Tuesday Tips: Tuck MBA Essays and Tips for 2020-2021

Tuck MBA essays

The Tuck MBA essays are out, and we have the latest tips for you! The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth has a small student body and a rural location, combined with world-class faculty and academic focus.

The admissions committee has spent considerable time developing a clear set of criteria for admissions. This year the criteria have been tweaked slightly, and Tuck replaced “Nice” with “Encouraging.” Through their Tuck MBA essays, successful applicants will show they are: smart, accomplished, aware, and encouraging.

These criteria can be a big part of your Tuck MBA essays. Luke Anthony Peña, executive director of admissions and financial aid at the Tuck School, has a new blog post where he describes the criteria in more depth.

Overall, Tuck is looking for applicants who show a pattern of behavior that demonstrates these qualities. For example, you would describe a pattern of accomplishments in your essays and resume. And then, you would show awareness when you describe how you view the world in your essays and interviews. Finally, you could show you are encouraging by describing a time when you have challenged and developed others.

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Tuck MBA Essays

Tuck MBA essays

Essay One: Tuck students can articulate how the distinctive Tuck MBA will advance their aspirations. Why are you pursuing an MBA and why Tuck? (300 words)

Being aware is one of the four criteria for successful Tuck MBA essays. To show awareness in this essay, spend some time considering your goals. Also, think about why you think an MBA is the right choice. Finally, consider why Tuck is the right place for you.

Once you have crystallized your goals, you must articulate them in this essay. Make sure you have done research on Tuck. Use that research to show why Tuck is the right place for your next step. Being aware also means seeing the opportunities available at Tuck. To make goals that are appropriate for you, considering your background and MBA, also shows you are aware.

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

Make sure you have spent time learning about Tuck and why you think you are a fit with the community. This essay is the perfect place to talk about how you are encouraging. How have you spent time developing people in your life? And, what will you do to bring that quality to Tuck?

Finally, by reaching out to current students and alumni, you will learn more about the Tuck experience. That will help you better understand how you fit in at Tuck, and write better Tuck MBA  essays.

Once you understand Tuck, think about the experiences that have shaped you. This essay is an ideal place to talk about some of your past accomplishments that involved others. For example, what you have experienced in various communities and what you have contributed or learned. You can show that you are aware, of yourself and others, through describing your experiences.

If you are struggling to come up with a topic to discuss, talk to your friends and family about any stories that remind them of your unique personality and how you interact with others. Sometimes talking with the people who know you the best can aid your self-awareness.

Essay Three: 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 is a team-oriented culture. It’s important to be an encouraging person who wants to develop others, and this essay is another place to show that quality. This essay can show your personality and teamwork skills.

Think about times that you invested in another person’s success even when inconvenient. Maybe you helped a competitor at work. Or, helped someone who was not in a position to reciprocate. It’s easy to help others in a low-stakes environment. It is hard to be encouraging when it doesn’t personally benefit you.

Think about your behavior in a team. Do you help your teammates understand issues, or hold up team progress? How do you resolve conflict? When have you helped someone when it was not noticed or required? Choose a time when you have truly been an encouraging and helpful teammate. Explain the situation, what you did, and the result.

If there were any lessons learned that you have applied since then, describe those lessons.

Tuck MBA essays

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. (300 words)

This optional essay is designed only for you to use if needed. If you feel that the rest of the application has fully described your personal qualities and accomplishments, no need to write this one. However, do use this essay if you do need to explain anything to the admissions committee.

Examples of necessary explanations include a low GPA or academic probation. Or, gaps in your work experience or a non-professional recommender. If there is anything in your application that may raise questions, clear up those doubts in this essay.

Ideally, an optional essay is brief, to the point, and focuses on the future. Succinctly explain what happened. Then, focus on how you improved and will continue to improve. Remain forward-looking and optimistic.

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