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Dartmouth Tuck 2020-2021 MBA Application Essay Advice


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.

This past application cycle, Dartmouth Tuck admitted applicants with an average GMAT score of 720 and an average undergrad GPA of 3.48. Information on the class of 2022 also notes that 49% of students are female and 37% of students have international citizenship.

In a statement detailing the 2020-2021 Full-Time MBA admissions criteria, Dartmouth Tuck shared the following:

We invite you to share who you are, what you have done, where you are going, and how you will get there. You do so across four sets of criteria. Being smart, accomplished, aware and encouraging forms the essential foundation on which the best candidates build. The Tuck class is diverse by design; no two candidates are equally strong across all criteria, and you may demonstrate different strengths in different ways.

Once again, Dartmouth Tuck asks applicants to answer three required essay questions. This year, Tuck is minimizing changes and keeping the essays the same as the previous application cycle.

The upcoming Dartmouth Tuck application deadlines are as follows:

Round 2: January 4, 2021

Round 3: March 29, 2021

Round 4: June 1, 2021

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


Dartmouth Tuck’s 2020-2021 MBA Application Essays:

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)

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

Essay 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. (300 words maximum)

Essay 4 (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 maximum)



Personal MBA Coach’s MBA Essay Writing Tips:

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.

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 2023 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.


Essay 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. (300 words maximum)

While, naturally, the story selected should show how you live Tuck’s values, it also should 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 reader to assess what studying and living with them would be like. Tuck looks for candidates who portray four attributes: smart, encouraging, accomplished and aware. This essay should show how you depict these qualities, particularly encouraging and aware. While stories discussing volunteer and extracurricular work could be logical choices for this question, examples of how candidates went above and beyond in their personal or professional lives would work equally well.


Essay 4 (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 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 here.

Need personal support? Personal MBA Coach is here to help you through the MBA application process.

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Personal MBA Coach has been helping candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for 13 years with a 96% success rate. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email scott@personalmbacoach.com for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA dreams a reality!

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