Business School Profile: Dartmouth Tuck

The MBA Exchange is featuring a series of articles showcasing graduate management programs that our thousands of clients have found most rewarding. Our content is compiled from a number of credible sources and articles and expanded with our own observations based on nearly two decades of advising applicants.

Tuck at Dartmouth is often praised as a strong general management program whose students are known for teamwork and leadership, and its consistently high rankings bear this out. At Tuck, the focus is on training students to become excellent leaders and powerful team players, achieved here by creating strong teams and offering intellectual challenges in a surprisingly nurturing, collaborative Ivy League environment.

Another point that distinguishes Tuck at Dartmouth is the fact that all full-time faculty teach in the MBA program. The curriculum is closely integrated from course to course and refreshed by insights from visiting business leaders and a particularly active alumni group. Tuck administrators and faculty know all too well that their rural New Hampshire location is not mainstream, so they strive to bring the world to campus.

This program features a combination of lecture and case-based learning – there is no single approach taken. At 31 weeks, Tuck’s general management core for first-year students is longer than most MBA programs, but there is also the flexibility to focus on specific areas of interest through elective classes, group projects, joint degrees, an international field study and independent investigation. Tuck takes a backseat to no other MBA program in the scope and richness of its curriculum.

Through the Tuck Global Consultancy course (sponsored by the Center for International Business) in the second year, students have the opportunity to put their classroom education into practice, learning how to operate in new environments and cultures—a prerequisite for success in a globalized economy.

Tuck boasts, and rightfully so, of intense camaraderie sparked through study groups, interaction with faculty and alumni, and immersion in a surprisingly diverse community. Chief among teaching methods at Tuck—and consistent with the school’s philosophy of collaboration—are team projects. There are no “pigeon holes” at Tuck.

Away from school, life here is rich in opportunity, vitality, and natural beauty (skiing and spending time in the mountains, in particular). In fact, if you don’t think the great outdoors are so great, this may not be the place for you. Our clients also express appreciation for abundant extracurricular activities and volunteering in the wider community.

Attending Tuck easily could be the most unique and meaningful two years of your life. Tuckies love their school (blogs are very active) and a visit to this classic New England campus and town is a must if this school is on your short list.

If this is an MBA program that appeals to you, please request a free evaluation of your candidacy. If you’ve decided to pursue admission, then contact The MBA Exchange for a dialogue with one of our admissions consultants – including former admissions officers and MBA grads — who can help you develop a strategy and tactics to maximize your chances for admission at this and other top-tier b-schools.