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Total GMATClub Stats:
Total Applicants: 152
Admits: 56
Waitlist: 28
Dings: 27
Unknown: 41
pleonasm - round undecided
[strike]Pre777- round unknown[/strike] Withdrew for Ross
mindgame - round unknown
shaselai - round unknown
hsm78 - round unknown
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EA Round GMATClub Stats:
Total Applicants 9
Duke Class of 2012: 5
asimov* - ACCEPTED 11/20
ellebee - ACCEPTED 11/20
kidd38s* - ACCEPTED 11/20
gravy043* - ACCEPTED 11/20
elvispresley* - ACCEPTED 11/20
dr2005 - ADMITTED 1/15


Admits: 5
Waitlist: 0
Dings: 2
topa - Dinged 11/20
Neochronic - Dinged

Unknown:2
w103psp - applying
vivi72 - applying



Round 1 GMATClub Stats:
Total Applicants 55
Admits: 25
aviationmba* - ADMITTED 1/15
cletuscassidy* - ADMITTED 1/15
chrsc13981 - ADMITTED 1/15
dr2005 - ADMITTED 1/15
[strike]Duckpond - ADMITTED 1/15[/strike] Withdraw for Wharton
giannibui - ADMITTED 1/15
gtg450g - ADMITTED 1/15
guille - ADMITTED (Withdraw for Kellogg)
highhopes - ADMITTED 1/15 (Matricating 95% sure)
hsm78 - ADMITTED 1/15 (w/ $ - ~1/4 tuition)
ilakhani - ADMITTED 1/15
johnnyjim - ADMITTED 1/15
Latercomer - ADMITTED 1/15
lucidhaze - ADMITTED 1/15
mba12tech - ADMITTED 1/15 (w/ $)
orgninja - ADMITTED 1/15
sarmlove* - ADMITTED 1/15
Ginetta - ADMITTED 1/15 (w/ $) (Withdraw for Tuck!)
bhy - ADMITTED 1/15
dankur* - ADMITTED 1/15
Lionheart1* - ADMITTED 1/15
billyjeans - WL 1/15 - ADMITTED 3/8
chrishelt - WL 1/15 - ADMITTED 3/8
MbaDavid2012 - WL 1/15 - ADMITTED 3/8


Waitlist: 12
bhagwaro - WL 1/15
bschools2010 - WL 1/15
eteusch1 - WL 1/15
FML - WL 1/15
fugo - WL 1/15
jimmyfunk - WL 1/15
mbaseek12 - WL 1/15
NCMBA2012 - WL 1/15
xpiano1978 - WL 1/15
varunprabh - WL 1/15
jkatz8809* - WL 1/15
bulls109* - WL 1/15
InLikeFlynn - Invited - WL 1/22 (withdrew)

Dings: 11
JoeKaneForHeisman - Ding/Int 1/15
drzoidberg - Ding/Int 1/15
theenlivened (ding 12/7)
Crashing (ding 12/7)
danek (ding 12/7)
Ari123 (ding 12/7)
StillFighting (ding 12/7)
souryab (ding 12/7)
fuqua09 (ding 12/7)
vishalogy (ding 12/7)
contestant1 - WL 1/15 (ding 3/8)


Unknown: 7
snowdrift (invited 12/7)
sirlounge (invite 12/7)
workingAbroad (interview waitlist)
alnasl
rohitmakkad
mjjking
vikramaditya


Round 2 GMATClub Stats:
Total Applicants 78
Admits: 24
[strike]maxtor[/strike] Withdraw for Sloan
0rionMBA
number41
KatUT11 - Invited
aolaiz
EmElleDub
Reality - Invited
InCaseYouAsked - Invited
gravity1914
sara0009
Mystik742
[strike]KBCalifornia[/strike] Withdrew for Kellogg
theoutlawfades
ozgeuyanik
luna - Invited
sniperssk - Invited
meridian17
usmba2010
buffalo1
Chicken15 w/ $


