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Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2008, 10:31
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Are any other GMAT Club members planning to apply to UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School for Fall 2009? I am going to apply by Deadine 1 (Oct. 24, Early Action) or Deadline 2 (Dec. 5).

Here is a link to the 2009 application requirements for UNC KFBS:

http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/Programs/MBA/Apply/requirements.cfm

2009 application essay requirements:

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What are the 2 or 3 strengths or characteristics that have driven your career success thus far? Do you have other strengths that you would like to leverage in the future? (500 words maximum)

Essay Two (Required)
Briefly describe the career path you intend to pursue immediately after b-school. Explain why this career option appeals to you and why an MBA is appropriate at this time. (500 words maximum)

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What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to Kenan-Flagler? (500 words maximum)

Essay Four (Required)
What do you expect from your MBA program? How and when will you measure the return on your investment in the MBA?
(500 words maximum)

Essay Five (Optional)
If your GMAT quantitative score is low, or if you have not had coursework in calculus, microeconomics, statistics and financial accounting, please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative MBA curriculum. (300 words maximum)

Essay Six (Optional)
Is there anything else you think the Admissions Committee should know about you in order to evaluate your candidacy?
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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2008, 07:16
Yep, I'm in for R2. Almost considered doing the EA deadline, but would feel like I'd be dicking myself over if I somehow got into a better school and was then tied down. I live in Chapel Hill already, and could definitely see doing B-school here. Profile?
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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2008, 15:51
Yeah, I am struggling with whether I should apply EA or wait until R2 myself. I wonder how much of a competitive edge applying during the EA round is?
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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2008, 12:07
Dunno, but it stands to reason that it's a big edge. If you're nervous about your chances of getting in anywhere else, it might be a good idea. But consider what happens if you don't get in... UNC's a great school, but not quite a Duke or Darden (or certainly Kellogg). If that's the tier you're shooting for, and don't get in UNC EA, then you're probably certain to be rejected at those other places. But if it's between UNC and, say, Babcock, then I say EA your way to being a tarheel.
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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2008, 16:19
Hey Guys,
I chose between Duke and UNC last year and ended up at Kenan-Flagler and could not be happier...minus all the tests, group projects, presentations etc! Anyway, if you have any questions about KFBS then let me know and I'll get back to you.
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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2008, 19:09
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I chose between Duke and UNC last year and ended up at Kenan-Flagler and could not be happier...minus all the tests, group projects, presentations etc! Anyway, if you have any questions about KFBS then let me know and I'll get back to you.


UNC and Duke are two of my top three choices. What were the factors that made you ultimately choose UNC over Duke? How successful is UNC's Career Management Center at placing "career switchers" in the industry of their choice? How well does UNC place into management consulting and general management? I've seen the list of recruiters and the employment statistics, but it's always very helpful to hear the perspective of a current student. Thanks in advance!
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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2008, 12:33
Well I have a strong biotech background so I am interested in working in biotech VC or in biz dev at a major biotech/pharma company after graduation. UNC has what is called the Carolina Venture Fellows program or CVF. Its an interesting program and much easier way to break into VC. Additionally, I am also very interested in working for Genentech and they have started recruiting on campus here. Those two factors along with the fact that I really enjoy the school and CH (Durham is much different even though its 10 miles away) lead me to choose UNC.

If you want to break into MC you will have plenty of opportunities here. McK, bcg, bain, deloitte, Kurt Sakmon, ZS, Campbell Alliance, and im sure a few more I am not thinking of all recruit on campus. There is a really strong support group here for people who want to break into mc. In fact this weekend there is an alumni MC event where a bunch of KFBS alums in the major firms are back in town to talk to prospectives and play golf etc.. Also, they really prep you for the interviews here, they have a mandatory 25 mock case interviews before you do the real deal.

As far as general management, that’s well, general. You can see on the website all the firms that come to recruit. Also, as far as career switching, nearly everyone I have met is a career switcher, including me and I don’t anticipate problems getting a job even in a recession. Let me know if you have anymore questions.
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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2008, 17:32
I'm actually thinking of applying to UNC either R2 or R3. I'm in the pharma industry right now and from what I can gather on the website, the school attracts a pretty impressive list of pharma/biotech companies.

Am I right to assume that UNC wants official transcripts as a part of your app? You can't just provide a copy?

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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2008, 18:04
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Am I right to assume that UNC wants official transcripts as a part of your app? You can't just provide a copy?
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Never mind, they make it quite clear on their website that you MUST submit OFFICIAL transcripts with your app.

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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2008, 06:57
MBA Hunter - Thanks for the helpful reply! I definitely agree that Chapel Hill is a much better place to live for a few years than Durham. From what I hear, a lot of Duke grad students actually drive to Chapel Hill to go out because the night life is better.
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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2008, 10:23
Thats very true, in fact we just had a UNC/duke MBA mixer on franklin st Friday night, were going to Durham for a similar thing this thursday.
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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2008, 15:40
UNC-KF is definitely one of my top schools; I'm planning on applying either ED or R1. I'll be visiting during the week of Columbus Day on my Magical MBA Tour 2008
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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2008, 17:38
Does anyone know if UNC's EA is truly binding? The EA statement doesn't specifically state that an applicant must withdraw other applications if admitted to UNC. I emailed the AdCom about it but I haven't heard back yet. I just want to make sure I don't unintentionally commit to something that is truly binding.

I think the EA statement at UNC is pretty vague. Columbia is ED and definitely binding, yet Duke uses EA to describe a binding application, while Tuck is specifically a non-binding EA application.
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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2008, 05:13
If you put down your early deposit of 2500 Jan 2 and decide to go somewhere else, then all you would lose out on is the 2500. Unless you are sure that UNC is your top choice, then there is no reason to do ED. The real R1 is where they will make most of their admits.
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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2008, 14:24
Am I reading the website right? You can't schedule an interview unless you pay the $135 fee up front?

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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2008, 14:40
yes thats true!

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Am I reading the website right? You can't schedule an interview unless you pay the $135 fee up front?

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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2008, 15:01
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yes thats true!

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Am I reading the website right? You can't schedule an interview unless you pay the $135 fee up front?

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Why are they doing that? To prevent people who aren't that serious about the school from wasting their time?

I'd like to apply for R2, but if I here from Duke before the deadline, I won't bother. Hmmm... decisions, decisions.

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I agree with you! The policy of interviewing on campus only if u pay the app fee is not sound especially since they frown on applicants that dont interview on campus. After I visit campus, i would wanna decide whether I wanna apply there. As long as I am visiting campus, they should allow me to just interview the way Tuck does it!

I will be visiting Duke for my interview and was hoping of interviewing at UNC as well. I am still not sure whether UNC will get me where I want to be post MBA in a challenging economic environment. Will probably have to cough up the $135 to get to know the school. There is no way I am traveling back to UNC for an interview. So will have to interview there as part of the school visit and gamble with the $135.
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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2008, 17:20
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I agree with you! The policy of interviewing on campus only if u pay the app fee is not sound especially since they frown on applicants that dont interview on campus.


Yeah, it's kinda crappy. Like you said, you'll have to make the trip twice if you want to check out the campus before interviewing!

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Re: Calling all UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2009 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2008, 09:21
Anyone else get this "Alpha Challenge" invitation to apply email? Worth it? No?
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