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Pros
1) Your chances of admission are slightly higher as compared to other rounds.
2) You will have your admission decision pretty early (end oct), which will enable you to plan your transition to b-school in a better manner.
3) Adcoms need lesser convincing that you are really passionate about coming to Fuqua (since you have already committed).

cons
1) You will have to matriculate with or without scholarship.
2) You have to make a slightly bigger deposit upfront ($3000 vs $2000).

Hope it helps.

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Thank you so much for telling. It is the first time I know about the rule of the binding EA! How do you think about the chance for scholarship if apply EA compared to Round 1 ?
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Pros
1) Your chances of admission are slightly higher as compared to other rounds.
2) You will have your admission decision pretty early (end oct), which will enable you to plan your transition to b-school in a better manner.
3) Adcoms need lesser convincing that you are really passionate about coming to Fuqua (since you have already committed).

cons
1) You will have to matriculate with or without scholarship.
2) You have to make a slightly bigger deposit upfront ($3000 vs $2000).

Hope it helps.

Hi alwaysudit@
Thank you so much for telling. It is the first time I know about the rule of the binding EA! How do you think about the chance for scholarship if apply EA compared to Round 1 ?


Hey Littlegirl.
All the applications are considered for financial aid at Fuqua. As far as I think, your chances of getting a scholarship is same in EA and R1. The only difference is that you can't decline a binding offer even if the adcoms don't grant you a scholarship.

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Hi alwaysudit
How important are 25 random things for the apps?
What would you prefer for 25 random things : One liners or little elaborate things?

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How important are 25 random things for the apps?
What would you prefer for 25 random things : One liners or little elaborate things?


25 random things is among the most important aspects of the Fuqua application. Fuqua, with its collaborative culture, strongly relies on the 25 random things and the LORs to select students who would fit into their culture.
I advise that you be as creative and original with your 25 random things as possible. Give the adcoms a picture that the other aspects of your application can't.

There is no hard and fast rule of one liners vs elaborate things. I personally had a mix of the two!

Its very important that you personalize your points. Just saying something like " I like blueberry cheesecake" wouldn't help you, since there will be several other applicants who would say the same. Explaining why you like the blueberry cheesecake so much makes this point exclusive to you.

I hope I was able to drive the message home.

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25 random things is among the most important aspects of the Fuqua application.


Quite honestly this essay is a huge reason why I'm interested in Duke. I think answering this "essay" question gives a detailed look at how unique some applicants really are and gives a chance to throw out more details than could be presented in a "normal" essay. I feel pretty good about my chances for Duke if these 25 random things really do hold a lot of weight. :)

One quick question: Do they hold campus visits? I was thinking about stopping by one day before my application, just wondering how they handle this.

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25 random things is among the most important aspects of the Fuqua application.


Quite honestly this essay is a huge reason why I'm interested in Duke. I think answering this "essay" question gives a detailed look at how unique some applicants really are and gives a chance to throw out more details than could be presented in a "normal" essay. I feel pretty good about my chances for Duke if these 25 random things really do hold a lot of weight. :)

One quick question: Do they hold campus visits? I was thinking about stopping by one day before my application, just wondering how they handle this.


Duke has an open interview policy. Every applicant is encouraged to make a campus visit and do a blind interview (He/She will just have your resume) with a SY student. In fact, all applicants, except those living on the west coast or are international , are expected to interview on campus during the open interview period, and experience Fuqua's collaborative culture first hand.

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Fuqua is among the schools with most transparent application process.

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25 random things is among the most important aspects of the Fuqua application.


Quite honestly this essay is a huge reason why I'm interested in Duke. I think answering this "essay" question gives a detailed look at how unique some applicants really are and gives a chance to throw out more details than could be presented in a "normal" essay. I feel pretty good about my chances for Duke if these 25 random things really do hold a lot of weight. :)

One quick question: Do they hold campus visits? I was thinking about stopping by one day before my application, just wondering how they handle this.


Duke has an open interview policy. Every applicant is encouraged to make a campus visit and do a blind interview (He/She will just have your resume) with a SY student. In fact, all applicants, except those living on the west coast or are international , are expected to interview on campus during the open interview period, and experience Fuqua's collaborative culture first hand.


I'm assuming these are generally held on weekdays? Gonna be tough with limited PTO.

