Dartmouth University - Tuck

Essay Questions for 2019-2020 / Class of 2022


Below are the application deadlines and essay questions for Tuck's MBA program.  

Round 1

Application Deadline
October 7, 2019

Admissions Decision
December 12, 2019

Round 2

January 6, 2020

March 12, 2020

Round 3

March 30, 2020

May 7, 2020

Round 1 Consortium*

October 15, 2019

Dec. 12, 2019

Round 2 Consortium*

January 5, 2020

March 12, 2020

Essay Questions

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)

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

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)

Tuck’s essays will continue to map directly to two of its admissions criteria: aware and nice. The essays invite reflection on these criteria as applicants demonstrate the other criteria, smart and accomplished, elsewhere in their applications. “We have been pleased with the quality and caliber of aspiring wise leaders for whom all four of the criteria have resonated,” says Peña.

The last difference between this year’s application and those of prior years is that Tuck Admissions has elected to fully adopt GMAC’s Common Letter of Recommendation Questions.

Letter of Reference Questions

Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization.

How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?)

Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.

Is there anything else we should know? (Optional)

“We really enjoy getting to know our applicants and are eager to reduce anxiety in the application process. Our previous questions for references were distinct. Applicants told us that made the process more onerous,” continues Peña. “We trust that references with the knowledge, desire, and time to thoughtfully advocate for applicants will still surface meaningful examples of Tuck criteria when responding to these common prompts.”

Visit the Dartmouth Tuck admissions website for more application information. Reapplicants should visit the Tuck Reapplicants page

Disclaimer: the information provided on this page is for reference only. Applicants are strongly advised to visit the admissions website link provided above to confirm essay prompts, deadlines, and other application information.