Stanford GSB | Mr. Minority Champ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 318 current; 324 intended, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
IU Kelley | Mr. Construction Manager
GRE 680, GPA 3.02
IU Kelley | Mr. Clinical Trial Ops
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.33
IU Kelley | Ms. Biracial Single Mommy
, GPA 2.5/3.67 Grad
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
Harvard | Mr. Professional Boy Scout
GMAT 660, GPA 3.83
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.34
NYU Stern | Mr. Low Gmat
GMAT 690, GPA 73.45 % (No GPA in undergrad)
Chicago Booth | Mr. Finance Musician
GRE 330, GPA 3.6
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Wake Up & Grind
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Darden | Mr. Fintech Nerd
GMAT 740, GPA 7.7/10
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. 1st Gen Brazilian LGBT
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
USC Marshall | Mr. Ambitious
GRE 323, GPA 3.01
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
Tuck | Ms. Nigerian Footwear
GRE None, GPA 4.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Low GPA High GRE
GRE 325, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Senior Energy Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.5

Top Feeder Colleges To The Tuck School

Middlebury. Bowdoin. Colby. Williams. Bates. They’re among New England’s very best liberal arts colleges and they tend to dominate a list of the top feeder schools into Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, according to an anallysis of Tuck’s Class of 2013 by Poets&Quants.

Indeed, the largest single group of new Tuck MBA candidates is from Middlebury College–an estimated 11 members of the 268-strong incoming class. Like Dartmouth itself, Middlebury is located in a quant New England town in a rural setting with scenic mountain views. The only difference: Dartmouth is in New Hampshire while Middlebury is in Vermont.

Obviously, the geographic appeal of New England is a major factor in Tuck’s MBA draw. Seven of the 11 top feeder colleges are in New England, including Bowdoin, Boston, Colby, and Williams Colleges. The only exceptions: Duke University, Columbia, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania.

This makes Tuck’s feeder a dramatic contrast to those at Harvard, Wharton and Columbia where the elite liberal arts schools play a much lesser role. It also lessens Tuck’s dependence on the Ivy League schools despite the fact that Dartmouth is as Ivy League as they come.


Only 13.8% of the incoming class have undergraduate degrees from the official Ivy League schools, for example, compared to roughly 21.2% of this year’s incoming class at Columbia Business School, 30.0% at Harvard Business School, and 33.1% of the class at Wharton.

If you subtract students who earned their undergrad degrees at international schools, 18.8% of the incoming Tuck students have an Ivy League degree, versus 38% at Harvard and 44% at Wharton. Yet, every single Ivy is represented in the class along with Stanford, MIT, the University of Chicago, UC-Berkeley and UCLA. And most of the other small elite liberal arts schools also are in the class: Amherst, Bucknell, Colgate, Hamilton, Haverford, Middleburg, Smith, and Swathmore,

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 undergraduate backgrounds of 246 members of the 268 MBA students enrolled in the incoming class. We then used that sample–representing 92% of the entire class–to estimate the number of students from any one institution in the full class.


The heavy predominance of students from private colleges allows for only a minority of MBA candidates with public university backgrounds. Only 13% hail from state schools at Tuck, the lowest percentage of any of the five schools examined by Poets&Quants. By comparison, about 30% of Cornell’s Class of 2013 got their undergraduate degrees from public universities. Some 17.6% of the incoming class at Harvard and 16.7% at Wharton is from public universities. If you subtract out students with undergraduate degrees from international schools, about 18% of the Tuck graduated from a state college or university versus 44% at the Johnson School at Cornell.

On the other hand, most of its public students are from a wide range of state schools, ranging from Arizona State, the College of New Jersey, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State as well as the Universities of Conneticut, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi Oregon, and Rhode Island.

Few Tuck students are drawn from the so-called public Ivies: Berkeley, UCLA, Michigan, the University of Virginia and the University of Texas at Austin. Only 3.3% of Tuck’s Class of 2013 come from those five publics, compared to 6.3% at Harvard, 7.7% at Wharton, and 5.7% at Johnson.

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

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.