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So I'm not looking for hard probabilities and I promise I won't hold anyone to what they say, I'm just looking for a broad "Yea it's possible" to "No you are stupid for even considering it".


3.4 GPA from the University of Arizona in Accounting
4 Years of employment experience with management experience
GMAT 680 with 41V 43Q 7IR
Not a minority by any means
Will probably write a good essay and have middle of the pack letters of rec


I wouldn't apply until next year, but I'm only going to attend if it's a top 20 school.


What are you thoughts? Is it worth applying or am I stupid for thinking I could get in?

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You have pretty much my exact same credentials between undergraduate major, GMAT, and work experience. I had admits from several top 20's with scholarship money. With Duke slecificaly, I was wait listed; however, I withdrew my name from the wait list as I had already decided on another school. I suggest take the GMAT again if you can as it will only help improve your chances, but you are certainly in the running! Good luck :)

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You have pretty much my exact same credentials between undergraduate major, GMAT, and work experience. I had admits from several top 20's with scholarship money. With Duke slecificaly, I was wait listed; however, I withdrew my name from the wait list as I had already decided on another school. I suggest take the GMAT again if you can as it will only help improve your chances, but you are certainly in the running! Good luck :)



:lol: This makes me happy! If you don't mind me asking, which schools were you admitted to and how much was the scholarship $$$$? Just helps me paint a pretty picture in my head.

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Take the GMAT again - Verbal is good, but you should aim to get your Q up aorund 47/48ish. Was in a similar situation with experience, degree, and minority status. A good GMAT will help - there are a ton of non-minority accountants out there.

Is it possible, of course - Duke is a big fit school and if you can demonstrate that you will be a strong fit, then you have a shot. That being said, it will be tough. Top 20 school - sure, schools like Georgetown, CMU, UNC, Vandy, Indiana, so on (whatever you consider that 17-20 range). Definitely more likely, but again, you have time, just retake the test! Life will be much easier if you are above average with the GMAT and GPA.

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Saw you're also looking at Texas. I applied to both Duke and McCombs with a 700 GMAT and 3.66 GPA, marketing degree from state school, product management experience in healthcare.

I thought I was a shoo in a McCombs and expected Duke to be my reach. As fortune would have it, I got in at Duke and WL at Texas (and accepted to IE and Anderson PT w/ scholarship). I thought I killed my app and interview at Texas and didn't feel as confident about my Fuqua interview, though I worked very hard on my essays. I guess, my takeaway is that you can look at the average GPA's and GMAT's all you want, but when it comes down to it, many schools are looking for the right fit. They didn't think I was the right fit at McCombs, but did at Fuqua, and that's where I'll be going starting in August :)

I think you'll give yourself much better odds if you were able to crack that 700 mark, though. They look for fit, but it helps your cause if your scores are at or above average. :-D

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Saw you're also looking at Texas. I applied to both Duke and McCombs with a 700 GMAT and 3.66 GPA, marketing degree from state school, product management experience in healthcare.

I thought I was a shoo in a McCombs and expected Duke to be my reach. As fortune would have it, I got in at Duke and WL at Texas (and accepted to IE and Anderson PT w/ scholarship). I thought I killed my app and interview at Texas and didn't feel as confident about my Fuqua interview, though I worked very hard on my essays. I guess, my takeaway is that you can look at the average GPA's and GMAT's all you want, but when it comes down to it, many schools are looking for the right fit. They didn't think I was the right fit at McCombs, but did at Fuqua, and that's where I'll be going starting in August :)

I think you'll give yourself much better odds if you were able to crack that 700 mark, though. They look for fit, but it helps your cause if your scores are at or above average. :-D



Thanks! I really don't want to retake the GMAT. Doing all of the work for 20 extra points doesn't seem to be worth it to me.


I've heard from several people that the schools look for a fit not entirely the scores. I'm also sure that helps the student in the long run as well.

This has helped a ton. Thanks for your insights.

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Just to clarify, a 680 is a good score and I am by no means trying to imply otherwise. I just know that the MBA application process is tough and unpredictable. You have 3/4 months before EA and 1st rounds begin, might as well take two weeks to study and try and improve the score. Believe me, everyone here knows how draining the exam is, but in 2 weeks if you leave with a 700+ it will be worth it.

That all being said, I had a sub 3 GPA from a little known school. Anything is possible.

As far as GMAT having little benefit in the future - it really depends on what you want to do. If you want MBB, it will matter. I've heard 700 is their normal threshold. Not sure about banking, but I would venture to guess they look at it as well.

Either way - best of luck and feel free to ask if you have Duke specific questions. I thought their application was relatively enjoyable, the 25 things list is actually kind of fun to do.

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Hi!

I do agree that Duke is a big fit school and chemistry plays a significant part on whether you get in or not. Dig deeper about Team Fuqua spirit and decide whether that aligns to your ideals on both personal and professional life.

I applied to Fuqua (admitted) and McCombs (WL) with slightly lower GPA and GMAT score compared to yours. However, I benefited from being a sponsored student. I think in your case, boosting your GMAT to 700+ is worth the time & effort. As for the recommendation, try to get a meaningful one from a supervisor / colleague who values your quality and is excited to say so in the letter. Your competitors will do the same.

