You Oughta Know
Rigorous workload. The school combines theoretical and experiential learning with a focus on leadership, teamwork, and globalization. These elements inform each and every aspect of the Tuck academic experience as well as the type of recruitment that occurs on campus. Many come to visit the school or even begin the program expecting to find a laid-back, “summer camp” atmosphere, but while the culture is uniquely close-knit, the academic workload is actually very intense and focused.
Experiential learning projects. One of the most interesting elements of the Tuck curriculum is that while it is a fairly case method–heavy school, it is also at the forefront of experiential learning. An entire term of the first year is devoted to the First Year Project, in which outside companies engage student teams to help solve a real-world business problem.
Leadership and teamwork. While it may not be as widely known for combining leadership and teamwork as schools like Kellogg and UCLA Anderson, Tuck is a business school that puts a premium on developing leaders who are also valuable team players. The school recognizes the business adage that a leader is “only as good as the people around him.” Students expect a great deal out of one another, and an honor code emerges that drives students to greater levels of achievement.
Leadership Fellows. In addition to putting its students into team scenarios that foster leadership, Tuck has stepped up its commitment to leadership in its Center for Leadership. The Tuck philosophy is that all of its students have leadership potential, and it therefore provides courses, individual coaching, and practical exercises (including self-assessments, peer assessments, goal-setting, and individual leadership development plans) to develop and draw out these qualities. Second-year students may serve as Leadership Fellows who learn how to develop others through coaching and mentoring first-year students.
Electives. In the second year, Tuck offers more than 75 electives, allowing students to focus on and master specific functional disciplines. With just 50 full-time faculty members, the selection of electives is much narrower at Tuck than at larger schools, which may offer 200 courses or more. The teaching style also shifts from case method to include lecture, small groups, group projects, and experiential/simulation approaches.
Entrepreneurial opportunities. The entrepreneurial clubs of both Dartmouth and Tuck sponsor an annual business plan competition at the end of the Spring Term. The winning team gets $50,000 and the support of the Barris Incubator program. More importantly, winning candidates gain the opportunity to present their business idea to an impressive and influential audience of judges including successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
TuckGO. Tuck students are required to complete a global immersion (officially termed the Tuck TuckGO). Most other schools adopted similar requirements years ago, but since Tuck has numerous other requirements in the core curriculum and first-year project, we don’t fault them for waiting to add even more.