Preparing to Apply
Reach out to current students. Even if you don’t have any personal connections to Tuck, you can reach out to current students and get their insight and advice. You can find a list of all campus clubs and activities on the school’s website. Find a few clubs that fit your personal and professional interests, and reach out to the officers. Remember: These are very busy MBA students so you don’t want to intrude too much on their time, but you could ask for a 10- to 15-minute conversation or elicit some advice via e-mail. Come prepared with specific questions (preferably those that aren’t already answered online). If you’re planning to visit campus, perhaps you might even arrange a coffee chat or lunch, if they are available. Or you might provide a quick background introduction and ask if there’s another member of their club, even one with a similar background, who might be able to offer some insights into and advice about his or her Tuck experience.
Visit campus. Admissions officers at Tuck strongly encourage everyone to visit campus before attending. If you don’t have the opportunity to visit before applying, they will invite you to come for an on-campus interview. A school’s website can only tell you so much, and they want you to fully understand what you’re getting yourself into! If you have the means, we highly recommend you visit Tuck in person before applying along with the campuses of your other top choices to understand the significant differences in culture, teaching style, student body, recruiting opportunities, facilities, and so forth. You may be surprised at just how different each school can be and and how the reality can differ from the perception. We encourage you to take advantage of formal opportunities to visit campus, including an applicant-initiated interview in which you can speak with admissions officers before submitting your application. Because informal and impromptu encounters can be the most informative, also don’t be afraid to approach students in less-formal settings.
Other events. We know that many applicants will not be able to travel to New Hampshire to visit campus, but you should take advantage of other worldwide admissions events, such as information sessions, virtual sessions, and specific-audience events. In fact, these off-campus events can offer great opportunities for quality time with admissions officers and even other applicants, who can be a great resource and support through the admissions process. Get to know the school and its culture as well as you can, because your familiarity can shine through your application and essays to help you stand out.