Harvard | Mr. Software PE
GMAT 760, GPA 3.45
Kellogg | Mr. Social Impact Initiative
GMAT 710, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. Policy Player
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
INSEAD | Ms. Spaniard Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 8.5/10.00
Rice Jones | Mr. Carbon-Free Future
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0
London Business School | Ms. Private Equity Angel
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Navy Nuke
GMAT 710, GPA 3.66
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
NYU Stern | Ms. Entertainment Strategist
GMAT Have not taken, GPA 2.92
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
London Business School | Mr. FANG Strategy
GMAT 740, GPA 2.9
NYU Stern | Mr. Army Prop Trader
GRE 313, GPA 2.31
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indian Dreamer
GRE 331, GPA 8.5/10
Wharton | Mr. Hopeful Fund Manager
GMAT 770, GPA 8.52/10
MIT Sloan | Mr. Healthtech Consultant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.44
London Business School | Mr. LGBT Pivot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.15
Harvard | Mr. CPPIB Strategy
GRE 329 (Q169 V160), GPA 3.6
Rice Jones | Mr. Student Government
GMAT 34 (ACT for Early Admit Program), GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Kellogg | Ms. Sustainable Development
GRE N/A, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.89
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Ms. Rocket Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. African Energy
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4

Duke Fuqua 2018-2019 MBA Deadlines

Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business

While Dartmouth Tuck eliminated its ‘early action’ round this year, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business is sticking with the early option. The deadline for Fuqua’s early bird action round this year is Sept. 12, a date that will allow a candidate to get an interview invite by Sept. 25th and an admission decision in little more than a month on Oct. 19th.

Fuqua set a round one deadline for MBA applications to its full-time program of Oct. 10, with a decision due on Dec. 13th. Round two applicants have until Jan. 3rd to get their applications completed in time for the deadline and can expect to hear an admit or deny decision on March 18th. The round three deadline, meantime, has been set for March 20, with decisions in on April 29th.

Fuqua says its new application for the class entering in the Fall of 2019 will be available in late July. Unlike many other schools, Fuqua says it awards merit-based scholarships for the MBA program to applicants in every round from the early action deadline to round three.

Duke Fuqua’s 2018-2019 MBA Application Deadlines

Fuqua RoundsApplication DeadlineInterviewsDecisions
Early ActionSeptember 12, 2018September 25, 2018October 19, 2018
Round OneOctober 10, 2018November 8, 2018December 13, 2018
Round TwoJanuary 3, 2019January 31, 2019March 18, 2019
Round ThreeMarch 20, 2019April 10, 2019April 29, 2019


In the 2016-2017 admissions cycle, Fuqua received 3,796 applications for the 433 seats available in the Class of 2019. The school accepted 851 candidates for an overall acceptance rate of 22.4%.

The mean GMAT score for the incoming class was 702, with successful international students averaging a score of 707 versus 699 for domestics. The average undergraduate grade point average was 3.5. The average age of new entrants at Fuqua was 29.

Put into perspective, the average GMAT was up seven points from the previous year, with its median GMAT jumping 10 points to 710. In the process, the GMAT range rose from 660 to 750. This was an intriguing development for a program known for prioritizing talent, potential, character, and fit over quantitative measures.


“Be self-aware and authentic. In fact, “Authentic Engagement” is one of our paired principles. Future leaders of consequence should take time to internalize what that means to them and how they would engage and leave this school in a better place than when they found it. Also, if at first you don’t succeed, try again! “Failing up” is okay! I did not get into school on my first attempt, but I learned a lot through the process and the reward is well worth the journey!”Julian A. Gordon, 2018 MBA graduate from Fuqua is now working for healthcare company DaVita

“Be authentic. The Fuqua community encourages everyone to be themselves, including during the admissions process. I would recommend that you use the essays, resume, and interview to tell different but complementary sides of your story to show who you are and what you would bring to Team Fuqua.”Paige Swofford, 2018 MBA graduate from Fuqua is now working for NextEra Energy as a principal financial analyst

“Start early (but not too early) to get your GMAT or GRE done so you can focus on finding a school that is the right cultural fit. Accept your test scores; no single aspect of your application defines you! Finding the right cultural fit takes time and reflection, and in order to identify cultural fit I suggest visiting the schools you are interested in during the application process. While you’re there, ask to meet with alums, speak to current students, and sit in on a class to observe what people say (or don’t say). Try to envision yourself as a student and determine if the culture will challenge you to bring your best to class each day. If visiting isn’t an option, try to connect with alums locally and ask questions about their experiences, likes and dislikes. It seems obvious, but meeting face-to-face with members of the school community is one of the most important aspects to identifying a cultural fit.” — Lauren Gage, Class of 2019 MBA student


About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.