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A truly residential campus. More urban schools tend to struggle with getting students to engage in campus life, but that’s not an issue at Tuck, where many students live right on campus. You won’t find everyone rushing out after class to catch the next train or bus home. Many first-year students live on campus in modern residence halls such as the Living and Learning Complex, which features 145 furnished rooms with a private bath and shared spaces such as lounges, study rooms, conference rooms, laundry rooms, and kitchen and dining areas. The fabulous Living and Learning building even features a resource center complete with a copier, fax machine, and supplies that come in handy when students are working late at night on a case with their study groups. An exercise facility, lockers, showers, and changing rooms are available in Whittemore Hall for use by the Tuck community.
Opened in 2009, the Achtmeyer and Pineau-Valencienne Halls are the latest addition to Tuck’s evolving residential village. With demand for on-campus housing growing, Tuck uses the lottery system to assign students to the residence halls, which are only available to single students. Numerous off-campus housing options, including Sachem Village, are available nearby for second-year students and Tuck students with partners or families. Many students live nearby in grand private homes, such as the affectionately named “Burrito Barn” and the “Sky Box,” which are owned by Tuck alumni, with leases passed down from class to class. Tuck’s academic buildings are equipped with the latest in desktop and mobile computing, including facilities for video conferencing and multimedia production.
Facilities. Although some business schools are moving to one large building, Tuck’s campus of several smaller, yet interconnected, buildings maintains the New England charm of the campus. Living and learning spaces are integrated.
Leadership opportunities. Tuck’s smaller size translates into greater opportunities to get involved in the school. It boasts a large number of professional, cultural, service, and athletic clubs offering opportunities for involvement and leadership, and the administration sees this involvement as a natural part of the leadership development journey at Tuck. Much of your development will come outside of the classroom, so be sure to mention the extracurricular opportunities you plan to get involved with while writing your admissions essays.
Tuck ‘Tails. Since there aren’t any classes on Fridays, Tuckies get together pretty much every Thursday evening for a sponsored happy hour called Tuck ‘Tails. Each week is sponsored by a different club or organization on campus.
Winter Carnival. If you can’t beat (or escape) the weather, go play in it. The annual Tuck Winter Carnival is typically held in February and has become a business school tradition, attracting 14 schools from across the country to compete in various events, parties, and competitions. Although ski races are the premier event, the less athletic will find plenty of activities to enjoy, some even indoors.
Small Group Dinners. A mainstay of the Tuck culture are Small Group Dinners, where students can get to know one another in a friendly and intimate way. This universally beloved tradition is a chance for students, faculty, or staff to host six guests for a casual meal, and it exemplifies the family-like atmosphere that permeates the Tuck culture. In fact, one class felt that this tradition was so core to their Tuck experience that they created a gift to fund one Small Group Dinner every year.
Other must-attend events. In addition to Tuck ‘Tails, Winter Carnival and Small Group Dinners, Tuckies say the other must-attend events include Fall Formal, Tucktober Fest, Diwali (a celebration of Indian dance), the Frosty Jester comedy show, and Tuck Follies musical revue.