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Real Humans of Duke Fuqua’s MBA Class of 2021

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We continue our exploration of MBA student life in our Real Humans series down in Durham, North Carolina.  The Associate Dean of Admissions at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business has walked us through many appealing features of the city and the school culture. As you’ll see on the following pages, the Daytime MBA Class of 2021 agrees—Fuqua is the place to be.

Tradition and community are a part of the school’s DNA.  Fuqua students benefit from participating in traditions such as Fuqua Friday or the Duke Basketball Campout. They also participate yearly in Rise Against Hunger, a meal distribution program for those affected by natural disasters or political crises around the world.  Clubs and associations for students at Fuqua include the Association for Women in Business, Black & Latino MBA Organization, Minority Alumni Advisory Board, Fuqua Pride, and Duke Armed Forces Association.

Fuqua MBAs can access top-notch research facilities in focus areas such as the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics, Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment, and Health Sector Management.  There is also plenty on the horizon for these first-years, if their predecessors are any indication.  Students from the graduating Class of 2018 and intern Class of 2019 have found placement at premier companies including Amazon, McKinsey & Company, Deloitte, Microsoft Corporation, Bain & Company, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

All together, the Daytime MBA Class of 2021 represents a diverse group, with 43 percent women, 37 percent international students, 37 percent minorities, and 17 percent underrepresented minorities. Students averaged 5.5 years of job experience and an age of 28.  Their undergraduate GPAs ranged between 3.1 and 3.87, and GMAT scores spanned between 660-740.

Clear Admit connected with six Fuqua first-years to get deeper insights into their unique paths to business school and what they are most excited about, now that they are officially a part of “Team Fuqua.”

Jonathan Pfeffer
Jonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as Contributing Writer at MetroMBA and Contributing Editor at Clear Admit, he was also a co-founder of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.