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Collaborative environment
July 30 | 2016
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     By Scarlett166 55 71
This review is for: Fuqua
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Fuqua is a collaborative environment with huge support from alumni, second year students and faculty. The school especially focus on international students and emphasis on diversity. At Fuqua, It is not the recognition that matters; it is that the value everyone brings to develop others is the school ultimate goal. When talking with Fuqua’s alumni and current students, you I sensed the tight knit community that I want.
Fuqua is a feeder in consulting industry. The school also has long reputation for marketing. The downside of Fuqua is location, which may make it difficult for investment banking track.
Recommendation for future applications: put strong emphasis on teamwork and diversity in essay!

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     (5.0)
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Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Can be improved:

Location


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Excellent
December 05 | 2015
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     By Anonymous 1112 508
This review is for: Fuqua
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

Fuqua has exceeded my expectations in every sense. I'll give a glimpse into different facets of B-school life below:

Career: This is what most of the people come here for and Fuqua is great at giving students a solid launchpad. Not to mention, the Alumni network is pretty kickass, too. There are so few big name firms that don't come to campus that I can count them on one hand. In fact, most of the big firms have their campus reps at Fuqua throughout the recruiting season and there only job is to interact with people and get their queries sorted. As expected, the competition is tough for the best brands, but every student more or less has a good shot at his/her desirable firms. Not to undermine other areas, but Healthcare, Marketing, and Consulting have been the traditional strongholds and Tech is growing big time as well.
Personally, things have worked out really well for me and I'll be heading into one of my dream gigs next year. Pretty stoked about it.

Social: Team Fuqua gets thrown around a lot. And it's for real. People genuinely like to help each other and there's a strong desire to reach collective success.
Outside of classes, there is a 'party' every other day or so and there are tons of opportunities to mingle around with people. Basketball is huge and winning the championship last year was a huge deal! The crowd, in general, is very humble and fun to be with.

Leadership opportunities: There are tons of leadership opportunities in clubs, events, and formal programs that you may pursue. You may choose to be super involved with how things are run at school or take a back seat and enjoy the ride. It's really up to individuals on how they wants to shape their experience.

I believe it is important to also highlight where school might need some improvement:
1.) Career services - Our career services is absolutely great, but I think a couple of processes can be worked on. For instance, some schools offer bid points for most of the firms where as Fuqua does not. Having said that, these aspects have been talked about and are in the process of being either experimented or implemented.
2.) There's a lot of construction going on in the campus which kind of creates unnecessary hassles. Again, it is for the better of future classes, but it creates slight hindrance to our routines.

Suggestions to future applicants:
Duke specific: Show your personality. Fuqua attracts certain kind of personalities and it is essential you show that you belong here.
Generic: Get a good GMAT, spend time on essays, visit the school.
Once admitted, be deliberate on what you want to achieve out of this experience. Time flies and it is important that you control important variables.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Professors and classes are awesome. You would often find yourself in a position where you would struggle to choose 3 classes for a term out of the given lot. The term system has its pros and cons. On one hand, things move really fast and you have more opportunity to learn newer things, but on the other hand, it makes it slightly difficult to take classes at other Duke schools running on Semester system.
Anyhow, like most top business schools, Duke has some fantastic professors. For instance, Dan Ariely teaches behavioral economics at Fuqua and I'm a huge fan of his! Again, there are some duds too, but they are very few and far between.

Pro tip: Any school you go to, choose professors before classes.

About job placement process

There is so much written about placement process that I don't think I would be able to debunk all the myths. In summary, it is an overwhelming process (especially, for internationals), but there are tons of opportunities out there. Banking and Consulting are typically agnostic of candidates' background, but expect you to network well. Other industries typically require some sort of past experience or at least, transferable skills.
At Fuqua, there is plenty of help available from seniors, campus reps, and career management center. Be sure to seek advice at every step and learn from others' mistakes. In my experience, people who succeed are the ones who clearly know what they want to do, who are able to prioritize things in a chaotic environment b-school environment, and who then put in 100% towards their goal.

