Yale. It’s not a complete surprise that another general management school in the Northeast with a relatively small class would have a career statistics similar to Tuck; what may be surprising is just how closely the numbers align. If you’re looking for a smaller school that sends its graduates into a variety of industries and roles, Yale is worth a look. Many applicants don’t realize the ties that Yale has to New York City, including a strong pipeline into finance companies. Several second-year students even choose to live in the City and commute to New Haven for class.
Cornell (Johnson). Johnson’s class size is nearly identical to that of Tuck, and yet it is also extremely successful in securing jobs for its graduates every year. The school puts more resources into career management per student than perhaps any other U.S. business school. As a result, its placement numbers rival Tuck’s, and its distribution of industries is remarkably similar. One-third of Johnson graduates go into finance roles upon graduation.
Chicago (Booth). Located in urban Chicago, Booth couldn’t be more different from Tuck when it comes to environment and surroundings, so the two schools are rarely compared. However, when it comes to professional opportunities, candidates who are attracted to Tuck should give Booth a close look. While 67% of Booth graduates land in a consulting or finance-related role after business school, 58% do so out of Tuck. The remaining Booth grads spread fairly evenly among marketing/product management, general management, strategic planning, business development, and other roles.
Harvard. Harvard has a strong general management curriculum and sends graduates into a wide variety of industries. Given its reputation and prestige, it’s often the top-choice school for many applicants. However, given the many similarities in academics and professional opportunities, Tuck is often a close second. However, the two programs couldn’t be more different culturally, so make sure you understand what it means to become a “Tuckie” before applying.
UNC (Kenan-Flagler). Known for a student body that’s exceptionally friendly and down-to-earth, the culture also closely mimics that of Tuck. Kenan-Flagler sends about 12% of its class into general management roles, highlighting a similarly strong academic emphasis on general management.