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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2012, 09:13
Why do they ask you what other MBA programs you are applying to? I understand if you are applying EA they want to see if you are claiming Duke is your top choice but you're also apply to H/S/W but for those of us not applying EA it seems strange.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2012, 09:12
Has anyone pulled down a list of the recommender questions for the 2013 application?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2012, 22:51
Hi.. I am applying for the EA round. Any thoughts on the first essay??
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2012, 11:04
Is it just me or Fuqua doesnt actually have the individual email addresses of its admissions staff on its website? It seems weird since most schools have it.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2012, 15:49
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Hi.. I am applying for the EA round. Any thoughts on the first essay??


I'm applying ED to Columbia so that has taken most of my time so far but I've definitely been thinking about this one. It is certainly a unique question.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2012, 19:12
Asimov or shorttheworld, I was hoping you guys could give me some advice regarding GPA's. I have a 3.0 in Computer Science from a run of the mill state university. Is this GPA low enough to warrant an explanation in the optional essay or should I not bother bringing unnecessary attention to it?

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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 06:12
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Asimov or shorttheworld, I was hoping you guys could give me some advice regarding GPA's. I have a 3.0 in Computer Science from a run of the mill state university. Is this GPA low enough to warrant an explanation in the optional essay or should I not bother bringing unnecessary attention to it?

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Hi Ashish, I don't think a 3.0 is that bad in CS, I wouldn't bring attention to it. Looking through the past admits, last year someone was admitted with 2.85/690, and there are a few at or below 3.0. Just concentrate on the things that makes you stand out, the "25 things" essay is a perfect place to do that.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2012, 15:49
"Why Duke?" How are most people writing this essay? Accepted.com suggested a letter to a close friend, are people going with the letter format or a normal essay format?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2012, 16:08
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"Why Duke?" How are most people writing this essay? Accepted.com suggested a letter to a close friend, are people going with the letter format or a normal essay format?
The letter format is definitely an interesting format to answer the question. Imagine how many people read Accepted's analysis of the essay prompts and follow the advice. If only a few people do the letter format, it will make you stand out, but if a lot of people do it, it may lose that appeal. I challenge you to come up with your own creative twist to answering the prompt.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2012, 16:15
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"Why Duke?" How are most people writing this essay? Accepted.com suggested a letter to a close friend, are people going with the letter format or a normal essay format?
The letter format is definitely an interesting format to answer the question. Imagine how many people read Accepted's analysis of the essay prompts and follow the advice. If only a few people do the letter format, it will make you stand out, but if a lot of people do it, it may lose that appeal. I challenge you to come up with your own creative twist to answering the prompt.

hmm, good call. I liked the letter format because it naturally helps an individuals personality to come out.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2012, 19:19
When asked by your family, friends, and colleagues why you want to go to Duke, what do you tell them? Share the reasons that are most meaningful to you.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2012, 23:45
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ashish8 wrote:
Asimov or shorttheworld, I was hoping you guys could give me some advice regarding GPA's. I have a 3.0 in Computer Science from a run of the mill state university. Is this GPA low enough to warrant an explanation in the optional essay or should I not bother bringing unnecessary attention to it?

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Hi Ashish, I don't think a 3.0 is that bad in CS, I wouldn't bring attention to it. Looking through the past admits, last year someone was admitted with 2.85/690, and there are a few at or below 3.0. Just concentrate on the things that makes you stand out, the "25 things" essay is a perfect place to do that.


This might be a bit late, but i was a 3.0 CS major and I just started classes a week ago at Duke. I do not think there is anything that needs to be called out unless you have specific anomalies in your transcript.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2012, 09:24
Sorry to bother you guys again, but I got two more questions.

Awards & Recognition:
Is getting to be team lead of a project considered a recognition? What about receiving a scholarship for undergrad?

Then I got another question that builds upon the first one. The application ask's how long have you been a manager and how many people have you manged. Is this question asking for formal management experience like project manager, etc. or could my first example be considered management experience.

