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18 Jul 2008, 10:41
I am considering Tuck...

Any opinions on the usual type of candidates they tend to attract? A lot of IBers, or former consultants? Just wondering what the usual class make-up is like. As a career switcher with a pretty non-traditional background, I wonder how competitive I would be.

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18 Jul 2008, 11:03
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I am considering Tuck...

Any opinions on the usual type of candidates they tend to attract? A lot of IBers, or former consultants? Just wondering what the usual class make-up is like. As a career switcher with a pretty non-traditional background, I wonder how competitive I would be.

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I'd say its pretty diverse. IB and Consulting tend to be the most popular post-graduate careers, due to the structured recruiting process and the relative difficulty of getting smaller companies to come out to Hanover to recruit.

Tuck has a very close knit culture. More than anything, they are looking for people who get along well with others and fit into the school socially. It is difficult to offer seats to socially awkward people when your class is only 240, they are out in the middle of nowhere, New Hampshire, and the class is very tight-knit/spends a lot of time with each other.
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18 Jul 2008, 11:58
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I've also heard that Tuck students are very socially aware (which is awesome, my kind of crowd). The article I read ranked them in the top 3...

I know Yale was #1, and #2...was either Tuck or Haas.
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18 Jul 2008, 15:15
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18 Jul 2008, 15:49
Interesting QA with Dean Danos:

http://blog.accepted.com/acceptedcom_blog/2007/2/9/qa-with-tuck-dean-paul-danos.html

Interesting that he emphasizes the need to fit with their culture...
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18 Jul 2008, 17:49
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Interesting QA with Dean Danos:

http://blog.accepted.com/acceptedcom_blog/2007/2/9/qa-with-tuck-dean-paul-danos.html

Interesting that he emphasizes the need to fit with their culture...

It's especially important at the smaller schools. An outlier could get lost in the crowd and do his/her own thing at a school like Wharton or Columbia, but they will stick out like a sore thumb at Tuck.
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22 Jul 2008, 15:08
Here's a bullet point that I did research on earlier today. I had an impression in my mind that Tuck is a very North East / New England focused school and that most of the alumni/students are from there/end up there when they graduate. I found that only 50% of Tuck's graduates end up in New England or the NYC area upon graduation, and the rest are spread out throughout the country and the world. I plan to return to California when I graduate, so the West Coast %s were something that I paid attention to personally.

Tuck's class last year was 54% in the North East, 13% on the West Coast
HBS' class last year was 43% in the North East, 15% on the West Coast
Wharton's class last year was 47% in the North East, 16% on the West Coast
Chicago GSB's class last year was 31% in the North East, 30% in the Midwest, and 11.5% on the West Coast

Chicago's statistic really stuck out to me. I would have figured that Chicago has a stronger hold on the West Coast than Tuck does. I suppose that in sheer numbers - they do, but % wise, they are very similar.

I am convinced that Tuck can place you anywhere in the world - you will just have to work for it and you will have to make the effort to get outside of Hanover more frequently than others.
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22 Jul 2008, 15:59
You're probably right terp06 - 43% of the class was already resident in NYC or New England prior to matriculation, so maybe the NYC/New England placement numbers are skewed even further by that fact. I have no doubt Tuck places extremely well on the West Coast as well.

And btw I just also noticed that average GMAT for the Class of '09 was 713, up 3 points from '08. I think there's certainly some truth to 720 being the new 700.
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22 Jul 2008, 17:33
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You're probably right terp06 - 43% of the class was already resident in NYC or New England prior to matriculation, so maybe the NYC/New England placement numbers are skewed even further by that fact. I have no doubt Tuck places extremely well on the West Coast as well.

And btw I just also noticed that average GMAT for the Class of '09 was 713, up 3 points from '08. I think there's certainly some truth to 720 being the new 700.

I noticed that also, however do not take it the wrong way - I do not believe that Tuck is obsessive about the GMAT. They are looking for team players and the right fit first and foremost. You can have a 790, but if you don't like Hanover and don't like the Tuck culture - you're not going to get in.
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22 Jul 2008, 20:09
So how are you all indicating that you'd be a good fit for their culture? like terp pointed out, it seems to matter quite a bit more at the smaller schools - heck this is even true for some extent for getting hired at certain companies that have a strong corporate culture!

I know I'm planning a trip to Hanover in the early fall, also to some Tuck-on-the-road type events, etc to get some additional insight into their student body and then hope to tie that in to my essays. Unfortunately, I don't know any current Tuck students or alums so I'm going to have rely pretty heavily on those types of organized events...

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22 Jul 2008, 20:12
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So how are you all indicating that you'd be a good fit for their culture? like terp pointed out, it seems to matter quite a bit more at the smaller schools - heck this is even true for some extent for getting hired at certain companies that have a strong corporate culture!

