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GMATClub was immensely helpful to me during the years preceding the start of MBA, so I've decided (after surviving Fall A) to do an ask me anything (AMA) for Tuck. Questions you are afraid to ask adcoms? Shoot. Want to know the food situation? No problem. Recruiting on-campus or off-campus questions? Go right ahead.

So without any further ado, any questions?

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Hi Flyte,

Thanks for doing this. I'm applying to the same 3 schools you were accepted to.

1) What made you choose Tuck over Duke/Yale?

2) What has been your most pleasant surprise about the school since starting?

Thanks!

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MickyD wrote:
Hi Flyte,

Thanks for doing this. I'm applying to the same 3 schools you were accepted to.

1) What made you choose Tuck over Duke/Yale?

2) What has been your most pleasant surprise about the school since starting?

Thanks!


No problem, thanks for being the first question! I will try to answer both together.

Before I start let me say, I liked Duke Fuqua's fun loving culture and Durham is underrated. As for Yale SOM, I really enjoyed / appreciated the school's mission and ambitions. With all that said there were some key differences that won me over to Tuck.

First, the people. I cannot emphasize this enough, Tuckies are utterly amazing. I think people are so use to hearing "oh Tuckies are so responsive" or "Tuck is the only top MBA program with over 50% of alumni donating (nearly 71% this year)" that they can become a little skeptical of these kind of claims. I was surprised during the application process how responsive Tuckies really were; however, since matriculating, this has been dwarfed by the sheer lengths Tuck alumni go for current students. I have met with a Fortune 500 CEO face-to-face on his own time, had MBB partners drop everything to chat about their work and reminisce about Tuck, and just so much more.

Second, was the career outcomes. I came into the program interested in consulting and general management to a lesser extent and as good as Fuqua was it just didn't match up well in either category to Tuck. For reference sake Tuck sent over 21% of the class of 2013 to MBB consulting. That is simply insane. Yale SOM on the other-hand I think is great for finance placement, but it is still distinctly lagging in consulting and traditional general management placement. This is not to say SOM and Fuqua aren't great schools, it is just that they aren't on the same level placement level as Tuck for my own goals. It is also worth saying, from what I've heard everyone who wanted an IBD job, including internationals, got one last year.

Third, the residential nature of Tuck. Everyone lives together in the dorms and even those who are married live off-campus in a community called Sachem Village which is a lovely white picket-fenced neighborhood a mile or so from campus. You get to know people so well it is crazy. We have only been together a month, but I can honestly say I really value all of my classmates. This community shows through in your study groups, everyone is willing to spend an extra hour on a project to make sure everyone is on the same page and so those who may not be as dialed in on say statistics understands everything being discussed.

In sum, I was surprised by how much Tuck not only lived up to, but surpassed the 'hype.' The community here is really that amazing and the collection of people is extremely impressive.

Hope that answered everything, please ask any follow-ups you have!

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Ok...now I kind of wish you hadn't responded. I'm going to be doubly-bummed if I don't get in!

Thank you for all the great info! Enjoy the rest of your first year!

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Following up on the dorms....

(1) do they have rooms larger than a studio? I've tried looking online multiple times but I can't find a lot of information on the dorms
(2) do they allow small pets (i.e. cats)?

I haven't lived in a dorm for 10 years. The thought of going back kind of scares me!
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I came across some info regarding boarding. Most of the FYs get dorms, on the contrary most of the SYs stay off campus. There's a lottery for getting assigned a dorm (not first-come-first-served thingy), which is cool.
But no one ever talked about the size and facilities of a dorm... Would be great to have some advice here .. :)
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Following up on the dorms....

(1) do they have rooms larger than a studio? I've tried looking online multiple times but I can't find a lot of information on the dorms
(2) do they allow small pets (i.e. cats)?

I haven't lived in a dorm for 10 years. The thought of going back kind of scares me!


Happy to help. The dorms themselves are studios (all have en-suite bathrooms), but they are quite large and most have new sleep number beds. Additionally, I don't know anyone in the dorms who has a pet, but a ton of people who live in Sachem or in off-campus housing have dogs and cats, so if you do have a cat there are options housing-wise.

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I came across some info regarding boarding. Most of the FYs get dorms, on the contrary most of the SYs stay off campus. There's a lottery for getting assigned a dorm (not first-come-first-served thingy), which is cool.
But no one ever talked about the size and facilities of a dorm... Would be great to have some advice here .. :)


Just to clarify, all second years live off campus. We have a number of houses which have been passed down through the Tuck family for years.

