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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2012, 08:27
Online Recommendation Submission Process

I thought I'd share a small detail regarding the recommendation process in case your any of your recommenders asks a similar question.

One of my recommenders mentioned that after she opened the link for the recommendation form there was a note on the page about the need to 'upload a document'. Based on the information on Tuck's website, I thought they will only have to deal with an online form in which they could copy and paste their answers.

I contacted Tuck Admissions, and they clarified that a recommender will need to:
  • complete a portion of the recommendation directly on the online form (My guess is that it's the rating matrix), AND
  • type in the remaining answers in a single word document and upload the document prior to submitting.

Tuck Admissions also clarified that there is no guideline of the format of the Word doc (font size, spacing, etc).

To make things easier for your recommenders, you might want to create a word template containing the recommendation questions.

'Hope that helps!
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2012, 00:43
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Essays
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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).

2. Discuss your most meaningful leadership experience. What did you learn about your own individual strengths and weaknesses through this experience?

3. Describe a circumstance in your life in which you faced adversity, failure, or setback. What actions did you take as a result and what did you learn from this experience?

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?

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.

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.
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Hi faro, thanks for starting this thread.

I think the Essay questions listed on the first page are slightly different from what's available from the Application account (See attachment). The key change is the 'contribute' question, which used to be essay #4 in the 2012-13 question set, is now tagged at the end of essay #1. Very interesting move by Tuck.

Here are the updated questions.

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, and what will you uniquely contribute to the community? (If you are applying for a joint or dual degree, please explain how the additional degree will contribute to those goals.)
2. Discuss your most meaningful leadership experience. What did you learn about your own individual strengths and weaknesses through this experience?
3. Describe a circumstance in your life in which you faced adversity, failure, or setback. What actions did you take as a result and what did you learn from this experience?
4. (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.
5. (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.


faro wrote:
Recommendation Questions
*Will be updated once available
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And below are the latest Recommendation Questions (For the complete questions, including the rating matrix asked at the start of the questionnaire, refer to the attachment):

In one document, please answer the following questions. To be sure to address all of the questions, you may wish to number your responses (i.e. 1,2,3, and so on). Please give examples to support any Top 5% or Bottom 20% ratings in the peer comparison.
1. How long have you known the applicant and in what context? Have you served as the applicant’s supervisor? If so, please provide approximate dates. Please comment upon the frequency and nature of your interactions with the applicant.
2. What are the applicant’s three principal strengths? Please provide an example of each.
3. In which three areas can the applicant improve? Please provide an example of each. How has the applicant worked to address these areas?
4. How does the applicant respond to constructive criticism?
5. Describe the impressions this candidate makes in meetings, presentations, interviews or other important interactions.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2012, 11:41
Thanks theK for the rec qs.
Is there any word or character limit for any of the questions that should be filled in the text boxes ?
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2012, 00:12
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Is there any word or character limit for any of the questions that should be filled in the text boxes ?

My understanding is that only the rating matrix can be completed through an online form.

The answers to the open-ended recommendation questions should be typed in a Word doc and Tuck doesn't provide any template for this (I have emailed Admissions and they don't have any guideline on font size, word limit, line spacing, etc). The Word doc is to be uploaded and submitted along with the rating matrix.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2012, 07:51
What are everyone's thoughts on the lengths of the essays?? I know that Tuck "recommends" 500 words, but I have an essay that is at ~700. You think that it will hurt the app if you go over that much on an essay? My others are around 500.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2012, 08:02
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What are everyone's thoughts on the lengths of the essays?? I know that Tuck "recommends" 500 words, but I have an essay that is at ~700. You think that it will hurt the app if you go over that much on an essay? My others are around 500.


yeah, 700 seems excessive.. Currently My 2nd essay is 584 and I wouldnt submit it unless it were under 550... I think going that far over shows you're bad at following directions.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2012, 11:27
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mtk232 wrote:
What are everyone's thoughts on the lengths of the essays?? I know that Tuck "recommends" 500 words, but I have an essay that is at ~700. You think that it will hurt the app if you go over that much on an essay? My others are around 500.


yeah, 700 seems excessive.. Currently My 2nd essay is 584 and I wouldnt submit it unless it were under 550... I think going that far over shows you're bad at following directions.

I'm also sticking to the +/- 10% rule. That's not to say that students don't get in who go beyond those limits, but I would imagine they are the exceptions rather than the rule. After all, if you're submitting 700 words, your essay will be noticeably (i.e., visibly) over the suggested limit, which means the reader may go into it thinking "this better be worth my time."
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2012, 01:21
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What are everyone's thoughts on the lengths of the essays?? I know that Tuck "recommends" 500 words, but I have an essay that is at ~700. You think that it will hurt the app if you go over that much on an essay? My others are around 500.


Depends. rule of thumb is to not go over more than 10% (even a bit more flexible here with Tuck). BUT if you have a very precise and awesome reason why you can't so it in 500 words, then maybe 700 words could work. But this is the really rare exception rather than the rule
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2012, 02:30
Can anyone speak to his/her experiences about their class visit/interview? Faro - I saw that noted you went to Murphy's the night before your "official" class visit/interview - why the quotation marks?

I am getting ready to visit Hanover this coming Wednesday and I'm very excited. I've heard great things about the area, but little about the classroom feel and the interview. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2012, 19:16
theK wrote:
Hi faro, thanks for starting this thread.

