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# Calling All Fall 2011 Dartmouth (Tuck) Applicants

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Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth- Class of 2013 Applicants

Total Application Stats:
Total Applicants: 188
WL: 45
Dinged: 31
Unknown: 64

Early Action round: 10/13/10 (12/17/10 Decision Deadline)
November round: 11/10/2010 (2/4/11 Decision Deadline)
January round: 1/3/2011 (3/18/11 Decision Deadline)
April round: 4/1/2011 (5/13/11 Decision Deadline)

Essays:

Please respond fully but concisely to the following essay questions. Compose each of your answers offline in separate document files and upload them individually in the appropriate spaces below. Although there is no restriction on the length of your response, most applicants use, on average, 500 words for each essay. There are no right or wrong answers. Please double-space your response.

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.)

3) What is the greatest challenge or hurdle you have overcome, either personally or professionally, and how did you manage to do so?

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.

Early Action Round -
Total Applicants: 74
• Anandzz
• Nick2010
• 2011
• argodan
• malbec
• Paros (reapplicant)
• alobar00
• rahulsar
• SalarymanJ
• InPursuit
• chaitu69
• cpandya14
• kotz
• whylivelife
• jmcd2127 - self-initiated interview
• sacirema - self-initiated interview, MBA/MALD
• mba2011app - self-initiated interview
• ahs - self-initiated interview
• serhio - invited for interview!
• almostfamous - invited for interview!
• sophieP - invited for interview!
• purpleberret - invited for interview!
• xiao85yu - invited for interview!

• stationc
• sniperardex
• ppop
• spdubs
• CMC251
• abfob
• kevintay
• bschoolhopeful
• MGC
• dchicago
• sr222300
• anshumanbhatia
• Nick2010
• estreet
• ani123
• hemantsood
• bostongirl1818
• pulandasu
• lunasea29
• fatmba2013
WL:
• phillymba2012
• lagsantiago
• Mukaam
• futureconsultant
• rkn
• summitbid
• chireapplicant
• mba2013
• sparkles279
• inTuna
• ekalil
• SalarymanJ
• mbaaspirations
• rafilla442000
• gopalansai
• Square
• sexonthebeach150
• vampireking

Dinged:
• bakfed
• mbahopeful2012
• bschoolq2
• widerangeinput
• TMS2012
• knewton27
• shakeweight

R1 - November Round -
Total Applicants: 48
• mbaTime
• trv999
• dc3828102
• OrientalPrinzess
• whylivelife
• DUDERINO
• gkumar
• chostein
• LetsGetDinged
• cwhs - self-initiated interview
• tranceparent - self-initiated interview
• pianoman - self-initiated interview
• Nikita2011 - self-initiated interview
• amb2512 - invited for interview!
• aspirantpun - invited for interview!

• yj123
• gdsenator
• Shasta17
• rafromero
• EBSIFounder
• agustinsrr
• CAK
• cwhs
• BurkinA
• TuckHopeful13
• gmatchaser
• istan
• sb2011

WL:
• mks1984
• Leafs12
• Shalva
• twobeersameer
• shruga
• atul12345
• carpediem0008
• inlivingcolors
• biochemist

Dinged:
• dc3828102
• outdoorgearexchange
• freroht
• bennika
• atomic927
• hamsandwich
• kegewe
• ATLapplicant
• Silvers

R2 - January Round -
Total Applicants: 61
• widerangeinput
• tyemaishu
• thewaves21
• ballubalraj
• 5pm
• vnbui
• Sidhant
• alpeshvc
• sivaavis
• theExpat
• abhishekg82
• missjj
• walich123
• suppati
• buckleberry
• VictoryMBA - Consortium
• nyxjf - self-initiated interview
• vixer - self-initiated interview
• letmein - self-initiated interview
• nxanand - invited for interview!
• DexterStJacques - invited for interview! (Consortium)
• manojgro - invited for interview!
• indianmba - invited for interview!

• eestineiu
• Fogs33
• downtown - self-initiated interview
• richmonder - self-initiated interview
• Phillies
• blitz85
• reimon - self-initiated interview
• ScarfGirl
• Megaroo
• Skier7
• dcbureaucrat

WL:
• serepax - self-initiated interview
• mbaasp2010
• uesider83
• bk123 - self-initiated interview
• vannbj
• Hessegebbabel - invited for interview!
• quasarpks
• plohani
• edemlaw
• chcarvajal
• elpresidente
• MellowFellow - invited for interview!
• MBAUncle
• GBale3

Dinged:
• tucrew1011
• renemorenol
• peeweeherman - self-initiated interview
• rpratt620 - self-initiated interview
• vixer - self-initiated interview
• Shimshon
• pjman - invited for interview!
• Legacy
• Pkit
• money9111 - Consortium

R3 - April RD
Total Applicants: 5

• RHB
• C20

Dinged:
• NYYankees
• bvalderas
• ann17

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14 Dec 2010, 13:04
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ebolavirus wrote:
traveler wrote:
i think it is fine. they shoudl be able to do whatever they want, though it may not bode well for us. realistically they dont really need to be concerned about our chances compared to others years, and only with inducting the best class possible.

and while attempting to induct the best class possible, they also take into consideration the profiles of deferrals.. so, if your profile is similar to some last year's admit who deferred, chances are you won't receive an admit. how's that for fair?

