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May 31, 2022

Dartmouth Tuck Essay Advice: 2022-2023

Dartmouth Tuck MBA Program

Dartmouth Tuck has officially announced its essay questions for the 2022-2023 application cycle!

Located in New England’s Upper Valley, Dartmouth Tuck offers small-town charm while providing the resources of a larger area. If you are looking to attend a smaller MBA program but still want access to a cosmopolitan mix of cultures and global connections, Dartmouth Tuck may be a great choice for you.

In the most recent reported class profile data, Dartmouth Tuck admitted applicants with an average GMAT score of 724 and an average undergrad GPA of 3.54. Information on the class of 2023 also notes that 46% of students identify as female and 41% of students are international (including dual citizens and permanent residents).

The upcoming Tuck application deadlines are:

Round 1: September 26, 2022

Round 2: January 4, 2023

Round 3: March 27, 2023

In a statement detailing the 2022-2023 full-time MBA admissions criteria, Dartmouth Tuck shared the following:

Tuck classes are diverse by design, but our students share four common characteristics that form the basis of our admissions criteria.  Tuck students are smart, accomplished, aware and encouraging; no two candidates are equally strong across all criteria, and you may demonstrate different strengths in different ways. 

Once again, the school asks applicants to answer three required essay questions. This year, Dartmouth has kept essays 1, 2, and 3 the same as the previous Tuck application cycle.

Please see below for Personal MBA Coach’s tips on how to answer the Dartmouth Tuck MBA essays.

Dartmouth Tuck MBA Essays:

Dartmouth Tuck MBA Application Essay 1: Tuck students can articulate how the distinctive Tuck MBA will advance their aspirations. Why are you pursuing an MBA and why Tuck? (300 words maximum)

There is a lot to fit into this short 300-word essay. First, candidates need to clearly articulate their goals, including both short-term and long-term aspirations. If you need help thinking through your goals, we have published a blog with our general tips.

Next, candidates should reflect upon the skills they will need to succeed in this desired career and SPECIFICALLY how Tuck will help them. Be sure to do your research into everything Tuck has to offer and discuss what you will take advantage of on campus and how. Tuck has a unique program, and it is more than just being close-knit. As always, avoid vague statements here.

Dartmouth Tuck MBA Application Essay 2: Tuck students recognize how their individuality adds to the fabric of Tuck. Tell us who you are. (300 words maximum)

For this question, candidates should reflect upon what makes them unique. Hobbies, passions, skills and aspirations are all fair game here. This essay also should paint a picture of what studying and living with you would be like and at least briefly discuss the role you will play within the class of 2025 and how you will improve life at Tuck.

While Tuck no longer specifically asks candidates how they will contribute on campus, a strong answer will not completely ignore this discussion. Even though they removed this question, the mindset remains. Tuck would like to know how your uniqueness will add value on campus.

Dartmouth Tuck MBA Application Essay 3: Tuck students are encouraging, collaborative and empathetic, even when it is not convenient or easy. Describe a meaningful experience in which you exemplified one or more of these attributes. (300 words maximum)

Recognizing that actions speak louder than words, Tuck is looking to learn more about how you have demonstrated the school’s values.

Naturally, the story selected should show speak to one or more of the aforementioned values, yet it should also be one that is easy to set up. You do not want to use many words explaining the situation; instead, you want to SHOW your actions.

This question is yet another opportunity for candidates to allow the Tuck admissions directors to assess what studying and living with them would be like.

Stories discussing volunteer and extracurricular work could be logical choices for this question. However, examples of how candidates exhibited these qualities in their personal or professional lives would work equally well.

Dartmouth Tuck Optional Essay: 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 maximum)

Tuck also has an optional question that should be answered only by those candidates with unique circumstances. Read our advice on how to address optional questions.

Dartmouth Tuck Reapplicant Essay: How have you strengthened your candidacy since you last applied? Please reflect on how you have grown personally and professionally. (300 words maximum)

Looking for more information Dartmouth Tuck’s MBA program? Check out our Dartmouth Tuck guide to find out what sets the program apart, get the latest class profile information, and more.

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