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Calling All Duke Fuqua MBA Applicants: 2024 Intake Class of 2026

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Re: Calling All Duke Fuqua MBA Applicants: 2024 Intake Class of 2026 [#permalink]
Is it just me or has someone else also not received app fee waiver yet?
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ifyouknowyouknow wrote:
Is it just me or has someone else also not received app fee waiver yet?

The fecal application opened a day or two ago. They said that they will reach out as soon as the applications open so maybe by Monday 🤷‍♂️

PS. I did hear back from the Fuqua team last week that they were waiting for the applications to open and then the data team would be able to load everyone in and issue access.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fuqua MBA Applicants: 2024 Intake Class of 2026 [#permalink]
@bb, what do you advise regarding Fuqua’s Open Interviews? Is there an advantage for partakers?
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Re: Calling All Duke Fuqua MBA Applicants: 2024 Intake Class of 2026 [#permalink]
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@bb, what do you advise regarding Fuqua’s Open Interviews? Is there an advantage for partakers?

Well... I think so. I think it is valuable to have the experience. I can see 3 scenarios: 1) You don’t get interview invite, ding 2) Interview invite, but ding after that and 3) interview and admit.

Doing an interview (a number of schools offer interviews to R1 applicants - Tuck does that as well and I think Darden may too), gives you a chance to make an impression, submit another data point that you may not be submitting otherwise, and get interview practice in the worst case, so I would say you should always try to get an interview in... that’s assuming you are decent at it and prep for it
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How much of a role does interview play in deciding the admission? Is it to make sure that what you’ve submitted in writing is same as what you’re speaking and to see how well you communicate and the confidence that you show? Or is there something else to this
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Re: Calling All Duke Fuqua MBA Applicants: 2024 Intake Class of 2026 [#permalink]
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How much of a role does interview play in deciding the admission? Is it to make sure that what you’ve submitted in writing is same as what you’re speaking and to see how well you communicate and the confidence that you show? Or is there something else to this

Hello,
The interview is an essential component of the admissions process for Duke Fuqua’s MBA program, as it provides the admissions committee with valuable insights into the applicants beyond their written materials.

The primary purposes of the interviews are indeed to assess consistency and authenticity, communication skills, interpersonal skills, and fit with the program.

However, it is crucial to note that the interview is just one part of a holistic evaluation process. The committee also considers academic achievements, work experience, letters of recommendation, essays, and other application materials to form a comprehensive view of each applicant. The goal is to admit individuals who not only have strong academic and professional backgrounds but also have the potential to contribute to the Fuqua community and make a positive impact on the MBA program.

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Re: Calling All Duke Fuqua MBA Applicants: 2024 Intake Class of 2026 [#permalink]
Hi, How much is the deposit for Fuqua if admitted in the early round?
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Re: Calling All Duke Fuqua MBA Applicants: 2024 Intake Class of 2026 [#permalink]
Hi, everyone,

We have added a new episode to our GMAT Club Podcast. In this episode, Join Senior Associate Dean, Russ Morgan, for insight into what is new at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. From a new Diversity, equity, and inclusion concentration to the entire MBA program becoming STEM-designated, Morgan will shed light on the new and exciting things happening in the MBA program.

You can listen to it at the following link the-gmat-club-podcast-what-is-new-at-fuqua-stem-designation-416530.html
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Re: Calling All Duke Fuqua MBA Applicants: 2024 Intake Class of 2026 [#permalink]
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Hi, everyone, We have added a new episode to our GMAT Club Podcast. In this episode, Join Senior Associate Dean, Russ Morgan, for insight into what is new at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. From a new Diversity, equity, and inclusion concentration to the entire MBA program becoming STEM-designated, Morgan will shed light on the new and exciting things happening in the MBA program. You can listen to it at the following link the-gmat-clu ... 16530.html

Thanks, will definitely tune in
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Re: Calling All Duke Fuqua MBA Applicants: 2024 Intake Class of 2026 [#permalink]
nikunj261 wrote:
Hi, How much is the deposit for Fuqua if admitted in the early round?

You are bound to attend Duke, the deposit thing is usually for other schools.

If I understood it correct.

DroningHangman wrote:
How much of a role does interview play in deciding the admission? Is it to make sure that what you’ve submitted in writing is same as what you’re speaking and to see how well you communicate and the confidence that you show? Or is there something else to this

Really depends. If you’re talking about early rounds where you get to get the interview anyways, it is slightly less enticing than when you get called for interview. Now, hear me out coz this is an opinion. When admissions team evaluates your application, they have an assumption in the back of their heads- "we liked this profile, so now we got to see other important characteristics" (the ones you mentioned and more). With early rounds, generally, you don’t get that notion. They will be doing it all together. I do agree that when someone who has great communication skills can stand out in these interviews. But so long as you hire the people who know this process well and are able to help you as consultants, you should be fine.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fuqua MBA Applicants: 2024 Intake Class of 2026 [#permalink]
DroningHangman wrote:
How much of a role does interview play in deciding the admission? Is it to make sure that what you’ve submitted in writing is same as what you’re speaking and to see how well you communicate and the confidence that you show? Or is there something else to this

DroningHangman

As a former interviewer for MBA admissions at a top B-school, I can add that the role of the interview is, by and large, to assess the likeability of the person being considered, although of course, the evaluation criteria will differ slightly by school. And yes, you are right, part of the evaluation of the person being considered is to see if the person is who they say they are in the essays and application. The interview is an opportunity to breathe life into the one-dimensional file of the applicant and to give the B-schools a more personal and vivid picture.

