The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College offers these departments and concentrations: accounting, consulting, e-commerce, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics, finance, general management, health care administration, human resources management, industrial management, international business, leadership, manufacturing and technology management, marketing, not-for-profit management, production/operations management, organizational behavior, portfolio management, public policy, real estate, supply chain management/logistics, quantitative analysis/statistics and operations research, tax, and technology. Its tuition is full-time: $68,910 per year. At graduation, 80.2 percent of graduates of the full-time program are employed.

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Application Deadlines

Deadline: Apr 4, 2018

Application Fee: $250

Admissions Facts

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 23%

Average age of new entrants: 28

 Requiring standardized test: GMAT/GRE

 Average GMAT score: 722

 Average GRE score: N/A

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 5 years

Application Essays

Season: 2018

1. Essay 1

  • What are your short and long-term goals?
  • Why is an MBA a critical next step toward achieving those goals?
  • Why are you interested in Tuck?

2. Essay 2

Tuck’s mission is to educate wise leaders to better the world of business. Wisdom encompasses the essential aptitudes of confident humility, about what one does and does not know; empathy, towards the diverse ideas and experiences of others; and judgment, about when and how to take risks for the better. With Tuck’s mission in mind, and with a focus on confident humility, tell us about a time you:

  1. Received tough feedback,
  2. Experienced failure, or
  3. Disappointed yourself or others

How did you respond, and what did you learn about yourself as a result?

3. Essay 3 (Optional)

Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application (e.g., unusual choice of evaluators, weaknesses in academic performance, unexplained job gaps or changes, etc.). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application.

The essay questions should be responded fully but concisely. Please note that there are no right
or wrong answers. Applicants are encouraged to limit the length of their responses to a
word count of 500. Please double-space your responses.

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2018

You should request references from two people capable of commenting on your professional, leadership, and intellectual capabilities. The most useful evaluations are those from people who are able to speak with certainty about your leadership, maturity, team orientation, communication skills, intellectual ability, and interpersonal skills. It is preferred that you submit LORs from people who know you well and are in a position to judge your professional performance and leadership, such as your direct supervisor. If you are unable to provide an LOR from a direct supervisor, please include a brief explanation as to why in the optional essay section. Avoid getting LORs from professors. Getting an independent perspective about your qualifications from a third party is very valuable to the Admissions Committee, therefore the LORs are to be completed by the recommender and no one else.


  1. How long have you known the applicant and in what context? Have you served as the applicant’s supervisor? If so, please provide approximate dates. Please comment upon the frequency and nature of your interactions with the applicant.
  2. What are the applicant’s three principal strengths? Please provide an example of each.
  3. In which three areas can the applicant improve? Please provide an example of each. How has the applicant worked to address these areas?
  4. How does the applicant respond to constructive criticism?
  5. Describe the impressions this candidate makes in meetings, presentations, interviews or other important interactions.
  6. If you would like to provide any additional insights into this individual’s candidacy, please feel free to do so.

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