Beyond the MBA Classroom: Fuqua Fridays and End-of-Term Parties

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also making a commitment to a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

Every Friday evening, students, professors and administrators at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business meet for drinks and snacks at the Fox Center for Fuqua Fridays. One second year told mbaMission, “Fuqua Friday’s a really great way to bring everyone together in the same place. It provides a chance to unwind.”  Fuqua Friday is the primary regular event where everyone comes together—one-half to three-quarters of the student body usually attends. Some Fuqua Fridays have themes, such as Casino Night, a version of television’s “Top Chef” or “Iron Chef,” an International Food Festival and Green Week.

At the end of each term, students let off steam at an End-of-Term Party organized by the MBA Association—including a Halloween party, a luau and a black-tie optional party. These events sometimes draw as many as 500 attendees, if not more. One second-year student told mbaMission, the “end-of-term parties are crazy. [They’re] a huge part of our fabric, and a way to spend social time bonding with people you might not see outside of class. They’re a huge reason why I love this school.”

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Duke Fuqua and 13 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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