Waitlist: 18
popper - Invited
[strike]ACNguy[/strike] Withdrew for Ross
dbuzzy - Invited
ItsAllinTheCards
aakaps - Invited
drmang7 - Invited
wmcrockett - not invited
pinkfox - not invited
kewku415 - Invited
[strike]bonethugnhominy - Invited[/strike] Withdrew for Booth
jawz2112 - Invited
JohnnyBravo - Invited
3outto
[strike]thefadedoutlaw[/strike] Withdrew for Ross
cholomike
[strike]20lvo - Invited (@ SF)[/strike] Withdrew for Darden
Case2010


Dings: 14
snipertrader
Angelwrath
sharmar - not invited
con - not invited
andromeda
coakleym - Invited
shana22 - Invited
goldenspaceship - Invited
LetsGoMets - not invited
horseboat
unhedged - Invited
notsovegetarian - Invited
drew031482 - not invited
mrsmarthi - not invited
oldschool83 -WL - ding


Unknown:
culesrule - Invited
dstar84 - Invited
[strike]ezekiel2517 - Invited[/strike] Withdrew for Tuck
jjdubles - Invited - withdrew for Sloan
muffeebrown - Invited - Withdrew
smadge37 - Invited - Withdrew for Tuck/Darden
ATCer
benpack03
bluepic
evardar
gtb2009
hectorreborn12
hokiegenius
leftbrain99 JD/MBA
omen
Roger
sjed
varsaxena
cata1yst - not invited
Givemedisco - not invited
inTuna - not invited
lbiggs - not invited
Silvers - not invited
yuskay - not invited


Round 3 GMATClub Stats:
Total Applicants 8

Admits: 1
cenbj


Dings: 2
GrantChap - Invited
azatshop - Invited


Unknown:
hookemhorns86
abouttime
gg10
tsilikas - Invited
mossovet814 - Invited
zeny

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2010 Application Essay Questions
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.

1. 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.
2. Discuss a person, event, or experience that has significantly shaped your life and explain why.
3. 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).

2010 Deadlines
Early Action
Deadline: October 6, 2009
Notification: November 24, 2009

Round 1
Deadline: November 12, 2009
Notification: January 19, 2010

Round 2
Deadline: January 7, 2010
Notification: March 8, 2010

Round 3
Deadline: March 9, 2010
Notification: April 22, 2010

GMATclub threads
Application Information (essays, dates, etc...) http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/programs/duke_mba/daytime/apply_daytime/
2009 Applicants Thread http://gmatclub.com/forum/calling-all-duke-fuqua-fall-2009-applicants-66970.html
Class of 2010 Profile: http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/programs/duke_mba/daytime/

Employment Reports:

2009: https://www.fuquaworld.duke.edu/cmcfiles/DukeMBAFinalEmploymentStats08-09_06-03-09.pdf
2008: http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/documents/mba_recruiting/Duke_MBA_preliminary_employ1.pdf
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Hello all. Current FY at Fuqua here. Praetorian sent a bunch of us who were active on this board last year a message asking us to share our experiences, having survived the first semester of B-school. To be honest, I haven't looked at this board much in the last 8 or so months, but I know where y'all are right now - so here's a warts-and-all perspective on Duke.

THE STUDENTS
With some notable exceptions, I have honestly been very impressed with the folks I go to school with. A lot of very sharp, interesting people. The "Team Fuqua" spirit is pressed on you Chinese-Reeducation-Camp style from Day One, and everyone gets along remarkably well. I think this is because virtually everyone is from out of town and bonds quickly with everyone else, which is nice, but also gives the school a somewhat summer-campy, insular feel (we have little or no interaction with the rest of the university, save for basketball games, which kick ass). I feel that I can go to any of my classmates and get a totally candid view on the industry in which they worked, and there is absolutely no sense of cutthroat-style competition whatsoever. I value that.

