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Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: October 31, 2018.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $72,150

Full-Time Enrollment: 293

Average GPA: 3.51

International: 37%

Minority: 23%

Average Age: 28

Median GMAT: 722

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 620-780

Female: 44%

GPA Range (mid-80%): 2.63-3.99

Male: 56%

Application Deadlines: Round 1: September 24th, 2018 Round 2: January 7th, 2019 Round 3: April 1st, 2019 Round 1 Consortium: October 15th, 2018 Round 2 Consortium: January 5th, 2019

If MBA education were like ice cream, Tuck would be one of a handful of premium brands. This is a super rich and delicious concoction of an MBA education, a picture-perfect business school solely dedicated to providing students with the ultimate MBA experience. There are no business undergraduates sharing the halls, nor part-time MBAs in evening classes, nor executive MBAs who come in on Friday nights. The school’s executive education offerings are limited. All of this allows Tuck to focus virtually all of its resources and energy on one thing: a full-time MBA program. In a day and age when most business schools are juggling all kinds of programs that siphon off the best faculty from the full-time MBAs, Tuck stays true to its mission of guaranteeing every student a truly transformative and intimate MBA experience. This is a rare and beautiful thing if you want the premium version of the degree.

The school does this in a spectacular New England setting, isolated in Hanover, N.H., away from the distractions of a busy city. At Tuck, most students have the option of living in lavishly appointed dorms right on the school’s own first class business school campus. The school’s world-class teachers are known for their excellence and are in a class with Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia’s Darden School. Attending a Tuck class is to witness a master teacher in action, soliciting different opinions in rapid-fire style, moving every student along a challenging but entertaining journey to a final destination where the big idea or thought waits to be unfolded. Harvard, Tuck and Darden have at least two other attributes in common: 1) MBA students at these three schools are taught largely and almost exclusively by the case method, and 2) The first-year curriculum is a lockstep program where cohorts of the same students move through the courses together. Harvard’s cohorts are 50% larger than those at Tuck and Darden so there is less pressure to fight for air time during the vigorous discussions in class where participation accounts for half of students’ grades.  The bonds students form in their sections often endure a life time.

Tuck, like Darden, has a highly collaborative and caring culture where MBA candidates genuinely support and encourage each other. Backstabbing at Tuck is unheard of. In fact, some corporate recruiters say the students here are too nice. And unlike many of the big MBA factories, Tuck offers small cohorts and class sizes. By the time a student graduates from Tuck, he or she knows every single classmate who’s wearing a cap and gown at commencement.

The integrated core curriculum at the Tuck School provides coverage of key functional areas and disciplines: statistics and decision science, corporate finance and capital markets, managerial and global economics, marketing, organizational behavior and personal leadership, strategy, communications, and operations. Students who have extensive previous background in a particular discipline may exempt out of a course and take an elective in its place, though opting out of a core course is often discouraged because it takes students away from their assigned cohorts.

With the core curriculum as a foundation and more than 80 electives to choose from, students can customize their education to meet individual needs and interests. Elective offerings allow students to focus on specific areas of study within the context of the cross-functional knowledge required in top management positions. In addition to the core and elective courses, students are required to satisfy an ethics and social responsibility course requirement during their two years.

Ranking Analysis:

Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business was among the winners in our 2016 ranking, gaining two places to finish comfortably in seventh place. That was the school’s best showing on the P&Q list since the inaugural 2010 ranking when Tuck was sixth. There’s one core reason for the improvement: The school has figured out the Bloomberg Businessweek ranking where it has underperformed for a number of years.

Putting aside the 11-place jump by Rice University’s business school in Businessweek‘s 2016 ranking, the biggest improvement for any Top 25 school was made by Tuck. Tuck raced up the list by nine positions to finish fifth this year, its strongest showing in the Businessweek ranking since the original list made its debut in 1988. Back then, Tuck finished third. This week’s ranking, putting Tuck ahead of Wharton, MIT Sloan and Kellogg, is even better than this year’s earlier U.S. News‘ eighth place ranking for the Hanover, N.H., school.

The reason behind Tuck’s long-delayed resurgence? Again, it was Businessweek‘s employer survey. Tuck soared 14 places to eighth from 21st on the magazine’s employer survey, more than offsetting an 11-place drop on the student poll to 28 from 17 (the scores on the student surveys, however, are so closely clustered that their actual weighting in the methodology tends to be significantly lower than the 15% Businessweek claims to assign that data). That pushed Tuck well above its more typical 10th place position (its average BW rank after subtracting out its highest third place rank in 1988 and its lowest 16th place finish in 2000.

It’s no secret that Tuck has one of the best, if not the best, MBA alumni network. No other business school in the world can claim that more than 70% of its alums contribute to its annual fundraising campaign other than Tuck. So if you survey super loyal alums who recruit at the school, as Businessweek does, the odds are pretty good they are going to go out of their way to put Tuck first on the list of the best schools. Someone at the school finally wised up to make the case to returning alum recruiters to fill out those darn Businessweeek surveys!

The school also did slightly better in U.S. News, edging up one spot to eighth from ninth. Tuck also had strong showings in Forbes’ return-on-investment ranking, largely due to the very handsome compensation packages graduating MBAs routinely get. Tuck was fifth on the Forbes list, and sixth on The Economist ranking, slightly down from its third place finish in 2015. The school’s weakest ranking is the Financial Times which places Tuck 13th best in the U.S.

