Duke Fuqua: rejected by my safety school?

I have a question for those who have gone through the MBA application process recently- does "the Tufts syndrome" exist for MBA programs?

For those not familiar with College Confidential lingo-

Tufts syndrome: "refers to rejecting overly qualified kids who prob won't attend, hence, attending ivy league schools, which is why tufts is known as the ivy leagure reject school."

When I applied to MBA programs, I threw in Duke as a safety for a few M7 programs. I have a pretty good sense of where peers from college and work attend and Duke is really below them for the most part.

That's why I was surprised to not even be invited for an interview.

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Comments (12)

Feb 9, 2012 - 5:35am

You were definitely overqualified. They were all like "this kid is just going to attend Harvard anyway, why bother?".

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Feb 9, 2012 - 7:40am

I feel your pain. My safety Harvard rejected me once upon a time.

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Feb 9, 2012 - 8:32am

Sounds like you didn't want to be there to begin with, so no harm done.

Feb 9, 2012 - 12:05pm

Maybe you aren't as sweet as you think you are.

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