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To land a seat at a top-ranked business school, an applicant has to stand apart from thousands of competitors. At Duke University's Fuqua School of Business (No. 9 in BusinessWeek's 2002 ranking), an applicant has to push past more than 2,500 other Blue Devil MBA wannabes to get the nod. Those who are accepted have strong GMAT scores ?the class of 2005 averaged a 703 score out of 800 -- good letters of recommendation, sterling academic and professional backgrounds, and have written interesting personal essays.

If you want to join the 26% of applicants who are admitted each year to the full-time MBA program at Fuqua, don't miss this event. To answer your most pressing questions about Fuqua's admissions policy, Liz Riley, Fuqua's assistant dean for admissions, will join us for a live online chat on Thursday, Aug. 28 from 3:00 to 4:00 (ET) to answer your most pressing questions about Fuqua's admissions policy.

Since Riley arrived at Duke in 1993, the school has risen in BusinessWeek's ratings, and the number of applications crossing her desk has increased by some 42% -- to 3,196 in 2003. This fall, Fuqua will welcome a class of 405 MBAs, up from about 350 in the past, as it expands into its new, $27.9 million student center.

Riley has more than 14 years of experience in admissions. Before going to Duke, she was also the assistant director of undergraduate admissions for her alma mater, North Carolina State University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in communications and a Master's in counseling.

Come chat with Liz Riley at 3:00 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, Aug. 28. Your co-hosts will be Jack Dierdorff (BWJack), consulting editor of BW Online and former managing editor of the magazine, and Mica Schneider (MicaBW), BW Online's reporter covering management education.

Hope to see you there!

BusinessWeek Online rotates chat days and times every month so that everyone has a chance to tune in. If you can't attend a live event, you can always read the transcript that we post afterward.

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