ACADEMICS
Huh? Oh, yeah, school... so Fuqua works on an SP/HP/P/LP/Fail system. You have to really work hard not to pass a class here - professors have to get written permission from a Dean and have contacted you *early* in the term to hand out an LP, and while I've heard rumors about it happening, I've never seen any evidence. In many classes (ex. core courses), there's a curve that ensures that no more than 15-20% of students will get an SP.

Let me be straight with you - the stuff you study at B-school ain't rocket science. You'll learn stuff about marketing, strategy, accounting and finance, for example, at a level that just is not that demanding. No one here is splitting the atom. There ARE projects that come along that demand a lot of time and attention, and every now and then there will be an assignment that requires you to think through things, but by and large, one thing you definitely do not need to worry about is the coursework being too intellectually challenging. Yes, there are some finance classes that are reputed to be really hard because of the math involved, but even that's just numbers and calculator stuff, not necessarily conceptually demanding.

Some random thoughts of mine about Fuqua that I think I would've liked to know:

* One reason Fuqua is ranked so highly is because of its research strengths. Professors here put out a ton of it, and are only required to teach something like one term a year, if that. I'm not so sure this is a net positive for students, though. By and large, I have been consistently impressed with the teaching I've received here (a particular finance professor notwithstanding) - but once you're done for the term, you will never see him/her again. They disappear into their research caves. If you're really into the topic, you might be able to get in on some research work with your favorite prof - but that's only a maybe. As such, the content of certain courses can vary term-to-term as different professors cycle in and out, and quality can vary. I think the emphasis on teaching rather than research is one area where Fuqua lacks.

* Fuqua devotes a lot of resources into fostering class bonding. I think this is a good thing, but occasionally I find it a little suffocating - which might just be a personal preference for keeping a little distance between my "real life" and my life at school.

* The facilities here are ridiculously nice. There's a ton of stuff to do, and forget the crap you may have heard about Durham - this is a great place to live. One hell of a lot cheaper than the city you're from, too.

* The B-school experience is exhausting, and I find that it's imperative that you set limits for yourself. Be willing to say "No" to meeting requests that impinge on your limits. Be willing to decline a team meeting on your Saturday afternoon, or be prepared to walk out of a meeting that's going on Hour 4 without any productive end. Be ready for confrontation as necessary with teammates who aren't pulling their fair share, and do so EARLY ON - problems like that do not go away.

* Think very carefully about what you want to do, and what you need to get out of this experience. There are some folks here (like at every school) who have no idea what they want to do with their career - and that leads them to shuttle between every info session, every career panel, every networking event, trying to give face time to everyone to keep all options open until the very last second. BAD IDEA, people. If you wanna do consulting, go for it. Finance, brand management, whatever - just don't try to be everything to everyone.

* The hothouse, clubby atmosphere of B-school leads people to compare themselves and their accomplishments not objectively, but comparatively to other B-school students. That is ridiculous. You will find that at no matter what school you attend, there are dozens of clubs, and many will have dozens (literally) of positions with titles like "Director," "Vice President for X," "Chairman," etc. This is done to plump resumes, and everyone knows it - including recruiters, many of whom did the same thing. 98% of club positions are nothing but thankless gruntwork, and lots of it, under the Orwellian guise of "leadership experience." (The irony is that there is little or no leadership involved in most of it.) If you're cool with that, go for it. If not, go get yourself an internship or something at a local firm and learn something from the real world.

This touches on career stuff too. Too often, people assume they have three options after school: Consulting, Finance, and "General Management" (including branding, marketing, etc.). "Non-Profit" is sort of in there too, but I find that very few people ever seriously consider that (hey, we're all in the hole here). The tendency towards herd mentality is tremendous - when EVERYONE is dropping resumes for Johnson & Johnson, or Citigroup, or American Express, and freaking out in December about not having an internship lined up already, anxiety and contagious stress takes over and people start seriously considering terrible jobs (ex. finance) that they never would have before.

