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Tuck (Dartmouth): Class of 2017 - Calling All Applicants!

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Please respond fully but concisely to the following essay questions. There are no right or wrong answers. We encourage applicants to limit the length of their responses to 500 words for each essay. 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 fit for you and your goals and why are you the best fit for Tuck?

2. Tell us about your most meaningful leadership experience and what role you played. What did you learn about your own individual strengths and weaknesses through this experience?

3. (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.

4. (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.

Video Interview:Tuck School of business (unedited)






T '13 Employment Statistics
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http://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/careers/e ... nternships



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Current Student :- Domotron - Class of 2016


Who would be an ideal applicant to your program based on admissions, culture, and the program in general?

Domotron:- There is no such thing as the ideal applicant for Tuck I think. That being said, successful applicants must demonstrate a good understanding of the Tuck culture and how they would fit into the supportive community. Otherwise, the traits Tuck looks for are very similar to other schools: intellectual horsepower, strong work experience, interesting extracurriculars whether it be sports or volunteering, and strong ethics.



GPA, GMAT, Application Essays, Interview, Work Experience, and Extra Curricular. If you asked to arrange these parameters in the order of their importance at HBS – what would it be?

Domotron:- I honestly believe that Tuck utilizes a holistic approach to the application process. That being said, the quality of the class is very high so you cannot have a significant unaddressed weakness in any one aspect of your application.


What advantage, if any, is there in applying in a specific round over another?

Domotron:- EA round is definitely an advantage for those that know they are serious about Tuck. Historically, admit rates is just as strong in the November round as EA round. January round tends to be the most popular and after that it is tough as there are just fewer unfilled spots left.



Are the on-campus and off-campus interviews treated equally or there is any preference to one over other?

Domotron:- The Tuck admissions are very clear that they prefer candidates to interview on campus if at all possible. For candidates that are strong in interviews, you ensure that you get an opportunity to demonstrate this without having to wait for an invite. It could be the difference between an admit and a ding.



Do you recommend a school visit? Is it a must?

Domotron:- Due to its location, it is important to visit to make sure Tuck is the right place for you. You will also be able to get a sense what the Tuck community is all about. Fit is incredibly important at Tuck and you are doing yourself a disservice by not visiting and interviewing if possible.



How important is the school visit for an applicant?? Does that really play any role in strengthening application?

Domotron:- It is very important for any school. I felt after my school visits that I could better articulate why a school was right for me (or in some instances realized it was a poor fit).



Can you comment on the Employment process of the school? What support do students get from Career Services dept, peers, and alumni?

Domotron:- As a first year, I am only getting a glimpse into the recruiting process. However the list of companies that visit campus is extremely impressive. The toughest thing is organizing your schedule to make sure you can attend all the sessions you want to. Overall the Career Development Office has done a great job getting in touch early in the first year.



Which companies (and from which sectors) generally recruit in the school? How strong school’s alumni network is?

Domotron:- At a first glance, I would say Tuck gets all the major management consultancies, IBs, GM firms on campus. The Tuck alumni network, though smaller than most schools, is extremely strong. There are many stories of people getting jobs through referrals or conversations from alumni.



Which student clubs or groups are in the school? What social and philanthropic opportunities and opportunities to get involved in leadership roles one can get in these groups?

Domotron:- Tuck has a class of 280, therefore there are leadership opportunities available for those that want them. In fact, it is difficult to sit back and not get involved. Tripod hockey is a big party of the Tuck social life but there are a good variety of fun or professional clubs to get involved in.



Is there anything related to Financial Aid worth a mention?

Domotron:- The financial aid system is fairly straightforward at Tuck. For scholarships, you have to submit a separate essay to be considered. Otherwise, there are a variety of loan providers available including a non US-cosigner loan option for international students.



Can you think of a few good and bad reasons for applicants to reach out to current students? Eps. Before submitting an application?

Domotron:- There are no bad reasons for reaching out. Tuck students love to help and encourage people to reach out. The more people you speak to, the better you will understand the Tuck community. Finally, you never know who may put in a good word for you to a member of the admissions committee!




The following is the perspective from successful Tuck Applicant/Admit Domotron (known for his blog: http://domotron.wordpress.com/) who is proud to be a T '16.

domotron wrote:

My keys to why Tuck?



