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07 Jun 2010, 10:13
How far do adcom think that the applicant is "far enough" so not visiting the school doesn't look bad? I am interested in Duke but i am about 12 hours away driving - is that "legitimate" or I should go visit regardless?
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1) If the school is not too far, it’s worth visiting the place and arrange some discussions with current students via the recruiting team of each school
2) If the school is far just make sure you go through the official channel to arrange your visit so that it will be reported and inserted in your file, you want to leverage this to show your interest
3) If you apply for a school you need to visit it ! You’re talking about investing your next 2 years and $100k+ so I hardly see how you can’t spend a few hundreds to make these trips, I understand some don’t have the money but you need to borrow it or ask for a small loan...seriously it matters, and you can easily visit several schools located in the same area without too much travel. 4) I read on this thread that someone was trying to get in touch with current students and alumni to visit the school and have some discussions. I think alumni are usually a lot more responsive, current student are just too stressed and highly focused on their classes/recruiting. Try first with alumni and feel free to ask them if they know any current student available for discussions. To be honest alumni are a better source than current student, especially if you talk to someone who graduated 3-5 years ago, he will have a better vision of what worked and what didn’t work and he will be less complacent about his own school... _________________ Antoine Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Tuck Alumni, Class of 2008 VP Joined: 13 Jun 2004 Posts: 1118 Location: London, UK Schools: Tuck'08 Followers: 7 Kudos [?]: 45 [1] , given: 0 Re: how far is too far for school visits? [#permalink] ### Show Tags 01 Jul 2010, 00:11 1 This post received KUDOS MBA fairs are a good idea, definitely take advantage of this. Try to discuss 5mn with the recruiting coordinator and with a current student or alumni brough by the school at the event. Follow up with a nice email to them just to make sure they can find trace of your commitment to attend the fair and visit them. Only drawback is usually there is a lot of people attending and people tend to stay all day around their favorite schools so be prepared to push a few people to be able to have some kind of conversation with your target schools... Definitely submit your application after the fair ! And try to take advantage of the fair by mentionning your visit or the fact that you have previously talked with someone from the school at some point in your application... _________________ Antoine Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Tuck Alumni, Class of 2008 Current Student Joined: 12 Nov 2008 Posts: 368 Schools: Ross (R2), Cornell (R3) , UNC (R3) , INSEAD (R1 Jan) WE 1: Advisory (2 yrs) WE 2: FP & Analysis (2 yrs at matriculation) Followers: 23 Kudos [?]: 105 [0], given: 45 Re: how far is too far for school visits? [#permalink] ### Show Tags 07 Jun 2010, 10:35 There are no hard and fast rules, but I'd say that 12 hours is likely far enough to not raise any red flags provided you try to make up for not visiting by interacting extensively with the school community. If you really like the school though, it's always a good idea to visit and it might matter especially if you're more or less a borderline case IMO. BTW what is Keenan? Never heard of it, do you mean Kenan, as in KFBS? Probably a good idea to get the name right on apps Current Student Status: What's your raashee? Joined: 12 Jun 2009 Posts: 1847 Location: United States (NC) Concentration: Strategy, Finance Schools: UNC (Kenan-Flagler) - Class of 2013 GMAT 1: 720 Q49 V39 WE: Programming (Computer Software) Followers: 25 Kudos [?]: 249 [0], given: 52 Re: how far is too far for school visits? [#permalink] ### Show Tags 07 Jun 2010, 12:33 oh right.. thanks _________________ If you like my answers please +1 kudos! Current Student Joined: 12 Nov 2008 Posts: 368 Schools: Ross (R2), Cornell (R3) , UNC (R3) , INSEAD (R1 Jan) WE 1: Advisory (2 yrs) WE 2: FP & Analysis (2 yrs at matriculation) Followers: 23 Kudos [?]: 105 [0], given: 45 Re: how far is too far for school visits? [#permalink] ### Show Tags 07 Jun 2010, 12:38 Uhm not Keanan either, try again ;> VP Joined: 07 Apr 2009 Posts: 1183 Concentration: General Management, Strategy Schools: Duke (Fuqua) - Class of 2012 Followers: 35 Kudos [?]: 438 [0], given: 19 Re: how far is too far for school visits? [#permalink] ### Show Tags 07 Jun 2010, 19:24 12 hour drive is definitely excusable for not visiting. Since Duke allows self-initiated interviews, and you need to interview to get admitted, maybe you can kill two birds with one stone - visit and interview. This way you won't have any doubts. Good luck. 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Current Student Status: What's your raashee? Joined: 12 Jun 2009 Posts: 1847 Location: United States (NC) Concentration: Strategy, Finance Schools: UNC (Kenan-Flagler) - Class of 2013 GMAT 1: 720 Q49 V39 WE: Programming (Computer Software) Followers: 25 Kudos [?]: 249 [0], given: 52 Re: how far is too far for school visits? [#permalink] ### Show Tags 08 Jun 2010, 20:23 ACNguy wrote: I guess I don't know your financial situation but plane tickets aren't really that expensive...that 12 hour drive is at most a 1.5 hour flight. I live in the midwest and visited Darden, Duke, Columbia in addition to all of those in the midwest... i did check plane and its about 200$ for 3.5hr plane ride. with rental hotel prob 300$ish. I get crap for vaca days (~1 day/month) as well. Major thing is probably me trying to juggle vacation time for visits to closer schools and saving for family stuff (like thanksgiving, xmas etc.). _________________ If you like my answers please +1 kudos! Current Student Joined: 24 Jan 2010 Posts: 151 Location: Canada : Ontario : Toronto Schools: Schulich class of 2012 Followers: 9 Kudos [?]: 45 [0], given: 2 Re: how far is too far for school visits? [#permalink] ### Show Tags 08 Jun 2010, 21:51 12 hours isn't much domestically. If it means that much to you, I think the plane ticket cost is worth it. Especially this early in the game, you have tons of flexibility for buying a ticket based on price as opposed to paying for a last-minute ticket. Intern Joined: 31 Jan 2010 Posts: 43 Schools: UNC (in) , Georgetown (app R3) , Tuck (dinged) Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0 Re: how far is too far for school visits? [#permalink] ### Show Tags 09 Jun 2010, 06:32 Spent/wasted a bunch to visit and interview at Tuck. If it's important, you'll find a way to get where you need to. Current Student Joined: 02 Jun 2009 Posts: 356 Location: Ann Arbor Schools: Ross Class of 2012 Followers: 4 Kudos [?]: 49 [0], given: 20 Re: how far is too far for school visits? [#permalink] ### Show Tags 09 Jun 2010, 06:41 shaselai wrote: ACNguy wrote: I guess I don't know your financial situation but plane tickets aren't really that expensive...that 12 hour drive is at most a 1.5 hour flight. I live in the midwest and visited Darden, Duke, Columbia in addition to all of those in the midwest... i did check plane and its about 200$ for 3.5hr plane ride. with rental hotel prob 300$ish. I get crap for vaca days (~1 day/month) as well. Major thing is probably me trying to juggle vacation time for visits to closer schools and saving for family stuff (like thanksgiving, xmas etc.). Duke has an open interview period (October) that has availability on Saturdays if you sign up early enough. You could then fly in Friday night (after work), interview/tour/show interest on Saturday and fly out Saturday night or stick around and fly out Sunday night if you want to get a better feel for Durham. Then, no vacation wasted, and EXTREMELY cheap visit plus you got your interview in(trust me,$300 total is not a bad cost).
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09 Jun 2010, 06:42
shaselai wrote:
ACNguy wrote:
I guess I don't know your financial situation but plane tickets aren't really that expensive...that 12 hour drive is at most a 1.5 hour flight. I live in the midwest and visited Darden, Duke, Columbia in addition to all of those in the midwest...

