Top Feeder Companies To The Tuck School

Where’s McKinsey? Bain? BCG? Morgan Stanley? J.P. Morgan?

Not in Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business Class of 2013, according to an analysis of the class’s Facebook page by Poets&Quants. Commonly among the half dozen prestige firms that send vast numbers of MBA candidates to top business schools, they are surprisingly absent from the top 26 feeder companies for this year’s incoming class at Tuck.

Yet, just as surprising, the elite Wall Street firm of Goldman Sachs has one of the largest contingents at Tuck this year: The estimated nine students from Goldman make up the second largest group in the class behind only Deloitte with an estimated 10 first-years.

After Deloitte and Goldman, the largest number of students represented in the class are from Ernst & Young, Google, LEK Consulting, and PriceWaterhouse Coopers.

The composition of the Tuck class is exceptionally diverse: Besides the typical array of consulting and financial service firms, there are students from Hewlett-Packard, ExxonMobil, Pfizer, Hyundai, Tata Group, and Walt Disney Co.

The Facebook data provides a rare glimpse into the educational and work backgrounds of the students accepted and enrolled at Dartmouth’s Tuck School. Business schools keep this information close to the vest, never disclosing this information in typical class profiles.

Yet, an applicant’s undergraduate and work backgrounds loom large in admission decisions, in some cases dwarfing the importance of other factors from grade point averages and GMAT scores to the quality of one’s essays or admissions interview.

The Tuck School data was collected from the Facebook page for the Class of 2013. Poets&Quants was able to identify and confirm the employment backgrounds of 220 members of the 268 MBA students enrolled in the incoming class. We then used that sample to estimate the number of students from any one institution in the full class.

There’s also a fair number of social entrepreneurs in the group with impressive credentials, often with more typical MBA stints on their resumes before getting into a non-profit environment. Crystal Leveillee, who graduated from Wellesley College in 2005, got into Tuck from a job as associate director of development for Uncommon Schools, a non-profit which starts and manages charter schools in urban areas, though she also did a two-year stint as an analyst at J.P. Morgan.

Andrew Olaleye, who graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2007, spent three years at The Vanguard Group, before becoming the co-founder of a non-profit called Soccer Sisters United. The group provides academic and athletic support of  one of the few inner city all-minority girls’ soccer clubs.

James Valdes, who graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2005, co-founded, an online community for anglers. As an analyst at J.P. Morgan Investment Bank for nearly three years, however, he was involved in more than 200 initial public offerings, follow-on and equity deals.

(See next page for table of the top feeder companies to Dartmouth’s Tuck School for the Class of 2013)

  • err this is wrong- I’m a creative and an international entrepreneur. Tuck was one of my top choices and I’m in. You need to show that you value the unique Tuck experience, and of course- visit.

  • GoSaints

    I visited Tuck and concur with previous poster that the class has a preppy feeling with few minorities. The campus was straight out of an Abercombie & Fitch advertisement and does not generate an embracing vibe. Some students talk about diversity, but I didn’t see much for myself.

  • StellHall

    @Shawna: I am a Tuck alumni. Tuck is a small and fine program that appeals to students from various backgrounds on condition these applicants have a excellent track record/pedigree. Tuck has a small class and can neither accomodate every non-traditional nor minority applicant. Minority students actually get the soft treatment with Consortium and other outreach events. If you have only average career, I suggest you may wish to consider lesser programs at realistic schools. Tuck is not for everybody and you may find a better fit elsewhere. Why do you think that non-traditionals or minorities add more value?

  • TSB

    I disagree, Shawna. I myself am currently in the Tuck School. I’m a minority, come from a non-prestige school and do not have “pedigree” work experience. Yet, everyone at Tuck has just been amazing to me this whole time. The Tuck environment has incredible diversity of education, experience and ethnicity. I suggest you visit to see for yourself.

  • Shawna

    Tuck just keeps its class profile corperate and avoid high risk non-traditionals in order not to jeopardize placement record. Tuck Adcom’s thinking: Applicants from pedigree firms = good jobs and ranking. No need to offer valuable place for applicants from non traditional background or minorities from lesser state schools. Tuck is conservative and preppy.

  • BSchoolHope (Tuck ’13 woot)

    I have a number of military personnel, several entrepreneurs (including myself), several IT specialists, and a joint degree MD/MBA who was in the Peace Corps prior to returning to University, in my section (1/4 of the class).

    My classmates are incredibly diverse.

    If anyone else is not sure what Tuck is like I would strongly recommend you visit campus, Tuck is an incredibly welcoming place and you’ll be able to assess diversity for yourself.

  • Tess

    The Tuck feeder company table shows a slightly different picture than other peer BSchools. Tuck’s feeder pipeline is very corporate with traditional big name firms dominating the ranking. This confirms my assumption that Tuck is very conservative when it comes to selection and work pedigree. Even established non-traditional feeders don’t contribute more than 0-1 candidate to Tuck. Where are big non-traditional feeders such as the US military, international aid, well known non-profits represented at Tuck? Don’t even expect to see the former entrepreneur, creative or athlete at Tuck. Tuck does not take the risk and take on non-traditionals, so much about diversity and transformational experience.