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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2012, 09:59
Hey guys,

I will be campus-visitng Virginia Darden and Duke university one after the other (Sep 10th and Sep 11th). Can someone please suggest a way to reach Duke Campus from Charottesville, VA. Google wasn't that much of a help. I appreciate your advice and look forward to meet the current students.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2012, 15:16
ashish8 wrote:
Sorry to bother you guys again, but I got two more questions.

Awards & Recognition:
Is getting to be team lead of a project considered a recognition? What about receiving a scholarship for undergrad?

Then I got another question that builds upon the first one. The application ask's how long have you been a manager and how many people have you manged. Is this question asking for formal management experience like project manager, etc. or could my first example be considered management experience.

Thanks again guys


I would not consider being made the lead of a team an award, and I personally would not put this into the recognition bucket but you could probably get away with it. Scholarship for undergrad so some kind of merit academic or community related is something that I would include in the awards section.

For the manager question, i would use number of years you managed teams, that is what I did.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2012, 16:04
ashish8 wrote:
Sorry to bother you guys again, but I got two more questions.

Awards & Recognition:
Is getting to be team lead of a project considered a recognition? What about receiving a scholarship for undergrad?

Then I got another question that builds upon the first one. The application ask's how long have you been a manager and how many people have you manged. Is this question asking for formal management experience like project manager, etc. or could my first example be considered management experience.

Thanks again guys


Was this a work team you were the lead of or some kind of extra-curricular during school? If this was not a work project then you definitely should not use it in the "how long" and "how many people managed" sections of your application. They are asking for actual work management experience.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2012, 08:05
For those who are planning to interview during the Open Interview season, are most of you flying in, staying at a hotel? I've never been to N.C., I'm assuming that a rental car would likely be a necessity as well?

I'm a bit tense on the whole process as this will likely be my first b-school interview. I'm not 100% set on committing to an interview during the Open Interview season, given the extra $, having to take off work, conflicting with some personal appointments around that time, but I'm heavily leaning towards it.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2012, 08:32
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For those who are planning to interview during the Open Interview season, are most of you flying in, staying at a hotel? I've never been to N.C., I'm assuming that a rental car would likely be a necessity as well?

I'm a bit tense on the whole process as this will likely be my first b-school interview. I'm not 100% set on committing to an interview during the Open Interview season, given the extra $, having to take off work, conflicting with some personal appointments around that time, but I'm heavily leaning towards it.

Renting a car would be your cheapest option. I believe, some of the hotels (Washington Duke, Millennium) may have transport to/from the Airport, and to/from Fuqua. Those hotels tend to be on the pricier side of things. A taxi to Fuqua one way is ~$30.

Good luck on your open interview. Be sure to check out this thread about some of the pros/cons of open interview: duke-fuqua-2013-calling-all-applicants-134412-40.html#p1105470
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2012, 08:42
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OjilEye wrote:
For those who are planning to interview during the Open Interview season, are most of you flying in, staying at a hotel? I've never been to N.C., I'm assuming that a rental car would likely be a necessity as well?

I'm a bit tense on the whole process as this will likely be my first b-school interview. I'm not 100% set on committing to an interview during the Open Interview season, given the extra $, having to take off work, conflicting with some personal appointments around that time, but I'm heavily leaning towards it.

Renting a car would be your cheapest option. I believe, some of the hotels (Washington Duke, Millennium) may have transport to/from the Airport, and to/from Fuqua. Those hotels tend to be on the pricier side of things. A taxi to Fuqua one way is ~$30.

Good luck on your open interview. Be sure to check out this thread about some of the pros/cons of open interview: duke-fuqua-2013-calling-all-applicants-134412-40.html#p1105470


Thanks, I did catch your earlier post and you make some good points. I'm leaning towards doing the interview not under the false belief that my admissions odds will go up in my favor, but more so to actually get a feel of the campus and what N. Carolina is like! With a chance this could be my home for a few years, I definitely see the merit in visiting :)

As for the interview, the long period of uncertainty probably won't be an issue for me, as I'll have work and other essays/applications to keep my mind busy. Will I not be as prepared? Sure... but there will always be a first interview. Gotta get it over with somehow!
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