Assuming that you will apply next year, make the best of your remaining year at work to position yourself as a great candidate for the MBA (e.g. exciting projects, strategy & management involvement, etc). Consider taking MOOC courses necessary (think of Coursera & others).

I wish you the best of luck!
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Saw you're also looking at Texas. I applied to both Duke and McCombs with a 700 GMAT and 3.66 GPA, marketing degree from state school, product management experience in healthcare.

I thought I was a shoo in a McCombs and expected Duke to be my reach. As fortune would have it, I got in at Duke and WL at Texas (and accepted to IE and Anderson PT w/ scholarship). I thought I killed my app and interview at Texas and didn't feel as confident about my Fuqua interview, though I worked very hard on my essays. I guess, my takeaway is that you can look at the average GPA's and GMAT's all you want, but when it comes down to it, many schools are looking for the right fit. They didn't think I was the right fit at McCombs, but did at Fuqua, and that's where I'll be going starting in August :)

I think you'll give yourself much better odds if you were able to crack that 700 mark, though. They look for fit, but it helps your cause if your scores are at or above average. :-D



Thanks! I really don't want to retake the GMAT. Doing all of the work for 20 extra points doesn't seem to be worth it to me.


I've heard from several people that the schools look for a fit not entirely the scores. I'm also sure that helps the student in the long run as well.

This has helped a ton. Thanks for your insights.

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I understand completely. If you think that the effort to squeeze another 20 or so points out will just take too long or be too difficult, then forego it and focus on crafting an impeccable resume, getting your recs together, and researching your target programs... which may be the most important of all.

If this was your first try and you think you could reasonably improve your score by building on the base you already have and spending a few more weeks on it, I think it's worth it, especially if you're targeting a top 10ish school. You won't be able to apply to more than 4 schools during R1, so targeting your apps is very important. Schools in the 20-25 range (Emory, Vandy, Kelley, Carnegie, etc) have average GMATs in the 680's-690's with acceptance rates at like 30-40%. So no matter where you apply, once you hit 'submit' on that app in September you want to know that you put your absolute best effort into it that you could. At this point, you can't improve your GPA and can't do too much to improve your work experience. So the only variables are essays, interviews, and GMAT (and targeting the right schools).

That said, I spent 2 months studying for the GMAT and ended up spending way more time on research and applications, so even though it seems like you have a lot of work already behind you, you still have plenty ahead during the application process and you definitely want to make the most of all that work and get into the best school you can for your goals. Hopefully this was helpful and not too daunting :)

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I understand completely. If you think that the effort to squeeze another 20 or so points out will just take too long or be too difficult, then forego it and focus on crafting an impeccable resume, getting your recs together, and researching your target programs... which may be the most important of all.

If this was your first try and you think you could reasonably improve your score by building on the base you already have and spending a few more weeks on it, I think it's worth it, especially if you're targeting a top 10ish school. You won't be able to apply to more than 4 schools during R1, so targeting your apps is very important. Schools in the 20-25 range (Emory, Vandy, Kelley, Carnegie, etc) have average GMATs in the 680's-690's with acceptance rates at like 30-40%. So no matter where you apply, once you hit 'submit' on that app in September you want to know that you put your absolute best effort into it that you could. At this point, you can't improve your GPA and can't do too much to improve your work experience. So the only variables are essays, interviews, and GMAT (and targeting the right schools).

That said, I spent 2 months studying for the GMAT and ended up spending way more time on research and applications, so even though it seems like you have a lot of work already behind you, you still have plenty ahead during the application process and you definitely want to make the most of all that work and get into the best school you can for your goals. Hopefully this was helpful and not too daunting :)




This is helpful as well. I studied for about 2 months for the GMAT and on the practice tests the best quant score wasn't much higher, so I feel like it would take some significant effort (another month or two) for me to raise that Quant high enough to be impressive. I'm also half afraid that I just killed my verbal and couldn't recreate that score if I took the test again.

I'm only 25, so I could apply next year and see if I get in and if not, retake gmat, break that 700 level, reapply, and still be younger than the average age at any of these schools.

I've started the research behind each of the schools and I could easily find myself fitting the "culture" at either of my top 4.



I think I've got the answer for my main question: "Is it silly to think I could get in now?" and the answer seems to be a no. It's happened before and could easily happen again if I can get some good letters of recs and great essays.

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So I'm not looking for hard probabilities and I promise I won't hold anyone to what they say, I'm just looking for a broad "Yea it's possible" to "No you are stupid for even considering it".


3.4 GPA from the University of Arizona in Accounting
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Not a minority by any means
Will probably write a good essay and have middle of the pack letters of rec


I wouldn't apply until next year, but I'm only going to attend if it's a top 20 school.


What are you thoughts? Is it worth applying or am I stupid for thinking I could get in?


I would want to know more about your work experience. That is the biggest wild card here. On paper you could make it, but the work experience would be the deciding factor since nothing in your stats would make you a sure admit.

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Thanks for sharing.

You have a chance as is especially if you can write compelling essays. However, it would be worth it to strengthen different aspects of your application as it would improve your chances. Adding another 20 points to your GMAT would help. Influencing recommenders to highlight aspects of your profile that would fit with Duke's culture would also help, as well as choosing the right accomplishments and personal experiences to share.

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