I think the Essay questions listed on the first page are slightly different from what's available from the Application account (See attachment). The key change is the 'contribute' question, which used to be essay #4 in the 2012-13 question set, is now tagged at the end of essay #1. Very interesting move by Tuck.

Here are the updated questions.

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, and what will you uniquely contribute to the community? (If you are applying for a joint or dual degree, please explain how the additional degree will contribute to those goals.)
2. Discuss your most meaningful leadership experience. What did you learn about your own individual strengths and weaknesses through this experience?
3. Describe a circumstance in your life in which you faced adversity, failure, or setback. What actions did you take as a result and what did you learn from this experience?
4. (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.
5. (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.


faro wrote:
Recommendation Questions
*Will be updated once available
...


And below are the latest Recommendation Questions (For the complete questions, including the rating matrix asked at the start of the questionnaire, refer to the attachment):

In one document, please answer the following questions. To be sure to address all of the questions, you may wish to number your responses (i.e. 1,2,3, and so on). Please give examples to support any Top 5% or Bottom 20% ratings in the peer comparison.
1. How long have you known the applicant and in what context? Have you served as the applicant’s supervisor? If so, please provide approximate dates. Please comment upon the frequency and nature of your interactions with the applicant.
2. What are the applicant’s three principal strengths? Please provide an example of each.
3. In which three areas can the applicant improve? Please provide an example of each. How has the applicant worked to address these areas?
4. How does the applicant respond to constructive criticism?
5. Describe the impressions this candidate makes in meetings, presentations, interviews or other important interactions.


What do you think the bold underlined portion of the recommendation questionnaire above i.e. "Please give examples to support any Top 5% or Bottom 20% ratings in the peer comparison" means? Does it mean:
1. Apart from these essays write an example each to support all the Top 5% or Bottom 20% ratings or
2. While writing answers to these five questions only, use examples which also support the Top 5% or Bottom 20% ratings ?

Please help.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2012, 00:42
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What do you think the bold underlined portion of the recommendation questionnaire above i.e. "Please give examples to support any Top 5% or Bottom 20% ratings in the peer comparison" means? Does it mean:
1. Apart from these essays write an example each to support all the Top 5% or Bottom 20% ratings or
2. While writing answers to these five questions only, use examples which also support the Top 5% or Bottom 20% ratings ?

Please help.

I believe it's the later - i.e. the examples related to any 'Top 5% or Bottom 20% ratings' should be intertwined in the evaluator's responses to the five questions.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2012, 08:46
I'm definitely applying to Tuck. Tuck is my #1 choice in an ideal world...but my fiancee is looking for post-doc and lectureship positions for next Fall so in the end we'll go the city that is optimal for both of us.

I will be applying through the Consortium. Anyone have any insight on Consortium applications to Tuck? There don't appear to be any required essays beyond those that are posted on the Consortium's website, but I may be missing something.

My on-site interview is scheduled for November 8th. Lucky for me, my current client is in New England so I'll be able to make the trip at minimal cost and hopefully take more trips if I'm lucky enough to be accepted.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 05:03
I had my class visit/interview yesterday, and wow... I'm even more in love with this school... It seems like everyone’s interview was very conversational. I had a few normal questions (walk me through your resume, why mba, why tuck, how are you on a team, blah blah blah). It went pretty well, but not perfectly. I will be hitting submit tonight, and officially beginning the waiting game with Tuck.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 05:50
highwyre237 wrote:
I had my class visit/interview yesterday, and wow... I'm even more in love with this school... It seems like everyone’s interview was very conversational. I had a few normal questions (walk me through your resume, why mba, why tuck, how are you on a team, blah blah blah). It went pretty well, but not perfectly. I will be hitting submit tonight, and officially beginning the waiting game with Tuck.

Best of luck! I had the exact same experience when I visited and interviewed last week, but my plan is to submit in advance of the November deadline so I can do some final tweaking of my essays.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 07:12
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It was interesting to see how engaged the professors were. I came a from a big university and professors could care less about whether you understood the materials.
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It's a stark contrast from Columbia, Wharton, and HBS where I felt the student community was a lot more competitive and not open to guests.

Thanks for sharing, prorsum. I also came from a big university and am looking for a tight-knit B-school environment. I haven't visited Hanover, but the more I read about Tuck and watch the videos about it, the more I am drawn to this school.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 07:14
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...and wow... I'm even more in love with this school...

Thanks for sharing highwyre237. Do you mind elaborating on the specific impressions you had during your visit?
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 09:13
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I had my class visit/interview yesterday, and wow... I'm even more in love with this school... It seems like everyone’s interview was very conversational. I had a few normal questions (walk me through your resume, why mba, why tuck, how are you on a team, blah blah blah). It went pretty well, but not perfectly. I will be hitting submit tonight, and officially beginning the waiting game with Tuck.


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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 09:18
Did anyone here receive an email directly from Tuck admissions? They sent me a reminder last week that my official gmat score and rec's were not submitted. I don't want to read into this as a sign, but it's reassuring that someone from adcom's would personally send me a reminder.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 10:01
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Did anyone here receive an email directly from Tuck admissions? They sent me a reminder last week that my official gmat score and rec's were not submitted. I don't want to read into this as a sign, but it's reassuring that someone from adcom's would personally send me a reminder.


They reach out directly if something is missing from your file - someone from admissions reached out to me as well last year for my official gmat report. Happens - wouldnt read it as a sgn of anything other than that you pray your recommenders submit in time and that. U request for the official mat report
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