schedule an interview, expecting/hoping to be invited back in December? Is it the norm for first time visitors to come and interview?
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28 Aug 2009, 14:36
Oh Lord, if I end up at Duke, I hope the Toga party doesn't become an annual tradition. I think Toga parties should be reserved for Animal House.

About the interviews - The only dates that are available for self-selecting interviews are prior to the deadline. I don't know what to think about the interview process. I've already visited and didn't really want to visit again, but I didn't anticipate this invitation interview policy when they announced alumni interviews. Now I'm thinking I should probably just bite the bullet and go there for an interview.

For people that haven't looked at it yet, do! There are very few days available.
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30 Aug 2009, 07:29
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highhopes wrote:

http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/programs/duke ... us_visits/

Just so I'm clear on this - you can schedule an interview for a date prior to when you actually apply?

I had planned on visiting Fuqua in Sep/Oct just as a normal campus visit, since I did not have the chance to visit this past spring. I'm tempted to wrap an interview in there as well, but then again, I wouldn't be able to adequately respond to any questions similar to "Why Fuqua?" Are these open interviews of a different format? Would it be looked down upon if I came and visited but did not schedule an interview, expecting/hoping to be invited back in December? Is it the norm for first time visitors to come and interview?

mba12tech - one other thing i forgot to say. Fuqua has Saturday interviews, so you could do the whole class visit thing on a Friday, try to develop a quick friend to invite you to Fuqua Friday and then interview on Saturday. If you did it that way, you'd have good momentum for your interview.
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01 Sep 2009, 12:18
So, the application was supposed to go live today. Now the site says it will be ready by 4 SEP. No big deal I guess, but if you're applying early, that gives you just about one month for your recommendations. That's kind of tight considering these folks are doing you a favor and Fuqua has, in the past, not wanted a normal letter of rec...
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Hi all,

I’m trying to decide whether or not to apply to Duke this year. For those current students and those set on applying to Duke, I was wondering if you can share why you decided on Duke? What kind of advantages does Duke have over other similarly ranked program?

Also, how important is the self initiated interview in to the application process?

tia
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So, the application was supposed to go live today. Now the site says it will be ready by 4 SEP. No big deal I guess, but if you're applying early, that gives you just about one month for your recommendations. That's kind of tight considering these folks are doing you a favor and Fuqua has, in the past, not wanted a normal letter of rec...

Lame. I realize that things come up, but it seems like especially as a business school they should meet their own dates (or not post them). I'll let it slide since I love Duke

It really is a tight timeline for the EA'ers. Good luck to you guys!
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03 Sep 2009, 16:51
The application is finally available.
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03 Sep 2009, 20:14
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Hi all,

I’m trying to decide whether or not to apply to Duke this year. For those current students and those set on applying to Duke, I was wondering if you can share why you decided on Duke? What kind of advantages does Duke have over other similarly ranked program?

Also, how important is the self initiated interview in to the application process?

tia

I'm in the same boat... trying to decide whether to apply to Duke. I'd also be very interested to hear current students' or prospective applicants' "why duke" answer. Particularly, why Duke over Michigan? Thanks!!
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04 Sep 2009, 03:58
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asimov wrote:
Hi all,

I’m trying to decide whether or not to apply to Duke this year. For those current students and those set on applying to Duke, I was wondering if you can share why you decided on Duke? What kind of advantages does Duke have over other similarly ranked program?

Also, how important is the self initiated interview in to the application process?

tia

I'm in the same boat... trying to decide whether to apply to Duke. I'd also be very interested to hear current students' or prospective applicants' "why duke" answer. Particularly, why Duke over Michigan? Thanks!!

I had a very specific set of criteria, but most of my reasons are specific to me. So I don't know how much help I'll be, but wanted to at least provide you guys with some answer. Maybe if you provide for specifics about what you're looking for in a school, people can offer better advice. For a comparison, Duke felt a lot like Kellogg to me.

My first criteria was that it have a health care program, so this was one of the main differentiators for me. In addition, I looked at employers websites and Duke was a targeted campus (because of their health care program).

Here's kind of a run down of my why from my essays.
Duke seems to have a really tight student body and really does seem like a family atmosphere. Of all the schools I visited (I haven't visited Ross yet), I thought Duke students were the most willing to go out of their way to help you (again, Kellogg is probably a very close second in this regard).

The faculty seem pretty involved.

Duke seems focused on how business helps the community around it, which is pretty important to me.

They really do have a student run culture (again, really similar to Kellogg in this regard I think), administration definitely seems very reactive to student needs.

Duke lets you take a lot of electives (especially in the first year).
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