  • Location: This can be a make or break criteria for applicants. Some people love the idea of 2 years in Hanover (me) and others can’t think of anything worse. The benefit of Tuck’s location is that you will have a really residential MBA experience that leads to an extremely cohesive and tight-knit community. The remoteness is also slightly overblown. If you really want to escape, it’s only 2-3 hours from Boston.
  • Class size: Tuck has one of the smallest class sizes around. You will not and cannot be just a face in the crowd. You will get to know all your classmates and this was a huge plus for me. I would much rather build a smaller set of deep friendships rather than larger set of acquaintances. The smaller class size also means you get more exposure to the faculty. Finally, it pushes everyone to contribute to the community whether it is organising social events to a career trek.
  • Recruiting: Not much to add other than Tuck’s recruiting numbers are consistently phenomenal. After my research, I was sure that Tuck would get me to where I wanted to go providing I put in the work.
  • Community: Throughout my application process, I got an exposure first hand to the incredible people associated with Tuck whether it be current students, alumni, or admissions staff. They were all gracious with their time and willing to answer any queries that I had. This is not limited to the current Tuckies. Tuck is renowned for a responsive alumni network that will go above and beyond to help current Tuckies. This was the type of community I wanted to be part of.


Should I self-initiative an on campus interview?



Yes, yes and yes. A lot of applicants over think this point. Listen to the advice from the adcoms. They HIGHLY encourage people to visit and those that do have a higher rate of success. I would recommend you interview before you apply though because experiencing Tuck firsthand will really help your essays especially when demonstrating fit. What better way than talking about your experience sitting Prof X’s class or speaking with current student Y. Furthermore, why turn down an opportunity of providing the admissions team with one more data point. Maybe you are not the best writer in the world but you blow people away during interviews. Well this is your chance to demonstrate that.

One last thing to add, just because the interview is self-initiated doesn’t mean you can just turn up. You should prepare for it just like any other interview.

My tips to a successful application



Below are just a few thoughts. They are all common sense suggestions really:

  • Really get to know the school – make use of Tuck Connections, speak to as many students or alumni as possible, and visit campus. This will give you ammunition for your essays and demonstrate that you have done your due diligence. “Fit” is an important criterion for Tuck and this goes a long way to showing it.
  • Definitely interview on campus – this applies to all applicants. For North American applicants, it shows up if you didn’t make it onto campus. For internationals, this is not essential but put it this way when I interviewed, there was a guy who flew in from China just to visit and interview.
  • Dig deep into your story – really spend time to think about your story and life experiences. You have limited real estate (losing one essay from last year) to put your story across to the admissions team. You want to make the most out of every aspect of the application whether it is essay, resume, online form, or interview.
  • Don’t try to please the adcom – they really don’t want to hear a story you concocted for them. I guarantee the real you is far more interesting and much more likely to succeed than a sanitised version to fit their criteria.

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Successful T' 16 Profiles (last year successes)
KMD10 wrote:

KMD10's Profile
Area of Interest in MBA: Undecided, maybe Marketing
GMAT: 730
GPA: 3.5, Economics/Psychology Double Major (top 5 Liberal Arts College)
Work Experience: 3 yrs in Investment Management
From: Massachusetts
Age: 26 at Matriculation
Gender: Female
Extra-curriculars/community: Nothing particularly notable since college, Major Undergrad Involvement: Swimming (4-year Varsity member, Varsity Captain, DIII All-American)
BackToTheEastCoast wrote:
BackToTheEastCoast's Profile
Area of Interest in MBA: Healthcare Consulting
GMAT: 640 (I'm an awful standardized test taker so made sure other parts of my application made up for it; also 6/6 on writing and 7/8 on IR)
GPA: 3.78 (Masters degree from a top 5 program)
Work Experience: 7.5 yrs in healthcare (private sector and currently government)
From: Chicago, IL
Age: 32 years at Matriculation
Gender: Female
Extra-curriculars/community: active in my undergrad, grad school, and sorority alumni associations; volunteer at soup kitchen, other ad hoc volunteer projects
Other Notable: already have a masters degree, returning for a second...
tripsd wrote:
tripsd's Profile
Area of Interest in MBA: Consulting
GMAT: 760
GPA: 3.67
Work Experience: 3 yrs in educational start up
From: New Mexico originally, currently in Florida
Age: 29 at Matriculation
Gender: M
Extra-curriculars/community: Heavy involvement in cancer nonprofits. Several different organizations and several different roles. Also some community athletics
Other Notable - I think the difference for me was making an effort to get to know the school and students. Connecting with students with a similar profile made me able to write essays that really spoke about why I would benefit from Tuck and how I could contribute (At least this is my take away). Also tons of constant self reflection on my goals, tons of edits on the essays, and hours of practice on the interviews allowed my strengths come through
MUJIzz wrote:
MUJIzz’s Profile
Area of Interest in MBA: General Management, Entrepreneurship
GMAT: 760
GPA: 3.6
Work Experience: 2.5 yrs in management consulting
From: China
Age: 26 at Matriculation
Gender: Male
Extra-curriculars/community: limited
DG89 wrote:
DG89's Profile
Area of Interest in MBA: General Management
GMAT: 760 (Q50 V42)
Work Experience: 4+ yrs in 2014 - evenly split between strategy research and corporate strategy
From: India
Age: 25 at Matriculation
Gender: Male
Extra-curriculars/community: Decent - active involvement in competitive sports, volunteer work, adventure sports enthusiast
Others - Off-degree academic pursuits, including CFA, other Indian finance certifications, and online competitive strategy courses
iluebe wrote:
iluebe’s Profile
Area of Interest in MBA: Operations & Strategy
GMAT: 690
GPA: 3.2
Work Experience: 6 yrs in 2014
From: Nigeria
Age: 30 at Matriculation
Gender: Male
Extra-curriculars/community: Volunteer for a NGO; back to school program for disadvantaged kids.
Other Notable: Coach/Player for my college soccer team, Leadership award at work (2012)
godlovesemily wrote:
godlovesemily's Profile
Area of Interest in MBA: Operation
GMAT: 760
GPA: 3.6
Work Experience: 3 yrs in supply chain
From: China
Age: 25 at Matriculation
Gender: Female
Extra-curriculars/community: Several, not too many

