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# Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants

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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  17 Dec 2012, 07:58
I spoke to a member of the Tuck adcom at an information session and she emphasized that the optional essay should only be used to explain exceptional circumstances and should not really be used to round out the application.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  17 Dec 2012, 08:27
Thanks for the insights, everyone!

I guess we'll find out in a couple of months if I was right or wrong
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  17 Dec 2012, 22:08
mappleby wrote:
What did you write about? .

I used my optional essay to briefly explain why I could not have my current manager write a recc (I was applying in confidence). Both Stanford and Tuck admissions staff (@ panel discussions) recommended using the optional essay to write a few sentences explaining the omission of a current manager recc. Obviously a bit of a unique circumstance, but that is what I used it for.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  18 Dec 2012, 05:12
Accepted at Kellogg, wait listed by Tuck.. tough decision ahead on whether to stick on the WL.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  18 Dec 2012, 06:07
bosox8 wrote:
Accepted at Kellogg, wait listed by Tuck.. tough decision ahead on whether to stick on the WL.

Congrats! It's good to have options. Kellogg dinged me so it made my decision to stay on the WL a no-brainer.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  18 Dec 2012, 06:12
bosox8 wrote:
Accepted at Kellogg, wait listed by Tuck.. tough decision ahead on whether to stick on the WL.

congratulations amazing programs.

I don't think it is much of a decision (compared with acceptance at both! ). If I were in your position, I'd wait till I get an acceptance at Tuck and then decide or just hang on without pulling off from the WL. Till then, I'd figure what both places offer.

good luck with the decision.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  18 Dec 2012, 08:41
jumsumtak wrote:
bosox8 wrote:
Accepted at Kellogg, wait listed by Tuck.. tough decision ahead on whether to stick on the WL.

congratulations amazing programs.

I don't think it is much of a decision (compared with acceptance at both! ). If I were in your position, I'd wait till I get an acceptance at Tuck and then decide or just hang on without pulling off from the WL. Till then, I'd figure what both places offer.

good luck with the decision.

Tuck evaluates waitlisters at the very end of the admissions cycle...we're talking early June into July (that time-frame is explicitly mentioned in the waitlist email I received last year). If I recall correctly, the handful of people who were offered admission off the waitlist last year received the news in late June.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  18 Dec 2012, 09:06
andrew10987 wrote:
Tuck evaluates waitlisters at the very end of the admissions cycle...we're talking early June into July (that time-frame is explicitly mentioned in the waitlist email I received last year). If I recall correctly, the handful of people who were offered admission off the waitlist last year received the news in late June.

Hmm.. that is some new information for me.
Also, of what I've heard Tuck accepts a very few from its waitlist. That should probably help you if you are not heavily bent towards Tuck.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  18 Dec 2012, 09:12
andrew10987 wrote:
jumsumtak wrote:
bosox8 wrote:
Accepted at Kellogg, wait listed by Tuck.. tough decision ahead on whether to stick on the WL.

congratulations amazing programs.

I don't think it is much of a decision (compared with acceptance at both! ). If I were in your position, I'd wait till I get an acceptance at Tuck and then decide or just hang on without pulling off from the WL. Till then, I'd figure what both places offer.

good luck with the decision.

Tuck evaluates waitlisters at the very end of the admissions cycle...we're talking early June into July (that time-frame is explicitly mentioned in the waitlist email I received last year). If I recall correctly, the handful of people who were offered admission off the waitlist last year received the news in late June.

This time-frame makes sense. Let's say you have a guy who paid his deposit to Tuck but then is notified by Wharton he's accepted off the waitlist in mid-June? He bolts for Wharton and now Tuck has an open spot in their class - they go to the waitlist. This can cause a bit of a domino effect in the summer.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  18 Dec 2012, 12:11
Prudence wrote:
Hi everyone, I attended the Tuck reception in Bangalore and thought I'd share some pointers. Some of these may already be known to you:

1. EA invites are still coming out, geography no bar. This year, the EA volume is up by 30% and Allegra mentioned that the adcom is stressed out, trying to wrap up everything before the decision day. Her advice to applicants was to wait and not assume the worst.

(Personally, I feel that since they haven't finished reading the apps, you cannot assume that they've covered all apps from country X or Y. I don't think it is correct to assume that if you didn't get an invitation that coincided with a reception, you're scrood.)

2. As str1der previously mentioned, almost 60% of the class is decided from the EA and November rounds.

3. They don't care about multiple GMAT attempts, whether the scores trended up or down. Just have a good score(s) in one of them.

4. Allegra mentioned that she uses a + and - column while reviewing applications. So if your GMAT is low, like in the 500s or 600s, she would put that under the minus column. But this alone does not qualify for a ding. They look for other compensating strengths or evidence that you have worked on these weaknesses. One exception would be military candidates, who have either the GPA or GMAT low, but generally have great profiles. Tuck loves military candidates and recruiters love them too.