I know I'm planning a trip to Hanover in the early fall, also to some Tuck-on-the-road type events, etc to get some additional insight into their student body and then hope to tie that in to my essays. Unfortunately, I don't know any current Tuck students or alums so I'm going to have rely pretty heavily on those types of organized events...

cheers,
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Contact members of clubs - they should be willing to speak with you. But by and far, the most important part is visiting Hanover and making sure it's the right environment for you.
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27 Jul 2008, 14:56
I am interested in applying for Tuck 2009 as well. What are all you guys career objectives are? I am not really interested in either IB or consulting. I am interested in Healthcare management. Tuck has the healthcare initiative.
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27 Jul 2008, 15:02
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I am interested in applying for Tuck 2009 as well. What are all you guys career objectives are? I am not really interested in either IB or consulting. I am interested in Healthcare management. Tuck has the healthcare initiative.

A lot of the big names in Healthcare recruit at Tuck. Generally, there are only 5-10 students per class interested in Healthcare from what I have heard, but you are correct - the Healthcare initiative is a pretty big deal over there and they are definitely trying to ramp things up.

I have been thinking things over a bit regarding Tuck. I think that Tuck has a reputation as being "difficult to recruit from" for non-traditional fields. I really feel that this reputation was earned back in the 70s, 80s, and early 90s before the Internet became main stream. Back then, I could imagine that it would be sort of a pain to find job postings and openings, fax or mail your resume and cover letters around, etc. Nowadays, I think that most employers can get a pretty good feel for who you are over the phone and it is easy to reach out to different recruiters and companies via e-mail. Yes, it's still a pain to hop on a 2 hour bus ride to Boston Logan Airport, but I can certainly think of worse inconveniences.

If the wonders of technology can allow remote work arrangements for people who live in rural areas - I really doubt that it would be very difficult nowadays for a go-getter at Tuck to land a job anywhere they want to in the world. One example - look at Tuck's placement record in private equity/venture capital. It's truly impressive, and even more so when you consider that th school is in Hanover. These firms don't recruit on campus very much.
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27 Jul 2008, 16:53
Stats as of Orientation
Students with partners: 42%
Students with children: 10%

Same class, upon graduation 2 years later:
Students with Partners: 63%
Students with children: 63%

Gotta love a snow-packed rural town with nothing to do except....

perfectexamscore wrote:
isn't new hampshire really cold in winter? what's there to do at Darthmouth?

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27 Jul 2008, 19:36
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Yes, I was joking around with those numbers. Even though I don't have numbers for it, I'm sure there is at least some truth to it, maybe not 63%/63% like I said, but maybe some truth. I'm sure there will be a baby-boom in the midwest due to the ice storms we experienced last December/January. Ok, enough about this, the conversation digressed rather quickly.

Is Tuck a school that really likes the 80/80 split that people talk about? Also, is the 80/80 split a myth someone with an 80/80 split made up in order to appear even better? I hope adcoms like it because I scored Quant 79% and Verbal 95%.

dont know about tuck, but i remember a wharton adcom explicitly mentioning the 80/80 split when i visited campus last year
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I think he is messing with you. However, having talked with lots of students/alums at various schools it does seem common for married couples to get pregnant during second year.

Banking/consulting signing bonuses must assist with that phenomenom.
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28 Jul 2008, 07:26
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eileen1017 wrote:
I am interested in applying for Tuck 2009 as well. What are all you guys career objectives are? I am not really interested in either IB or consulting. I am interested in Healthcare management. Tuck has the healthcare initiative.

A lot of the big names in Healthcare recruit at Tuck. Generally, there are only 5-10 students per class interested in Healthcare from what I have heard, but you are correct - the Healthcare initiative is a pretty big deal over there and they are definitely trying to ramp things up.

I have been thinking things over a bit regarding Tuck. I think that Tuck has a reputation as being "difficult to recruit from" for non-traditional fields. I really feel that this reputation was earned back in the 70s, 80s, and early 90s before the Internet became main stream. Back then, I could imagine that it would be sort of a pain to find job postings and openings, fax or mail your resume and cover letters around, etc. Nowadays, I think that most employers can get a pretty good feel for who you are over the phone and it is easy to reach out to different recruiters and companies via e-mail. Yes, it's still a pain to hop on a 2 hour bus ride to Boston Logan Airport, but I can certainly think of worse inconveniences.

If the wonders of technology can allow remote work arrangements for people who live in rural areas - I really doubt that it would be very difficult nowadays for a go-getter at Tuck to land a job anywhere they want to in the world. One example - look at Tuck's placement record in private equity/venture capital. It's truly impressive, and even more so when you consider that th school is in Hanover. These firms don't recruit on campus very much.

Plus, Tuck is improving its curriculum in the new technology departments.

Concerning the time away from major airports: BTW: That was one of my major concerns as well.

1. If you're in Downtown NY, it takes you at least an hour to get to an airport as well in heavy traffic.
2. For 2nd round interviews, companies normally pay for your flight. That way, you can use one of the closer airports (eg Manchester) - which you normally wouldnt as prices are way steeper from and to there - and Manchester is only an hour away.

Concerning things to do:

As long as there is no snow: Oh the great outdoors: I am looking forward to a lot of hiking, mountain biking, lakes etc. Its beautiful up there.
Winter: Skiing (Dartmouth Skiway!), Hockey, Gym. Movies, Theatre, Trips.

But: Seriously, who expects to do much of anything in their first year?
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