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New dates are up. Round 1 moved up a week to October 14th.

http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/daytime-mba/admissions/

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The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University has announced the MBA essay questions for the 2015-2016 application season. Three short answer questions and two essays are required from all applicants.
Required Short Answer Questions
Instructions: Answer all 3 of the following questions. For each short answer question, respond in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words).
  • What are your short-term goals, post-MBA?
  • What are your long-term goals?
  • 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?
First Required Essay: 25 Random Things About Yourself
Instructions: Answer the following question — 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.

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.
Second Required Essay (choose 1 of 2)
Instructions: Choose only 1 of the following 2 essay questions to answer. Your response should be no more than 2 pages in length, and should reflect your knowledge of the Fuqua program and experience, and the types of activities and leadership you would engage in as a Fuqua student.

1. Why Duke: 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.

2. Team Fuqua Principles: The Team Fuqua community is as unique as the individuals who comprise it. Underlying our individuality are a number of shared ideas and principles that we live out in our own ways. Our students have identified and defined 6 “Team Fuqua Principles” that we feel are the guiding philosophies that make our community special. At the end of your 2 years at Fuqua, if you were to receive an award for exemplifying one of the 6 Principles listed below, which one would it be and why? Your response should reflect your knowledge of Fuqua and the Daytime MBA program and experience, and the types of activities and leadership you would engage in as a Fuqua student.
  • Authentic Engagement: We care and we take action. We each make a difference to Team Fuqua by being ourselves and engaging in and supporting activities about which we are passionate.
  • Supportive Ambition: We support each other to achieve great things, because your success is my success. The success of each individual member of Team Fuqua makes the whole of Team Fuqua better.
  • Collective Diversity:  We embrace all of our classmates because our individuality is better and stronger together.
  • Impactful Stewardship: We are leaders who focus on solutions to improve our communities both now and in the future. We aren’t satisfied with just maintaining the status quo.
  • Loyal Community: We are a family who looks out for each other. Team Fuqua supports you when you need it the most.
  • Uncompromising Integrity: We internalize and live the honor code in the classroom and beyond. We conduct ourselves with integrity within Fuqua, within Duke, and within all communities of which we are a part.
Optional Essay
If you feel there are circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware, please explain them in an optional essay (e.g. unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance).
    • Do NOT upload additional essays nor additional recommendations in this area of the application.
    • The Optional Essay is intended to provide the Admissions Committee with insight into your circumstances only.
    • Limit your response to two pages.

For more information, please visit the Duke MBA admissions website.
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The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the upcoming admissions season.

Early Action

Application deadline: September 15, 2015

Decision notification: October 26, 2015

Round 1

Application deadline: October 14, 2015

Decision notification: December 17, 2015

Round 2

Application deadline: January 5, 2016

Decision notification: March 15, 2016

Round 3

Application deadline: March 22, 2016

Decision notification: May 6, 2016

The new application to Duke Fuqua will be available online in mid-July. For more information, please visit theFuqua MBA admissions website.
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I believe 2 things:
1) Deadline of EA will be around date 17 Sept and Deadline of Round 1 will be around date 20 Oct
2) 2 essays : 25 Random things and Why Fuqua or 1 of 6 principles will be not changed. or at least 25 Random things

Like " What matter most to you " of Stanford and " Who are you " of Booth. They give these essays year after year. So you guys can start writing them now if made Fuqua first or top choice.
My time is tight so I cannot prepare app properly if apply EA so I go for Round 1. Good luck everyone.



Hi, I am new to the process. I believe EA means "Early Application". Why do you have separate deadlines for EA and Round 1? Is there any restriction for candidates applying in EA?

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I believe 2 things:
1) Deadline of EA will be around date 17 Sept and Deadline of Round 1 will be around date 20 Oct
2) 2 essays : 25 Random things and Why Fuqua or 1 of 6 principles will be not changed. or at least 25 Random things

Like " What matter most to you " of Stanford and " Who are you " of Booth. They give these essays year after year. So you guys can start writing them now if made Fuqua first or top choice.
My time is tight so I cannot prepare app properly if apply EA so I go for Round 1. Good luck everyone.



Hi, I am new to the process. I believe EA means "Early Application". Why do you have separate deadlines for EA and Round 1? Is there any restriction for candidates applying in EA?


It actually stands for "Early Action" and the decision is binding. Basically if you are sure Fuqua is your number one choice, you can receive your decision earlier than others and possibly have higher odds of acceptance. In return you agree that you will withdraw all other applications, pay a non refundable deposit, and enroll at Fuqua upon receiving your acceptance.

