Culture & Campus Life
What Tuck Is Known For
Ivy League roots. Founded in 1900 as the first graduate business school in the U.S., Tuck has a decidedly “Ivy League” image. Dartmouth College was founded in 1769 and maintains a strong focus on undergraduate education and liberal arts. In addition to Tuck, the other professional schools at Dartmouth are the Thayer School of Engineering and the Geisel School of Medicine.
An isolated location. The setting in Hanover is dramatic and very different from the urban landscapes you’ll find at many other elite MBA programs. Each New England season drapes the campus in memorable colors: the brilliant reds and oranges of autumn, the whitewash of winter, and the vivid greens and chocolate browns of what Hanover residents call “mud season,” when the frozen New England ground gives way to spring. In spite of the cold, Tuck students are active year round, taking advantage of everything that New Hampshire’s Upper Valley has to offer.
However, Hanover is two hours from Boston, three hours from Montreal, and nearly four-and-a-half hours from New York City. As with many aspects of Tuck, the location glass can be either half full or half empty. If your glass is half full, you’ll focus on the beautiful surroundings, the ample opportunity for outdoor activities, the cohesive community that the location fosters, and the lack of distractions that encourage you to focus on studying. The half-empty glass can’t get past being two hours from Boston and four-and-a-half hours from New York City, which complicates travel for breaks and recruiting and limits social opportunities.
A cohesive community. Tuck is known for building a close-knit community full of friendly, innovative people who love being “Tuckies.” A small school located far beyond the bright lights of the big city, Dartmouth encourages a sense of community that can be either incredible or intimidating, depending on one’s personality and expectations. With a class of fewer than 300 students, just one or two people who don’t thrive in the Tuck lifestyle can affect the whole group. As a result, the admissions committee is very vigilant in selecting candidates who understand what they’re getting themselves into! (Read more in the Admissions section.)
Attracting a diverse population. The school boasts a decent international population and percentage of students coming from underrepresented minority groups in the U.S. In addition the percentage of female students is relatively high. All of this is likely due to Tuck’s long term efforts on a variety of diversity initiatives.