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Tuck Class of 2021 Essay Analysis

July 10, 2018

Tuck has released its essays for the 2018-19 application cycle! This year, Tuck has aligned its prompts more closely to its evaluation criteria.

2018/19 essay questions

Essay 1: Tuck students are aware of how their individuality adds to the fabric of Tuck. Tell us who you are and what you will contribute. (500 words)

Essay 2: Tuck students are nice, and invest generously in one another’s success.  Share an example of how you helped someone else succeed. (500 words)

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.

2018/19 essay question analysis

Essay 1

While this topic may come across easy to some applicants, avoid the trap of summarizing your resume and listing your career progression in chronological order.

Instead, ask friends and family what your 2-3 “superpowers” are (those things that you are the greatest at), and look for common answers. Think of a story or example that encapsulates you using that superpower to achieve success, and write about that (aim for 25%-50% of the word limit in this section).

The remainder of the essay should focus on how you will contribute to Tuck. Importantly, make these contributions specific, and linked to the superpower you just discussed. Hopefully you have chosen a superpower that differentiates you from other applicants, and thus your contributions will be differentiated as well. That will maximize the chances that your story is remembered by the reader.   

Essay 2

While fairly straightforward, this essay will depend on the example you choose. Ideally, choose one that involves some type of sacrifice on your part, either time or resources invested to help someone else succeed. It is ok to use mentoring subordinates as an example, but be aware that this will be a common approach, and thus risks not differentiating you from other qualified applicants. Also aim to use an example over the last 2-3 years from your professional roles, so the Admissions Committee can have more confidence that their extrapolation will be representative of how you might support others at Tuck.

Optional essay

The optional question is available for you to explain any additional information that you may not have had the space to clarify in other parts of your application.


2018/19 deadlines

Round 1: Application deadline: September 24, 2018 at 5:00pm ET, Decision date: December 6, 2018

Round 2: Application deadline: January 7, 2019 at 5:00pm ET, Decision date: March 14, 2019

Round 3: Application deadline: April 1, 2019 at 5:00pm ET, Decision date: May 9, 2019

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