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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2012, 16:04
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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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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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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2012, 04:37
Does anyone else feel like the "25 things about you" essay feels a lot like filling out a personal add?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2012, 04:40
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Does anyone else feel like the "25 things about you" essay feels a lot like filling out a personal add?


YES!

I'm just going to have fun with it though, what an odd idea for an "essay"
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2012, 03:55
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2012, 10:14
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but I really do like long walks on the beach.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2012, 16:22
Hi guys, I'm in a bit of a predicament here. I visited the school last year and loved it. Duke is my #1 choice however I got a 640 (q44,v33) on my Gmat and a 3.55 GPA in Business Management from a middle tier state School. I'm a Caucasian male entrepreneur from NYC with over 4 years of w/e. I was planning on possibly retaking the GMAT however I see that the Early Decision deadline is one month away and I feel like that would be my best chance as Duke will see I'm 100% committed to the program and they would also fill one of their entrepreneur slots early on. On the other hand If I had more time I could possibly raise my GMAT by 10-40 points and apply in round 1.

Any suggestions as to what I should do? Please feel free to PM me if you wish.

Thanks very much!
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2012, 16:58
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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.


Completely work related.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2012, 17:02
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Completely work related.


Then I would include it. I haven't gotten this far into the application for Duke yet but as long as it doesn't ask for "Direct reports" and just asks for who you managed then it seems fair game. If you were the team lead on the project then you were managing your teammates(assuming you were doing it right :wink: ) and that should count.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2012, 17:06
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Hi guys, I'm in a bit of a predicament here. I visited the school last year and loved it. Duke is my #1 choice however I got a 640 (q44,v33) on my Gmat and a 3.55 GPA in Business Management from a middle tier state School. I'm a Caucasian male entrepreneur from NYC with over 4 years of w/e. I was planning on possibly retaking the GMAT however I see that the Early Decision deadline is one month away and I feel like that would be my best chance as Duke will see I'm 100% committed to the program and they would also fill one of their entrepreneur slots early on. On the other hand If I had more time I could possibly raise my GMAT by 10-40 points and apply in round 1.

Any suggestions as to what I should do? Please feel free to PM me if you wish.

Thanks very much!


read this thread
the-third-quadrant-applicant-125929.html

Also, I would take another stab at the gmat if you feel you can do better. A 640 will be tough to overcome, but it is doable. Good luck!
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2012, 17:09
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bond007 wrote:
Hi guys, I'm in a bit of a predicament here. I visited the school last year and loved it. Duke is my #1 choice however I got a 640 (q44,v33) on my Gmat and a 3.55 GPA in Business Management from a middle tier state School. I'm a Caucasian male entrepreneur from NYC with over 4 years of w/e. I was planning on possibly retaking the GMAT however I see that the Early Decision deadline is one month away and I feel like that would be my best chance as Duke will see I'm 100% committed to the program and they would also fill one of their entrepreneur slots early on. On the other hand If I had more time I could possibly raise my GMAT by 10-40 points and apply in round 1.

Any suggestions as to what I should do? Please feel free to PM me if you wish.

Thanks very much!


read this thread
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Also, I would take another stab at the gmat if you feel you can do better. A 640 will be tough to overcome, but it is doable. Good luck!


Thanks, I did read that thread prior to posting in here. It was very helpful and glad that it worked out so well. I just wanted to get a feel for how badly the 640 will hurt me in the early decision round.
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Hi guys, I'm in a bit of a predicament here. I visited the school last year and loved it. Duke is my #1 choice however I got a 640 (q44,v33) on my Gmat and a 3.55 GPA in Business Management from a middle tier state School. I'm a Caucasian male entrepreneur from NYC with over 4 years of w/e. I was planning on possibly retaking the GMAT however I see that the Early Decision deadline is one month away and I feel like that would be my best chance as Duke will see I'm 100% committed to the program and they would also fill one of their entrepreneur slots early on. On the other hand If I had more time I could possibly raise my GMAT by 10-40 points and apply in round 1.

Any suggestions as to what I should do? Please feel free to PM me if you wish.

Thanks very much!


read this thread
the-third-quadrant-applicant-125929.html

Also, I would take another stab at the gmat if you feel you can do better. A 640 will be tough to overcome, but it is doable. Good luck!


Thanks, I did read that thread prior to posting in here. It was very helpful and glad that it worked out so well. I just wanted to get a feel for how badly the 640 will hurt me in the early decision round.


Well, look at it this way, the 80% range is 630-740. that would mean that at least 10% of the matriculating students had a 630 or lower, so lets assume around 15% of applicants received a 640 or lower.

Duke enrolled 442 students, so around 65 of the students currently at duke (class of 2013) have a 640 or lower...

So, is it possible, Yes, but you'll have to stand out in other parts of your app.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2012, 18:23
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2012, 06:33
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Thanks, I did read that thread prior to posting in here. It was very helpful and glad that it worked out so well. I just wanted to get a feel for how badly the 640 will hurt me in the early decision round.

I don't think it's impossible with a 640 if you have good work experience. However, if your work experience/success is good enough to overcome a 640, applying EA will not give you that extra boost. For example, what round of funding were you able to obtain? What kind of exit did you have for your company?

Also, you need to consider what you want to do after b-school. If you are planning to go back to entreprenuership, a low GMAT will not matter what so ever. If you are considering going into an industry/function that cares about GMAT, then a 640 will not make the cut.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2012, 09:40
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Thanks, I did read that thread prior to posting in here. It was very helpful and glad that it worked out so well. I just wanted to get a feel for how badly the 640 will hurt me in the early decision round.

I don't think it's impossible with a 640 if you have good work experience. However, if your work experience/success is good enough to overcome a 640, applying EA will not give you that extra boost. For example, what round of funding were you able to obtain? What kind of exit did you have for your company?

Also, you need to consider what you want to do after b-school. If you are planning to go back to entreprenuership, a low GMAT will not matter what so ever. If you are considering going into an industry/function that cares about GMAT, then a 640 will not make the cut.


I think my experience is pretty strong especially at my biz dev role, although for my start-up I was only able to raise angel funding and boot strapped the rest. Also there was no successful exit.
After B-school I'm looking to get into a funded startup or biz dev role as well.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2012, 05:33
I'm interested in applying to Duke this year.
The EA deadline is 9/19. They also have a self-initiated on-campus interview beginning 9/10. Since the EA round's deadline is 9/19, this means a person who wants to apply in the EA round has only 8 to 9 days. This is too short. :(
Can someone who wants to apply in the EA round schedule a self-initiated interview after 9/19 but before 10/30 ? OR is it mandatory to schedule one before 9/19 deadline ?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2012, 16:38
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I'm interested in applying to Duke this year.
The EA deadline is 9/19. They also have a self-initiated on-campus interview beginning 9/10. Since the EA round's deadline is 9/19, this means a person who wants to apply in the EA round has only 8 to 9 days. This is too short. :(
Can someone who wants to apply in the EA round schedule a self-initiated interview after 9/19 but before 10/30 ? OR is it mandatory to schedule one before 9/19 deadline ?

You can wait for the interview invitation.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2012, 19:22
If you apply EA, does that mean that it is less likely for you to receive any scholarship?

The logic is if you are so committed to come to Duke, there is no reason to further incent you to do so.


In another word, if duke is your top choice and you are ready, would you apply in EA or round 1?

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