Dartmouth (Tuck)

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Tuck School of Business

Application Deadlines

  • EA: October 10, 2007 Decisions released by December 14, 2007
  • Round 2: November 14, 2007 Decisions released by February 8, 2008
  • Round 3: January 9, 2008 Decisions released by March 21, 2008
  • Round 4: April 2, 2008 Decisions released by May 16, 2008


  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. Tuck defines leadership as “inspiring others to strive and enabling them to accomplish great things.” We believe great things and great leadership can be accomplished in pursuit of business and societal goals. Describe a time when you exercised such leadership. Discuss the challenges you faced and the results you achieved. What characteristics helped you to be effective, and what areas do you feel you need to develop in order to be a better leader?
  3. Discuss the most difficult constructive criticism or feedback you have received. How did you address it? What have you learned from it?
  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.

Overview (by Hjort)

Dartmouth Tuck is another business school that one could consider part of the "liberal arts" model. It is a generalist school, offering only one MBA program (no PhD, no BSBA, no specialty masters), in a relatively remote area.

Dartmouth is located in Hanover, New Hampshire. Hanover has a population of about 10,000 and is about 130 miles from Boston.

Dartmouth stresses cooperation and the group spirit - this is probably not the place to apply if you are not quite so group-oriented.

One complication that Dartmouth has faced is its relatively small size. Compare to the Chicago or New York metro areas with some 1000 elite or ultraelite candidates, coming to Hanover for a recruiting pool of a few hundred might be hard to justify. Total enrollment at Dartmouth increased by roughly 120 students over the 1990s, but it is still a small program.

Tuck tends to be viewed in a very positive light by its students and alumni. Not surprisingly, Tuck has an impressive list of recruiters that it consistent with its status as an elite school. The placement success of Dartmouth is even more impressive if one considers the small class size.

FT 2003 ranked Dartmouth #11 worldwide- below NYU and MIT and just above Yale and IMD.

EIU 2003 ranked Dartmouth #2 worldwide- just below Northwestern and just above Stanford.

Finance placements (by Antmavel - 2nd year Tuck)

  1. Network is small, I agree, but I believe extremely strong. If you look at the finance industry I am very confident that 80% of the Managing directors of Investment Banks will accept to have a phone call with you. I don't think it's frequent at other schools in top 10.
  2. You have also to think about the network. Someone from HBS at Goldman is certainly harassed during the recruiting period whereas a Tuck alum has less demand from current students since we are not so many (240 students per year) and therefore is uually ready to help you quite a lot.
  3. Goldman, Morgan Stanley, Lehman, UBS, ...have all taken between 4 and 10 students (IB + S&T together) for the summer. I believe this is a strong commitment.
  4. Now I agree that I don't see Tuck very strong in the corporate finance environement but definitely playing in the Investment Managment and Investment Banking space.
  5. I believe the only school that are really in another galaxy are : HBS and Stanford. HBs is the 1st school, not because it is the best but because people see it as the best. The reputation of the school is a strong aspect, especially if you think about your career at the international level. HBS is the only school known everywhere in the world. Then Stanford is a huge innovation machine and I am sure you can learn a lot there. Other than that I think it's more a fit/environment match.


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