Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth College)

Dartmouth College #

Year Founded: 1900

Average GMAT: 722

City: Hanover

State: New Hemisphere

Country: United States

About #

The Tuck School of Business’ mission is to develop leaders who are wise, decisive, and who strive to make the world better through the realm of business. Tuck’s curriculum, faculty, and students all operate in unison to make the Tuck mission an integral part of the Tuck experience. Emphasising the wisdom needed for effective strategic thinking and management skills, developing the ability to make decisive decisions which take into acount all nuances of the problem, and creating leaders who can build a better tomorrow is the mission, vision and strategy of Tuck. 

Located in the huslte and bustle of the Eastern Coast of the United States, Tuck School of Business is situated by the Connecticut River in New Hampshire. The sprawling Dartmouth Campus is filled with historic buildings, large parks and communal gathering areas where students can join together and engage with their peers. From Whittemore Hall the dorms for first-year students to the athletic facilites situated around campus, Tuck has been built and designed to fit students’ needs. Even Tuck alumni maintain their connection with the university, and Tuck is able to boast the world’s most responsive and engaged alulmni network. Their commitment to the university helps create a unique epxerience for current students who can tap into the network for opportunities and advice. 

Featured Professors #

Vijay Govindarajan

Professor Govindarajan, who often goes by VG, is considered an expert on strategy and innovation around the globe. He has the honor of being the first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant as G.E. While there he co-authored ‘How GE is Disrupting Itself’,  which published in the Harvard Business Review and brought to the fore the concept of reverse innovation. Additionally he was ranked #1 Indian Management Thinker in Thinkers50 Rankings. Professor Govindarajan has recieved 18 awards and recognitions including the Top 10 Professor in Corporate Executive Education, Paper Award, Academy of Management 1991 and Name a Marvin Bower Faculty Fellow at Harvard Business School for a two-year period (2015). He has held 7 academic positions, lecturing at Harvard University, the Indian Institute of Management, and INSEAD. Govindarajan recieved his DBA and MBA from Harvard University in 1978 and 1976 respectively and his BA he earned at Annamalai University in 1969. His areas of expertise include Globalization, Innovation, and Execution and currently teaches a course on Implementing Strategy.  

Kenneth French

Kenneth French has worked at the Tuck School of business since 2001. He is known for his expertise in Behavior of Security prices and investment strategies. He currently conducts research in Risk and return in domestic and international financial markets, cost of capital, financial regulation, and capital structure. He is well published, having written on such topics as the value effect and the three-factor model. He current holds an editorial position as advisory editor at the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Banking and Finance. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Dimensional Fund Advisor. He has held academic positions at the University of Chicago, Yale University and MIT. French hold numerous awards and recognitions, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Simon School of Business Administration, University of Rochest 2010, and the Smith Breedon Prize for the best paper in the Journal of Finance, 1992. French received his BA from Lehigh University in 1975, and his MBA and MS from the University of Rochester in 1978 and 1981 respectively and his PhD he also received from the University of Rochester in 1983. He currently teaches a course of Investments.   

Rankings #

#10 Financial Time 2021 Global MBA Ranking

#49 QS Global MBA Rankings 2021

MBA Program Brief Overview #

The MBA program at the Tuck school of Business develops skills in students so that they can become knowledgable leaders who can successfully lead across cultures. Tuck, along with the faculty and alumni create a dynamic network which supports and cultivates students’ interests and passions so that they can succeed professionally and academically. Students learn from both team-based project work and experiential learning as well as case-based courses to as part of the world-class education. At the core of Tuck’s academic approach is rigorous self-analysis, meaning students grow and develop through constructive feedback from faculty and fellow peers. 

Year One Description #

The first year at Tuck school of business begins in the summer, with the first semester going from August to October. Students must take classes as part of the core curriculum. These classes help to develop the skills leaders need for decision making, proper analysis of data, and the ability to communicate and execute their vision. Students who have a background in a particular disciplin can apply for an exemption from a core class. 