I suspect this is true and it seems reasonable to me. That is why I really played up my unique work experience as a goat herder. During my six years as a goat herder, I was able to grow the size of our herd by 33% and expand our product line to include an assortment of premium goat cheese products sold in Wholefoods and health stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. Working with other, similarly sized goat herders, I founded and served as the president of N.A.G.S.A.C. (The North American Goat and Sheep Association & Co-op), an industry group that sets standards for goat and sheep products, promotes fair trade practices and negotiates higher prices for our members' goods. Prior to taking over my herd, I spent three years as an analyst for Goldman Sachs in New York. I hold a B.S. in Finance from Wharton and in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T., earning a 4.0 gpa at both institutions. I scored a 790 on the GMAT, but I'm thinking of retaking the test because I know I can do better.

There isn't much sense fretting over what you can't control at this point. For those of you who applied EA, your wait should soon be over. Best of luck to each of you. For my fellow Nov. rounders, enjoy your holidays and the coming weeks. For each and every one of us, the dream continues...

For those of you considering applying in January, don't be deterred. Tuck will admit some applicants in the final rounds. Why not you?
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Self-initiated interview.

My interview was on September 20th. I flew into Boston on the 19th, and rented a car for my long 130-mile drive to Hanover. Because this was my first time on the east coast, I seemed to have a rather difficult time to find a fast-food place. At any rate, I gave up after two tries of exiting the freeway, only to venture into the vast darkness that seemed to consume the night. I stayed at the Marriott in Lebanon, which was an awesome hotel! The room was beautiful and the bathroom is awesome (I know it sounds weird, but I have major pet peeve regarding restrooms). Since I wasn't able to find any fast food on my way to Hanover, I asked the receptionist for the nearest fast food restaurants. Lo and behold, I missed my exit and all hell broke loose...before I knew it, I was already in Vermont. The drawback of the school, which can also be viewed positively, is its location. Dartmouth really is in the middle of nowhere, which helps generate such a tight-knit group. Anyway, it took me an hour to drive back to my hotel (with my McDonald) and I slept the night away.

The morning of 20th was chilly, like any other East coast morning. I checked out of my hotel at around 7:00am and drove to Dartmouth. I signed up for the class visit/interview/campus tour altogether and the appointment begins at 8am. I got lost the first time on campus as I wasn't able to locate Tuck and its buildings. I went into the Undergraduate admissions to ask for direction and the lady was super nice (I'm sure she's seen a whole lot of people who get lost). After asking for direction, I arrived on Tuck ground about 5 till 8. Checked in and settled down and began chatting with other prospective Tuckees who are waiting there. I personally felt that everyone was so accomplished that it really put my life in shame. Of course, I talked myself out of it and eventually felt comfortable conversing with other prospectives. I attended a class (Leadership in Management & Teams, I believe) taught by Professor Kleinbaum and while it was an MBA class, I personally felt that I could've contribute a bit in the class discussion. Later I discovered that it was probably one of the easier classes at Tuck. The class was extremely discussion-driven. Professor (seemed to have) cold-called a student in the beginning to discuss the case for the day. The professor literally acted as a facilitator in discussing the case, and probed for Q&As from students. Another thing about the class was that it was only about 60 students, in which this was different from my undergraduate study where I would sit in a class of 300 people. Having a smaller class really makes a difference because students actually know who the speaker/professor is. The largest lecture classes that I sat through (for a whole quarter, or 10 weeks) was 510 students. I barely knew anyone in the class and I can't even be sure of who the professor is. Anyway, the class ended at 10:00am and my interview was scheduled at 10:15am.

Overall, the campus itself was beautiful and the student body seemed so awesome. Though the campus (and the town) is so tucked away on the map, there are so many things that you can do on campus that you eventually forget about the urban settings. I'm completely drawn to this school as I know I would love to be a part of this environment. The small class size is what I would really like to be in, and of course, learning to play ice hockey at Tuck is icing on the cake.

