What Life Is Like at the Tuck School of Business

Today’s guest post is from Courtney Jane, a Veritas Prep Admissions Consultant who focuses on the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. When she’s not consulting, she works as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, helping clients protect and grow their assets. Before going to Dartmouth to study business, Courtney graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Political Science, and Communications.

The Tuck School at Dartmouth is a magical place. It is the quintessential college campus, and to me the most beautiful of all the Ivy’s – not a bad place to spend two years. I think the picture attached to this post sums it up as to why I chose to attend Tuck after also being accepted to Columbia, Wharton, and Cornell, among many others.

I grew up in Southern California on the beach, and I knew that I wanted to attend business school at an Ivy League school. I visited all of the programs and decided that of the top 10 business schools Tuck had everything I wanted: a great ranking (3 at the time; and for the past 20 years since I graduated, it has always been in the top 10); a gorgeous atmosphere head and above any other campus I visited; and then there was the warmth of the community. When I visited I was treated to a weekend of being a Tuckie, complete with lectures, parties, the bonfire, and a hockey game. Everyone was warm, friendly and inclusive, including the students, faculty and staff. It was the best trip of the business school tour.
While at Tuck, when students take a break from studying they get to enjoy the bucolic setting on a daily basis, with the gorgeous fall foliage, winter wonderland (with excellent local skiing), and Spring weekends canoeing on the river.

Tuck does such a great job during your two years there that after graduating you feel like you have an extended family of 200; Tuckies stay friends for life, and they go out of their way to help each other’s careers. This extends to other Tuck alumni as well. I do business with a number of Tuckies from classes many years before and after mine. My 20 year reunion was last week, and I could not make it, but I spoke to 50 of my classmates in the weeks leading up to the reunion! With each, there is just a bond that endures all of these years later. Oh yeah, and I met my husband (now ex) while a Tuckie, and now 20 years later I have a child applying to college at, where else but… Dartmouth!

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