Tuck School of Business

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.





Tuck MBA Class Profile
1 Median GMAT Score 717
2 GMAT — Middle 80% 680 - 750
3 Average GPA 3.5
4 Class Size 285
5 Years of Work Experience 5
6 Average Age 28
7 Age Range 24 - 37


Tuck MBA Application Deadlines
Round Deadline Interview Notification
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