What makes Tuck unique, however, has nothing to do with what rankings tend to measure. It’s culture. As one Class of 2012 told BusinessWeek on its satisfaction survey, “Tuck is unique because it truly has a culture and community that nurtures and helps develop the entire student. I know that I can walk into the office of any of the deans without an appointment and he or she will know my name and will take the time to meet with me as soon as possible. The professors go the extra mile to get to know their students. I regularly have informal conversations with professors from the first year in the hallways at Tuck, I have traveled to India with my favorite professor from the core, and I’ve had dinner parties at the homes of professors where the conversation goes until 1am. The students here put each other first, and the size of our program allows our students to truly appreciate the true diversity of our class.”

B-School Smack Down Reports:

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MBA Program Consideration Set:

Stretch Schools: HarvardStanford
Match Schools: ChicagoWhartonNorthwestern’s Kellogg SchoolMIT SloanBerkeley
Safety Schools: DukeVirginiaNew YorkMichiganYaleCornell

Relevant Features:

A B-School Dean for the Guinness Book of Records
The Best B-School Alumni Networks in the World
A Look At Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business (video)

Note: MBA Program Consideration Set: If you believe you’re a close match to this school–based on your GMAT and GPA scores,  your age and work experience, you should look at these other competitive full-time MBA programs as well. We list them by stretch, match and safety. These options are presented on the basis of brand image and ranking status as a general guideline.

Contact Information

100 Tuck Hall,
Hanover, NH 03755
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From Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business:

Come here to be challenged. Leave ready to take on the most important challenges of our time. At Tuck, we create wise leaders who aspire to become the difference in the world of business and beyond. Join us.

Learn by Doing

The power of experiential learning is realized throughout the Tuck curriculum, from the required First-Year Project course, where students apply knowledge in real time to a real business challenge, to the on-the-ground experiences that make up TuckGO.

No matter the endeavor—consulting for a global nonprofit, immersing oneself in the business environment of another country, or putting new knowledge to the test on a real business challenge, each of these experiences accelerates learning and the ability to lead.

Research Centers and Initiatives support faculty research, enrich the curriculum and learning environment for students, and connect the school more directly with renowned faculty and thought leaders in each field. Each sponsors its own programs and qualified MBA students are invited to serve as fellows, research associates, roundtable members, or participants in independent study projects.

Be Challenged at Every Moment

We ask a lot of our students, but no more than what will be asked of them as leaders. Every element in the academic experience at Tuck—from team-based project work and experiential and global learning opportunities to case-based courses and more—is designed to push students further than they thought possible, with the goal of developing wise leaders who aspire to become the difference in the world of business and beyond.

Our integrated first-year core curriculum provides critical coverage of key functional areas and disciplines, while second-year electives like Deconstructing Apple and Time in the Consumer Mind offer the opportunity for rigorous exploration of a relevant business issue.

Lead Across Cultures

Learning is boundless in our interconnected world. At Tuck, the world is your classroom. To truly understand how others live, work, and do business—a requirement for today’s leaders—nothing rivals being on the ground in another country.

Take on a real business challenge for an international client through an OnSite Global Consulting engagement. Broaden your perspective on a faculty-led Global Insight Expedition to a new business environment. Apply classroom concepts to complex business challenges in a global First-Year Project. Spend an engrossing term abroad on exchange at one of Tuck’s 19 partner institutions around the world.

Become Part of an Extraordinary Community

At Tuck, community is purposeful and it shines through the everyday moments that define us: a meal shared with classmates, an impromptu meeting with a professor, downtime in Stell Hall, or a personal—and moving—Tuck Talks event. Where stories of students supporting each other are the rule, not the exception. Where bright minds and bright futures come together for a single purpose—to prepare wise leaders to become the difference in the world of business and beyond.

Student clubs and events are an important part of the fabric of the Tuck experience. Clubs offer a wide array of ways for you to be involved with the community and connect with your classmates from day one.

Build Better Organizations

Individual attention delivered by career coaches with deep industry expertise and experience. Active recruiting relationships with more than 1000 organizations. And alumni across the globe committed to the success of the school and its students.

These are just some of the resources available to students during the job search process. Innovative programs like Industry Treks, and Boot Camps open doors and offer new opportunities for learning about yourself and the job market.

Learn From Thought Leaders

Faculty at Tuck bring rigor and relevance to core and elective courses, reveal how knowledge is created, and give you the flexibility to chart your own path. Tuck faculty are thought leaders, top scholars, and superb teachers. And remarkably accessible, inside and outside the classroom.

Tuck faculty are luminaries committed equally to student learning and advancing new knowledge.

Beyond the classroom—at school events, over lunch, and even in their homes—our faculty make themselves available to you. More than facts and skills, our classes offer strategic perspective. They explore how the minds of management experts work and demonstrate how to put theory into practice.

Applying to Tuck

Each year, the number of talented applicants exceeds the number of offers we can extend. The admissions committee has the challenge of selecting a target class size of 4 sections consisting of 60-70 students each from thousands of applications from around the world.

The admissions team considers a variety of factors when gauging a candidate’s application. Criteria include academic credentials, leadership and team skills, communication skills, diversity, and global mindset. Through our holistic admissions process, we do our best to determine which candidates will be the best match with Tuck.

If you have been successful academically and professionally and believe that Tuck is the right place for you, we encourage you to apply! We also encourage qualified applicants from all types of backgrounds to apply, including those who might not have traditional business experience.

Applications typically become available online in July. Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of our open interview policy. Of course, we understand that not everyone is able to come to campus to interview, so we offer interview by invitation and an interview is not a required component of a complete application.

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