Shame on Duke’s Fuqua School of Business

As loyal readers of our blog know all too well, we have never been afraid to use our soapbox in the arena of admissions to call out admissions practices that we believe aren’t right. We do so in an effort to bend these practices towards a more just system. It is in this spirit that we call out Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business today for asking its MBA applicants to declare on their application each MBA program at other universities to which they’ve also applied. Put simply, it’s not Fuqua’s business.

Duke’s Fuqua School of Business Asks Applicants to List Other MBA Programs to Which They’ve Applied

If Duke’s Fuqua School of Business — a school we’ve saluted in the past for its commitment to America’s veterans — wanted to gauge an applicant’s intentions of matriculating to their MBA program over other highly selective programs, the school should ask applicants to complete an essay that reads something like, “Why do you wish to attend Duke’s Fuqua School of Business?” The school asks other essay prompts. There’s no reason it can’t also ask a “Why Program” essay of MBA applicants — or ask a “Why Program” essay in lieu of one of its other prompts. If an applicant fails to include specific after specific in this essay, it’s as good of an indication as any that the applicant doesn’t have a strong intention of enrolling and likely just applied to the program — along with a host of other programs — because of its prestige.

Mind Your Own Business, Fuqua!

But instead of asking applicants to respond to a “Why Program” essay, Duke asks applicants to select each MBA program at other universities to which they applied (e.g., Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business). Applicants not only shouldn’t have to answer this entirely inappropriate prompt — but they shouldn’t be asked it in the first place. It reflects pure laziness on the part of Duke. They can’t read a “Why Program” essay? So they have to outright ask which other programs applicants are applying to? Come on. MYOB, Fuqua! We hereby call on Duke’s Fuqua School of Business to remove this prompt in all subsequent admissions cycles.


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  • Bob says:

    I salute America’s vets, but some are not qualified and many have pasts which are not very admirable. I have proof if you want it Ivy Coach! One current student at an unnamed Ivy was arrested for, get this: Having a loaded 9MM Glock handgun, brass knuckles, a boatload of cash and was dealing Crystal Meth. All this was on Christmas Eve. I suppose one of Santa’s elves had a side gig! A month later he enrolls in a community college and in less than 2 years is on an Ivy campus- all this because Ivy League Schools’ Admissions offices are blinded by this obsession with trampling over each other to get ‘VETS’! No need to take the SAT, no need to do well in high school. Just attend a joke community college, get A’s in easy courses (trust me when I say most community colleges make many kindergartens look like Harvard), and next thing you know, you are rubbing shoulders with the Rockefellers, the Gates’s the Obamas! Has the crystal meth dealing handgun brandisher done well? Who knows. But the better question is does he deserve his spot? Hell No! I think he deserves A college spot, but not an Ivy League college spot, because there are far too many hardworking applicants who sacrificed a LOT who did not get in and are being swept aside for the sake of a back door admissions called Vet Admissions, which has become almost like a Varsity Blues deal with how easy it has become for them to break in. Look, too many hardworking kids do not get in who did not deal drugs and did not lie to cops. Truth be told, many troubled kids enter the military and bring their problems with them. There are some good ones, no doubt, but there seems to be little to no filter by these committees and many bad apple are getting past the gatekeepers. Maybe vets should get background checks? Something needs to be done, because this is not an isolated case from what I hear. One of his buddies on campus was a former army sniper. Snipers and meth dealers getting together on an Ivy League campus. Not SNL folks, but reality! Scary!

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