**sorry guys, did not intend for this to be this long...***
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Let's think differently. Maybe adcom really meant it when they said there will be no calls this time round. That's because there is a HUGE TUCK COMMITTEE VISITING EACH AND EVERY ADMIT PERSONALLY TO DELIVER THE GOOD NEWS! How's that for personal touch and the famed Tuck culture? And this would probably set an innovative trend of delivering admission news by the elite schools. So instead of waiting for a phone call, let's wait for some knocking on your doors or a visitor to your office. The huge team is now on their way to visit every one of us, and some are on the planes to visit the international admits. So let's be patient ya!

And by the way, it's good to drink some alcohol but not too much at this time. You wouldn't want to be drunk when the adcom is standing right in front of you with the admission package.

Cheers and good luck!

P.S. sorry but I'm running out of crap
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I was at Tuck yesterday for the self initiate. The above question came up during the q&a:

The final decisions are done in one release. Nothing else. The only exception to this is for adcom initiated interviews. Wait list, defer, admit, ding are all released in one batch per round.

Now, as for my school visit + interview:

The Tuck brand is definitely felt when one gets there. Reading the student profiles, blogs, notes from the ambassadors here, etc, you get a strong sense of what Tuck is about, but going there is a major reinforcement to this.

If one gets around the location (remote), wow, the place is amazing. Gorgeous campus, AMAZING landscape, very cohesive class, good resources, etc. The class visit was enjoyable (decision sciences). I met up with a GC member for dinner (no longer active due to time commitments at Tuck) the night before. Tues/Thurs tend to be the larger interview/visit days. There were maybe ~25 people with me. The app pool is ~3,000 (came up during the q&a session).

Bottom line: I really enjoyed the visit to Tuck. I am very tired right now (back at work after driving 500 miles + a flight in ~40 hours on less than 5 hours of sleep), but it was well worth it.

See what happens with my app.
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Happy 48 hours!

does the beer get cheaper?

well, for sure the more you drink the cheaper they SEEM =P
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I'm all in -- calls today starting ~2p ET.

Ha, no -- that'd be insider trading! I'm going on my gut here.
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For the current student, how important is the on-campus interview?

If you live in the States: somehow important. If you are from another country: absolutely not expected.
In both cases if they really like your profile they will find a way to have you interviewed (phone, alumn) even if you don't come on campus.
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We've recently released another batch of business school guides. See the link below and share any information that you'd like to see listed in each guide.

Thanks!

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Just remember that life will go on no matter what and sometimes alcohol can do miracles

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shakeweight,
As a leader, you should be empathetic toward sparkles.

sparkles,
I just got the name for my cutie dog - sparkles. So, thanks.
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I got the call!
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Refurb, or any other current students,

Can you tell us what to expect this week as Nov. Round decisions are released? I think we all know that Tuck calls admitted students before the decision deadline at 5 p.m. on Friday. From what I can tell, calls usually begin a day or two before the deadline, but they could really begin at any time. Applicants who are WL or dinged learn of their fate online at 5:00 p.m. this Friday.

This is correct.

Quote:
Can you tell us who makes the calls, the order of the calls, what time the calls begin and how late they're made, etc.? Also, given the size of the EA pool and the admitted applicants who deferred from last cycle, is it safe to assume that a WL is akin to a ding?

Thanks in advance for any insights you can share with us.

Someone from the admissions office makes the call. No idea on order probably alphabetic, but could be completely random. Everyone pretty much goes home by 5-6pm, so unlikely any calls after that. WL is not an automatic ding, not even close.

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Hi there - i did not receive a call on Thur/Fri like some of you, and was sincerely hoping for the WL at 5PM. I was shocked to find out that I was actually accepted when I clicked on my status. For some reason, I got overlooked during the call process - I also applied for scholarship money, but my letter of acceptance did not mention it. Does anyone know if that means that I was not granted any money?

I wish you all luck during the process - I know it's frustrating, because I have been rejected from my dream schools last year (and from Columbia ED as a re-ap this year). just don't give up
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For me, this admit was all about the self-initiated interview. The stars aligned and I was matched with a student of very similar interests/hobbies. The majority of my interview was spent discussing non-bschool related topics. This reinforces my belief that b-school applications are largely a game of chance.

for those interested:
m/26/720/3.75/MA econ/3.5 yrs entrepreneurship/new england
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Linda Abraham of Accepted kindly hosted a webinar which included members of Tuck admissions. I'm going to regurgitate what I recall from the webinar. I had to rush through my lunch to write this up, so pardon any typos.

