Preparing to Apply
Reading this Essential Guide is a great first step in your preparation. Hopefully, this insider’s glimpse has been helpful in understanding the most important aspects of the school. However, nothing can replace gaining firsthand knowledge and experience yourself.
Reach out to current students. Even if you don’t have any personal connections to Fuqua, you can reach out to current students and get their insight and advice. On the school’s campus groups page, you’ll find a list of all campus clubs. Find a few clubs that fit your personal and professional interests, and reach out to the officers. Remember: These are very busy MBA students so you don’t want to intrude too much on their time, but you could ask for a 10- to 15-minute conversation or elicit some advice via e-mail. Come prepared with specific questions (preferably those that aren’t already answered online). If you’re planning to visit campus, perhaps you might even arrange a coffee chat or lunch, if they are available.
Visit campus. The school’s website can only tell you so much; by far, a personal visit is the best possible research in the application process. If you have the means, we highly recommend you visit Fuqua in person along with the campuses of your other top choices to understand the significant differences in culture, teaching style, student body, recruiting opportunities, facilities, and so forth. You may be surprised at just how different each school can be and and how the reality can differ from the perception. We encourage you to take advantage of opportunities to visit campus, including a tour, lunch with students, class visit, and special panel discussions, as available. Because informal and impromptu encounters can be the most informative, don’t be afraid to approach students in less-formal settings.
Open Interview period. Early in the fall, Fuqua will allow you to request an admissions interview even before your application has been submitted. We recommend that you take advantage of the Open Interview period, if possible, as this shows your genuine interest in the school. We discuss the interviews in greater detail later in this section.
Other events. We know that many applicants will not be able to travel to North Carolina to visit campus, but you should take advantage of other worldwide admissions events, such as information sessions, virtual sessions, and specific-audience events. In fact, these off-campus events can offer great opportunities for quality time with admissions officers and your fellow applicants, who can be a great resource and support through the admissions process. Get to know the school and its culture as well as you can, because your familiarity can shine through your application and essays to help you stand out.