Admissions at Tuck
What Tuck Is Looking For
Fanatical about fit. Perhaps more than any other MBA program, Tuck is fanatical about “fit” with the program. Whether it’s visiting campus for an interview, applying in the Early Action round, or simply speaking to a number of current students or recent alumni and including many school-specific elements in your essays, you want to do everything in your power to signal to the admissions committee that you understand the school and its culture, and want to contribute to it. Reading this Guide is a good first step in understanding the pros and cons of the Tuck experience. However, nothing can replace gaining firsthand knowledge and experience yourself.
Admission criteria. Besides demonstrating a strong fit with the school, successful candidates to Tuck showcase many of the same skills and attributes as those to other top schools:
- Academic excellence. Outstanding academic ability, intellectual curiosity, and a mastery of quantitative concepts.
- Demonstrated leadership. Leadership in extracurricular activities, the workplace, and/or community, as well as future leadership potential.
- Notable accomplishments. Significant academic, professional, and community achievements that have had an impact.
- Interpersonal skills. Personality, maturity, and communications skills conveyed via interview, essays, and recommendations.
- Diverse background/experience. Demographic and geographic diversity, as well as range and mix of professional experiences.
- Global mindset. Fluency in a second language, as well as work, study, or extensive travel outside of one’s home country, can help a candidate stand out.
Work experience. On average, those admitted to Tuck have five years of full-time work experience. The admissions office almost never grants admissions to students straight out of college. Tuck strives for a diverse student body and seeks qualified applicants from all backgrounds. However, Tuck recommends that applicants coming from non-business backgrounds prepare by taking classes in microeconomics, financial accounting, statistics, finance, and even Microsoft Excel.