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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 06:05
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For those who interviewed in Durham, what was the dress code that you adhered to? Just trousers and dress shirt? No suits, no tie?I know the emails they sent out mentioned business casual, but I'm just taking an informal survey anyway. Appreciate it!


It was funny to see how many people erred on the side of caution with the dress code. I stuck to business casual (a dress), but I would say about 75% of folks wore suits. The other 25% wore shirt/tie/slacks, jacket/shirt/pants (or skirt) or dresses.

The interviewers all were wearing business casual.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 14:58
Guy's, question; bottom line, would you choose duke or cornell?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 15:01
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Guy's, question; bottom line, would you choose duke or cornell?


This entirely depends on what you want to do, where you want to be, and who you want to go to school with. Everyone has their own biases for and against any school.

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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 15:03
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Guy's, question; bottom line, would you choose duke or cornell?


Depends what you want career wise...e.g., IMO for consulting: duke; for finance I might lean: cornell.

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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 15:04
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Guy's, question; bottom line, would you choose duke or cornell?


Both schools are pretty different (in my opinion), so it will come down to where you feel the most comfortable. Did you get into both?
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Guy's, question; bottom line, would you choose duke or cornell?


I'll field this one, since I'm an expert...









it depends
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 15:34
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Guy's, question; bottom line, would you choose duke or cornell?


Both schools are pretty different (in my opinion), so it will come down to where you feel the most comfortable. Did you get into both?


I got into both :). I am in finance and though Cornell could be a better fit, Duke is great as well. And, I am influenced by the area and like NC better.
It is a tough call. When I visited Ithaca everyone at the school were amazing and I got a really good vibe.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 15:36
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Guy's, question; bottom line, would you choose duke or cornell?


Both schools are pretty different (in my opinion), so it will come down to where you feel the most comfortable. Did you get into both?


I got into both :). I am in finance and though Cornell could be a better fit, Duke is great as well. And, I am influenced by the area and like NC better.
It is a tough call. When I visited Ithaca everyone at the school were amazing and I got a really good vibe.


Can you go to DJ and BDW? I'd try to do that, and then decide
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 15:43
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sunjuu1 wrote:
Guy's, question; bottom line, would you choose duke or cornell?


Both schools are pretty different (in my opinion), so it will come down to where you feel the most comfortable. Did you get into both?


I got into both :). I am in finance and though Cornell could be a better fit, Duke is great as well. And, I am influenced by the area and like NC better.
It is a tough call. When I visited Ithaca everyone at the school were amazing and I got a really good vibe.

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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 15:55
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Guy's, question; bottom line, would you choose duke or cornell?

Duke

awesome people (I do have some good friends at Johnson but I found Team Fuqua to be the real deal)
better lifestyle and weather
slightly better rankings and reputation
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Guy's, question; bottom line, would you choose duke or cornell?


I checked out Cornell when I was doing an MBA tour about a year ago. My thoughts compared to Duke:

1) I genuinely liked the folks at Cornell slightly better than at Duke during my brief visit. I wonder if this is because Cornell has a bit younger student body, and as a younger applicant myself, I connected with those students better. Duke has a great people too, but I think I would have applied to Cornell had it not been for reason #2.

2) I was very turned off by Cornell's career services. I remember walking up to one of the top floors to the career services office...there was a posting outside the door listing where all the 2nd years were headed after graduation. I was disappointed by the names on that list for a few reasons. First, the company names were so similar to those that recruited at my undergrad (state school, good rep). Also, there was such a lack of variety, especially compared to Duke's career report (http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/documents/mba ... 011-12.pdf).

People here tell you that it depends - and it totally does. My negative comments are largely based on what I am hoping to get out of bschool and what I am trying to avoid. Maybe you want to head to a company that already recruits at Cornell? Or are planning to start your own venture or perhaps return to your current firm?

After attending Blue Devil Weekend earlier this month, I will say that no amount of research can really show you what the experience is like more than attending a welcome weekend (looking back, I wish schools had such a welcome weekend for prospective students!). So I'd encourage you to attend both welcome weekends and figure out what you're trying to get out of business school.

Also, don't get caught up in how people perceive the rankings. I get frustrated reading comments such as "there is no way X school is ranked there", when in reality those people have no real experience at each business school...unless they attended each program for the full 2 years! People who say such things are likely basing their opinions off of what other or past rankings are reporting rather than any special knowledge. Check out the rankings and focus more on the specifics rather than the general rank (http://www.businessweek.com/articles/20 ... ls-ranking).

Figure out what you're trying to achieve for the next 2 years, attend both welcome weekends, and hopefully you'll have more clarity.

Congratulations and best of luck!
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 20:47
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sunjuu1 wrote:
Guy's, question; bottom line, would you choose duke or cornell?