Have some global exposure through undergraduate exchange and business trip. Liberal arts major (Spanish). I'm also a CouchSurfer practitioner and I mentioned it in the interview, and AO seemed quite interested in this and let me explain my experience.
mangaka wrote:
mangaka's Profile
Area of Interest in MBA: Private Equity/Venture Capital
GMAT: 760
GPA: 3.31
Work Experience: 4 yrs in Banking
From: Canada
Age: 26 at Matriculation
Gender: Female
Extra-curriculars/community: board member of a non profit corporation
Other Notable
grotten wrote:
grotten's Profile
Area of Interest in MBA: General Mgm - energy orientated
GMAT: 680 Q45 V38
GPA: International GPA scale 7.5/10
Work Experience: 5 years experience as a project mgr (last 3 yrs in a mayor US oil and gas corp.) Work last 2 years in an oil field in South America - Remote location.
From: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Age: 28 at Matriculation
Gender: Male
Extra-curriculars/community: nothing really interesting/relevant
greenam wrote:
greenam's Profile
Area of Interest in MBA: Telecom
GMAT: 700
GPA: 3.6 from UPenn with extra distinction in my major (dean's list last two years)
Work Experience: 6 yrs in the USMC
From: Colorado (currently, Quantico, VA)
Age: 28 at Matriculation
Gender: F
Extra-curriculars/community:
milapp wrote:
milapp's Profile
Area of Interest in MBA: General Management / Marketing Strategy
GMAT: 730 Q47 V44 IR8
GPA: 3.3
Work Experience: 6+ yrs as a US Military Officer
From: USA
Age: 30 at Matriculation
Gender: M
Extra-curriculars/community: Extensive undergrad extracurriculars at top 35 private (non-ivy) university with numerous campus level leadership posts, as well as athletic and ROTC commitments. Post-undergraduate extracurriculars were mediocre due to frequent moves.
Other Notable: 1 additional language. Extensive travel and lived and worked in two other countries in addition to home country. Worked on many projects of a multi-national nature.
StevenH514 wrote:
StevenH514's Profile
Program: Tuck MBA
Area of Interest in MBA: Management Consulting or Tech
GMAT: 740
GPA: 3.18 in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Lafayette College
Work Experience: 4 years in US Army
From: CT
Age: 26 at Matriculation
Gender: M
Extra-curriculars/community: Nothing crazy- fun runs for charities, volunteering a few hours per month for my unit's Family Readiness Group
Other Notable- Lean Six Sigma Greent Belt, 9 month deployment to Afghanistan
Jamico7 wrote:
Jamico7's Profile
Area of Interest in MBA: Product Management, Technology
GMAT: 730
GPA: 3.22
Work Experience: 2.5 years in DoD Agency; 2.5 years in Peace Corps
From: USA
Age: 26 at Matriculation
Gender: Male
Extra-curriculars/community: Nothing too notable
mediatech6 wrote:
mediatech6's Profile
Area of Interest in MBA: Technology/entrepreneurship
GMAT: 750
GPA: 3.2
Work Experience: 4 years in media
From: New York
Age: 26 at Matriculation
Gender: Male
Extra-curriculars/community: fair amount of leadership in undergrad, consistent volunteer work during and after college, and involvement with a well-known non-profit
Other Notable:
dairymilk wrote:
dairymilk's Profile
Program: MBA FT
Area of Interest in MBA: Marketing
GMAT: 720
GPA: 3.4
Work Experience: 5 years in a Top 10 Tech Company
From: India
Age: 28
Gender: F
Extra-curriculars/community: Sports, Music, Drama, Writing