Fall Semester Mandatory Classes

  • Analytics I
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Communication
  • Managerial Economics
  • Managing People
  • Analytics II
  • Capital Markets
  • Crafting Strategy
  • Marketing

Spring Semester Mandatory Classes

  • Corporate Finance
  • Global Economics for Managers
  • Electives
  • Spring (March – May)
  • First-Year Project
  • Managing Organizations
  • Operations Management
  • Electives

Year Two Description #

During their second year at Tuck, students can create a flexible curriculum out of over 100 elective courses. This allows students to follow an academic trajectory which supports their future goals and current interests. From accounting to communication, courses in entrepreneurship and experiential global courses, Tuck students have a whole host of areas and interests to choose from. Second year students who want a more flexible and independent route when it comes to their MBA interests, may embark on the independent study curriculum. This study allows students to undertake projects in particular fields and interests. With the support and supervision of two faculty member, the independent study project is then graded at the finale of the year. Previous topics include: 

– Commercial Assessment of Regenerative Medicine

– Land Use in the Adirondacks

– Olympic Business vs. Sports Careers

 GMAT/GRE Stats #

Class of: 2022

Average GMAT: 720

Total GMAT Range: 590-780

Verbal Range GMAT: 32-51

Quant Range GMAT: 38-51

% of class GRE: 39%

Verbal Range GRE: 151-170

Quant Range GRE: 149-169

Median Verbal GRE: 161 (average)

Median quant GRE: 159 (average)

Unique Aspects #


Tuck business school has created a unique portfolio of global courses which broaden the horizons of their studens while building leadership skills. These experiential courses are help students navigate the various cultures, economies and industries that students may face in their professional career. While at the MBA program, all students must take at least one course in a foreign country.  From Ghana to Vietnam, these experience shape the global business leaders of tomorrow. 

First Year Project #

The first year project at Tuck is a required course for all first year MBA students. At the end of the year, students apply all that they have learned during their first year to solving a year-world and complex issue concerning a variety of clients (from multinational companies to government properties). The Global First Year Project (FYPGO) combines the TuckGO and First year project requirement, meaning students choosing this option can work with international organizations such as Irving Oil and The Normandy Institute.   

 Student Life #

From housing either on or off campus, to numerous student run clubs and events, students at Tuck can take full advantage of everything Dartmouth college has to offer. The Tuck community supports each other, and gives students the opportunity to grow intellectually and personally. Students can be a part of Career Clubs where they can receive support and advice on their professional pathways, cultural affinity clubs and event focused clubs are there for students to dive deep into their passions and interests while meeting people with a similar drive and motivation. 

Applicant Requirements #

During the application process, the Tuck admissions committee looks for students who are Smart, Accomplished, Aware, and Encouraging. The admissions team wishes to build an incoming class which is diverse and unique, with each accepted candidates having different strengths and backgrounds

Application Process #

Applicants must submit academic transcripts from every institutions of higher education they attended. Along with grades, the applicant must submit a form of the institutions grading scale. Transcripts not english must be uploaded alongside an english translation. After an offer of admission has been extended, admitted applicants must submit official transcripts. 


Applicants must submit academic transcripts from every institutions of higher education they attended. Along with grades, the applicant must submit a form of the institutions grading scale. Transcripts not english must be uploaded alongside an english translation. After an offer of admission has been extended, admitted applicants must submit official transcripts.  


Prospective students may submit either the GMAT or GRE scores. Each score is self reported and can be valid for 5-years. Tuck does not offer waivers for the GRE or GMAT. There is no minimum required score for admission, and the admissions team only considers the highest score of the applicant.   

Foreign Language Requirement

English language proficiency needs to be proven through either the TOEFL, PTE or IELTS test. the admissions committee considers scores no older than 2-years. To qualify for a waiver, international students must have lived in an english-speaking country for the past 3 years or have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution whose language of instruction is english. Only after an offer of admission has been extended to student need to prove english proficiency.

