How to Get into Tuck

Dartmouth Tuck School of Business

Program Overview

Tuck is well-known for its small class size and tight-knit community that you become part of the day you are admitted and lasts the rest of your life. Tuck’s location in Hanover, New Hampshire means Tuckies spend a lot of time bonding with their classmates not only during study groups but also outside the classroom – at student run parties and events, at organized small group dinners, and during outdoor activities from hockey to skiing. Never played hockey or gone skiing? Don’t worry – you won’t be the only one. Many Tuckies are trying things for the first time. Because Tuck has one of the smallest class sizes, the program is looking for cultural fit – enthusiastic team players.

In a word, Tuck is looking for students who are aspirational. You need to emphasize teamwork, collaboration, and how you will contribute to the Tuck community. Explore the Tuck learning community and outside activities connected to your passions and interests that you hope to contribute to. At Tuck, learning takes place in small teams which creates an environment where students can take risks. Tuck’s residential community can be thought of as a ‘base camp’ from which students can explore and take risks with their ‘trusted teams.’ Tuck has amazingly loyal alumni who respond personally and promptly when contacted by current Tuck students. Demonstrate that you are committed to becoming part of the Tuck community not just for the two years you will spend on campus, but for many years to come.


Like all top business schools, the Tuck curriculum is rigorous and designed to challenge students to reach their full capacity. Tuck’s goal is to develop leaders with a broad set of business skills who will better world of the business, and one of their key approaches to achieving that is cultivating self-awareness. Tuck’s approach to leadership development includes not only coursework but also feedback from coworkers and fellow students with guidance and peer coaching,

The coursework at Tuck includes the required core curriculum, elective curriculum, and experiential learning. Students are divided into four sections and then assigned study groups; these groups complete much of the core curriculum – which includes statistics, decision science, corporate finance, capital markets, managerial and global economics, marketing, organizational behavior personal leadership, strategy, communications, and operations – together. There are over 100 electives, from Corporate Restructuring to Communicating with Presence to Building Entrepreneurial Ventures. Tuck is the only top U.S. MBA program with a global requirement – TuckGo. While it is okay to have no global exposure when applying to Tuck, you must demonstrate that you are open to global experiences and have the capacity to build awareness. Experiential learning options include the (required) First Year Project(FYP), OnSite Global ConsultingGlobal Insight Expeditions (GIX), the Entrepreneurship InitiativeTuck Student Consulting Services, and more.

Extra Curriculars

Tuck has an incredibly active and vibrant culture of student-run clubs, conferences, and activities. Categories of clubs include Career, Event-Focused, Cultural Affinity, Sports, and Social, Service, and Special Interest. Because the class size is small, you will find that most Tuckies take on at least one (if not more) leadership roles in these organizations. By leading the clubs (and starting new ones!), Tuckies both influence the community and practice the leadership skills they are learning in the classroom. Additionally, clubs and extracurricular activities serve to build bridges among diverse classmates. Tuck is one of the few business schools where you will get to know the majority of your classmates. Tuck’s tight-knit community offers opportunities to take risks: try out ice hockey with Tripod Hockey, work with a team to design and build a snow sculpture for Winter Carnival or poke fun at yourself and classmates in Tuck Follies.

Tuck also provides a number of career-building opportunities. The career clubs lead industry-specific treks to cities around the world, such as a Finance Trek to New York and a Venture Capital Trek to San Francisco. Tuckies also provide hands-on support to each other through the clubs. For instance, fellow students in the Consulting Club help each other prepare for case-based consulting interviews and members of Net Impact help each other recruit for social impact roles.  Although Hanover doesn’t offer the opportunity to have lunch with a Wall Street executive who will head back to his office, Tuck’s location actually has its benefits.  The Visiting Executive Program (VEP) brings alumni and businesses executives to campus overnight offering opportunities for students sign up for a small group dinner, coffee chat or roundtable discussion.


Class Profile

Class Size: 285

Average Age: 28

Average Work Experience: 5 years

Women: 44%

Underrepresented Minority: 18%

International Citizenship: 30%

Married: 31%

Average GMAT: 717

80% GMAT Range: 680-750

Average GPA: 3.5

Career Placement

  • Consulting –36%
  • Consumer Goods/Retail – 13%
  • Financial Services – 20%
  • Health care, Pharma, Biotech – 4%
  • Manufacturing – 4%
  • Nonprofit, Government – 1%
  • Real Estate – 2%
  • Technology – 16%
  • Other – 4%


  • Outside the US – 11%
  • Northeast – 52%
  • West – 15%
  • Midwest – 8%
  • Mid-Atlantic – 5%
  • Southwest – 5%
  • South – 4%

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