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bml1105 wrote:
Following up on the dorms....

(1) do they have rooms larger than a studio? I've tried looking online multiple times but I can't find a lot of information on the dorms
(2) do they allow small pets (i.e. cats)?

I haven't lived in a dorm for 10 years. The thought of going back kind of scares me!


Happy to help. The dorms themselves are studios (all have en-suite bathrooms), but they are quite large and most have new sleep number beds. Additionally, I don't know anyone in the dorms who has a pet, but a ton of people who live in Sachem or in off-campus housing have dogs and cats, so if you do have a cat there are options housing-wise.



How does cooking work? I assume there is a shared kitchen area or something. I'm a big meat, rice, veg every night guy, and I was wondering if its a pain to try and cook most nights. What does everyone usually do for food?

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Hello Flyte,
Nice of you to be available.

1. How is On-campus placement scenario at tuck?
2. Does Career Development Cell help in finding summer internships?
3. What percentage of current students did look for offers post graduation?

Above questions are mainly on career options.I would like to also know about clubs at Tuck.

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1. Don't really know what you mean by this... If you are asking about placement, it is 91% at Graduation and 98% three months after graduation...Tuck is the #1 MBA program in the country for placement.

2. The CDO or Career Development Office arranges all on-campus interview. The vast majority of people recruit on-campus.

3. See #1.

Please let me know if you have specific questions.

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Flyte wrote:
bml1105 wrote:
Following up on the dorms....

(1) do they have rooms larger than a studio? I've tried looking online multiple times but I can't find a lot of information on the dorms
(2) do they allow small pets (i.e. cats)?

I haven't lived in a dorm for 10 years. The thought of going back kind of scares me!


Happy to help. The dorms themselves are studios (all have en-suite bathrooms), but they are quite large and most have new sleep number beds. Additionally, I don't know anyone in the dorms who has a pet, but a ton of people who live in Sachem or in off-campus housing have dogs and cats, so if you do have a cat there are options housing-wise.



How does cooking work? I assume there is a shared kitchen area or something. I'm a big meat, rice, veg every night guy, and I was wondering if its a pain to try and cook most nights. What does everyone usually do for food?


There are loads of shared kitchens, so many people cook, but there is also Byrne which has a salad bar, deli, and grill to order from.

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Hi Flyte,

Thanks for doing this. Would you say the budgeted costs are pretty accurate on what is listed on the Tuck site? I just want to make sure I take enough loans out to cover all the necessary items.

In addition, for the category Misc. and Health Expenses, how much of this do you think is allocated to dining out and groceries?

Lastly, for various activities such as Global Insight Expeditions, if we are chosen to partake in an international trip, do these costs come all out of pocket or does Tuck support us somewhat financially in these opportunities?

Thanks for your help.
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Flyte wrote:
neo656 wrote:
I came across some info regarding boarding. Most of the FYs get dorms, on the contrary most of the SYs stay off campus. There's a lottery for getting assigned a dorm (not first-come-first-served thingy), which is cool.
But no one ever talked about the size and facilities of a dorm... Would be great to have some advice here .. :)


Just to clarify, all second years live off campus. We have a number of houses which have been passed down through the Tuck family for years.



Thank you so much for doing AMA!
Can FY's choose to live off campus(no partners coming to school together)? If so, will it be inconvenient to involve with other students and attend social activities? How big is the price difference between dorm and off-campus housing?

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Flyte wrote:
neo656 wrote:
I came across some info regarding boarding. Most of the FYs get dorms, on the contrary most of the SYs stay off campus. There's a lottery for getting assigned a dorm (not first-come-first-served thingy), which is cool.
But no one ever talked about the size and facilities of a dorm... Would be great to have some advice here .. :)


Just to clarify, all second years live off campus. We have a number of houses which have been passed down through the Tuck family for years.



Thank you so much for doing AMA!
Can FY's choose to live off campus(no partners coming to school together)? If so, will it be inconvenient to involve with other students and attend social activities? How big is the price difference between dorm and off-campus housing?


Another first year here so I am happy to jump in and answer your question. You can absolutely choose to live off campus. Some people who choose to do that because they have pets they want to bring or wanted more space etc. It is not really that inconvenient because you are two options:

1) Find a small group of fellow students and live with them. There are quite a few large houses available in the local area. Typically you will be able to bond with these housemates and it would not impede social activities.