Admission Process
prodizy wrote:
Hey I don't think there is a specific timeline. However, I suggest you to do the applicant initiated interview. Below is the overview of how Tuck selects its students. I am posting verbatim of associate director of admissions at Tuck, Pat Harrison. I just loved the beauty of the process. We all will get our fair chance, I think :)

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Those of you applying today might be curious as to what happens to your application next...

Once we get it, we print out the application and put it in a file with your letters of recommendation (which hopefully have already arrived), and the write-up from your interview (assuming you have already completed one). The complete file then goes to one of our eight admissions committee members for the first read. S/he reads everything that has been submitted and writes a brief evaluation of the pros and cons of the file and makes a recommendation whether to admit or deny the applicant. If the applicant has not already had an interview, the reader also makes a recommendation whether we should invite him/her to interview. Please note that this happens for EVERYONE. We don’t have minimum cut-offs for GMAT, GPA, work experience, etc. All files go through this process. Next, the complete file then goes on to a second adcom reader for another full read. S/he goes through the same exercise and makes a recommendation whether to admit or deny.

Next stop is our Director of Admissions, Dawna Clarke. She reviews each reader’s comments and may read some or all of the file if she needs further clarification. Some of the applicants she reviews are clear admits, and some are unfortunately clear denies. She makes a final decision on those groups accordingly. However, a larger number of applicants fall somewhere in the middle, and that group goes to “committee.”

Committee occurs at the end of the application round, and basically we lock ourselves in a conference room for a few days, with a generous supply of junk food, and the group discusses each applicant. Some of those discussions are lengthy and some become quite passionate. Eventually we arrive at a final decision as a group. Final decisions are then communicated to all applicants via their on-line admissions account on the published notification date. Hopefully, the news is good!

The important thing to take away is that A LOT of time and attention is given to every single application. One of the things I am most proud of is how thoughtful our process is. We really try to get to know each of the applicants as a person, not just their stats. All of the hard work you put into your application is appreciated, and we really do read every essay you write."

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Admission Tips
str1der wrote:
Two points, second one is more generic

- Show the love: Tuck thrives on this. If you are in the US, visit. If you aren't, try to visit. It won't go unnoticed. Don't be afraid to email people in their admissions office directly regarding queries - they are extremely helpful. Stress on your 'love' for Tuck in the interview versus talking about generic points like rankings, employment data etc. Don't be afraid to let your essays take a much more personal flavour than essays you may be writing for other schools.

- Competition among Indian applicants is just tremendous. Be prepared to turn in your absolute best. Tuck is a very prestigious school in the US (it doesn't have as big a name in India/ Europe as US) which makes it very competitive to get into. There are folks joining me in Hanover who have turned down HBS, Sloan, Kellogg, Booth etc. to come to Tuck. Hence, even if you are not an Indian, make sure your Tuck application is top notch. And when I say application, I don't mean just the essays. The interview is where they really look at how well you mirror the paper versus the real you. If you wrote stuff for the sake of pleasing them, you are dinged immediately
vanishingnerd wrote:
Some quick (and very obvious) updates/suggestions from my side:

1. Try to send "thank you" notes to people who helped you through out your MBA application process. This includes your peer groups, people who wrote your recommendations, AdComs you interacted with, your interviewer at Tuck (and other schools), and most importantly say thanks to your friends and family for tolerating you throughout the process.

2. Relax. Remember you have done your part. Its very common to have that feeling of reaching out to the AdCom regarding the status of your application, chances of success, recent (scheduled) promotion or updated employment report. Hold on to that feeling unless you think its critical and it will drastically improve your chances at Tuck.

3. Hedge your bets and start working on Round 2 applications. You may choose not to submit them later.

4. Don't loose focus on your current job (and your career progress). Even if you get in to Tuck, you wont matriculate before Aug 2014. Sweet promotion to Project Manager or Senior Associate or an Economist (in my case) will help during first year recruitment at Tuck (exactly 11 months from now).

