How to Get into Fuqua

Fuqua School of Business

Program Overview

So, you are thinking about applying to Duke’s daytime MBA program? First, learn how to pronounce the name of the school – FEW-kwa. Say it again, FEW-kwa. It doesn’t really roll off your tongue but the name is half of “Team Fuqua” so you will be well served to learn to say it correctly.

Next, think very carefully about your FIT with Fuqua. Admissions Committee is looking for candidates who will make a positive contribution to the program during their two years and beyond. What concentration(s) do you hope to pursue? How will you get involved outside the classroom? What legacy will you leave?

Fuqua is looking to develop Leaders of Consequence – individuals who demonstrate competence, character, and purpose. Fuqua’s collaborative and student-driven culture is frequently referred to as Team Fuqua. Each year, the student body recognizes peers who best demonstrate the Team Fuqua values of Authentic Engagement, Supportive Ambition, Collective Diversity, Impactful Stewardship, Loyal Community, and Uncompromising Integrity. Think about how YOU hope to embody one or more of these values during your time in Durham.


Fuqua’s unique 6 week terms allow for additional electives in the first year in preparation for summer internships. Additionally, students can place out of core curriculum and start taking electives as early as the first term. While it is not required, many students chose to pursue at least one concentration. Fuqua also offers a Certificate of Excellence in Finance to complement the concentrations in Investment Management and Corporate Finance. The most popular concentrations are supported by research centers such as The Coach K/Fuqua Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE), Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment and Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Top concentrations include:

  • Energy & Environment
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Health Sector Management
  • Leadership & Ethics
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy

Extra Curriculars

Fuqua is known to be one of the most student driven programs. Clubs and activities provide opportunities for students to develop and build their leadership, teamwork and project management skills. Many of the professional clubs organize and host conferences, seminar series and case competitions, some in conjunction with other Duke schools. Clubs also drive ‘treks’ to different cities during breaks such as the High Tech Club’s Silicon Valley Tech Trek and the Energy Club’s annual trek to Houston. Clubs with a large presence on campus include Consulting, MBA Energy, Healthcare, High Tech and Media, Entertainment & Sports.

The Fuqua community has a work hard, play hard attitude with many social events throughout the year. Early in the school year when temps are nearly triple digits, Fuqua students participate in ‘Campout’ for the chance to get season tickets for Duke Basketball. If you haven’t tried golf, the Golf Club organizes lessons at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Course just a short walk from Fuqua. FuquaVision recently celebrated 25 years of bringing SNL type skits to classmates during Fuqua Fridays. Every spring, MBA Games brings together teams from top MBA programs around the country to compete in a weekend of fun and games to raise money for NC Special Olympics. Whatever your interest, there is a club for you. If it doesn’t exist, you will have support to create it.


Class Profile

Class Size: 445

Average Age:29

Average Work Experience: 5 years

Women: 35%

Underrepresented Minority Students: 9%

International Citizenship: 40%

Married: 22%

Average GMAT: 700

80% GMAT Range: 640-750

Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.47

80% GPA Range: 3.0-3.83

Career Placement

  • Consulting: 32%
  • Consumer Goods: 6%
  • Energy: 3%
  • Finance: 18%
  • Healthcare: 12%
  • Manufacturing: 2%
  • Other: 3%
  • Real Estate: 1%
  • Retail: 1%
  • Social and Environmental Impact: 1%
  • Technology: 19%
  • Transportation: 1%


  • Outside the US: 11%
  • Mid-Atlantic: 10%
  • Midwest: 11%
  • Northeast: 23%
  • South: 22%
  • Southwest: 9%
  • West: 24%

Counselors with Fuqua Experience

Blogs about Fuqua

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Duke Fuqua 25 Random Things: Do’s and Don’ts

(Updated for 2020-2021) Not surprisingly, Duke’s Fuqua School of Business is asking for the same 25 random things again this year. Having read this essay for more than a handful of years, I have seen a broad range of responses, some terrible, some brilliant. Through this ‘essay’ Fuqua wants to get to know who YOU