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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 04:09
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The EA deadline is even earlier this year so definitely try to visit before October 6th if you plan on applying EA (you don't have to, but I just personally wouldn't apply EA/ED to a place I hadn't seen in person). The campus and school are gorgeous! :)


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Hey, all! Glad that some "fresher" voices are chiming in.

Last year, the campus visit program started on ~Oct 2. It starts late because it's so student-driven. The incoming SYs need time to get the new FYs up and running! Expect something similar for this fall.


Wow, a very narrow window in which to visit, interview and submit the essays for EA!
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 06:43
I think you can do the interview after you submit your essays and application. So, you could always visit earlier without the campus visit program just to get a feel for the campus, area, and school building, submit your app, and then do an alumni interview in your home city (or, if you had the time and money, could do two visits to get in both the informal school visit prior to writing essays and then the class visit/interview after submitting).

And one doesn't necessarily need to visit prior to applying EA, it's just my uninformed opinion that it's helpful to see the area and campus first, especially if you're applying for something where you'd have to withdraw all your other apps if you were accepted. I know with undergrad there were two schools I thought for sure I'd want to attend (coincidentally, both have great business schools too!) and I visited them and realized I absolutely hated the area and campus. While the academic programs and everything else were great, I disliked the area/campus enough that I didn't even want to apply and surely was glad that I wasn't bound to attending. I'm probably just picky about that kind of stuff though. :P
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 07:24
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I think you can do the interview after you submit your essays and application. So, you could always visit earlier without the campus visit program just to get a feel for the campus, area, and school building, submit your app, and then do an alumni interview in your home city (or, if you had the time and money, could do two visits to get in both the informal school visit prior to writing essays and then the class visit/interview after submitting).

And one doesn't necessarily need to visit prior to applying EA, it's just my uninformed opinion that it's helpful to see the area and campus first, especially if you're applying for something where you'd have to withdraw all your other apps if you were accepted. I know with undergrad there were two schools I thought for sure I'd want to attend (coincidentally, both have great business schools too!) and I visited them and realized I absolutely hated the area and campus. While the academic programs and everything else were great, I disliked the area/campus enough that I didn't even want to apply and surely was glad that I wasn't bound to attending. I'm probably just picky about that kind of stuff though. :P


No, it's a very informed opinion! Apart from just getting a feel to see whether you like it, I believe some consideration is given whether a prospect visited the school. Very hard to to reference the campus, class visit and conversations with students in an essay without actually visiting ;) Ha ha...

But for those in EA round who can't visit twice, this might be a good option. I will buy the minute it's updated and post my review. The plan would be to visit once during that 4 day window to interview and update the essays.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 07:31
True, I definitely agree that consideration is given if you've visited, but you could always visit after submitting to do your interview/class visit (if you were applying EA and couldn't make that small window of time) and they'd still know you visited/sat in on a class when they were reviewing your application, since I'm sure they don't review it until you've done your interview. As you mentioned, if you did that you wouldn't be able to reference things in your essays though.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 07:39
I am in for R1 as well. I am planning on visiting before september ends for sure.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 08:52
count me in for round 2.....
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2009, 13:18
Hey all! I just got back from two weeks in Europe - aahhhhhh, lovely! Work starts Monday though - I am going to have to figure out how to make my new punk-rock haircut lay down flat(ter).

Anyway, to your questions:

1. The average age and WE is somewhat high at 29 and 5-ish. That said, many students are much younger. While 24 would be very young (for example), many of my friends were 26 or so. Our many military and int'l students seem to drive the higher age average to some extent. I haven't noticed much WE discussions during recruiting, but then I was 28 and had 6 years, so I guess it didn't affect me. I'd say it's less about quantity and more about quality and type.

2. Last year's W4W was highly, highly oversubscribed. It's a fantastic experience, and I hope you'll apply again. I would say that they are somewhat correlated - you are right that admission and the W4W have criteria that must be related - or why would they bother? But if you weren't planning to apply till this year, that could explain things. You've also got another year under your belt, and that matters too.

3. Marketing is amazing. It's one of our best concentrations, and we're up there in the top few with all the marketing concentration rankings. I took only 2 marketing classes, but I thought they were both fantastic. Our profs do super-exciting research (google Dan Ariely and Gavan Fitzsimmons for two examples) and I think are among the best at bringing that research directly into the classroom.

4. Definitively no.

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I think I'm applying.. either R1 or R2. I wouldn't be opposed to applying EA either, if I can get my act together in time. :)

aaudetat - thanks for your posts on this forum. I have a couple of questions....

1. Age / WE - I think Duke has an older WE than some other schools. I have 2 years experience right now and should have 3 years at matriculation - will that hurt me for admissions - I get the sense that Duke isn't as young-applicant-friendly... is that just my perception?. Even if I do get in, will recruiting be more difficult because I'll be competing against more experienced classmates at Duke? Do a lot of companies have an experience cut-off when they recruit on campus?

2. Duke Weekend for Women - I applied last year and didn't get in. I know the AdCom say that the decision isn't related to MBA admissions at all... but how can it not be? I won't let that stop me from applying but it's a little discouraging. Anyone else here in the same boat?

3. How is marketing at Duke? What do your marketing classmates think of the program and the recruiters?

4. Does applying EA mean no scholarship money?

I'm trying to make it out to Durham for a trip as early in October as possible... might be hard given work, but I really want to visit before I apply. Who's planning a visit in the fall?

And thanks in advance to aaudetat and anyone else who responds!
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2009, 18:24
Was waitlisted last year... will reapply this year..
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2009, 12:02
Hi all,

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 27 Jul 2009, 18:41
Has Fuqua posted their essays for the 2010 application season?
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2009, 18:53
Count me in for Round 1.

Waitlisted last year too. Long-time observer, finally decided to create an account for this upcoming cycle.

Good luck all!
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2009, 21:37
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2009, 02:52
Skitalets wrote:
Hi all,

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.


Hi Skitalets,
Thanks for stopping by to help us all. I'm sure we'll have a lots of questions once the essays are posted.

Unless it's very specific to your appplication, I would request everyone to ask questions on the forum and not via PM. This way we can all learn.

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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2009, 05:15
Skitalets wrote:
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.


Is the "Program for Entrepreneurs" something in which those in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation concentration participate?
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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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