* The women. The ladies at Fuqua really are as hot as you've heard.

* One last thing - realize that the views, perspectives and info you read on this website are in NO WAY representative of the real thing. Not even close. So if you're thinking that everyone here sounds like a total d-bag... don't worry. Real life will be different. Mostly, anyway.
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@ACNguy - Finally got a hold of someone in the financial aid office after going through the school's main line - really nice guy, apologized about technical difficulties with their VM system. Anyway, he said that filling out the form with your personal email address and leaving the Duke ID field blank will work just fine.
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fugo wrote:
does any one know what time decisions will be posted?

From someone who has been following this thread a bit too closely, here is what we "know" based on previous rounds.

1. Nobody will be called to be notified of admit/wl/ding
2. Everyone will have to log into the apply yourself page to find out their results
3. There will be an email telling you to go to your apply yourself page to find out your results, the email will give no hints about your status
4. Frequently the apply yourself page is updated before the email is sent telling you to check your status. It may be better to check that page than your inbox, if you're anxious. (I'm just checking this forum waiting for one of you to tell me to check my status.)
5. The email will come today, but nobody knows exactly when.

Sit tight!
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I just received an e-mail response from an Admissions Counselor at Duke and told Fuqua is planning to send the announcements out Monday morning - March 8th.

Let's now try to enjoy ouy weekend (long weekend indeed)... lol
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Admitted off R1 Waitlist.

Best of luck to other waitlisters. For those of you still weighing WL strategies, mine was to provide a consistent stream of new information from varying sources:

Late Jan - my Mgr at work sent an e-mail to the AdComm notifying them of a recent promotion & performance review.

Late Feb - my Supervisor sent an e-mail to AdComm notifying them of a new global project that I've been assigned to.

I had planned to send another e-mail mid-March reiterating my interest in Fuqua and updating them on some recent extracurricular accomplishments.

I've heard that another round of waitlisters may be accepted after the April response deadline.

Best of luck to everyone.
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kidd38s wrote:
Just wondering - has anybody applied EA and already attended an open interview had their app status change from "Submitted?" First time going through this and I submitted at the very tail end of the window, just trying to get a better picture so i can stop checking the app website every 2-3 hours. :-D

Thanks in advance!


I did all these things and submitted in late September and mine still says "Submitted." As long as you got the email saying everything was complete and that you'd get your decision on November 24th you should be fine.
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what kind of swag are in your admissions packet? :-D


Solid gold bars. It's unbelievable that with the price of gold that they'd include those in our packets! My only complaint is that it made my packet very heavy.








Seriously, a flash drive and Save the Date magnet for Blue Devil Weekend. That weekend is when they give out the swag.
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I'm a R2 applicant and got an interview invite on Jan 26.


Do you have any inside info for us? Tips. You're the first I've heard. Just to be clear, there have been 3 rounds so far:

1) ED
2) Rd 1
3) Rd 2 (Jan 7 Deadline)

...and you already received one for Rd 2?


Hi drew031482,

I applied on Jan 7 (R2 deadline) and received an email on Jan 26 inviting me for an interview with one of Fuqua’s Alumni Admissions Ambassadors in Brazil. I already scheduled this interview to Feb 8.

Good luck for all R2 applicants!
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Invited! My first interview invite so far
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In at Duke!

Sorry to all the Dings/Waitlists. Best of luck to all of you.

Congrats to all the admits. I have a tough decision on my hands now...
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hey guys thanks so much! you guys are like my second family :)
So tired today. But very relieved I finally got in somewhere. I am still waiting to hear back from Ross, but I am 95% sure I am committed to Duke!

I followed mba gameplan and richard montauk's book on how to pursuit waitlist. I visited school and send in an w/l letter (at the recommended time, maybe that's the magic). Gl to all that's still on the waitlist, and I hope to meet everybody in the near future!
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Withdrew for Wharton.