When interviewers evaluate you, they are not necessarily comparing what you say to what you wrote in your application. The main goal is to have a mature dialogue about your motivation for pursuing an MBA and the school and to find out if your personality is a good fit for the program.

From experience, I can say that good interviews do not guarantee admission and bad interviews do not necessarily mean rejection. The admission decision is based on a long, complex, and well-vetted decision-making process.

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Re: Calling All Duke Fuqua MBA Applicants: 2024 Intake Class of 2026 [#permalink]
I want to understand how slim my chances are with following background. Of course there are several parameters that affect the final admit, however, a general idea would also be great.

26F, Indian
GMAT: 650(V34, Q47) having substantial scope of improvement, preparing for my second attempt in Sept. for 700+
Graduation: B. Tech. - Computer Science (T40 Govt. college India) (First Division; 7.3/10)
Sophomore Year - 9.6/10
Senior High School: Physics, Chemistry, Math Majors(90%)
Current Industry: Operations Management and Global Digital Transformation (JPMorgan Chase & Co.)
Role: Associate (Development/Project Management)
Experience: 4 years (1 Promotion, 1 Change in Role/Responsibility)
Extra-Curricular - Represented Indian Women’s Football Team in AFC Qualifiers(Profession league) have continued with playing for JPMC - InterCompany leagues and local clubs along with my interest in Art (Art Editor for a local magazine)
Post-MBA Industry: Management Consulting
Alternate Career Path: Product Management
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IvyRaina wrote:
I want to understand how slim my chances are with following background. Of course there are several parameters that affect the final admit, however, a general idea would also be great.

26F, Indian
GMAT: 650(V34, Q47) having substantial scope of improvement, preparing for my second attempt in Sept. for 700+
Graduation: B. Tech. - Computer Science (T40 Govt. college India) (First Division; 7.3/10)
Sophomore Year - 9.6/10
Senior High School: Physics, Chemistry, Math Majors(90%)
Current Industry: Operations Management and Global Digital Transformation (JPMorgan Chase & Co.)
Role: Associate (Development/Project Management)
Experience: 4 years (1 Promotion, 1 Change in Role/Responsibility)
Extra-Curricular - Represented Indian Women’s Football Team in AFC Qualifiers(Profession league) have continued with playing for JPMC - InterCompany leagues and local clubs along with my interest in Art (Art Editor for a local magazine)
Post-MBA Industry: Management Consulting
Alternate Career Path: Product Management

IvyRaina, thanks for sharing the details. Some points from an initial review:

1. The academic record is alright: GPA is a tad lower, but a strong GMAT score (in line with your target, ideally 710-720+) can alleviate concerns here.

2. The professional arc is interesting, given the JPMC brand and promotion. Would like to understand specific projects/ achievements and your learnings in more details to assess the strength of the professional experience.

3. Given your post-MBA goals of Management Consulting and PM, it's key to highlight both your transferrable skills and motivation ("why Consulting/ PM"). There could be overlaps in skill-sets between your current/ past and target roles e.g. data analysis, project management, stakeholder management, etc. However it's important to have specific anecdotes from your experiences, to make the transition sound (and be) more likely.

4. Understanding the target sectors in-depth can help: starting with just looking at the JDs of your target roles (to understand the required skills), or speaking to alumni in these sectors. Also have a strong rationale for why MBA and why Fuqua i.e. what are the specific resources that the MBA/ Fuqua can offer that would help achieve your goals.

5. ECs are strong, particularly the national involvement in AFC, and the position at the art magazine. Aim to have detailed anecdotes around these experiences, highlighting both the specific achievements and your learnings.

While we can't predict outcomes, improving your GMAT score to your target score (or higher), and having a strong application (CV, Essays, Motivations, etc.) would place you in a good position.

Hope this helps a bit. Feel free to reach out for a deeper chat.

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Re: Calling All Duke Fuqua MBA Applicants: 2024 Intake Class of 2026 [#permalink]
Need a advice: i have 6.8 gpa and graduated from tier 1 college in india. Gmat score 730. Should i write an optional essay for “questionable acedemic performance”?
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I’d definielty do that...I have a 7.6/10 GPA and I’m planning to use the optional essay section
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Need a advice: i have 6.8 gpa and graduated from tier 1 college in india. Gmat score 730. Should i write an optional essay for “questionable acedemic performance”?

Yes. You would want to alleviate any (even possible/ minor) concerns.

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