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25 random things is among the most important aspects of the Fuqua application.


One quick question: Do they hold campus visits? I was thinking about stopping by one day before my application, just wondering how they handle this.


They have on campus visits. You can observe a class, have lunch with a student, get a tour etc.

http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/daytime-mba/a ... /visit-us/

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Hey All,
I am matriculating to Fuqua this fall, and would be more than happy to answer your application related questions.
Please feel free to PM me your questions.



Hi. I'm planning for Round 1. How do I touchbase with Adcoms from Fuqua. How should I go ahead and prepare myself for the upcoming?

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What are the pros and cons of R1 Vs EA excluding the point that EA is binding.. I love Fuqua and will be more than happy to join in EA.

Thanks...


As you already aware, EA is binding, which means you are committing upfront that you will matriculate to Fuqua regardless of whether you get a scholarship or not.

Before making that commitment, I strongly recommend understanding the culture at Fuqua and your fit into its culture, as well as how Fuqua would position you towards your goals. I was as EA applicant myself, and I talked to a number of students and alums before committing myself.

Some Pro vs Cons (I am trying to remain unbiased :twisted: ) of applying to EA.

Pros
1) Your chances of admission are slightly higher as compared to other rounds.
2) You will have your admission decision pretty early (end oct), which will enable you to plan your transition to b-school in a better manner.
3) Adcoms need lesser convincing that you are really passionate about coming to Fuqua (since you have already committed).

cons
1) You will have to matriculate with or without scholarship.
2) You have to make a slightly bigger deposit upfront ($3000 vs $2000).

Hope it helps.



Hi Udit,

Thanks for the detailed response! That helps. I had a question on tech entrepreneurs, as in how does the school view international entrepreneurs? I am aware the research Triangle park is the biggest recruiter for internationals when it comes to tech roles in product management, but I am a little concerned about my role/opportunities post MBA as an Indian.
Can you elucidate?

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Early action: Application deadline: September 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST, decision date: October 26, 2015

Round 1: Application deadline: October 14, 2015 at 11:59pm EST, decision date: December 17, 2015

Round 2: Application deadline: January 5, 2016 at 11:59pm EST, decision date: March 15, 2016

Round 3: Final application deadline: March 22, 2016 at 11:59pm EST, decision date: May 6 2016

http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/daytime-mba/admissions/application-instructions/
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Be Consequential

“Be a leader who demonstrates competence, character, and purpose—a thinker and a doer who can maneuver the complexities of interdependent issues. Aspire to possess the technical acumen, personal attributes, and moral compass to both "get along" and "get it right." Because the world needs MBAs who navigate toward a collective good for ALL stakeholders—others,  the organization, the community, and the world.If this sounds like the kind of leader you want to be, then The Duke MBA—Daytime is the program for you.”

Your goal is to use these essays to demonstrate the kind of leaders Duke Admission committee is looking for.

Duke has retained all the essay questions from last year. Let’s take a look at the essay questions.
Required Short answer Questions:
 Instructions: Answer all 3 of the following questions. For each short answer question, respond in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words).

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?

 Last year’s applicants answered this question in 250 characters, so you are fortunate to get 500 characters to discuss  your career goals.

 The career goals question has been broken down in 3 parts, so you will also answer these straightforward questions separately in a clear, concise, and succinct.

1. Discuss what you plan to do immediately after your MBA. Be as specific as you are in outlining your role, position, industry and company you  aim to join after your MBA.

2. Then explain your long term vision for your career. Also, explain how you see yourself progressing from  achieving your short term objectives to your long term vision.

3. Lastly, Duke admits that ‘life is full of uncertainties’, and you may come across   situations that prevent you from realizing your post MBA goals. In such scenario, you must be prepared for your plan B. Please make sure that your alternative career path  is in alignment with your experience and the skills, knowledge gained from your MBA education. It should not be  an altogether  different path that doesn’t allow you to leverage your skills and experience to the fullest.
  Essay # 1 ( Required): 25 Random things about yourself
Instructions: Answer the following question — 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.

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.

This question about ‘a list of 25 random things’ about applicants is Duke’s favorite for many years. Actually, it is my favorite as well. As stated in the essay prompt, the purpose of this question to get to know you–beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. So they suggest that ” 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”.