5. For those who applied in the November round, expect interview invites to come out 6 weeks from 11/7.

6. The one thing she stressed the most were the career goals. I think she talked about it at least 3 or 4 times. If your career goal is lofty, then Career Services steps in to determine whether they have the resources to place you in that role after your MBA. So it is very important that you state a strong case for your goals.

7. They don't expect Indian candidates to have stratospheric GMAT scores. It's just that they're so used to seeing these scores from India. They don't think 680-710 is bad at all. However they will be concerned if your verbal or quantitative score is low, or if your AWA is below 4.5.

Hope this helps!
Pru

Hey all --

Congrats to the future Tuckies if you were accepted and planning to attend!!

I was actually wondering if anyone applied the November round, and if you've received an interview invitation (if you haven't gone through the self-initiated interview of course). According to Prudence's post (thanks Pru!), the invitations would have been communicated some time this week. Would be great if you can update on that!

Thanks!
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  18 Dec 2012, 14:20
Got waitlisted. I'm from Chile and applied with a 690 GMAT.
I haven't applied to any other business schools since Tuck was my first option. I'm considering applying to other school on later rounds.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  18 Dec 2012, 15:57
I'm trying to arrange my self-initiated on-campus interview, but I can't find a single flight+dartmouth coach combination that will allow me to both make my afternoon interview and catch the flight back to my home city. Wondering if I should ask for a skype interview instead or just wing it and hope that i get an invite.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  18 Dec 2012, 16:04
Dood I would just wait for an invite to interview. I got dinged with a self initiated interview, and while I'm cool with it, you should wait to see if they have genuine interest in you before you commit to going all the way up there. I'm glad I did because it was a cool experience, but in hindsight it wasn't worth the $$or time. Senior Manager Joined: 24 Mar 2010 Posts: 347 Followers: 7 Kudos [?]: 80 [0], given: 4 Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] 18 Dec 2012, 16:10 codytravers wrote: Dood I would just wait for an invite to interview. I got dinged with a self initiated interview, and while I'm cool with it, you should wait to see if they have genuine interest in you before you commit to going all the way up there. I'm glad I did because it was a cool experience, but in hindsight it wasn't worth the$$ or time.

It's not the money, it's the logistics. I'm in the U.S. but not the east coast, and for some reason there aren't that many non-stop flights to boston logan. And then to make matters worse, due to the 3 hour distance to hanover and the dartmouth coach services, the logistics is nearly impossible to coordinate. I still want to apply there since it's a really good school, strong alumni network, and pretty decent finance recruiting. The conventional wisdom seems to be that for tuck/stern/yale, if you don't visit and/or do a self-initiated interview, your chances decline SIGNIFICANTLY.

EDIT: never mind, skype interview is by invite only.

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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  18 Dec 2012, 16:13
Can't rent a car?
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  18 Dec 2012, 16:17
codytravers wrote:
Can't rent a car?

I don't feel comfortable driving for a number of reasons. I wonder if it's worth applying now if i don't do a self-initiated interview. It would be interesting to know what % of invites get in, as opposed to those who did a self-invite.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  18 Dec 2012, 16:23
It sounds like you're trying to rush this trip - have you considered just biting the bullet and staying overnight?

Hanover is out of the way and isn't for everyone. That's why Tuck wants people to come to interview - they don't want applicants who view it as a peer school to Wharton/Columbia and simply apply based on reputation only.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  18 Dec 2012, 16:25
CobraKai wrote:
It sounds like you're trying to rush this trip - have you considered just biting the bullet and staying overnight?

Hanover is out of the way and isn't for everyone. That's why Tuck wants people to come to interview - they don't want applicants who view it as a peer school to Wharton/Columbia and simply apply based on reputation only.

Yeah, I might not apply since my heart is just not in it. I mean if HBS or Wharton were in Hanover, NH, I will move heaven, earth, and the stars, to figure out a way to get there and do the interview. I agree that Tuck is very unique among the top 10 programs and is not for everyone. If I drop tuck, i might do stern, but from what i heard, stern also wants applicants who have visited since one of their essay questions asks about what steps you took to figure out if stern is the right fit for you.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  18 Dec 2012, 18:23
Shawshank wrote:
CobraKai wrote:
It sounds like you're trying to rush this trip - have you considered just biting the bullet and staying overnight?

Hanover is out of the way and isn't for everyone. That's why Tuck wants people to come to interview - they don't want applicants who view it as a peer school to Wharton/Columbia and simply apply based on reputation only.

Yeah, I might not apply since my heart is just not in it. I mean if HBS or Wharton were in Hanover, NH, I will move heaven, earth, and the stars, to figure out a way to get there and do the interview. I agree that Tuck is very unique among the top 10 programs and is not for everyone. If I drop tuck, i might do stern, but from what i heard, stern also wants applicants who have visited since one of their essay questions asks about what steps you took to figure out if stern is the right fit for you.

Well, at least NYC is much more accessible than Hanover.
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Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  18 Dec 2012, 18:59
Are Tuck students hosting coffee chats again during this winter break? Attended one last year, but haven't heard anything this year...
Re: Tuck 2013 (Dartmouth) - Calling All Applicants   [#permalink] 18 Dec 2012, 18:59

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