Tuck Latest School To Enroll Record Women

Dartmouth Tuck welcomes its incoming class of 286 MBA students on Sept. 1

Dartmouth Tuck welcomes its incoming class of 286 MBA students on Sept. 1

Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business today (Sept. 1) announced that a record 42% of its incoming class of MBAs are women, a ten-percentage point jump from only a year earlier. The increase follows reports by several other highly selective schools enrolling record levels of young female professionals.

At Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, some 43% of the incoming class this fall are female, up five full percentage points from last year’s 38% total. Wharton also said it increased the percentage of women in its new class to 43%, up from 40% last year, while Chicago Booth is up to 41%, compared to just 36% last year.

The substantial increase of women in MBA programs comes after increasing concern that business schools have long trailed both law and medical schools in attracting more women. Tuck, Kellogg, Wharton, Booth, and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, moreover, have been able to reach these new record levels without compromising their average reported GMAT scores. At Tuck, the average GMAT for the class was one point higher than last year at 717.


Tuck Dean Matt Slaughter

Tuck Dean Matt Slaughter

“The 2017 class is incredibly diverse, accomplished, and poised to achieve great things both throughout their two years here and in the many years beyond,” said Tuck Dean Matt Slaughter, in a message to the school’s community. “For the first time in Tuck’s history, over 40% of the class—42%, to be exact—are women.”

Slaughter, in his first academic year as dean, also noted that “20% of the class comes from underrepresented groups (a percentage that includes Asian students), while 32% of the class are citizens of countries outside the United States, representing 23 countries around the globe, and 22 of our students from the United States are dual citizens of another country.”

Those numbers represent an increase on the 14% of minorities who entered last year, though the international contingent fell slightly from 35% a year ago, representing 26 countries. Roughly the same percentages of this year’s entering class studied and worked abroad. Slaughter said that 58% had spent some time in a university outside the U.S., down just one percentage point from last year, while 50% worked abroad, up from 48% a year earlier. More than 88% of the Class of 2017 speak a foreign language in some capacity


“With such rich global experience even before beginning their time at Tuck, it is clear that the T’17 class will eagerly embrace the new Tuck GO program, designed to ensure that all Tuck students graduate with a global mindset.”

The average undergraduate grade point average was the same: 3.5. “Academically and intellectually, the class is strong and prepared to be challenged beyond their limits,” added Slaughter. They have worked an average of five years before returning to Tuck. Their average age is 28, with members of the class ranging from 25 to 34.”

This year the school enrolled 286 first-year students, up by five from a year earlier and up by ten from two years ago.


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  • Carl Sandberg

    “20% of the class comes from underrepresented groups (a percentage that includes Asian students),” So isn’t this still misleading? There is a distinction between URM and Minority within the context of the US. Why not just include both percentages instead of this unclear percentage.

  • Gina des Cognets

    Alex, Hello from Tuck, and thank you for raising this important question. Our total minority percent (under-represented plus Asian American) is 20%. We had no intention of misrepresenting our numbers in any way. We corrected the original blog post yesterday with the accurate term (http://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/mba/blog/welcoming-the-tuck-class-of-2017-a-letter-from-dean-slaughter) and have asked John Byrne to add a correction here as well. This was purely an error on our part — please feel free to be in touch with me if you have further questions about Tuck. Thank you.

  • chitown

    Calling it “Turd” reeks of bitterness. Had I not gotten money from Booth, I likely would have gone to Tuck. The friendliness is very real, and I now work with Tuckies who are frankly amazing. It seems you were either rejected or are simply socially inept. I’d hazard you are going to struggle at any program if you get in.

  • Carl Sandberg

    Actually no! Turd was on my list of schools until I visited. It was way too white, in the middle of nowhere and had facade of fakeness. Despite its claim of diversity I failed to see it. Look at all of their marketing material. What you will see are white men/women with brown that all look alike. All of the kumbayah we all get along and love each other was just over the top and not authentic. Just my two cents.

  • chitown

    The bitterness in your post is hysterical. Better luck next time champ.

  • NotAllWhite

    Current Tuckie here — 20% is underrepresented minorities. It does not include Asians. The school is supremely ethical and would not “inflate numbers” in that way.

  • Carl Sandberg

    Yes, 20 percent does seem very high for Turd. When I visited Turd last year it was lily white. I guarantee you that the 20 percent includes Asians, which would only be the minority percentage, not the URM percentage. I’m not surprised that Turd would inflate the numbers.

  • Alex

    Is the 20 percent of the class that is underrepresented include Asians? 20 percent of the class consisting only of Blacks/Hispanics/Native Americans seems high?

    Also, the 88 percent number of people who speak a foreign language is shocking. Is that basically anyone who took highschool spanish?