Overall BSchool experience
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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Tech

Management

Can be improved:

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
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     By kenny537 18 6
This review is for: Fuqua
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

By being pushed outside my comfort zone, I felt like I really grow as a person as a result of the experience. I learned not only about the intricacies of business, but more importantly, about people.
I would definitely recommend this school for those looking for a small-town college-like experience and are looking at consulting/marketing and/or the healthcare industry.

For future applicants, it is HIGHLY encouraged to apply in the early entry round (I do not think I would have been waitlisted had I done this).
For waitlisted applicants, try to submit something creative rather than the typical submissions. I definitely think the video I made is the reason I was accepted as a waitlisted applicant.

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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Brand/Ranking

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Marketing

Can be improved:

Location

Facilities


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     By JRock1988 1 0
This review is for: Fuqua
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

At this juncture in my MBA journey, I think I can accurately reflect on my Fuqua experiences over the past year.

In terms of achieving my objective of transitioning from a non-profit, Fuqua provided a great opportunity for career switching and advancement. I would expand this perception to other traditional post-MBA career routes available to Fuqua students, as the trail has been well worn by the feet of Fuqua students prior. I would should say, however, that the start-up scene (while big in the Triangle area) requires students to exert a bit more effort and network with companies in either New York or San Francisco.

What I would suggest to future applicants is to think carefully about the qualities you prefer in the MBA programs you're to. For some, pursuing an MBA in a big city might be the right option. For others, attending an MBA program known for its tight-knight student body and finely tuned core curriculum might outweigh the benefits of studying in a cultural hub of the world. I couldn't be happier with my decision to attend Fuqua and I appreciate the academic, social, and career benefits it has provided me.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Management

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Location


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     By MrNorrell 4 6
This review is for: Fuqua
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2015

Experience during the program

Deciding to attend Fuqua was far and away the best professional decision I have ever made. From the day I accepted the offer admission, I am happier and more confident and my career has more direction and a steeper trajectory than I ever could have imagined.

My goal was a complete transformation of my career: a new industry (tech), new function, and an acceleration away from what I considered a stalled earlier career. Fuqua delivered on all fronts: I gained valuable new skills, grew my network exponentially, and gained the credibility and skills necessary to find myriad opportunities.

In addition, I made great new friends, had incredible travel experiences, and had an overall great time.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Marketing

Tech

Management

Can be improved:

Brand/Ranking

Facilities


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     By SHS0455 3 5
This review is for: Fuqua
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

The core identity at Fuqua is team and community. I didn't quite believe it until I got there and saw it in action. More than any other MBA program, Fuqua felt friendly and authentic. Classes are challenging but manageable. Really, it's the people that make all the difference and this cohort is humble and down to earth (not typical MBA braggy). People are always willing to help you with schoolwork, job search, etc. A little harder for non-traditional job paths, however.

In your applications and interview, but friendly, engaged, and true to yourself (i.e. don't tell a story that you think they want to hear).

Loved my experience there -- would go back in a second!

About professors, classes and curriculum

Fuqua's on a quarter system, so the learning is very fast (like drinking from a fire hose). Be prepared to jump right in the moment you get here. There's not a ton of time for exploration if you want a "traditional MBA" job, i.e. finance or consulting.

About job placement process

Job search is easier than I anticipated. RDU is a great and cheap airport.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Marketing

Management

Can be improved:

Brand/Ranking

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MBA Program Review
I love Duke!
May 25 | 2017
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By bennika 14 7
This review is for: Fuqua
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2015

Experience during the program

Team Fuqua really defines the program, and it permeates everything from course work to recruiting. Even the student government is lead by "co-presidents." This is not a school that would be particularly suitable to introverts. Duke is incredibly social and even Fuqua students meet other Duke graduate and professional students in Durham (double degree students are very common). There is a strong emphasis on academics here, but students take time to enjoy life and the lives of others. Lots of opportunities on campus for service opportunities. You get a great educations with diverse students, amazing career outcomes and--let's not forget--Duke basketball. Go Blue Devils!