i did check plane and its about 200$for 3.5hr plane ride. with rental hotel prob 300$ish. I get crap for vaca days (~1 day/month) as well. Major thing is probably me trying to juggle vacation time for visits to closer schools and saving for family stuff (like thanksgiving, xmas etc.).

don't forget that for many schools, if you do get an interview invite, you'll likely have to make the trip back to campus again to interview. and while phone interviews are ok in some situations, the school might wonder why you made the trip to visit them, but not to interview, which is arguably more important to do in person.

if you could bang out all (visit the school, city, and interview) during the same trip, it would be worth it as ACNguy posted above
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09 Jun 2010, 06:55
yeah i think i might do that. I might even visit Kenan while I am there since they are petty close.

A bit off topic - for those schools like duke where they can invite you for interview and you can request for interview - does it matter consideration wise if i wait for them to offer vs just going there to do it? I guess the worst case scenario is bombing the interview which gets me a ding right away vs feeling good about the invite then bomb and get dinged?
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09 Jun 2010, 07:06
shaselai wrote:
yeah i think i might do that. I might even visit Kenan while I am there since they are petty close.

A bit off topic - for those schools like duke where they can invite you for interview and you can request for interview - does it matter consideration wise if i wait for them to offer vs just going there to do it? I guess the worst case scenario is bombing the interview which gets me a ding right away vs feeling good about the invite then bomb and get dinged?

Schools want you to do the self-initiated interview, it shows interest and passion for the school. You will NOT be at a disadvantage if you self-initiate the interview. You're simply taking one more variable out of the equation (actually being invited).
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14 Jun 2010, 15:09
Don't ever visit a school without at least an interview invite. Its a complete waste of time and money and does not factor into your application AT ALL. If its within 4-5 hours driving distance, then maybe.
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14 Jun 2010, 15:29
crazy question but,

anyone try to visit kellogg and booth the same day?
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15 Jun 2010, 05:11
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Don't ever visit a school without at least an interview invite. Its a complete waste of time and money and does not factor into your application AT ALL. If its within 4-5 hours driving distance, then maybe.

I wouldn't say it's a complete waste; the experience can add a personal touch to essays, which is turn shows effort on your part. At the least I'd get in touch with a current student to pickup some quotes and program-specific themes.
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15 Jun 2010, 07:37
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ozzy10fl wrote:
Don't ever visit a school without at least an interview invite. Its a complete waste of time and money and does not factor into your application AT ALL. If its within 4-5 hours driving distance, then maybe.

I wouldn't say it's a complete waste; the experience can add a personal touch to essays, which is turn shows effort on your part. At the least I'd get in touch with a current student to pickup some quotes and program-specific themes.

What would the best way of contacting students be? I have tried LinkedIn and Facebook messaging and even shooting a couple of emails. But a lot of the current students seem reluctant to respond to these. Would attending the lunch program (like at HBS) be a good idea?
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