What Tuck Is Known For
Quaint New England setting. Located in picturesque Hanover, New Hampshire (population 11,000), on the campus of Dartmouth College, the Tuck School of Business offers an Ivy League experience in a uniquely close-knit and supportive community. The intimacy of the community is also enhanced by the fact that most first-year students live in dormitories on campus, typically referred to as a “residential MBA.” This arrangement is not common at other full-time programs, where students tend to be more spread out, especially those in urban environments.
Strong general management program. One of three professional schools at Dartmouth, Tuck is consistently recognized as a strong general management program whose students are known for teamwork and leadership. The program is a world-class business school, ranking in the top 10 on U.S. News & World Report’s most years.
Consistency. Tuck is the oldest graduate school of management in the country (Wharton was the first business school, but for undergraduates), and its original teaching philosophy and instructional model continue to influence other top graduate management schools. Tuck has stayed true to a fairly rigid first-year core at a time when many schools are scrambling to roll out a flexible curriculum; it also has maintained a heavy case method approach in the face of increasingly diverse program choices. While this approach may seem limiting at first glance, Tuck students often find that it actually alleviates stress about juggling options, since the Tuck curriculum guides them through a tried-and-true path.
Individual attention. Because of the small class size, Tuck offers an intimate, personal culture, with faculty and administrators personally available to advise and customize a student’s learning experience and career development. Tuck professors are readily available to meet with students, and they enjoy doing so. With fewer than 300 students per graduating class, Tuck is one of the smallest elite business schools in the world. It’s also one of most remote locations of any top school, and probably the only one without the likes of even a Marriott hotel in driving distance. (Although in keeping with the quaint New England culture, you’ll find plenty of B&Bs and inns nearby.)