Duke

awesome people (I do have some good friends at Johnson but I found Team Fuqua to be the real deal)
better lifestyle and weather
slightly better rankings and reputation
Cameron Indoor!


I might face the similar situation if I have Duke in the sack... Hard choice. Btw, I am also in finance and love basketball...

Cornell:

Pros: Ivy brand; artistic Ithaca location; closer to NYC and strong finance-focus (Citi and UBS heavy); more delicate program with focus on experiential learning.

Cons: smaller size means less active alums; weather is a killer if you are from south; more sterotype students who are heading into finance and consulting; less globalized though the new Dean from INSEAD might strive to change that - I saw significant changes in the AO process this year.

Duke:

Pros: slightly better branding image in US; arguably the most globalized US program (Kellogg and Booth might argue); diversified student body and team culture (Team Fuqua is unique); the best in the South; Sports tradition; cozy life style with lower costs

Cons: too much expansion lately and student quality is a concern; far away from financial hub so not convenient to do informational interview in NYC/Boston; no clear focus (maybe diversity, but that could hardly help you if you are determined to get into one industry/function).

It is really hard to make a choice. I've talked with a Duke alum who turned down Wharton, Kellogg and Tuck. It's mainly about fit. I second that attending the student weekend will be a good idea.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 07:53
For those of you going through ReVera right now can you please post if both of your recommenders were contacted, so far it's been just one for me. Also has any Round 1 admit received confirmation that their verification is complete? Its been over 2 weeks since I submitted the form.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 08:00
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For those of you going through ReVera right now can you please post if both of your recommenders were contacted, so far it's been just one for me. Also has any Round 1 admit received confirmation that their verification is complete? Its been over 2 weeks since I submitted the form.


I was an EA admit and I received an email notification from ReVera on Friday that my background check was complete. I'd guess you still have a few months before they get back to you.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 08:07
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For those of you going through ReVera right now can you please post if both of your recommenders were contacted, so far it's been just one for me. Also has any Round 1 admit received confirmation that their verification is complete? Its been over 2 weeks since I submitted the form.


I was an EA admit and I received an email notification from ReVera on Friday that my background check was complete. I'd guess you still have a few months before they get back to you.


What exactly does ReVera ask in their form and do they contact all of the jobs, recommenders, extracurricular, etc'?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 08:18
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For those of you going through ReVera right now can you please post if both of your recommenders were contacted, so far it's been just one for me. Also has any Round 1 admit received confirmation that their verification is complete? Its been over 2 weeks since I submitted the form.


I was an EA admit and I received an email notification from ReVera on Friday that my background check was complete. I'd guess you still have a few months before they get back to you.


What exactly does ReVera ask in their form and do they contact all of the jobs, recommenders, extracurricular, etc'?


To be honest, I filled out the form so long ago that I don't remember. Maybe a R1 admit can help you out there.

I don't understand why people care so much about who/what ReVera asks. You have to go through it to matriculate and you shouldn't be concerned if everything in your application was the truth.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 08:31
Hey, thx. It is not a concern. It is the final step in the process... makes sense to learn all you can about it. Also, I would like to give the people who are contacted a heads up so they know what its about. I am sure it will be fine.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 09:35
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For those of you going through ReVera right now can you please post if both of your recommenders were contacted, so far it's been just one for me. Also has any Round 1 admit received confirmation that their verification is complete? Its been over 2 weeks since I submitted the form.


I was an EA admit and I received an email notification from ReVera on Friday that my background check was complete. I'd guess you still have a few months before they get back to you.



Same here. Re Vera contacted me this past Friday to let me know that my verification was complete. It definitely took a while though (about 3 months).
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 09:39
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For those of you going through ReVera right now can you please post if both of your recommenders were contacted, so far it's been just one for me. Also has any Round 1 admit received confirmation that their verification is complete? Its been over 2 weeks since I submitted the form.


I was an EA admit and I received an email notification from ReVera on Friday that my background check was complete. I'd guess you still have a few months before they get back to you.



Same here. Re Vera contacted me this past Friday to let me know that my verification was complete. It definitely took a while though (about 3 months).

Any idea how long ago they contacted your recommenders or your HR? One early admit here had this process take only a week from start to finish.
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They contacted my recommender back in December, which was around when they began the background check. They called only one of my recommenders, which was my Direct Supervisor, and since she wasn't there to pick up, Re Vera sent her an email with a few simple questions. My company's HR department doesn't deal directly with ReVera or any 3rd party companies performing background checks. Instead, they tell them to go to http://www.verifyjob.com, and if ReVera has any further questions, they can fax our HR department. The only time ReVera contacted me was when they needed information to access http://www.verifyjob.com, but that's about it.
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