Tuck

Overview

Dartmouth College, a liberal arts college in Hanover, New Hampshire, is home of Tuck Business school, founded in 1900 as the first Graduate School for business in the United States. While many business schools are located in urban environments, Dartmouth’s small town campus (which most first-years live on) facilitates a close, supportive community. Students benefit from the intimate atmosphere not only socially, but because they have opportunities to form strong relationships and work closely with faculty. Faculty and administrators are personally available to advise and customize a student’s learning experience and career development. Alumni involvement also benefits Tuck students as they pursue post-MBA careers, with nearly 100% of graduates finding employment by August of the year they graduate.

Academics

Tuck offers one of the more rigid curriculums of its peers, offering little flexibility in its core curriculum, which focuses on general management. Though Courses are largely taught using the case method, there’s also a notable focus on experiential learning, as evidenced by the first year project in which students work with companies to tackle business problems. While students can pursue joint and dual degrees at tuck, the main focus is on full time MBA offerings. Since it’s a relatively smaller school, there is not as much variety in elective courses as can be found at other programs. Students are randomly segmented into four sections of about 65 people each term, meaning they study with everyone in their class by the end of the first term. The grading system at Tuck includes a scale ranging from Honors to Satisfactory Plus, Satisfactory, and Low Pass. While most students at Tuck have a record of demonstrating commitment to academics, most refrain from discussing grades, or approaching their peers with competitiveness.

Employment

Tuck consistently has the highest post-graduation job placement rates of any of its peers, with over 90% having offers at graduation, and 99% having offers after three months. The school attracts large quantities of high-quality recruiters, and boasts strong connections among the Manhattan consulting and finance realms. Proportionally, compared to any other top-tier school, Tuck sees the highest incidence of graduates entering general management.

Culture

Since the school is small, many students live on-campus and enjoy Tuck’s atmosphere of inclusion and cohesion. The Living and Learning Complex hosts rooms for the students and shared spaces for studying and socializing. Over a quarter of Tuck students enter the program with a spouse, partner, or family, for whom there are extensive resources and support. Dartmouth offers a variety of fun outside of academics, including their own ski resort, extensive opportunities to enjoy sports and other clubs (especially hockey), and access to scenic surrounding areas. While many business schools exist within a single building, Tuck’s campus is made up of several buildings. Tuck students have a variety of resources for destressing, some of which include weekly happy hour, every friday off from class, and small group dinners.

Admissions

The Tuck application differs a bit from that of its peers. Students applying to Tuck can report multiple test scores for the GRE or GMAT, letting them choose their best score. Prospective students can initiate interviews at Dartmouth’s business school, an uncommon trait among business schools giving students a unique opportunity to highlight their strengths independently from their application. If not offered admission, students can request feedback from the admissions team in effort to make improvements, and Tuck is very encouraging of those who wish to reapply to the program. Unlike most programs, Tuck requires an extra essay of 500 words for students wishing to apply for scholarship.