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How do Admit Weekends usually work? [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2013, 14:00
This is looking ahead a little bit, but my team’s vacation calendar is starting to fill up, so I’d like to make sure I reserve a couple days in April to attend admit weekends if I get into one or more schools.

Can someone shed some light on how they usually work in terms of scheduling? Is it usually a Friday/Saturday or a Saturday/Sunday? If it’s a Friday/Saturday does it usually start Friday morning etc. etc.

What type of topics are covered during Admit weekend? Will I be missing out on a lot if I don’t attend? I’d imagine its usually a great opportunity to find potential flatmates.
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Re: How do Admit Weekends usually work? [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2013, 15:16
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For the February Blue Devil Weekend at Duke Fuqua, the events start on Friday afternoon around 1:30 PM. The meat and potatoes of the event (Fuqua Friday and Information Sessions) don't begin until Friday evening and run all-day Saturday. I imagine this is to give people ample time to arrive, check-in, and get situated. There are no official events on Sunday so I am using it to go on personally arranged housing tours of local complexes.

The agenda for April's BDW has a similar schedule but it includes a Sunday housing tour for the group.
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Re: How do Admit Weekends usually work? [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2013, 15:41
It's going to depend on the school. Some schools start bright and early on Friday morning so many people arrive Thursday night and go to the events sponsored by a lot of the student groups. Admit weekends are usually full of activities for 2 days, with limited activities on the days before and after. For example, last year Wharton's Admit weekend was Friday and Saturday with a casual brunches sponsored by student groups on Sunday morning.

Admit weekends cover everything from career to housing to pre MBA trips (like Random Walk or KWEST). At every admit weekend I attended admits were divided into cohorts or sections with smaller squads within them. The sections/cohorts and squads are led by current students. Section/cohort time usually involves introductions and some team building activities. Leaders facilitate the interaction and answer general questions about life at the school. The entire group is often convened for speeches by different deans and maybe a distinguished alum. Some schools might also have you do a class visit or mock class with a popular professor. There are also a ton of social events after 5 p.m. (dinners, happy hours, parties, etc.). There's usually some type of event that requires cocktail attire too.

I think the biggest thing you'd miss by not attending admit weekend is the chance to get a feel for your classmates and the school itself. Many people find their roommates and get a chance to start apartment hunting as well. Hope this helps!
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This is from the Columbia website if you get an admit there.

Columbia Connect II: Thursday, April 11 - Friday, April 12
Please join us for a half day of programming on April 11 followed by a full day of programming on April 12. Optional student-led programming will be held on Saturday, April 13.
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