Should I Interview?
PanchoPippin wrote:
As Dawna Clarke mentions in her P&Q interview, visiting/interviewing on campus is definitely a plus because it shows a sincere interest in the school and allows the applicant's essays to come to life because the applicant is not just speaking in generalities about why he or she likes Tuck, but instead has a concrete experience from which to draw.

That said, plenty of people get into Tuck without ever setting foot on campus. In fact, if Tuck likes your application they can invite you to interview on campus or via Skype, as you alluded other schools do.
vanishingnerd wrote:
Glad you asked. I was an International applicant last year and due to prior commitments I couldn't visit Tuck for interviews. If your application is competitive enough, the AdCom will find one or the other ways to get in touch with you. F2F interviews (in your home country) and Skype calls are common for international candidates.

But that being said, if you live and work in the US or nearby countries, its expected that you make use of open interview policy at Tuck.
kschmidt1801 wrote:
As a T15, I second the opinion that you should interview on campus if you live in the US / North America. I didn't and I'm positive it affected the strength of my application. I was lucky that the adcom asked me to interview after I applied and I flew out for the interview then. Tuck is a very unique place in a very unique part of the US. People have an incredibly visceral reaction to meeting the community. You love it or you don't. For me, I know I fell in love in a way that would have made for a completely different application. As it happens, I wasn't admitted right away. I was waitlisted. I'm almost positive that if I had flown out to interview before I submitted my application that I would have been a much stronger applicant and been admitted right away.

Moral of the story: Interview on campus, have a better application, and maybe even avoid the waitlist.

Interview Experience

prodizy wrote:
Mine was on-campus applicant-initiated interview. The interview was very enjoyable. The second year student who took my interview was very humble. She was genuinely interested in getting to know me.

The interview is mostly about
  • what you have I done till now (walk me through your resume),
  • why I need an MBA (career goals),
  • how Tuck will help me out (my personalized plan to achieve those goals),
  • most importantly, WHY Tuck (am I genuinely interested in Tuck or not)

The last part was pretty important I felt. I think she was not hooked by my justification of why Tuck. So my advice is to really work on that. I was also asked to share about a leadership experience. I would strongly suggest visiting Tuck for an interview. It will be one hell of an experience. If you live in a big city, you will immediately get hooked.

Hope that helps. Send me a PM if you want to ask anything specific.

Ward2012 wrote:
Had my interview today. Preparing definitely helped me, but I only prepared the night before. Of course, I went through this process already last year, so I knew what to expect.

In the end, I was making myself worry over nothing. The interview was very pleasant. I think what also helped is that my interviewer was of the opposite sex. I've always felt that people, in general, interview better with someone of the opposite sex.

My questions were very standard and have all been reported before on the ClearAdmit blog (except for maybe the penultimate question below):

-Walk me through your resume
-Why do you need an MBA?
-What are your long term goals?
-Tell me about your leadership style and a team experience. What three things would the members of that team say about you?
-Tell me about a time you failed.
-Why Tuck?
-What will you contribute to Tuck?
-Explain to me the current situation at your company (I work for a unique financial services company that is in the news a lot, and people are always curious. PM me if you want to know)
-If you could meet any person in the world or in history, who would it be?
-Is there anything you wish I had asked you?

Thanks.

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Re: Tuck (Dartmouth): Class of 2017 - Calling All Applicants! [#permalink] New post 21 May 2014, 08:05
FROM Tuck Admissions Blog: Application Advice: Becoming a T’16
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Jacob Crandall, a future T'16, grew up in Buffalo, NY and attended Case Western Reserve University, graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  Upon graduation he worked at Newry Corp., a small consulting firm in Cleveland focusing on helping industrial and CPG clients develop growth strategies for new and existing products.  He currently leads a strategic planning and analytics group in the Global Procurement organization at Deutsche Bank in New York City.  At Tuck, he plans to participate in the Tuck Student Consulting Services, Tuck Wine Society, and of course, Tripod Hockey amongst many other things.

 

As I reflect on the past year and my journey to becoming a T’16 (Class of 2016, in Tuckie vernacular), there are a few pieces of advice I would give to prospective students who are in the same place that I was at about this time last year.

