Tuck MBA Class Profile and Essay Questions
Note that the essay questions below are from the 2016 - 2017 application cycle. The 2017 - 2018 questions may change.
Tuck School Essay Questions (2020)
Please respond fully but concisely to the following essay questions. There are no right or wrong answers.
1. (Required) What are your short and long-term goals? Why is an MBA a critical next step toward achieving those goals? Why are you interested in Tuck specifically? (500 words)
2. (Required) Tuck’s mission is to educate wise leaders to better the world of business. Wisdom encompasses the essential aptitudes of confident humility, about what one does and does not know; empathy, towards the diverse ideas and experiences of others; and judgment, about when and how to take risks for the better.
With Tuck’s mission in mind, and with a focus on confident humility, tell us about a time you:
- received tough feedback,
- experienced failure, or
- disappointed yourself or others.
How did you respond, and what did you learn about yourself as a result? (500 words)
3. (Optional) Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere and 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.
4. (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. (500 words)
Word Counts: All noted word counts are meant as a guideline—we won’t be counting, but do have great sense of what 500 words looks like.
Remember, the essays are an opportunity to share with us who you are beyond the numbers and resume, so reflect, take your time, and be genuine. Communicate clearly and in your voice, not who you think we want you to be; and most importantly, answer the question you are asked.
The Tuck Guide to the Essays
The Tuck School wrote a guide to its own essays, and it's much better than what I usually see from business schools. Be sure to read it here: LINK.
|1||Median GMAT Score||717|
|2||GMAT — Middle 80%||680 - 750|
|5||Years of Work Experience||5|
|7||Age Range||24 - 37|
|Early Action Round||October 4, 2017||October 31, 2017||December 15, 2017|
|November Round||November 1, 2017||November 10, 2017||February 9, 2018|
|January Round||January 3, 2018||January 31, 2018||March 9, 2018|
|April Round||April 4, 2018||April 4, 2018||May 11, 2018|
|Consortium Round 1||October 15, 2017||October 31, 2017||December 15, 2017|
|Consortium Round 2||January 5, 2018||January 31, 2018||March 9, 2018|
|*Due at 5:00 PM ET|