The Tuck MBA – Dartmouth College

The Tuck School of Business, founded in 1900, was the first US school to offer a Masters of Business Administration. The MBA program is one of the smallest, with approximately 500 students, and its key strengths are general management and strategy.

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FT Ranking

Percent of Hires in Each Industry:

  • Consulting – 35.5%
  • Financial – 22.9%
  • Technology – 15.1%

Median Starting Salary per industry:

  • Financial – $150000
  • Consulting – $165000
  • Consumer – $113000
  • Technology – $130000
  • Manufacturing – $125000
  • Health Care – $121000
  • Media – $160000
  • Retail – $130000
  • Very important to show that you understand unique character of school/location and that really want to be part- one good way is to travel to campus for open interview (Tuck appreciates applicants who visit campus and interviewing before applying, and it may increase admission chances). Another is to apply Early Action.
  • Since it’s not as popular as the other Top 5, they need to see that you didn’t apply just because of their high rankings – that you don’t treat it as a Top 5 safety school.
  • Value teamwork, especially because of their Study Group system.
  • Seems that they are looking to take more students who have a ‘global mindset’.
  • Undergoing curricular changes dubbed Tuck 2012, which includes new seminars of a few students with a faculty member, exploring a current issue in depth- may be good to mention in application.
  • School looking to increase diversity, percentage of women.
  • Advantageous to apply early.
  • Like tangible anecdotes, examples and vignettes in essays.
  • Show that you will be an involved student and dedicated alum, preferably by showing community involvement and loyalty to other institutions, such as undergrad program.
  • Will not consider applicants who already have an MBA (unusual for b-schools).
These traits make you more likely to get accepted into Dartmouth’s MBA program:


(4 is highest, 1 is lowest)

Leader/Manager 4
Team Player/Relationship Builder 3.5
Smart 3
Initiates 2
International/Cultural 1
Creative 1
Presentation Skills 1
Persuasion Skills 1
Community/Society 2
Risk Taker 2
Business Skills 1
Source of career plan/prog choice 2
Promotions 2
Credible Names 2
Story is unique 2.5
Learn more about the meaning of these traits and how they are reflected in your application.

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General Management, (Corporate Strategy)

The school’s location is relatively remote, which helps develop a strong community feeling and close ties between students and faculty. The school therefore emphasizes teamwork, with many classes and projects relying on study groups.

The program is considered especially well-suited for those who enjoy community, living on campus, being far from a big city and outdoor activities.

The school is very popular with US employers, and in employer surveys (conducted by the Wall Street Journal), Tuck often ranked first among US MBA programs.

In terms of the admissions process, Tuck is unique in offering all applicants the opportunity to interview on campus at their own initiative, as well as offering the option to apply in a nonbinding “early action” round.

Tuck has a relatively small alumni network, with the highest percentage of donations to the school worldwide.

Alumni include the following individuals, with current or past positions in parentheses: Kevin McGrath (CEO of Digital Angel), Christopher Sinclair (CEO of PepsiCo) and Peter Dolan (CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb).

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  • Close-knit, residential community in secluded area- like sociable, friendly people, who aren’t too obsessed with their privacy. It’s hard to blend in and stay out of sight.
  • Much of course work (and social life) based around study group and teamwork generally.
  • Alumni base relatively small, but very dedicated to school (highest percentage of alumni giving of any b-school).
  • Strong recruiting, particularly in Consulting and Finance.
  • Have only 1 program, the 2-year MBA, and a low student-faculty ratio. School presents the quality of faculty-student interaction as one of their major advantages.
  • Has open on-campus interviews rather than interviews by invite and anyone who wants can schedule one – visiting and interviewing is very good for showing seriousness about school.
  • Have non-binding Early Action.
  • Broad emphasis on general management – skills and big-picture focus needed for success regardless of specific post-MBA position.
  • Someone who likes its residential character and close-knit community, relatively far from major cities.
  • Someone who likes outdoors activities/sports.
  • May be difficult for spouses looking for employment.
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