Dartmouth College: Tuck


* Applications are due by 5:00 PM EST.

* *Applicants who wish to be considered for scholarships must complete the Application for Tuck School of Business Scholarships by this deadline.


Please respond fully but concisely to the following essay questions. Compose each of your answers offline in separate document files and upload them individually in the appropriate spaces below. Although there is no restriction on the length of your response, most applicants use, on average, 500 words for each essay. There are no right or wrong answers. Please double-space your responses.

1. Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best MBA program for you? (If you are applying for a joint or dual degree, please explain how the additional degree will contribute to those goals.)

2. Discuss your most meaningful leadership experience. What did you learn about your own individual strengths and weaknesses through this experience?

3: Describe a circumstance in your life in which you faced adversity, failure, or setback. What actions did you take as a result and what did you learn from this experience?

4. Tuck seeks candidates of various backgrounds who can bring new perspectives to our community. How will your unique personal history, values, and/or life experiences contribute to the culture at Tuck?

5. (Optional) 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.

6. (To be completed by all reapplicants) How have you strengthened your candidacy since you last applied? Please reflect on how you have grown personally and professionally.


Confidential Statement of Qualifications (CSQ) form should be given to two people capable of commenting on your professional, leadership, and intellectual capabilities. The most useful evaluations are from people who are able to speak with certainty about your leadership, maturity, team orientation, analytical skills, and interpersonal skills. If you are currently employed we prefer that you choose people who know you well and who are in a position to judge your professional performance and leadership, such as a direct supervisor.

1. How long have you known the applicant and in what context? Have you served as the applicant's supervisor? If so, please provide approximate dates. Please comment upon the frequency and nature of your interactions with the applicant.* 300 words or fewer (2150 character limit)

2. What are the applicant's three principal strengths? Please provide an example of each.* 300 words or fewer (1850 character limit)

3. In which three areas can the applicant improve? Please provide an example of each. How has the applicant worked to address these areas?* 300 words or fewer (3000 character limit)

4. How does the applicant respond to constructive criticism?* 300 words or fewer (3000 character limit)

5. Please compare the applicant on the scale below with others in his/her peer group whom you have known during your professional career. Please give examples in the space below to support any Top 5% or Bottom 20% ratings.

If you would like to provide any additional insights into this individual's candidacy, please feel free to attach additional pages.


Each reapplicant is required to submit a new application, essays (including the reapplicant essay), Confidential Statements of Qualifications (CSQ), and a nonrefundable application fee. We strongly encourage all reapplicants to schedule an on-campus interview to better help us understand how they have strengthened their candidacy. Reapplicants who applied last year (between August 2010 and April 2011) only need to submit one new CSQ.



Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

100 Tuck Hall

Hanover, NH 03755 USA

Telephone: 603-646-TUCK

Website: http://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu

Online Application: http://app.applyyourself.com/?id=dart-mba