Tuck School of Business - Dartmouth College
Tuck School of Business has a campus community for graduate students like no other. From the beginning, Tuck students are assigned to small study teams and spend time together and build relationships inside and outside the classroom (bonus: over half of MBAs live on campus their first year). The culture at Tuck gives them a network of loyal alumni who give back at the highest rate when compared with similar business schools.
Tuck School of Business was originally founded in 1900 as the first graduate school for management in the world. It would become the model for graduate business schools providing MBA degrees.
Tuck School of Business is part of the acclaimed Ivy league school, Dartmouth College. The school has had a high reputation since its original founding in 1769. With Dartmouth as a foundation, Tuck is able to continually pursue its goal of being the top school for a career in business leadership.
The school focuses on hands-on academics beginning with a mandatory First-Year Project course, where students apply their classroom knowledge to solve challenges for existing companies as consultants. In order to fit the needs of various aspirations, business students can specialize with elective courses in their second year.
Tuck School of Business Overview
|School Rank:||11th for business schools|
|Course Duration:||2 years|
|Approx. Class Size:||294|
|Avg. Work Experience:||5.4 years|
|Tuition Cost (per year):||$77,520|
|Average Age of Student:||28|
|Average Starting Salary:||$143,867|
|Average Salary for Consultants:||$157,631|
|% Employed after 3 months:||92%|
|Location:||Hanover, New Hampshire|
- General Management
- Health Care Administration
- Human Resources Management
- Industrial Management
- International Business
- Manufacturing and Technology Management
- Not-For-Profit Management
- Production/Operations Management
- Organizational Behavior
- Portfolio Management
- Public Policy
- Real Estate
- Supply Chain Management/Logistics
- Quantitative Analysis/Statistics and Operations Research
- Executive Education
- Full Time MBA
Are you divided into cohorts? Yes
At orientation, students are divided into study groups of five to six people. The MBA Program Office intentionally places students in diverse groups so they can learn from people with different backgrounds. A new study group is assigned for the winter term.
Students can earn a concurrent degree, or complete a dual degree at a different institution. However, Tuck does not have a Ph.D. program or part-time degree options. Students who wish to earn a dual degree must finish the full application processes for both institutions.
The focus of the first year at the Tuck School of Business is the core curriculum. The chief aim of this year is to develop leadership skills in a variety of areas. The first-year curriculum includes courses like analytics, corporate finance and capital markets, managerial and global economics, marketing, organizational behavior, strategy, communications, and operations. The year culminates with the First Year Project. This is a required course where teams apply their learnings to real-world problems for an array of clients.
In the second year, students have more than 100 electives to choose from. Electives include options in the following categories: accounting, entrepreneurship, communication, economics, finance, ethics and social responsibility, experiential, healthcare, marketing, operations and management science, organizational behavior, and strategy.
Can you do a joint degree while at the school? Ex: MBA/MD between HBS and Harvard Medical School: Yes
What Makes Tuck School of Business Unique?
Tuck School of Business has a wide variety of clubs available. There are close to twenty career clubs including for consulting, data and analytics, entrepreneurship, and more. The student-run consulting club is designed for students pursuing careers in management, strategy, health care, and organization consulting.
Tuck also has a variety of sports clubs including basketball, golf, and a ski and snowboard club. Cultural Affinity Clubs include the Asia Business Club, Black Students Association at Tuck (BSAT), Hispanic American Student Association (HASA), and International Club. There are also clubs specifically for hosting school events.
Tuck hosts a few major conferences throughout the year. The Diversity Conference is one of the premiere business school diversity events. This conference gives prospective students a weekend to network, socialize, and take part in discussions around pertinent topics.
Another student-run conference is the school’s annual tech conference, Tuck SHIFT. Attendees include students, alums, and business leaders. Other conferences hosted by Tuck include the Business, Government & Society Conference, Tuck Women in Business, and the Private Equity Conference.
What is the Tuck School of Business campus like?
The Dartmouth Campus has all the old-fashioned charm of its New England home. The school’s main administrative building, Tuck Hall, is located on the west side of campus. The building is distinguished by its signature four white columns in the front. Tuck Hall includes faculty offices, classrooms, and the “deanery” where administrative leaders work.
What sets Tuck apart from other leading MBA programs is that many students choose to live on campus for at least their first year. Second-year students live off campus in apartments or rental houses. The close proximity of off-campus housing makes it easy for students to socialize and build relationships outside of school.
Dartmouth’s campus is located in the city of Hanover, rated by many as one of the best places to live in the United States. The Dartmouth campus is located right on the Connecticut River, in an area known as the Upper Valley. The Upper Valley has all the natural beauty that is distinct to New England. In the winter, students can experience some of the best skiing on the East Coast. The must-see cities of Boston, Montreal, and New York are all located within a few hours of campus.
Here are Tuck School of Business notable alumni:
- Christopher A. Sinclair, Executive Chairman and former CEO of Mattel, Inc., and former Chairman and CEO of Pepsi-Cola
- Michael Armstrong, CEO and chairman of AT&T
- John Bell, Founder and former CEO of SoBe
- Janet L. Robinson, President and CEO of the New York Times Company
- Tina Smith, Senator from Minnesota 2018-Present
- Don M. Wilson III, Chief Risk Officer of JPMorgan Chase 2003–2006
- Sarah Irving, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of Irving Oil
- Roger Lynch, CEO of Pandora Radio, former CEO of Sling TV
- Kevin McGrath, CEO of Digital Angel
Tuck School of Business Employment Report
The Tuck School of Business Employment Report gives data from the 2020 graduating class including compensation by industry, function, and location. Tuck graduates landed consulting jobs at a record high for recent classes. Overall compensation also went up (average base salary was $143,867).
To find out what the prospects are for you to break into consulting from Tuck School of Business, see our breakdown of the Tuck Employment Report.