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Required Short Answer Questions: Answer all 3 questions
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1. What are your short-term goals, post-MBA?
2. What are your long-term goals?
3. Life is full of uncertainties, and plans and circumstances can change. As a result, navigating a career requires you to be adaptable. Should the short-term goals that you provided above not materialize what alternative directions have you considered?

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1. The "Team Fuqua" spirit and community is one of the things that sets The Duke MBA experience apart, and it is a concept that extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. When a new person joins the Admissions Team, we ask that person to share with everyone in the office a list of "25 Random Things About Yourself." As an Admissions team, we already know the new hire's professional and academic background, so learning these "25 Random Things" helps us get to know someone's personality, background, special talents, and more.

In this spirit, the Admissions Committee also wants to get to know you - beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. You can share with us important life experiences, your likes/dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are. Share with us your list of "25 Random Things" about YOU.

Please present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may be only a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed 2 pages.

2. 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.

Your response to this essay question should be no more than 2 pages in length. Please respond fully and concisely using 1.5 line spacing.

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Class Size - 432
Average age at entry - 29
Entering with work experience - 99.3%
Average years of work experience - 5.4
80% Range of GMAT score - 640 - 740
80% Range of undergraduate GPA - 2.9 - 3.9
Married - 25%
Women - 33%
Minorities -22%
International (by citizenship) - 40%

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Engineering/Natural Sciences - 32%
Economics - 13%
Liberal Arts - 20%
Other - 3%

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Midwest - 7%
Northeast - 15%
Mid-Atlantic - 14%
Southwest/West - 17%
South - 11%
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Class Size - 442
Average age at entry - 28
Entering with work experience - 98.6%
Average years of work experience - 5.2
80% Range of GMAT score - 630 - 740
80% Range of undergraduate GPA - 3.1 - 3.8
Married - 19%
Women - 37%
Minorities -23%
International (by citizenship) - 30%

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Engineering/Natural Sciences - 32%
Economics - 14%
Liberal Arts - 26%
Other - 1%

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Midwest - 10%
Northeast - 24%
Mid-Atlantic - 14%
Southwest/West - 15%
South - 8%
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im in **** tears right now. omg omg omg admitted

its a dream i swear!! it feels like im dreaming!!! pinch me!!!
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Congrats to all admits.

I have a quick point to make. Quite a few of those waitlisted or dinged are expressing sentiments that I think, though understandable given the circumstances, are not necessarily kosher. Everyone admitted had to go through the same steps as those who didn't make the cut - money, time, sleepless nights, etc. Ideally, we enter this process knowing that nothing is guaranteed, because each spot is fought for by several talented applicants - I thus find it hard to understand why some dinged applicants say "I was expecting an admit." No way, Jose. No one should EXPECT an admit, no matter how fantastic your interview or stats were. Would you say the same if you were applying to HSW. Don't forget that many of the same kids apply to the same top ten schools, so it's not realistic to apply to a competitive school like Fuqua and EXPECT an admit, just because you had to spend money to buy to tickets and accommodation. Come on, guys...lets be fair to the hardworking admisson committees and the rigorous admission process.

MBA application can be a really humbling experience and the earlier you approach it with a fair amount of grounding/respect/moderate expectation, the more pleasantly surprising you would find the experience.

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Like some of the posters above, I was really bummed not to get a phone call after getting the online acceptance letter. It's been 2 days already and I haven't heard from anyone...

The whole bschool application process reminds me a bit of 'rush,' if any of you were in the Greek system in college. It's definitely a hands-on process that requires a lot of high-touch communication. There's nothing that can quite replace the thrill of getting a phone call inviting you to the 'cool kids club.' It generates a lot more excitement than to get a letter with no personal touch. I definitely appreciate that students are on vacation and ad coms are busy, but maybe next year they'll start doing calls before the email notification.

Nonetheless, excited to get an acceptance!
Did GMATClub just change Fuqua AdCom behavior? After all the complaints in R1, and losing aerien to Yale, Fuqua AdCom finally puts some personal touch to the admission process.

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Would people who got in mind sharing their profiles?


I've been a silent member for quite some time, but would like to jump in and give my two cents on my application strategy if it'd help anyone out there : )

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For my essays:
- short term goals I was very modest/realistic. I specifically looked at what companies in my area of interest recruit at Fuqua and what kinds of positions students historically were successful in landing and, most importantly, spent a lot of time thinking about which of these positions would make sense in context of my long term goals (researched companies and leaders in the field I admire to see how they got where they are now). I also reached out to second year students and frankly asked them if they felt my short term goals were realistic given their experience with recruiting. This is a process that we'll all have to go through our first years anyway, so made sense to do it with my application : )
- long term goals I was quite ambitious, but very honest with where I truly wanted to be 10+ years from now. I do think that being very honest about my long term goals translated into passion during my interview (he said so as much!) so i'd encourage being honest with yourself and not write what you think they want to hear.
- random 25 I used this opportunity to really show my personality. I felt this was particularly important in my case as my long term goals are in non profit and I wanted to demonstrate that my values/passions my entire life align appropriately with my goals. I think that it's very easy to sound "fake" when people claim they want to work in non-profit so I'd definitely encourage all you non profit folks to let your passion shine through on this one. 2/25 points, I used to describe instances at work where I exemplified teamwork/leadership. And yes, I did use humor.
- why fuqua i'm not sure what to say about this essay, as it is highly personalized for each person, but I can say that i poured tons and tons of research. I made sure the adcom recognized how much research i did by citing students I talked to, and detailing student's post grad experience that i'm inspired by, how i would contribute, what leader of consequence and team fuqua mean to me and why i fit with those mottos, talking about particular research cores i'd get involved with (CASE), citing research by professors that I'm inspired by and why I'd want to collaborate/learn under them, etc. It sounds like a lot, but I just made sure that it was very consistent with my goals and top 25.
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It's been 2 years with 6 months on the WL last year and now, I can finally say I'm IN!!!
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Congrats to all those who were accepted today! I am glad to see so many familiar names get in. Y'all should celebrate by watching our basketball team play against Clemson tonight! And bond007 - current students should also be allowed to claim your offer at BDW. :P