Start Early.  I know this may seem pretty obvious, but it is a point that shouldn’t be taken lightly.  Whether it be studying for the GMAT (if you haven’t taken it already), starting to identify potential recommenders, or researching programs where you think you might apply, the earlier you start, the less stressed you will be when you are submitting your applications.  One of the activities I found most helpful was to visit each program that I was considering applying to – before I actually submitted an application – which I would not have been able to do without quite a bit of time before applying…which brings me to my next piece of advice…

Do Your Research.  Through the application process, it may seem like each school is reviewing your entire life, but remember that it is just as important that you “interview” each program as well.  This is going to be 2 years (or 1 year in some cases) of your life that you are putting into an MBA, and it will also greatly impact the path you take for many years to come.  Although I spent a good amount of time talking with alumni and students at each program I applied to, I wish I had done more.  That being said, one of the key differentiators for Tuck in my mind was that I was able to experience the Tuck network when I was just a prospective student.  I always had responses from Tuckies I emailed within 24-48 hours who were more than happy to spend an hour telling me about their time at Tuck, and show interest in my background as well.  These conversations are also helpful to help determine if you would “fit” with the people that will become your network, which brings me to my final point…

Pick The Program Where You Feel Comfortable.  When I originally started talking to people in my network who had gone to business school about selecting a program, they would always say “pick the program that is a good fit.”  I always thought this sounded a bit cliché, but as I learned more about each program, and spoke with students and alumni I realized that it’s actually a very good piece of advice.  Each program has its own unique culture that is made up of a wide variety of factors such as its location, size, teaching methods, etc.  I found that for myself (and my fiancé who is coming to Tuck as a TP’16 or Tuck Partner), we came to love Tuck very quickly, and found its close-knit, collaborative culture (which includes partners of Tuck students in many cases) to be the one where we felt the most comfortable.  I would compare the feeling to one where when meeting someone for the first time (or maybe a few times), and you just feel like you’re going to be great friends – that’s the way I felt about Tuck.

I hope some of these suggestions are helpful as you approach your path to attending a Top MBA program like Tuck.  I am very much looking forward to this summer as I will continue to get to know many of my future classmates through informal get-togethers in NYC and the pre-term trips like Outward Bound and trips to Nicaragua and Peru.  I know that Tuck was the right choice for me, and I hope that as you take your journey toward selecting an MBA program, you find the right fit for you as well.
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Nice work. I will hopefully be applying EA and couldn't be more excited.

Can I ask what you used to create the plot chart with GPA/GMAT and admit color? It does an excellent job visualizing the trending.

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Nice work. I will hopefully be applying EA and couldn't be more excited.

Can I ask what you used to create the plot chart with GPA/GMAT and admit color? It does an excellent job visualizing the trending.

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I actually don't know... it's part of the gmatclub framework... I will work to find out! Good luck this year!
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Thanks! Looks like the wheelhouse for admission is in that 740 range or so. I certainly have my work cut out for me.

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Thanks! Looks like the wheelhouse for admission is in that 740 range or so. I certainly have my work cut out for me.

Best of luck in your reapplication; your work on these forums is really appreciated - the 2016 version of this thread has been a great resource for me.


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Great write up on the visit by erahn:

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Sure - it'll be a novel but I'll give it my best shot.

Although I scheduled my visit well in advance and live in Boston, I decided the day before that I would drive up that night and stay at a local hotel, rather than make the trek in the morning. I arrived at the Harwich Inn, which is in Vermont and across the Connecticut River from Tuck, around 8pm. I spent most of the evening looking through their various course offerings and studying from the Advanced Quant MGMAT book. I was so excited that I could hardly sleep and was suddenly really happy that I had decided to get the room for the night.

That morning, I woke up at about 5am and decided that I would study at the local Starbucks for a few hours prior to my visit, which started at 10:30. Most all of the people that I encountered seemed to either be students or teachers; certainly a great small college town vibe. Around 9, I decided that I would take a drive around the town and campus and get a feel for the area. The campus seems to be built directly ontop of the large grass square in Hanover center. There's an enormous white colonial Dartmouth building with black shutters that sits up on a grass hill over-looking the square. It is seared in my mind: Image. The rest of the center is lined with impressive brick buildings. I was very surprised with the size of the campus, it was much larger and more grand than I had expected. The parking is terrible; don't be fooled by the map, you basically have to park illegally or park in a large lot about a half mile from Tuck and take a bus.

After the cruise around campus, I decided to take a drive down some side streets as I was bored and didn't want to arrive too early. The road towards the country club is lined with very nice houses with rolling front lawns and nice porches. The course itself seemed a little shoddy, but the actual layout and location of it were really awesome. Seemed very beginner friendly, although it's hard to say without getting out of my car. I felt for some of the other Tuck visitors because they didn't have cars, my drive around campus and the surrounding area was as much of a selling point to me as the experience at Tuck itself.