I'm happy to share essays with any Class of 2013 applicants. PM me if interested.
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dbuzzy wrote:
Seems odd that theres no movement one way or the other (no one dinged or admitted off WL).



. . .and totally lame! AHHHH can't they just have admitted me already. :wink:
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I did my interview on one of the Super Saturdays in october. I couldn't take a day off work, so flew in Friday night, interview/tour/lunch on saturday, flew back saturday night. I think it was one of the last days available to interview, but the students were experts at interviewing by then so that made it worth it. :)
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I did my interview a little differently too. I had actually submitted my essay before I interviewed. The interview was the first time I had actually visited campus too.

But to answer your question w103psp, yeah I would wait until things have settled down a little before I visited. You might not be able to do a class visit either until the first few weeks have passed anyways.

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When I interviewed at Duke last year, there was a mix of people wearing business casual and suits to the interviews. Generally the people wearing business casual were wearing a blazer or sport jacket. I wore a suit - primarily because I didn't read the instructions well enough to notice the business casual dress code - and got in so I wouldn't worry about it affecting your interviewer's perception of you.
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Ok, this is my recollection of a conversation I had with Liz Riley Hargrove last summer:

1. Is about your career. Where are you going, and why? How will Duke get you there?

3. Is about YOU, as a person. How will you fit into our community? Why do you want to be there? How will you contribute? How will you grow?

I can definitey see that there might be some overlap. For example, the very team-oriented, consensus-driven culture of Fuqua resonated on a personal level. At the same time (and in hindsight), I see that that culture really prepared me to succeed in my current job, where the culture is similar to that of Fuqua. Some arbitrary line-drawing is probably necessary.

Does that help?

2012dreams wrote:
any thoughts on attacking question 1 vs question 3? of course question 1 is the typical "career goals" but the second part seems to be asking "why Duke" and question 3 is all about fit/why duke. seems like i'm answering the same question twice. should i leave the second part of question 1 more generic and just make it "why an MBA"?

questions posted for reference:
1. Describe your vision for your career, your inspiration for pursuing this career path, and the role of The Duke MBA in achieving your goals (this seems like why Duke). If you are interested in a specific concentration or joint degree program, please discuss in this essay.

3. 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? (this is definitely why Duke) How do you plan to contribute to the strengthening and enhancement of those attributes and characteristics during your time at Duke and beyond?
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shana22 wrote:
How much weight does Duke put on showing interest through a campus visit or other event? I (unfortunately) did not sign up for an open interview in time and will have to settle for trying to be invited to interview. Would it be a better decision to visit the school and submit my application in R2 or to submit in R1 and not worry about it? Some other schools (such as Stanford and Sloan) note that R1 is usually less competitive than R2 based on the # of applicants. Is this true for Duke? I haven't even attended an information session yet though I have spoken with multiple alumni. I'm scheduled for an information session in my home area, but it's not until early December. It apparently gives you the discount to a $50 application fee but is not going to do me much good in terms of showing interest in the school prior to them reviewing my application.

I'm from New England, in case it matters.


Ok, I"m talking just from my experience here, but here's how I see it:
Lots of prospects first visit the school for their interview. I did, lots of my friends did, etc. I really don't think it hurts you, especially if you've done your homework. (And I'm putting aside the whole "your campus visit will provide rich fodder for your essays" argument.) If your app is ready to go R1, then by all means go R1. You will have a better chance for getting admitted for two reasons:
1. Yes, there are fewer apps in R1 than in R2.

2. Duke handles the waitlst in an interesting way. If you are waitlisted in R1, then you will be reviewed against R2 and R3. If you get waitliest in R2, then you are only reviewed against R3.

That's my take. Also, the open-interview process is new this year. THey just won't have the data to make decisions based on when students interviewed.
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