What Makes Tuck Different
One big Tuck family. Though most business schools spend lots of time talking about their cultures, few of them can demonstrate a truly tangible “culture” the way that Tuck does. Visitors get a sense of the family-like community the minute they set foot on campus. Small class sizes foster close bonds among students, encouraging teamwork and a collaborative, intellectual environment. Tuck’s remote location also lends to a concentrated social environment that creates early bonds that last most Tuck grads a career and a lifetime.
Access to faculty. Tuck’s small size also translates to an impressively low 10:1 student-to-professor ratio and allows unprecedented student access to the faculty, whether it’s in a seminar setting or at a Tuck social event. Eighty-six percent of Tuck’s classes are taught by full-time faculty members, as opposed to visiting professors, lecturers, and adjuncts, more than at most MBA programs. This helps foster the student-professor relationship, although we don’t see the statistic alone as an inherent strength. Many students at other MBA programs find lecturers and adjunct faculty members to be their favorites, largely thanks to their recent and ongoing connections to industry.
Helpful alumni. The other key difference at Tuck is the commitment to the school found among alumni. Tuck graduates give back to the school at a rate higher than any other, with a 20-year track record of more than 60% of alumni donating. This level of alumni involvement also translates into a significant resource for current students, who often end up in internships and first jobs that result from an alumni referral or connection. For alumni effectiveness, Tuck once again ranks #1 in The Economist’s “Which MBA?” poll of current and recent students.
Dedication to diversity. Tuck’s Minority Business Executive Education program was the first diversity-focused program of its kind. Tuck launched this initiative more than 30 years ago, and the school remains dedicated to its mission of attracting students across all ethnographic and demographic groups. Tuck sponsors a by-application Diversity Conference , affectionately dubbed “Div Co,” each fall. The school also participates in conferences hosted by National Black MBA, National Hispanic MBA, and Reaching Out MBA (for the LGBT community). And, Tuck is the second-highest-ranked member of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, behind only Berkeley-Haas according to U.S. News rankings. All of these efforts have finally paid off! Over the past year, Tuck has increased its percentage of U.S. minorities from 14% to 20%, putting it on par with many of its peer schools.
Unique admissions policies. Tuck doesn’t seem to be trying to do things differently just to be different (as we sometimes suspect at other schools), but the school is quite thoughtful in how it approaches admissions. We’ll discuss in further detail in the Admissions section, but highlights include the applicant’s ability to report multiple test scores, initiate an on-campus admissions interview, receive feedback on denied applications, and obtain a deferral for extenuating circumstances.