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Career opportunities provided by school

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Management

Can be improved:

Location


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Fuqua
May 25 | 2017
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By urimazal 24 3
This review is for: Fuqua
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

I was able to leverage Fuquas alumni network to land on my current position. Alumni network is an amazing asset at Duke. It's in the same line as the student body, extremely collaborative, a unique asset.

I suggest you find the best school that matches your needs, instead of just looking at the rankings. Take into consideration the specialization you want to pursue the location, the alumni network, but most important, the culture. You want to spend 2 years of your life in a school that you fit in and you feel comfortable.

Finally, when you are looking for a job, look for something that you really want to do, and do not fall under the usual consulting position that everybody wants to get.

About professors, classes and curriculum

I had the chance to take the Certificate of Academic Excellence in Finance, while doing my MBA. It really sets you apart from the average.

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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Healthcare

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Admissions Team

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Digital Marketing


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     By mll7 2 5
This review is for: Fuqua
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

The Duke MBA will push you outside your comfort zone, help you grow personally and professionally, and give you experiences you never thought you’d have. When looking at schools don’t just look at academics – the top schools will all be relatively similar – make sure the culture and environment are the right fit for you and your development. Fuqua fits those standards in the following ways:
- Team Fuqua isn’t just lip service when it comes to a supportive environment and culture. I experienced multiple cases where my classmates put my needs above theirs to help with academics (1:1 and group tutoring), recruiting (mock interviews, insights into interviews they’d had for the same position), and my personal life (stepping up for projects when family matters took me away from school).
- You’re able to gain a broad perspective on the world through the diversity of the student body and the students’ backgrounds, both culturally and professionally. Your classmates genuinely want to share their experiences with you and learn from your experiences. Something that sets Fuqua apart is that it is a place where you help lift each other up so everyone is successful instead of climbing over each other to get to the top. Everyone there truly realizes that we’re better when we work together and are open to learning from each other.
- Fuqua has access to the top professors in their field, but what’s even more important is how they all make themselves available to students outside of office hours. They truly want to see their students succeed and be able to apply learnings, not just recite them. Additionally, having small teams for each class helps broaden the learning experience by bringing in multiple opinions from differing backgrounds, simulating the business world where you’ll constantly be working with diverse teams with different opinions, experiences, and personalities.

Fuqua wasn’t just a place for me to get my MBA; I’ve formed life-long bonds and changed in ways I never would have if I had gone somewhere else. Be cognizant in your business school search of what a transformational experience should be, and look for the qualities in a program that are going to help you achieve that.

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     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Facilities


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Disappointed
December 29 | 2016
3 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
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     By BSchool85 14 6
This review is for: Fuqua
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Fuqua satisfied my goal of opening up new opportunities, but I don't think I've learned that much in two years (or as much as I expected/could have). Fuqua is obsessed with Team Fuqua, which is fine, but it does so at the expense of the intellectual horsepower of their students (emphasizing fit/niceness over intelligence/ability...which is fine, to an extent -- Fuqua goes overboard). Classroom discussion and the student body overall is lacking, in my opinion.

Also, for as much as Fuqua enjoys talking about diversity there is little true diversity of thought. You can have perfect racial, sexual, etc diversity, but if there is minimal diversity of thought then what is the point? I do not feel like the intellectual rigor necessary for a real education is possible at a place like this. This lack of actual diversity is fine if you just want to learn accounting principles, but, for a school that likes to say they teach principles beyond business, this is laughable.

Having a GMAT average far below schools ranked significantly lower is a joke and will stop Fuqua from ever getting to the level of M7 (you can have personable/nice people without sacrificing intelligence). Fuqua seems to really enjoy taking people with 640 GMATs, giving them full-rides, and patting themselves on the back for "whole person concept"/Team Fuqua, but that doesn't stop the fact that it hurts their current students.

About job placement process

All the top places come to recruit.

Overall BSchool experience
     (2.0)
Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support


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