Dartmouth Tuck Interview (cont’d)

How are re-applicants viewed by Tuck and what do they need to do to be successful the second time around?

We appreciate re-applicants because it shows us that they really want to be at Tuck and that they have the confidence in themselves and their abilities to give it another try. Candidates who have shown an improvement in whatever the weak point might have been in their application are looked upon favorably since it is obvious to us that they do want to improve.

Does your staff re-examine their previous application(s)?

Yes, if the student requested and received feedback from a prior application, then we look over our feedback sheet or notes in the file to see what we specifically asked the student to do and to check on what they have done to make their application more competitive.

Describe how the financial aid process works and what admitted students can expect in terms of scholarships, assistantships, and loan guarantees.

Tuck operates with a need-blind admissions policy, which means we offer admission to the most qualified candidates without regard to their financial circumstances. The school provides financial assistance for U.S. and international students who lack sufficient personal resources to finance their MBA education. We offer a combination of merit- and need-based scholarships as well as various deferred-payment low-interest loans. Nevertheless, while the Tuck financial aid office is committed to identifying financial resources for admitted students who need help meeting the cost of the MBA program, applicants are also expected to take responsibility for the financial aspects of earning an MBA. For complete information, please see Tuck’s financial aid website.

How helpful do applicants generally find a campus visit?

The beautiful Dartmouth campus is a strong selling point; that, added to that the warmth of the welcome from everyone here, and the wholehearted enthusiasm for Tuck, creates a very strong and positive impression on our visitors. We set up a schedule for the visit, including a student host, a class visit, an interview, lunch with current students (and sometimes with a professor), and a meeting with someone in the admissions office.

Do you have any special instructions or advice for applicants who wish to visit the business school’s campus?

First, applicants should sign up on the Tuck website: http://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu. It is helpful if they can give us their area of interest so that we can pair them up with students who have similar interests. The best times to come are Monday-Thursday, since we have few classes on Friday. Interview times are shown on the website. If they do not want to interview, they can still visit a class and have the Tuck tour. We also encourage applicants to bring their spouse or partner with them, if possible. This is a very community-focused campus and we certainly want our students’ family members to be actively involved.

What specifically should IT applicants do to differentiate themselves in their applications?

Tuck seeks a variety of candidates who will bring a range of backgrounds and perspectives to the classroom and the community. The admissions committee works diligently to select the most qualified students who will thrive in, contribute to, and benefit from the active co-curricular life at Tuck. We get a lot of candidates with IT backgrounds, and we evaluate each one independently of the others. What the candidate needs to do is to consider things outside of the work world that would differentiate him/her from others. Things such as hobbies, leadership experiences, community service, sports, etc. They should also be able to outline the process they will use to get from basically a technical function to another field, and what qualities/experiences that they have which they will be able to leverage in a new industry.

Can you briefly describe the housing situation for your students?

Tuck is unique in that it is actually a “residential campus,” meaning that we have dormitories for our students. These dormitories are quite nice, modern and equipped with WiFi, and they are attached to the business school. For married students and those with children, there is a complex especially for them. This is not to say that students are required to live on campus; actually only about 80% do choose to live in the dorms their first year. There is ample housing in the surrounding areas—some of the rental units have been passed down for years from one group of Tuckies to the next. Dartmouth has a real estate office that is very helpful, and the MBA program office will also advise students of good values in the neighborhood.

What makes Tuck a special place to study business?

Tuck combines the intellectual and competitive strength of a large university with the soul of a tightly knit community. One of our current students said it best: Tuck is your past, present and future. It is a special place, unlike any other business school. A lot of schools talk about a cooperative, team-based program, but that is just the tip of the iceberg at Tuck. It is a very inclusive community, and one that will touch you and affect you in many ways. It is really difficult to explain just what makes our students, alumni, faculty and staff so dedicated to the institution, but the fact that they are genuinely thrilled with their Tuck experience is what makes the difference—people care about you here.

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