You Oughta Know
The herd mentality. Students support each other throughout the recruiting process. Students are discouraged from developing the “herd mentality” that sometimes pervades the recruiting process and leads a large number of students to interview with only a handful of recruiters. However, Tuck still sends nearly 60% of its graduates into the traditional MBA industries of consulting and finance, one of the highest proportions of any business school. Ironically, it is the “herd mentality” that contributes to the need for some recruiters to have to employ an especially rigorous screening process that involves inquiring about a student’s grades.
Connections. Coupled with its small-town charm and the inherent insular bubble of Dartmouth is the fact that Tuck offers legitimate access to top recruiters and networks, both in the Northeast as well as throughout the U.S. and abroad. The school has strong ties to Manhattan in both the finance and consulting sectors, and these connections produce results. More than 700 companies, both domestic and international, actively recruit at Tuck (even though each class has fewer than 300 students). Ninety-two percent of the Class of 2015 who were seeking employment had accepted a job by graduation; three months later, that number was up to 99%. These are as high as the employment rates of any top-tier school we’ve seen, including the likes of Harvard and Stanford.
Private equity and venture capital. As we mentioned in the Tuck Snapshot section, Tuck is not usually mentioned in lists of “finance schools,” but it is quite well regarded within finance circles. Twenty-four percent of Tuck students go directly into the finance industry upon graduation, which isn’t too far behind more traditional finance schools like NYU Stern (34%), Wharton (37%), Columbia (37%), and Chicago Booth (35%). It’s known particularly in private equity circles as a “hidden gem” among business schools. The school’s strong connections and deep roots in the industry contribute to its reputation in this notoriously insular industry.
A little bit of everything. Unlike business schools that have established a clear brand in finance, or technology, or marketing, Tuck grads’ career paths are distinguished by their breadth across disciplines. Of the remaining class who did not pursue finance or consulting jobs, popular choices were technology (18%) and consumer goods (10%). However, given its small class size, it’s surprising to see decent representation going into health care (6%), manufacturing (2%), and energy (2%). Most schools its size send no graduates at all into many of these industries.
Northeast dominance. Over half (51%) of the Class of 2014 remained in the Northeast; that’s higher than any other top-tier school except Yale (51%) and NYU Stern (73%). Even top-rated business schools tend to place the majority of their graduates close to home. While this is often a result of stronger relationships with employers in a school’s region, graduates often choose to attend a business school where they ultimately wish to live post-MBA. Most schools have mobility and strong alumni networks across the country and globally, but applicants would be wise to consider placement statistics by location when considering which schools to target.