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Tuck Class of 2019 Essay Analysis

July 11, 2016

Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business has released their deadlines and essay prompts for the 2016-2017 MBA admissions season. This year, there will be a greater focus on your diversity of experiences!

2016/17 essay questions

Essay 1:

Tuck educates wise leaders who better the world of business. What are your short- and long-term goals? How will a Tuck MBA enable you to become a wise leader with global impact? (500 words)

Essay 2:

As a diverse and global community, our students arrive at the same place from many different paths.  Tell us about an experience in which you have had to live, learn and/or work with other people very different from yourself.  What challenges and/or opportunities did you experience, how did you respond, and what did you learn about yourself as a result? (500 words)

Optional question:

Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application (e.g., unusual choice of evaluators, weaknesses in academic performance, unexplained job gaps or changes, etc.). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application.

2016/17 essay question analysis

Essay 1

Note: Tuck made a revision to their first essay prompt on 7/11/16.

In this question, you’ll want to have clearly defined goals. A great way to measure this is to measure it up to the “SMART” framework – specific, measurable, attractive, realistic, and time-bound. In this response, highlight the next steps that require an MBA. In addition to highlighting your goals, Tuck also wants to gauge your understanding of its program. Our suggestion is to create a list with 10 reasons why Tuck is a great fit for you, based on research through discussion with students, staff, and alumni, visits to the school (when possible), and online research. The more specific, the better! The global aspect of this question is also key as you’ll want to mention some of Tuck’s global opportunities – whether it’s through treks to trips to classes focused on international business. This impact doesn’t have to happen outside of the nation’s boundaries, but it could also mean that you are pursuing goals that will have a scope/reach that extends beyond our borders.

Essay 2

This question does not only relate to working with colleagues who had cultural differences, but even differences in communication, working styles, etc. Tuck wants to know how you would respond to a diverse set of classmates. Using the STAR framework (Situation, Task, Action, Result), describe the scenario that you were in and the learning experiences that came out of it. The key to this question is having a ruthlessly positive attitude – even when confronted with perhaps uncomfortable circumstances, how did you learn to collaborate with others, and most importantly, don’t forget to address the part about what you learned!

Optional essay

As always, the optional essay should generally be used to provide context on your application. Any tough academic terms, difficult work situations, illnesses, or other challenges should be discussed here to help frame your achievements better with the admissions staff. Avoid using this space to emphasize how much you want to attend Tuck. You’ve had ample room to do that in other essays…doing it here will raise questions about gaps.

2016/17 deadlines

Early Action: Application deadline: October 15, 2016 at 5:00pm ET, Decision date: December 16, 2016.

Round 1 (November Round): Application deadline: November 2, 2016 at 5:00pm ET, Decision date: February 10, 2017

Round 2 (January Round): Application deadline: January 4, 2017 at 5:00pm ET, Decision date: March 10, 2017

Round 3 (April Round): Application deadline: April 5, 2017 at 5:00pm ET, Decision date: May 12, 2017

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