2) Find a 1-bed/studio apartment. Again there are options available and it does not impede on the social side either. You will have the benefit of having your own space and being able to decompress when you get home!

As for pricing, it is varied but the dorm is not particularly cheap so I would not imagine there would be a significant price differential. Obviously having your own 1-bed/studio apartment would probably be more expensive versus sharing a house with classmates.

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Hi Flyte,

Thanks for doing this. Would you say the budgeted costs are pretty accurate on what is listed on the Tuck site? I just want to make sure I take enough loans out to cover all the necessary items.

In addition, for the category Misc. and Health Expenses, how much of this do you think is allocated to dining out and groceries?

Lastly, for various activities such as Global Insight Expeditions, if we are chosen to partake in an international trip, do these costs come all out of pocket or does Tuck support us somewhat financially in these opportunities?

Thanks for your help.
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I would say generally it is fairly accurate. To be on the safe side (and this goes for all b-school budgets) I would allot an additional 10% on top of the budget.

I can't say exactly but for each term we have a specific amount of money that is allocated to credits for the dining hall. I live on campus so I don't dine out a huge amount, mostly during the weekend when the dining hall is closed. As for groceries, I spend very little on that front.

For the Global Insight Expeditions, I think the costs will be covered by your own funds. You are eligible to use loans to cover that though.

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What's finance recruiting at Tuck like?
From some of the publicly available information, I was able to gather that at Yale, about 40 people interviewed for IB internships, and 36 seem to have received an offer. Any idea what the numbers are like at Tuck? (by and large, i feel like total % of people who end up in a certain field are not great indicators because of self-selection, etc....)

also, how much pong do Tuckies play? At Tuck or at one of the undergrad houses? (and as an extension, how do Tuckies who had also gone to Dartmouth for undergrad enjoying it?)

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Hello,

Just another quick question. I am slowly starting to plan how I will spend my rest of the year before I start Bschool and may be traveling in and out of the country. With this, I was wondering as to whether Tuck partakes in a background check for admitted students and what the process looks like (depth/time period it takes). Also, do they let you know when your background check cleared?

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Flyte wrote:

Just to clarify, all second years live off campus. We have a number of houses which have been passed down through the Tuck family for years.



Thank you so much for doing AMA!
Can FY's choose to live off campus(no partners coming to school together)? If so, will it be inconvenient to involve with other students and attend social activities? How big is the price difference between dorm and off-campus housing?


Another first year here so I am happy to jump in and answer your question. You can absolutely choose to live off campus. Some people who choose to do that because they have pets they want to bring or wanted more space etc. It is not really that inconvenient because you are two options:

1) Find a small group of fellow students and live with them. There are quite a few large houses available in the local area. Typically you will be able to bond with these housemates and it would not impede social activities.

2) Find a 1-bed/studio apartment. Again there are options available and it does not impede on the social side either. You will have the benefit of having your own space and being able to decompress when you get home!

As for pricing, it is varied but the dorm is not particularly cheap so I would not imagine there would be a significant price differential. Obviously having your own 1-bed/studio apartment would probably be more expensive versus sharing a house with classmates.



Thank you very much for the information. It is very helpful.

Just a follow-up question though - what is the best resource to find /where can I find the houses that Tuck family pass down? I'm thinking about finding a roommate and start looking for off-campus houses because I do love to cook sometimes and need more private space at times. Contact Dartmouth off-campus housing office? Craigslist? If you could share some resources that would great! Thanks again!

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Thank you very much for the information. It is very helpful.

Just a follow-up question though - what is the best resource to find /where can I find the houses that Tuck family pass down? I'm thinking about finding a roommate and start looking for off-campus houses because I do love to cook sometimes and need more private space at times. Contact Dartmouth off-campus housing office? Craigslist? If you could share some resources that would great! Thanks again!


Not a problem. I am not sure whether it is live but there was a bunch of great resources in Class of 2016 website. I am sure it will be the same for Class of 2017. At some point there will be a google doc that comprise of the houses that are passed down as well as other resources.

I wouldn't start this early at all because frankly you have lots of time. Also the supply of rental places also depend on how many 1st years choose to live in those houses vacated by 2nd years (we are just starting that process ourselves). Most of people found housemates through the Class of 2016 facebook group. Since there will only be EA round people on there at the moment, it may be a bit sparse. Inevitably some people will also drop off that group, so I would wait until after the November round or even the January round find out before looking for options/housemates.

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