Daytime MBA Application Guide 2021 - 2022 Application Cycle

Best Foot Forward

We know that applying to business school is a daunting task and requires a lot of time and hard work. Here at Fuqua, our Admissions Team wants to help you put your best foot forward! This guide will walk you through the Admissions process, requirements to submit a complete application, and some advice on what we are looking for in your application.

Good luck and we look forward to learning more about you!

Application Deadlines

We strongly encourage international students to apply no later than Round 2. This will give you plenty of time to complete all visa paperwork if you are accepted into the program.


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Insight & Tips:

  • Take the GMAT/GRE/EA multiple times and try different tests. We will use the best test and score for you in evaluating your application.
  • If you are worried about your quantitative background, you can submit coursework from sources such as Coursera, MBA Math, and others.
  • Use the optional essay to address any concerns you have about your undergraduate GPA or test scores.

*You can submit your application without a test score if you have a scheduled a future test date. A test score will be needed before the admissions committee can make a final decision on your application.

Work Experience

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Insight & Tips:

  • Show how you have managed people, projects, and budgets. Since you are limited to one page, use this space wisely to show the impact you have made in your role, not list work responsibilities.
  • Avoid using technical or industry-specific language. You want anyone who reads your resume to understand your work experience.
  • If there are any gaps in your work experience, explain what you did during that time in the optional essay.

Leadership & Involvement

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Insight & Tips:

  • If you listed your extracurricular activities on your resume, still complete the section.
  • You can include things you did in undergrad or things you are involved in if they are outside of your normal job responsibilities.
  • Quality of involvement over quantity is better in this section. Do not feel that you have to include everything, but share those activities you have been involved with for a long time, or activities that are meaningful to you.


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  • Short Answer Question, "What are your post-MBA career goals? Share with us your first choice career plan and your alternate plan." (Limited to 500 characters/100 words)
  • 25 Random Things About Yourself, "The Admissions Committee wants to get to know YOU - beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. Share with us important life experiences, your hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are." (Limited to 2 pages and 750 words. Your response should be in list form, numbered 1 to 25)
  • The Fuqua Community and you, "Based on your understanding of the Fuqua culture, what are 3 ways you expect to contribute at Fuqua?" (Limited to 1 page and 500 words)
  • Optional Essay, "If you feel there are circumstances of which the admissions committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g. unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance)."

Insight & Tips:

  • Have fun with this section of the application. It is a great way to show your personality. You are welcome to include pictures, links to videos, artwork, social media, etc. Be sure to type out any hyperlinks, rather than embedding them in the text.
  • Use the optional essay to explain anything in your application. This does not need to be a complete essay but can be a bulleted list.
  • Take time to speak with Fuqua alumni, students, faculty, and staff to learn about the different opportunities and culture at Fuqua. This will be helpful when explaining how you will contribute to the Fuqua community.
"When I was younger, I trained dogs in sheep herding and agility. I did not appreciate either experience at the time, but I’m glad that my parents pushed me to try something unconventional. I’m now open to trying anything once." - Austin Ray, Class of 2021

Letters of Recommendation

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  • One required letter of recommendation, preferably from your current supervisor/manager.
  • Optional second letter of recommendation.

* Recommenders will use the GMAC common letter of recommendation to submit your letter of recommendation.

Insight & Tips:

  • Take some time to talk to your recommender about your plans to pursue an MBA. It might be helpful to share with him/her your resume as a reminder of some of your accomplishments.
  • Give him/her plenty of time to write your letter (ask today!). Waiting till the last minute might cause a letter to be rushed and not truly highlight the great things about you.
  • Do not select someone based on his/her title to write you a letter of recommendation. We want a quality letter of recommendation from someone that really knows you.

Endorsement from Fuqua students & alumni

In addition to the one required recommendation, you may ask an alumnus or current student to submit an additional endorsement (this is not required).


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Interview Options:

  • Open Interview Season (August 23 - October 12, 2021): All applicants, regardless of the round in which you intend to apply, are eligible to interview during the Open Interview Period. A completed application is not required to interview during the Open Interview Period, but you must have started an application and have completed the biographical information.
  • Interview by Invitation: If you do not interview during the Open Interview Period, you will only be able to interview if invited to do so. Invitations are extended based on a thorough evaluation of your completed application. If invited, you will be interviewed during the interview period that corresponds to your application round.

Interview Decision Release Dates:

  • Early Action: September 20, 2021
  • Round 1: November 8, 2021
  • Round 2: February 2, 2022
  • Round 3: April 7, 2022

Insight & Tips:

  • Even though interviews will be virtual, still dress professional as if it were in-person.
  • The interview is really meant to be a conversation between you and the interviewer.
  • While we are interviewing you, you are also interviewing Fuqua. It is important to ask your interviewer questions about the Team Fuqua experience to help you determine if Fuqua is the right fit for you.
"Prepare stories, not answers to specific questions. You never know exactly what your interviewer might ask, but you can bet that the best answer is always going to highlight a tangible example from your career." - Maddy Conway, Class of 2021

Re-Applicant Process

Candidates who applied to the Daytime MBA program between July 2020 and May 2021 are considered re-applicants. You are eligible to interview in the new cycle; the same interview policies apply to you as to other applicants.

Since many applicants were and continue to be impacted by COVID19, we will offer the ability to replicate or “clone” your application from the 2020-2021 application cycle. If you are reapplying, please submit the reapplicant request form to request that your data be transferred over.

In addition, reapplicants are encouraged to interview during the Reapplicant Open Season Interview Periods (August 9-20, 2021). We know that re-applying maybe stressful and offer this first-come first serve opportunity for our reapplicants.

Insight & Tips:

  • Take some time to reflect on your previous application and things that have happened since you last applied.
  • If you were waitlisted in the previous year, incorporate previous waitlist updates into the different components of your application.
  • If Fuqua still remains your top choice, apply early in the process, preferably Early Action or Round 1.

Application Review Process

So what happens after you hit submit? Associate Dean of Admissions, Shari Hubert, explains what happens in our office between you submitting your application and get a decision.

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