Nov 20, 2011

Inside Duke Fuqua's Admissions Office

This post is one in a series of posts trying to decipher what happens once you click that "submit" button in the application portal of the top business schools. As told by the admissions directors themselves! Follow us on twitter and facebook to keep yourself updated with the next set of schools.

What happens once applications are submitted?

Liz Riley Hargrove, Associate dean of admissions, Duke Fuqua - Duke Fuqua’s admissions application process is completely online. Once applicants submit their applications, our operations team makes sure that all of the required information and supplimentary materials have been received.

Application files are then organized via our online system and distributed to an admissions team member for in-depth evaluations. Each application gets a complete read,independently by at least two admissions committee members and is then presented to the admissions committee for discussion and final decision. 

An equal weight is given to all the factors in the evaluation process, which means that the admissions decisions are never based on just one criterion. We seek to admit candidates who represent a microcosm of the world. Each student’s story is unique and it allows us to create the diversity that is so important to the student experience at Duke.

BizSchoolPrep Comments:

  • Applications are read twice, at minimum. Hence, do not get worried thinking one person's perspective (who is in a bad mood) will break your application!
  • The application reading process may be a little random so do not try too hard to find a coorelation between the submitted date to the interview invite date with that of your friend.
  • Do not submit an incomplete application. Period.

School Stats -

The Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Admissions: 919-660-7705
Apply Online:

2011-2012 Tuition & Fees: $104,304
School Recommended Two-Year Budget: $143,718

Median GMAT: 700
GMAT Range: 630-740
Average GPA: 3.40

Acceptance Rate: 26%
Full-Time MBA Enrollment: 887
International: 30%
Female: 37%
African American: 6%
Asian American: 18%
Hispanic or Latino American: 9%
Mean Age: 28

Median Base Salary: $101,400
Median Signing Bonus: $25,000
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 86%
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 92%
Estimate of Total Pay over a 20-Year Career*: $2,858,021
*Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported, 2010

Where Fuqua’s Class of 2011 Went to Work:
Consulting — 31%
Financial Services — 22%
Health Care/Biotech — 12%
Technology — 10%
Consumer Products — 8%
Manufacturing — 5%
Media/Entertainment — 2%
Non-Profit — 2%
Energy — 2%
Real Estate — 2%
Source: Collected from internet/clearadmit/Poets&Quants

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