Dartmouth Tuck 2010 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips

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Dartmouth Tuck 2010 MBA Essay Questions

Tuck's 2010 questions are identical to last year's questions. My comments are also virtually identical, but I am placing them here for your convenience. Just a few, minor tweaks on my part. The comments below in red are mine.

Please respond fully but concisely to the following essay questions. Compose each of your answers offline in separate document files and upload them individually in the appropriate spaces below. Although there is no restriction on the length of your response, most applicants use, on average, 500 words for each essay. There are no right or wrong answers. Please double-space your responses.

1. Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best MBA program for you? (If you are applying for a joint or dual degree, please explain how the additional degree will contribute to those goals.)

Note that the MBA is a "step" towards a goal. That means you have to briefly discuss the path you have been on and then your reasons for wanting an MBA and specifically a Tuck MBA to continue down that path. You have to know a lot about Tuck as well as your goals to respond effectively to this question.  Why do you want a program that stresses the integration of business functions? Why do you want a small, tight-knit program? Which of Tuck's strengths appeal to you? How will they help you achieve your goals?

2. Tuck defines leadership as “inspiring others to strive and enabling them to accomplish great things.” We believe great things and great leadership can be accomplished in pursuit of business and societal goals. Describe a time when you exercised such leadership. Discuss the challenges you faced and the results you achieved. What characteristics helped you to be effective, and what areas do you feel you need to develop in order to be a better leader?

This question is also a repeat and reflects the importance Tuck, like many MBA programs, places on leadership..

Have you inspired a troubled teen to apply himself academically? Have you chaired  a fund raiser that raised a record amount of money? Have you captained a sports team that led your intra-mural or company league? Have you been a team lead on a project that came in early and under budget? Are you head of a sales team? These could all be examples of leadership. How did you inspire your teammates to achieve? Answer all elements in the question -- despite and within the 500-word limit.

3. Discuss the most difficult constructive criticism or feedback you have received. How did you address it? What have you learned from it?

Leadership development is an important part of the Tuck program. Within that facet of Tuck life, self assessment and peer assessment play an important role. Can you take and grow from criticism? Show the adcom reader that you can learn from criticism by demonstrating that you already have done so.  Provide the feedback and if necessary explain why it was difficult for you to address. Then describe the steps you took to respond constructively. Finally, show the results: what you learned and ideally how you now effectively handle situations that triggered the initial criticism.

4. Tuck seeks candidates of various backgrounds who can bring new perspectives to our community. How will your unique personal history, values, and/or life experiences contribute to the culture at Tuck?

Tuck may be small and rural, but it is no backwater. And it is fiercely proud of its diversity -- in all senses of the word.  It also wants people who will contribute to the school. When I visited Tuck for the International Educational Consultants Conference, I was struck by the variety of events within Tuck and the larger Dartmouth community. Clearly, to answer this question well you must reflect on your background, but you also need to study the activities, clubs, and programs available at Tuck.  What are the distinctive elements of your background? How will it enable you to contribute at Tuck?

5. (Optional) Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application (e.g., unusual choice of evaluators, weaknesses in academic performance, unexplained job gaps or
changes, etc.). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application.

It is almost impossible for four 500-word essays plus a bunch of boxes, a transcript, and a GMAT score to represent fully the uniqueness and talents of a truly impressive candidate. That comment has nothing to do with writing style and everything to do with the complexity of accomplished human beings. In my opinion this "optional essay"  is optional in name only.

6. (To be completed by all reapplicants) How have you strengthened your candidacy since you last applied? Please reflect on how you have grown personally and professionally.

Straightforward. What has changed that would compel Tuck to admit you this year when it rejected you last year?

For information on how Accepted.com can help you with your Tuck application, please see the Tuck Editing and Advising Package or our MBA Admissions Editing and Consulting.

Dartmouth Tuck 2010 MBA Deadlines

Deadline Application & CSQ* Due: Decisions
Early** Oct. 14, 2009 Dec.18, 2009
November** Nov. 11, 2009 Feb.5, 2010
January** Jan. 6, 2010 Mar. 19, 2010
April** Apr. 2, 2010 May 14, 2010
****Nov. Consortium Nov. 15, 2009 Feb. 5, 2010
****Jan. Consortium Jan 5, 2010 Mar. 19, 2010

Applications are due by 5:00 PM EST

* Confidential Statements of Qualifications

** Applicants who wish to be considered for scholarships must complete the Application for Tuck School of Business Scholarships by the above deadline

***Prospective students who are applying to Tuck through the Consortium will receive two decisions; one from Tuck regarding their admission decision and a second from the Consortium regarding their fellowship decision.

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