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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2012, 09:47
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There are several things at play:
1) Quality of EA applicants (I don’t think the EA quality is lower. Last year, there were several people waitlisted at EA and admitted in R1 or R2, which meant their profile was stronger than the R1/R2 admits).
2) Quantity of EA applicants (this lower the # of scholarship create a perception that EA do not get scholarship).
Just to name two. I’m sure there are other factors affecting scholarship.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2012, 11:00
for the first essay.. (3 short questions) the instructions state answer in 250 characters (equivalent 50 words) ..

Will overshooting the limit by 10-15 characters (without overshooting the word limit) viewed negatively. Finding it real hard to fit in the goals in the given space.

Or should I remove some information from the answer. Any suggestions?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2012, 12:06
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for the first essay.. (3 short questions) the instructions state answer in 250 characters (equivalent 50 words) ..

Will overshooting the limit by 10-15 characters (without overshooting the word limit) viewed negatively. Finding it real hard to fit in the goals in the given space.

Or should I remove some information from the answer. Any suggestions?


You probably should fit everything into the character limit. Depending on how the application is set up, it might not let you go over the limit, in which case your answer would be truncated.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2012, 12:27
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jumsumtak wrote:
for the first essay.. (3 short questions) the instructions state answer in 250 characters (equivalent 50 words) ..

Will overshooting the limit by 10-15 characters (without overshooting the word limit) viewed negatively. Finding it real hard to fit in the goals in the given space.

Or should I remove some information from the answer. Any suggestions?


You probably should fit everything into the character limit. Depending on how the application is set up, it might not let you go over the limit, in which case your answer would be truncated.



Alright. Thank you.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2012, 15:19
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Fair point.

I have spoken to a couple of Fuqua folks quite familiar with the process and was told that -- to their knowledge -- a couple of Duke Med students who applied in EA window got a full ride. There was also some $$ for US Vets in the EA. But other than that -- there wasn't a lot of $$ in the EA. Of course small packages like $7500 would be made available. But in terms of substantial scholarships, there isn't much. Most likely, it is a combination of avg applicants and the logic behind giving $$ to those fully committed to attending the school.



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threestripes wrote:
I have only heard of one person in our class who was accepted in the EA round and was offered a scholly, while there seems to be a much higher percentage of R1 applicants who received $. Then again, the R1 pool could have just been far stronger than the EA pool. With that said, it is certainly not impossible to get a scholly in the EA round.


I would assess the chances of being awarded a scholarship in EA based on the quality of one's application. If one has e.g. 750+ in GMAT, 3.8+ GPA from top school and so on, as well as good work experience, I find it hard to believe that the person would be omitted from $$$ based on the notion that he/she is too loyal to Fuqua as to apply in EA. So the only problem is, I guess, there are not many applicants with such profiles applying in EA to Fuqua :) So we end up guessing what is the policy



I applied EA and received a half scholarship ($50 K) and I'm not anything special (don't tell my Mom that tho). Fuqua treats EA candidates the same as all other applicants when it comes to scholarship.

On a separate note, here's a good article on Poets and Quants about Fuqua jobs:
http://poetsandquants.com/2012/08/27/de ... -2nd-year/

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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2012, 18:39
Has anyone seen the recommendation questions yet? I wanted to take a look at them before I entered my recommender's names in the form.

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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2012, 19:47
Has anyone been able to schedule a interview? After I got a new login for the interview system I was able to authenticate past the first login screen, but after selecting the "Online Scheduling - The Daytime MBA" I get another login screen (identical to the first), but my credentials are not working for this part.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2012, 04:21
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Has anyone been able to schedule a interview? After I got a new login for the interview system I was able to authenticate past the first login screen, but after selecting the "Online Scheduling - The Daytime MBA" I get another login screen (identical to the first), but my credentials are not working for this part.

I had no problem going through the process about a week ago.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2012, 07:41
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Has anyone been able to schedule a interview? After I got a new login for the interview system I was able to authenticate past the first login screen, but after selecting the "Online Scheduling - The Daytime MBA" I get another login screen (identical to the first), but my credentials are not working for this part.


I had the exact same issue a few weeks ago when I was trying to schedule. For some weird reason I couldn't get it to work on Chrome or IE on my computer, but had no trouble getting it to work on my phone. I tried sending an email about the problem, but didn't get a response. If you're still having the problem, I'd try your phone if you have a smartphone, silly as that sounds.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2012, 10:12
It looks like the list of 25 random things isn't easy afterall......After about 15, I am getting stranded..lol
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For the short answer questions, are you all explaining how you're prepared to meet your goals too or are you just listing goals a, b, c...

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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2012, 08:05
Would any of the current students help me to evaluate my chances at Duke :

Here is a brief of my profile :

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communications - GPA 3.5
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Professional Background: Experience: 5 years (as of August-2012)
1) Senior Analyst 2010 - present: Credit Risk Analytic at a Boutique Consulting
Currently working with the largest retail bank in UK to develop strategies and insights to advise clients on the following :
Customer acquisition ,Customer retention,Loss Minimization on High Credit Limit accounts,Collection strategies to minimize loss on delinquent accounts etc.

2) 2007-2010: Business Analyst at a Major IT MNC

Extra-Curricular Activities:

NGO experience - Worked for an NGO from within the organization to help the underprivileged children, of Denotified tribal area , in accessing a continuous stream of education. Involved in speaking to small fund donors and gathering volunteers.

Rock Band in Undergraduate Institute - Performed Live and backstage at various competitive events across State.
Head of Cultural Committee in Undergraduate Institute - Funds collections , marketing events for the various year round activities

Member of Core marketting committee in Undergraduate Institute - Marketing spotlight events across state, inviting high budget sponsors for event sponsorship

Languages known: English , Hindi , German(Speaking)

Reason for doing an MBA: Career Progress
I would want to leverage my Credit Risk Analytic experience and work post MBA for a Big 4 in their Risk Advisory domain, or leverage the same experience to work for a large lending Institution in their Credit risk vertical.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2012, 11:35
are there any word limit to the questions for the recommenders?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2012, 09:33
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just listing out the goals
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2012, 09:34
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are there any word limit to the questions for the recommenders?


Generally no, but which recommender has so much time to write pages and pages of recommendation???
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2012, 09:34
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It looks like the list of 25 random things isn't easy afterall......After about 15, I am getting stranded..lol

same here...have not reached the double digit figure yet...
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2012, 16:18
Hello everyone,

How are you guys doing on these short essays?

Does #3 (what is your alternative if your short-term goal does not materialize)have to have some sort of connection with your short and long-term goal? becuase my alternative has nothing to do with either my short or long-term goal.

For 'Reason for leaving' slot in employemnt section,
Is it ok to just write simple and brief? for example: Downsizing, Better career opportunity, etc
Or should I write a short paragraph?

Thanks for your help!

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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2012, 18:01
How much is everyone "recycling" between school to school? It seems like the goals essay would be very similar across schools, as long as it conforms to the word limit.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2012, 14:35
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How much is everyone "recycling" between school to school? It seems like the goals essay would be very similar across schools, as long as it conforms to the word limit.


The top part of the career essay will be almost carbon copy. I mean your goals are your goals whether you are applying to fuqua or to harvard. It is the 'why school X' part that I see changing. Thats my opinion though.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2012, 14:48
2 questions:

1.) are 'spaces' also counted as characters in the 250 character essays?
2.) What page margins are to be used for the 2nd and 3rd essays. Depending on the margins and the font the word limit can vary on a large scale. I read font should be no smaller than 10-point. Any insights on the margins?
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