Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business has announced the updated MBA essay questions for the 2018-2019 admissions season. Last month, the school shared a new, crystallized set of guiding principles it will consider when evaluating applicants: they should be smart, nice, accomplished and aware.
“The two essays map directly to aware and nice,” explains Luke Anthony Peña, executive director of admissions and financial aid at the Tuck School, in an announcement regarding the essay updates. “The essays invite reflection on these criteria because you have opportunity elsewhere to demonstrate that you are smart, through your GMAT, GRE and transcripts, and accomplished per your resume.”
“We care a great deal about your awareness of your future goals. We just don’t believe that you need to craft an entire narrative around them. Now you’ll have the opportunity to state them, crisply and concisely, in short-answer form,” says Peña.
- 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)
- Tuck students are nice, and invest generously in one another’s success. Share an example of how you helped someone else succeed. (500 words)
- Share your short-term goals. (50 words)
- Share your long-term goals. (50 words)
- How did you arrive at these goals? (75 words)
- How will Tuck help you achieve these goals? (75 words)
Reference Letter Questions
Tuck’s reference letter questions remain distinctive relative to other schools.
“We’ve thought carefully about our letter of reference questions. They too strategically map to each of our four criteria, and help us get to know you best,” continues Peña. “We also recognize that applying to business school is a significant investment of time and energy for both you and your references. We strongly prefer responses to our questions but will also accept responses to other questions including those posed by the Common Letter of Recommendation.”
Letter of Reference Short-Answer Questions
- What is your relationship with the candidate? (25 words)
- How long have you known the candidate? (25 words)
- How often do you interact with the candidate? (25 words)
- How does your organization measure success for someone in this candidate’s role? How does the candidate perform relative to these measures?
- Tuck students are smart. Please comment on the candidate’s intellectual ability and her/his response when encountering the limits of that ability.
- Tuck students are nice. Please comment on how the candidate interacts with others including when the interaction is difficult or challenging.
- Tuck students are accomplished. Please comment on the candidate’s impact on your organization’s results and the behaviors that made these results possible.
- Tuck students are aware. Please comment on the candidate’s recognition of her/his growth areas and response to feedback about these growth areas.
- Is there anything else we should know? (Optional)
For more information about these 2018-19 essays, please read Tuck Introduces Essay and Reference Questions Mapped to New Admissions Criteria. The 2018-19 application will open in mid-July.