Tuck Is a Good Fit for You If…
You come from an underrepresented group—or another country. We’ve already covered Tuck’s support of and interest in minority applicants. If you’re an international candidate, you may also want to consider Tuck more closely. Despite its ranking, international applicants sometimes tend to overlook the school, possibly due to lack of familiarity with the location. And the foreign nationals who do apply often do not understand how Tuck is different, and thus they do not show an appreciation for Tuck when writing their application. This makes it very difficult for the admissions committee to accept them. Because of this, well-qualified international candidates who have done the legwork and know how Tuck can help them achieve their goals can find themselves strongly positioned in the admissions process.
You bring strong professional experience. Although some other business schools in its backyard have been welcoming younger and younger students, Tuck has held steadfast on its requirement for significant work experience prior to matriculation. The average age of a first-year is 28, and not a single person entered Tuck straight from college this year; 100% have some work experience. The age range for the Class of 2017 was 24 to 35 years old at matriculation.
You want to work in New York or Boston. Graduates who stay in the U.S. are most frequently found in the Northeast, with over half of the Class of 2015 staying in the region. Stern was the only school with a higher percentage of grads landing there.
You want to work in Japan or the UK. Because of the smaller size of the overall network, Tuckies are not as easily found all around the world. However, due to the school’s outreach and attention in past decades to both Japan and the UK, more Tuck alums are found in these countries than others. Four percent of the Class of 2015 placed in Europe, which may not seem like much, but it is bested only by Harvard (7%) and Wharton (5%).
You have a military background. Tuck appreciates the men and women who have unparalleled leadership and team experience (and often international experience) via the military, U.S. and otherwise. (China and Israel seem to be the top supplier of military applicants outside of the U.S.) Tuck is extremely pro-military and accepts the Yellow Ribbon education funding from the U.S. government for qualified applicants. The Armed Forces Alumni Association is the student club for military students and alumni.
You are bringing a partner and/or a family with you to business school. About a fourth of Tuckies (25%) come to campus with a spouse or partner, which is among the highest of top-tier business schools. Like many business schools, Tuck has a club, outreach, and resources available for partners of students to minimize the sense of alienation that can be felt when your significant other disappears from your life for a good two years. Tuck is an inclusive community, and spouses, partners, and children usually report feeling very welcome and engaged. However, Hanover is a small town, so employment options for a partner may be limited.
You love the outdoors (and the snow!). Your years of business school will be a lot of work, but why not also go to a school where you know you’ll be able to play? If you’re into winter sports and love the beauty of the mountains, Tuck might be more enticing than any other school. Dartmouth is one of just two colleges in the country to own its own ski resort, called the Dartmouth Skiway. In addition, the Tuck Hockey Club is one of the most popular clubs on campus. Approximately 150 Tuck students and partners of all skill levels form eight ice hockey teams each fall term and six teams each winter. Whether you play hockey now or not, you may find yourself learning the sport while at Tuck!
You’re switching careers. Tuck doesn’t shy away from or discourage those who want to use business school as a catalyst to change direction—or even jump the tracks. With the increased attention on career development that begins for new Tuckies literally the day school starts, the school is ready and able to provide the in-depth support and concentrated attention to help traditional and nontraditional students alike realize their dreams. About two-thirds of Tuckies change careers as they go through the program, which is higher than many other schools report. The dean has said that business school is the proper platform for all types of career-changers, including the more “challenging” types like those coming from an arts background and looking to transition into business. You still need to express your goals well in your application, whatever direction that might lead; don’t feel like only certain paths are “acceptable” at Tuck.
You want to go into finance. One doesn’t typically think that going to the secluded hills of New Hampshire would be an ideal path to Wall Street. However, 24% of the Class of 2015 went into the finance industry, putting it in the top half of elite MBA programs. Plus, Tuck’s strength in private equity seems to be a well-kept secret—unless you’re in private equity. In this exclusive industry, “who you know” can really matter, and the Tuck alumni network is vital. The school even has a research institute specifically for private equity; no other business school has anything quite like it.
You’re interested in energy. When you think of “energy” schools, Tuck might not be the first one that comes to mind. But if that’s your chosen field, you should carefully consider heading to Hanover, thanks to the Dartmouth Energy Collaborative, an association formed among Tuck and several other schools (both at and outside of Dartmouth), and the Revers Energy Initiative, formed in 2012.
You appreciate the small size and strong relationships. Tuck definitely has all of the advantages of a small school in terms of community and network, and it works hard to mitigate the challenges of the remote location (in terms of attracting teaching talent and recruiters) and the smaller alumni network. There’s a lot to be said for being able to disconnect from the world for two years to “immerse” in the business school education, and, for the right type of person, Tuck can be an excellent choice. If you already went to Dartmouth for undergrad, even better: Tuck tends to look favorably on applications from Hanover alumni.
You’re not afraid to work hard. Tuck is known to be a place where students roll up their sleeves and dive in. The workload at Tuck is tough, even compared to other very challenging programs. If you enjoy the company of hardworking people, Tuck may be just the place for you.