Information Relating to Tuck Applications and the Review Process
The Tuck admissions professionals conveyed a general theme in their comments relating to the importance of having a clear explanation of your story in your application. An example cited relates to job hopping. If you switch jobs, have a clear explanation of why you switched jobs whether it is for reasons relating to career progression /development or a reason as simple as your boss leaving to another firm and bringing you with them. This relates somewhat to employment prospects, but the Tuck folks note that most of the firms that recruit at Tuck don’t like too much job hopping; what too much encompasses wasn’t elaborated on as other questions needed to be answered (form the audience).
Although the general theme of a story above relates to job switching, other aspects of the application should also have a clear and reasonable explanation. As an anecdote, one prospective applicant asked about applying in the April round. One quotation I remember revolved around that fact that if you apply in round 3 and it is your first preference, clearly explain why you applied so late. For candidates considering the April round, the Tuck folks stated that people are admitted in the April round every year but it is significantly more competitive.

For applicants who submitted in the January round, Tuck admission states that they are roughly halfway done reviewing applications. They further note that the January round is the largest batch in general of the four rounds. Decisions made for January round applicants is not based on outgoing offers to November round applicants. However, it should be noted that the Tuck admissions folks are a little more conservative with giving out offers due to the high yield from last year’s admissions cycle.

For re-applicants, or potential re-applicants, the Tuck folks state that it would behoove candidates to get feedback on the application somehow (how was not stated). After getting feedback, it is strongly encouraged that potential re-applicants act on recommendations made from Tuck. The Tuck folks also note that re-applicants should reread their old essays. Essays for re-applicants (which they already wrote about in previous years) should add color “along the margins” of what has changed to improve the candidate’s candidacy. My interpretation is that you don’t need to necessarily rewrite everything, but if something has changed that relates to the essay, it should be reflected in some manner (this is my perspective though and not something explicitly stated). The Tuck folks will look at your old application as a reference point for re-applicants. *As an aside, this process seems incredibly time consuming and I’m starting to understand why it is so expensive to apply to business schools.

Before diving into employment prospects, it should be noted that Tuck has a preference for applicants with work experience. For people with exceptional experiences, two years may be a sufficient amount. The Tuck folks noted that they believe it is important for candidates to bring their experiences to the table within Tuck’s learning environment. They are standing “firm” on this. Tuck admissions personnel also note that recruiters at Tuck also have indicated a liking to the experience of Tuck students (through their interactions with the career development professionals at Tuck). Coinciding with having experience, it is also important to candidates to show that they are capable of communicating their experiences in an enlightening manner. So through essays and the interview process, it is important to demonstrate a capacity to inform classmates and members of the Tuck community of your experiences in a manner which is beneficial/ interesting.

Also going to add a quick note about grades/GMAT(or GRE)/undergraduate experience. The Tuck folks noted that GMAT will be reviewed holistically (thankfully for me, although I still might have to retake it if I get dinged for the January round). For instance, if your background or education included analytical topics, the adcoms will be a little more generous when considering your GMAT quant scores. Also school attended isn't as important as your experience and what you did/took out of your undergraduate experience.

Tuck Employment Prospects
77% of current students already have job offers. 90% of students had offers within three months after graduation last year. These figures were the highest (or among the highest) of Tuck’s peer group. The admissions members cited quotations relating to employment opportunities after Tuck. Examples included statements regarding general management programs having a strong view of former military personnel. Other examples included private equity firms indicating a preference for candidates with prior PE experience. These examples were in response to a question from the audience (which I don’t recall). Somewhat relating to this, the admissions committee noted that they do interact with the career development personnel (in order to receive feedback to what recruiters/firms are looking for). The Tuck folks also noted that they do consider the capacity of students to achieve “success.” Part of this definition of success includes the ability to reasonably achieve their career goals based on their backgrounds. As a caveat, it should be noted that “success” includes other aspects of Tuck as well (including contributing and succeeding in the academic environment).

The Tuck folks don’t believe that location adversely affects recruiting. On the contrary they find that most executives and recruiters welcome the diversion that the quaint environment of Dartmouth and the surrounding environments. Anecdotes were made relating to many people enjoying the skiing opportunities near Tuck and opportunities to see the foliage change (in the autumn).

Overall, the Tucks adcoms seemed really considerate about the entire admissions process. Hopefully, I won't have to call them to get feedback for a ding though ::sadface:: cross my fingers
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All -- I was admitted Rd 1, and received a similar email the week before, it means NOTHING. Please, I know that it's a very high octane moment in your lives, but don't try to see the glass half empty.
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I got the call today at noon (was accounted for in chat). good luck to everyone waiting to hear!!
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Received the call from the adcom about 20 mins ago. I AM IN!! I'm in Asia. So glad that they called me now....I know it is 9:48pm in Hanover!!!
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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 Dartmouth (Tuck) Applicants [#permalink]

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22 Jun 2010, 21:09
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It seems that the essays are exactly the same as last year.

Good luck!

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# Calling All Fall 2011 Dartmouth (Tuck) Applicants

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