Essay Description

When reviewing the essays, the admissions committee looks for responses which are forthright, genuine and unique. Essays must be accurate and personal. Applicants may not use writing services. there are 3 required essays and two optional essays which can be submitted by applicants. The maxmimum word count for each essay is 300 words

Essay Question 1

Tuck students can articulate how the distinctive Tuck MBA will advance their aspirations. Why are you pursuing an MBA and why Tuck? 

Essay Question 2

Tuck students recognize how their individuality adds to the fabric of Tuck. Tell us who you are. 

Essay Question 3

Tuck students invest generously in one another’s success even when it is not convenient or easy. Share an example of how you helped someone else succeed. 

Optional Essay

Optional: Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere (e.g., atypical choice of evaluators, factors affecting academic performance, unexplained job gaps or changes). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application. (300 words)

To be completed by all reapplicants: How have you strengthened your candidacy since you last applied? Please reflect on how you have grown personally and professionally. (300 words)

Recommendations #

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. A current  direct supervisor is should be one of the recommenders. Those who cannot provide a letter from a direct supervisor should submit a short explanation of why this is. Applicants cannot submit recommendations which they has any part in writing, including translating or drafting. Recommenders must answer the following questions: 

Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (50 words)

How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) (500 words)

Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (500 words)

Optional: Is there anything else we should know?


A resume which outlines the applicants professional, academic, and relevent experience must be submitted. Resumes should be one page and include activities occurring both during and after their undergraduate experience. 


Interviews are guaranteed to occur for applicants who submit their application early (dates change for each school year admission cycle). Otherwise, students who submit applications later are extended the opportunity to interview by invitation only. 

Fee Description

The application fee is $250

  • Total Costs: $113,310
  • Tuition: $77,520
  • Books and Supplies: $1,500
  • Room and Board: $13,998
  • Health Insurance: $4,004
  • Scholarships Offered: $10,000-Full Tuition
  • Average: $29,290
  • Extra Expenses (i.e. transportation/food) : $12,571
  • Fees: $4317

Employment Reports #

Class of: 2020

Received an Offer: 94%

Accepted an Offer: 92%

Median Salary: $ 150,000

Median Signing Bonus: $30,000

Top Industry Destinations #

  • Consulting (42%)
  • Financial Services (21%)
  • Technology (15%)
  • Health Care, Pharma, Biotech (8%)
  • Consumer Goods, Retail (5%)
  • Manufacturing (3%)
  • Government, Nonprofit, Education (2%)
  • Media, Entertainment, Sports (1%)
  • Real Estate (1%)
  • Energy (1%)
  • Transportation (1%)

Top Function Destinations #

  • Consulting (46%)
  • Finance (24%)
  • Marketing (12%)
  • General Management (10%)
  • Other (5%)
  • Information Technology (1%)
  • Operations, Logistics (1%)
  • Human Resources (1%)

Location Destinations #

  • Asia (4%)
  • Europe (1%)
  • Canada (1%)
  • Latin America, Caribbean (1%)
  • U.S. West 21%
  • U.S. Midwest (10%)
  • U.S. Northeast (49%)
  • U.S. Mid-Atlantic (3%)
  • U.S. South (4%)
  • U.S. Southwest (5%)

Class Profile #

Class of: 2022

Program Length: 21 months

Total Enrollment: 289

Women: 49%

US minorities: 22%

International students: 37%

Countries Represented: 47

Average GPA: 3.48

Average Work experience: 63 months

Previous Work Locations/Fields: #

  • Financial Services (25%)
  • Consulting (24%)
  • Nonprofit, Gov’t (15%)
  • Technology (9%)
  • Consumer Good, retail (7%)
  • Health Care, Pharma, Biotech (5%)
  • Other (14%)

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