Is a happy day for the Duke MBA. Businessweek‘s full-time MBA ranking was released today, and Fuqua is #1!!
Businessweek classifies schools using the following three criteria: how company recruiters rate MBA students in each school (45%), how graduating MBA students rate their own school (45%), and the research performed by the school’s faculty (10%). This is one of the rankings that doesn’t have an emphasis on factors such as the GMAT, which is the Achilles heel of Fuqua in other rankings. The school makes an emphasis on other components of an applicant’s profile. I always said that the GMAT is just a number and that there are many other aspects at least as important when applying to an MBA. I for instance struggled with the GMAT and only got a 640. If you analyze my performance in b-school, it has been comparable to many of my classmates, most of them having a much higher GMAT score.
Although rankings are only an additional tool to compare business schools, it’s great to see that Fuqua has been rewarded for all the hard work done by faculty, professors, staff, students, and alumni. Together we make Fuqua a better place, Team Fuqua!
There was an announcement at the Fox Center during the 9 AM class break and that’s when many of us got the news for the first time. You could see people cheering, clapping, and happy to receive such recognition from one of the most important MBA rankings.
The following day there was a small celebration at Fuqua, where we had the opportunity of hearing Coach K talk about the challenges that we would have to face now that some other competitors will try to imitate us. Specially interesting was his thought that leaders must be humble and continue to grow every day by facing new challenges.
Looking forward to celebrating more good news about Duke and Fuqua!