You Oughta Know
Technology. Most applicants don’t associate Fuqua with the technology sector like they might Stanford, MIT Sloan, or UCLA Anderson, which have historically sent large percentages of graduates into this industry after graduation. However, Duke sent 18% of its Class of 2015 grads into tech, double the percentage that other top-tier schools such as NYU Stern (9%) and Columbia (8%) send into this industry.
Liked by recruiters. Because Duke MBA students bring strong teamwork skills and a lack of entitlement found at some other MBA programs, they are well liked among recruiters. This reputation was a strong driver behind the school’s surprise leap in the Bloomberg Businessweek ranking to the #1 full-time MBA program in 2014 (ranked #8 in 2015).
Salaries. Not that all you care about is money, but surely you want to make sure your MBA investment is worthwhile. So it should make you happy to learn that the overall median salary for the Class of 2015 was $120,000, with consulting leading the way at an average salary of $135,000. Just remember to be a bit careful when looking at overall average salary numbers because they can be skewed by high salaries in particular industries. Schools that send fewer students to those industries can be at a disadvantage. But wait—that’s not all! Signing bonuses were also common, with 84% receiving them (median $25,000).
Employment statistics. Eighty-seven percent of students in the Class of 2015 seeking full-time employment had offers at graduation; by August that number reached 95%. Seventy-nine percent of full-time offers were Fuqua-facilitated.
Grade disclosure. Although schools like Wharton and Columbia have grade non-disclosure policies that prevent recruiters from asking about your grades, Fuqua has a full disclosure policy. So be prepared to talk grades during your recruiting interviews, particularly with finance companies.