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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2012, 23:41
Hi All

There is a campus visit event on 7.27.12. Is there any dress code for it? I am thinking business casual.

Also, for this type of events, are there any purposes other than understanding the school culture and connecting with current students?

Thanks a lot!
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 04:47
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There is a campus visit event on 7.27.12. Is there any dress code for it? I am thinking business casual.

Also, for this type of events, are there any purposes other than understanding the school culture and connecting with current students?

Thanks a lot!

I visited campus in April and would say business casual is perfectly appropriate.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 08:01
Question about possible the optional essay... I have an employment gap of around 6 months. I was laid off, and used that time for a huge road trip, moved across country, and tried to launch a startup that failed. This is the experience I plan on writing about in essay 3. Since I will be addressing it there, I shouldn't use the optional essay correct? I mean, for other schools I plan on pushing this to the optional, but essay 3 here seems perfect to fully explain my setback and failure during my layoff/employment gap/failed venture and how I grew.

I think I answered my own question... Thanks! Excited to get started.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 09:39
For an international applicant such as me, visiting campus might be logistically as well as economically unfeasible. At the same time, Tuck lays a lot of emphasis on campus visits even for international applicants.
Anyone who can comment on how much of a drawback the inability to visit can be in an application?
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 10:14
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Hi All

There is a campus visit event on 7.27.12. Is there any dress code for it? I am thinking business casual.

Also, for this type of events, are there any purposes other than understanding the school culture and connecting with current students?

Thanks a lot!


Business casual should be fine unless they indicate otherwise. It'll be pretty warm at the end of July.

Keep in mind also that most students will not be on campus at that time (2nd years are interning somewhere and 1st years mostly arrive in August, although some will be there).

Hanover is a beautiful, quaint town. So it'll be a good opportunity for you to see if you can see yourself there or if you'd prefer being in a city, for example.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 10:16
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Question about possible the optional essay... I have an employment gap of around 6 months. I was laid off, and used that time for a huge road trip, moved across country, and tried to launch a startup that failed. This is the experience I plan on writing about in essay 3. Since I will be addressing it there, I shouldn't use the optional essay correct? I mean, for other schools I plan on pushing this to the optional, but essay 3 here seems perfect to fully explain my setback and failure during my layoff/employment gap/failed venture and how I grew.

I think I answered my own question... Thanks! Excited to get started.


There you go! Good luck :)

Your application is reviewed as a whole, so no need to be repetitive.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 18:37
Thanks a lot for your response, faro.

Just noticed that despite a score of 730, you retook GMAT? Any specific reason why you did that?
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 18:59
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Hi All

There is a campus visit event on 7.27.12. Is there any dress code for it? I am thinking business casual.

Also, for this type of events, are there any purposes other than understanding the school culture and connecting with current students?

Thanks a lot!

I visited campus in April and would say business casual is perfectly appropriate.


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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 19:05
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dropoutloser wrote:
Hi All

There is a campus visit event on 7.27.12. Is there any dress code for it? I am thinking business casual.

Also, for this type of events, are there any purposes other than understanding the school culture and connecting with current students?

Thanks a lot!


Business casual should be fine unless they indicate otherwise. It'll be pretty warm at the end of July.

Keep in mind also that most students will not be on campus at that time (2nd years are interning somewhere and 1st years mostly arrive in August, although some will be there).

Hanover is a beautiful, quaint town. So it'll be a good opportunity for you to see if you can see yourself there or if you'd prefer being in a city, for example.


Thanks, faro!

You made a good point! Should I wait to visit when students are actually on campus? I have contacted alumni from Tuck Connect, and really DO want to contact some more students and get more inputs.

Also, I will spend 1~2 extra days in town, to explore Hanover. I assume I will enjoy it!
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 20:09
thanks Guys for helping us out. :) be sure to get disturbed a lot ;)
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2012, 10:03
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Thanks a lot for your response, faro.

Just noticed that despite a score of 730, you retook GMAT? Any specific reason why you did that?


A few different reasons. Here it is from my debrief, but the clincher was really the 80/80 rule:

1) I knew I could do better. My practice tests, taken after a long day at work, were consistently Q48-50. I didn't submit the last question on the actual GMAT, and I think that hurt me. If I had taken the test again immediately after, I probably would have done better on the quant part. The verbal was just above my practice ranges (~44).

2) I'd like to do consulting after my MBA. I came across information that firms look, not only at your total GMAT score, but also at your quantitative breakdown. I remember a specific article noting that quantitative scores correlate greatest with future success as a consultant, given the measure of your analytic abilities.