The visitation itself started with me trying to find the Admissions office, which is on an upper floor an older wing which seems reserved for administrative offices. There were two girls manning desks in the admissions office, both of which were very friendly and one of which was drinking coffee out of a goofy owl mug. I was escorted to a waiting room across the hall which soon began to fill with people. My group ended up being two more folks from the Boston area, two folks from India with their wives, one from Toronto, one from NYC and one from Japan. Their careers spanned Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, Consulting, Investment Management, and one who worked for a media company in New York. All were various degrees of pleasant. We also had a few folks from the undergraduate program who were fairly quiet. I received the impression that our group was quite large, so I think in general the visits were probably normally closer to 5 rather than the 10 that we had. Once it was time to head out, they had a first year that escorted each of us separately to the class and afterwards back towards the room where we ate.

My student escort spoke with me about whatever I liked, it was very casual and informal as mentioned earlier. The visitors all sat in the back of the class and each had to give a brief description of where we worked and what we did. We were told that the visit was observational only, and that we were not to ask questions. The classroom was a decent sized lecture hall with pretty nice chairs and a large window that looked out to a forest of thin evergreen trees swaying in the distance. After class, we were taken to a private room where a small lunch was available to us.

During lunch, we said goodbye to our escorts and had a first year and second year sit with us at a small table and answer any questions we had. Very easy going and relaxing lunch. I think our group may have been a little large for what it was meant to be, but it was still really cool. I could see through a window behind one of the speakers a courtyard with nice tables where there were some students doing work. Everything in Tuck's MBA complex is expertly interwoven.

One thing I noticed was that everyone really did seem very friendly and engaged with one another. There was definitely a feeling that nobody was left out, even as part of the visitation group, you sort of felt sucked in. During our tour following the lunch, we actually had some second years pretending to inconspicuously follow the guide as a joke. Seemed very much par for the course. I was really struck by how nice the actual building was. Unlike the heartless monolith that was MIT MBA building, Tuck felt like it was constructed by artists rather than engineers. The corridors were wood paneled and each section of the interconnected building had its own slightly different but very cozy and friendly style. There must have been 30 or 40 different private study rooms for the MBA's to work in, and there were also several different distinct areas that one could relax in with some peace and quiet. A large main room with a wide stone and slate fireplace sits right ontop of the forest. The below picture is a bit of a mess, but gives you a good idea of the layout:
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After the tour, we were escorted back to the admissions office where Amy Mitson answered our questions for as long as we pleased. She confirmed that the MIM program is on hold due to the Dean stepping down and not wanting the replacement to walk into a program in flux. She was very encouraging of all visitors to try to put forward their best applications and gave us tips and advice as to how to do so. They really seemed to be pulling for each of us.

Overall, Tuck lived up to my extremely high expectations. Although it is probably too late to do any more class visits prior to next fall, I hope my post can impart some of the vibe that I got from the visit.

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It’s hard to believe that my Tuck experience is coming to an end: in less than two weeks, I will have my diploma and my status will change from “student” to “employment pending”, giving me the summer to rest and recharge before starting work full time in Philadelphia.  While Commencement is where I will receive my degree, Investiture is the Tuck-specific “graduation,” where we will receive our academic hoods, hear from a member of our class (Cassandra Cummings T’14!), and from an alum (Sherri Oberg, aunt of classmate Jason Oberg T’14).  My classmates know that I am a longstanding advocate for the use of puns in academic settings, so it seems appropriate to observe that the final event of our MBA career, Investiture, coincidentally starts with a business word: Invest.  And how fitting that is, for a lot has been invested in us.  In these two years, we have taken classes; researched companies, industries, and markets; traveled, for pleasure and class (and often both simultaneously); expanded our networks; learned new skills; and attended talks by a range of executives, government officials, authors, academics, and researchers.  So, it’s fair to say that we’ve been invested in quite a bit.