  I have seen candidates finding this question daunting initially, but when they begin brainstorming ideas about unique and interesting things about themselves, they actually love the process. I advise them to do these brainstorming sessions with their family and friends and ask them what they find interesting and funny about you.  Also, you will need to do a lot of self-refection to dig into interesting things about your personality, your likes and dislikes and your unique personal experiences that have made you who you are. Please note the word ‘random ‘and include little fun things that you have done or do in your day- today life, your hobbies/ habits that have become inseparable part of your personality. The unique component of this essay question is the “fun” part of it.  So you don’t want  to get too serious about yourself. You want to write something that draws your reader in Also, please resist the temptation of drifting away to your accomplishments, career goals or leadership experiences because this is NOT what the Ad Com seeks to know about you through this question..
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Instructions: Choose only 1 of the following 2 essay questions to answer. Your response should be no more than 2 pages in length, and should reflect your knowledge of the Fuqua program and experience, and the types of activities and leadership you would engage in as a Fuqua student.

Both of these essay questions are entirely focused on why the Duke MBA program is the right ‘fit’ for you.

Option 1: Why Duke: 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.

This essay prompt is very clear and personal, so the effective response to this question will be specific, detailed and personal. Though you are writing this essay for the Ad Com of Duke, they want you to compose your response as though you are addressing your family or friends or colleagues. So please keep in mind your audience  which means you need to bring into context who you are addressing- your family member, your close friend or your colleague.

To prepare a strong response to this question, you will need  to do  thorough research on the school’s resources and offerings and then explain how these offerings fit into your career goals. When describing clubs and classes you are attracted to, also offer specific examples from your past experiences to show your consistent personal or professional passions.  In addition, you also need to discuss your role within the Duke community and demonstrate in what ways, you will be adding value to the Duke community. Be as specific as you can in your response.

Option 2: Team Fuqua Principles: The Team Fuqua community is as unique as the individuals who comprise it. Underlying our individuality are a number of shared ideas and principles that we live out in our own ways. Our students have identified and defined 6 “Team Fuqua Principles” that we feel are the guiding philosophies that make our community special. At the end of your 2 years at Fuqua, if you were to receive an award for exemplifying one of the 6 Principles listed below, which one would it be and why? Your response should reflect your knowledge of Fuqua and the Daytime MBA program and experience, and the types of activities and leadership you would engage in as a Fuqua student.

1. Authentic Engagement: We care and we take action. We each make a difference to Team Fuqua by being ourselves and engaging in and supporting activities about which we are passionate.
2. Supportive Ambition: We support each other to achieve great things, because your success is my success. The success of each individual member of Team Fuqua makes the whole of Team Fuqua better.
3. Collective Diversity: We embrace all of our classmates because our individuality is better and stronger together.
4. Impactful Stewardship: We are leaders who focus on solutions to improve our communities both now and in the future. We aren’t satisfied with just maintaining the status quo.
5. Loyal Community: We are a family who looks out for each other. Team Fuqua supports you when you need it the most.
6. Uncompromising Integrity: We internalize and live the honor code in the classroom and beyond. We conduct ourselves with integrity within Fuqua, within Duke, and within all communities of which we are a part.

As with option 1, this question also requires you to have a thorough knowledge and understanding of Duke’s resources and culture. In addition, you also need to do a lot of soul- searching to understand which of these six principles best resonate with your personality and values. Then think of ways, you see yourself contributing to the Fuqua community following that particular principle ( e.g ‘local community’ or ‘uncompromising integrity’ etc. ) by participating in various activities. Whichever principle you exemplify, you need to focus on how it will impact your future career  and  how it will enhance Duke community.  Please remember you have to visualize your self-receiving an award for exemplifying one of these 6 principles, so you need to elaborate which specific on- campus resources you will take advantage of to receive this award.
Optional Essay
If you feel there are circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware, please explain them in an optional essay (e.g. unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance).

Do NOT upload additional essays nor additional recommendations in this area of the application.
The Optional Essay is intended to provide the Admissions Committee with insight into your circumstances only.
Limit your response to two pages.


As instructed in the essay prompt , write this essay only if you have to explain extenuating circumstances. (e.g. “unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance”) .  If you have low GPA or less than ideal GMAT, or if you are not able to get recommendation from your current supervisor, or if you have employment gap, you may address these concerns in your optional essay.Your weakness may also bring out a positive aspect of your personality. This essay should convey that you are aware that these are areas of concern in your application, but ,whenever possible, you have made a sincere effort to improve upon these areas .

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