My 44 in quant is a 66th percentile. Not bad, but nothing special either. Especially if I'm shooting for top firms. If I was serious about consulting, I didn't want something that I can actively change be a hindrance. And if I'm going to retake for recruiting purposes anyway, I might as well have it benefit my bschool applications, too.

3) The 80/80 percentile rule. Admissions counselors gave me a "politically correct" answer when I asked whether they recommend retaking. I eventually came across the "80/80" rule that has been discussed here and there - that the top schools are looking for a minimum of 80th percentile on both the Quant AND Verbal section. This was corroborated by an admissions consultant who suggested I retake if I know I can bring that score up.

4) I'm "poor". I'm not only trying to get into a top school, but I'm also trying to get scholarships/fellowships/financial assistance there. Some scholarships and fellowships take GMAT score into consideration.

5) I wasn't alone. A friend of mine from undergrad took the GMATs for the first time a couple days after me. He got a 710 and was set on retaking. It was one of those situations where you're more likely to go to the gym if you have a friend going as well. We didn't take it together, but just having someone else going through the same thing helps. In fact, had it not been for him, I probably wouldn't have registered to retake in time since it wasn't high on my priority list.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2012, 11:09
Let's get this show on the road! GOOOD LUCK EVERYONE :)
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2012, 03:47
Please is anyone aware of the specific essay formatting instructions? I cant seem to find any but want to be really sure.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2012, 14:11
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2012, 19:24
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I was in that exact spot last week. You'll power through! 8-)
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2012, 09:18
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Hey guys,

do you plan to combine the school visit and the interview in one single trip to Hanover? Any ideas on this?

Plus, any idea about the form of recommendation letter of the school?

Thanks!


I did this. I live on the West Coast so visiting multiple times wouldn't have been very easy. I would recommend scheduling the interview after everything else (classroom visit, lunch, Q&A, etc) so you can speak to things from your visit. Keep in mind that many of the questions will be similar to the essay questions, so be sure to have a general idea of what you're going to write about.

I'm not sure if they compare what you say in the interview with what you ultimately submit in your application, but I interviewed in November and was planning to submit my app in January. So when I sat there and got a career goals type question, I froze for a moment and realized, "Uh oh, my story better match up even though I haven't even started working on my essays yet."

The remaining questions are pretty behavioral and the interviewer tries to set you at ease from the very beginning. It is pretty conversational and is a good opportunity for you to get to know the type of students at Tuck. Then you can use information from the visit/interview in your application.

Not sure about the recommendations, so I'll let someone else speak to that.

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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2012, 15:30
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Hey guys,

do you plan to combine the school visit and the interview in one single trip to Hanover? Any ideas on this?

Plus, any idea about the form of recommendation letter of the school?

Thanks!


I did this. I live on the West Coast so visiting multiple times wouldn't have been very easy. I would recommend scheduling the interview after everything else (classroom visit, lunch, Q&A, etc) so you can speak to things from your visit. Keep in mind that many of the questions will be similar to the essay questions, so be sure to have a general idea of what you're going to write about.

I'm not sure if they compare what you say in the interview with what you ultimately submit in your application, but I interviewed in November and was planning to submit my app in January. So when I sat there and got a career goals type question, I froze for a moment and realized, "Uh oh, my story better match up even though I haven't even started working on my essays yet."

The remaining questions are pretty behavioral and the interviewer tries to set you at ease from the very beginning. It is pretty conversational and is a good opportunity for you to get to know the type of students at Tuck. Then you can use information from the visit/interview in your application.

Not sure about the recommendations, so I'll let someone else speak to that.

Good luck!



Thanks for the reply Faro. So you were saying that we don't have to submit the app before going for the interview? My thought was that I would have to submit everything prior to my interview so that the school would be able to evaluate me and ask questions in a more specific way. Does the school allow both ways of submitting?
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2012, 15:36
JNC913 wrote:
Thanks for the reply Faro. So you were saying that we don't have to submit the app before going for the interview? My thought was that I would have to submit everything prior to my interview so that the school would be able to evaluate me and ask questions in a more specific way. Does the school allow both ways of submitting?


Yep, you can go both ways on it. In fact, when I asked if there is any harm in doing the interview prior to submitting, they mentioned that I could use experiences from my visit in my application.

The interviews are done by 2nd year students who don't see anything but your resume that you submit beforehand. So all you need to have ready is your resume. But even with that things can change - in the 2 months between my interview and when I submitted my app, I had additional accomplishments at work to include.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2012, 12:40
Tuckies, I would love your inputs on your experience with the FYP. Does it benefit career switchers who are not looking to work in consulting, post MBA?
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