If you ask around, though, you’re likely to find that the more accurate descriptor for our MBA experience beginning with “in” is, of course, “in debt.”  I find myself indebted in a variety of ways.  First, and perhaps most obviously, I am in financial debt.  I believe the price of Tuck’s MBA is well worth it, but two years of tuition, board, housing, and incidental expenses sure does add up.  Second, I am in debt to Tuck’s faculty of both academics and practitioners.  They have freely given of their time outside of the classroom, devoted hours to planning and delivering courses that are truly distinctive, and made a serious and sustained effort to get to know us as people.  Third, I am in debt to Tuck’s caring and dedicated staff, who go out of their way to help us and make incredible opportunities available to us.  Fourth, I am in debt to Tuck’s alumni, who have given of themselves so generously in many ways.  I have taken classes where alumni have visited to provide insight and advice based on their professional experience; in the process of finding a full-time job, I spoke with dozens of alums, all of whom were helpful and happy to share their perspectives.  Fifth, I am in debt to my fellow students, be they in the class of 2013, 2014, or 2015.  I am privileged to have spent one to two years with this amazing group of people; insightful in class, helpful in study groups, energetic in planning and leading extracurriculars, good-spirited on the playing field (or rink), supportive in recruiting and interview prep, genuine and friendly throughout, and enthusiastic about Tuck.  Sixth, I am in debt to my classmates’ partners (Tuck Partners, or TPs, as we call them).  Some live and work here, others work elsewhere and visit when they can, and all provide a deeper sense of community.  Many of the amazing social events we have—from small group dinners to the Mexican Fiesta, Brazilian Carnival, and JKC (Japan, Korea, China) parties—are the result of their time and efforts.  They also make it possible for pets to be part of our community, and I cannot tell you how nice it is, during the crush of exams and final papers, to have a puppy break (so perhaps I am also in debt to the Tuck pets).  Seventh, I am in debt to this institution for so many reasons: its outstanding facilities, extensive network of exchange schools, numerous centers for research and learning, and convenient proximity to ski slopes and golf courses.  Eighth, and perhaps most importantly, I am in debt to my family for their unwavering love and support.

All told, I am in a lot of debt!  Like those of Game of Throne’s House Lannister, Tuckies pay their debts, at least the financial ones—most of the debt that I have accumulated is intangible (I think the accounting phrase might be “goodwill”), and there is more of it than I can count.  Some of this intangible debt will be repaid through continued engagement with Tuck, some of it will be repaid by being a good friend.  I am hopeful that most of the debt will be repaid by using the skills and abilities that I have gained at Tuck to make a positive difference in the world.  That, at least, is my hope, aspiration, and goal.  It has been an amazing two years and I am excited to see what the future holds!
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Tuck’s first Military Visit Day was, by all accounts, a rousing success. Twenty-six veterans and partners visited Tuck on May 12th and were treated to a great introduction to what an MBA and two years at Tuck could be like.

Even the weather got into the act, with beautiful blue skies and moderate temperatures as participants began to arrive Sunday night. The group started the visit at Murphy’s, a local pub, with current Tuckies who served in the Armed Forces prior to starting their MBA, and some who continue to serve in the Reserves.  The group was treated to a warm welcome and speech from Nigel, Murphy’s owner and father of a military veteran.

On Monday morning, attendees gathered for breakfast early (at 7:30, which was probably a late start compared to their normal routine).   The veterans then sat in on an Operations Management course, part of the first-year core curriculum, while their partners enjoyed a coffee chat with current Tuck partners.  Post-class/coffee, everyone got back together for some advice and Q&A with current Tuckies and Tuck Partners.  With the morning passing in a flash, like all Tuck mornings seem to, it was time for lunch with a variety of current students, faculty, and staff, many of who were veterans themselves.  The afternoon brought multiple panels aimed at helping the veterans understand how to approach, attack and conquer not only the b-school application process, but also financial aid, student life and summer internship recruiting.

It’s impossible to distill all the information and counsel from the day down to a few paragraphs, but if we had to pick out some main themes, it would be these:

  • Military veterans have great skills and business leadership potential that MBA programs and recruiters are looking for.
  • MBA programs offer a business foundation that can open doors in your career, in both the short-term and the long-term.
  • It’s important to do your research on what you want and what programs fit your needs.
  • Two of the best ways to research: talk to students and alumni from schools and visit your top choice schools.
  • Assess the support you’ll get from the school and the alumni network. These are critical to a successful experience during the program and career growth after you graduate.

This was a huge team effort, with students from the Armed Forces Alumni Association, staff, and faculty volunteering their time to help veterans understand the myriad issues facing them in the transition from service to school. Thanks to everyone for making the day so successful!

The 2014 Military Visit Day Planning Committee:

Adam Ranson T’14 (USMC)

Dan Bleicher T’15 (US Navy)

Dan Kleberg T’15 (USMC)

Jen Tietz T’15 (US Navy)

Kell Anderson T’15 (US Army)

Gelsey Tolosa, Tuck Admissions Coordinator

Kristin Roth, Tuck Admissions Military Liaison
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