On a different note, I am disappointed that some of the most active posters did not get the result that they were hoping for today. To all those waitlisted, there is still hope. In fact, some of my closest friends at Duke were R2 admits who were waitlisted in R1. To all those who were denied, I am sure that the right school for you will accept you in the end. Keep your head up and soldier on!
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Don't mind me sitting here in the background secretly hoping that you all get so upset by the lack of calls that none of you matriculate... and open up a spot for me :-)

Yeah, god the adcom and fuqua students are the worst! grumble grumble grumble

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Its amazing how one precise moment will make a tremendous change in the lives of a lot of people :)
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HAHA. what exactly do they look for in the background check? why is everyone concerned?


As long as they dont talk to any of my ex girlfriends I should be fine...


I think its just the finality of it all. Everything you get right now say,

CONGRATULATIONS, YOU'VE BEEN ACCEPTED!!*

*as long as you arent a stupid liar
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Sure - 690 GMAT (Q 50, V 34). GPA 3.26 from top 50 university. Worked at a financial firm for 4.5 years. I'll give you one advice - master your essays if you have a 680+ GMAT. That's where you can set yourself apart along with strong recommendations/resume. Best of luck, send me a PM if you want more info.
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Whoa just page refreshed here expecting more anxious nerves. Saw decisions were up, checked and hallelujah I AM IN!!!!!!!
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Like some of the posters above, I was really bummed not to get a phone call after getting the online acceptance letter. It's been 2 days already and I haven't heard from anyone...

The whole bschool application process reminds me a bit of 'rush,' if any of you were in the Greek system in college. It's definitely a hands-on process that requires a lot of high-touch communication. There's nothing that can quite replace the thrill of getting a phone call inviting you to the 'cool kids club.' It generates a lot more excitement than to get a letter with no personal touch. I definitely appreciate that students are on vacation and ad coms are busy, but maybe next year they'll start doing calls before the email notification.

Nonetheless, excited to get an acceptance!

I'd gladly take an acceptance and no call, rather than a waitlist. :P

Maybe your interviewer got sidetracked by life. These things happen. I got into seven medical schools a few years ago. I got a phone call from precisely zero of them. I was thrilled with every one of them. We're all different though :)
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Done with my interview today. It was with an Ad Com member and lasted for exactly an hour. He was friendly and did not try cornering me but he did ask me to explain every transition. There was strong emphasis on my extra-curricular activities during undergrad.

The questions included:
1) Why MBA? Why now?
2) Why Duke?
3) How will your friends describe you?
4) How will your team mates describe you?
5) One thing you fear about being a Duke student
6) Post MBA plans
7) One thing u loved about Duke
8) What do you do for fun?
8) 3 minute elevator pitch for the Dean of Admissions
9) Do you have any questions for me

I recommend all applicants to go through their profile VERY well before interviewing with the adcom.
He covered a lot of ground through his questions. He was spontaneous. I was comfortable and did not feel any kind of cross questioning.

Hope my experience helps u guys
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Good Businessweek interview with Fuqua Dean Bill Boulding on Fuqua's Future (published yesterday, 2/19):
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/20 ... uas-future
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My two cents (I was a R1 admit).
1) Keep yourself busy this weekend with stuff to do so you don't even think about it. For me it was easier because I was working on other apps for Round 2. Same goes for the day of. I scheduled several back to back meetings for that very reason.
2) Read past posts around decision day for helpful info. No they are not going to call you or release decisions early. You will get the same email as everyone else and have to login in to find out. Plan on checking at 3:30. At that point you are pretty guaranteed to find out. There is no value in obsessively refreshing the page from 11 onward. This is easier said than done and why you should keep yourself busy.
3) Stay positive regardless of the outcome--I can't emphasize this enough. If you are in great. If your are wait listed figure out a game plan to get off (it definitely happens you just have to be active). If you are dinged use this as a learning experience and try to figure out what went wrong and make sure you have a back-up plan.
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Lol...they're changing it up this round?! Exciting!! Perhaps R1 yield wasn't what they hoped for? Maybe they're taking personalizing the admit process to heart this time?


Has nothing to do with yield. Students listen and we are truly a student run school...we make change happen!
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Good luck everyone. I like the phonecalls (although just checking online is a lot less stressful)


I just got the call from Durham. IN AT DUKE! Will give details after going for a long walk and calling some friends/family!!!!!
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How stupid. Just stick to the plan and announce on Monday. This phone call business is ridiculous.


unless you get a phone call
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Admitted! Was just about to leave for work when my phone rang and I saw the infamous 919 area code. My adrenaline was already through the roof between seeing the incoming call and fumbling to answer it. Very shocked the admission decisions were released early, but pleased that the news was delivered via a personal phone call. I’ll be accepting the offer and can’t wait to meet many of you at BDW!

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