Admissions FAQ

Please click on the headings below for frequently asked questions and answers.


I have taken the GMAT and/or GRE several times. Which score does the admissions committee consider?

The admissions committee takes into consideration your highest test score. The Tuck application allows students to report all valid GMAT and/or GRE test scores taken within the last five years. If you have scored better on one test in the verbal section and better on the other in the quantitative section, we will consider your highest quantitative and highest verbal scores. We will not, however, combine scores from different tests to create a new total score. Please refer to Instructions for Applicants for more information.

When do I need to take the GMAT or GRE?

Your application will not be considered complete without a GMAT or GRE score and percentiles reported on the application. You also must arrange to have your GMAT or GRE official score report released to Tuck so that it arrives before the application submission deadline for which you are applying. We do not allow substitution or replacement of test scores after an application has been submitted. Check with each testing organization to ensure that you will receive your scores in time for you to submit your application. Please refer to the Instructions for Applicants for more information.

Should I take and submit both the GMAT and GRE scores?

Taking and submitting the results for both tests is up to you. Submitting both test results does not adversely or positively affect your candidacy. If you have taken both tests and wish to include them in your application you must self-report both scores on the application. If you submit your application with the results of one of the tests (GMAT or GRE) and later take the other test, you may not add the new score to your submitted application. GMAT and GRE test results must not be more than five years old. If you have taken the test(s) multiple times please report all valid scores taken within the last five years. Please refer to the Instructions for Applicants for more information.

Am I eligible for your program based on my GMAT score and GPA?

All candidates with a bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution are encouraged to apply to Tuck. There are no minimum GMAT, GRE or GPA scores required. Refer to our class profile to see the statistics regarding last year's incoming class. However, we encourage you to consider the ranges, not just the averages, to realize the diversity of successful applicants for admission. Please refer to the Instructions for Applicants for more information.

How much does the GMAT or GRE score count?

Tuck seeks applicants who possess outstanding academic abilities. The GMAT score is just one of the many criteria we consider. When evaluating a candidate's ability to handle the coursework at Tuck, we consider the following: prior academic performance, the results of the GMAT or GRE, results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language™), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic) (if applicable), the nature of past coursework, and the nature of the applicant's professional experience. Please refer to the Instructions for Applicants for more information.

Do you have a cut-off score for the GMAT or GRE?

Tuck does not have a minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement — admitted students have a range of scores. But if you do not score well on any part of the GMAT or GRE, we encourage you to take the exam again in an effort to improve your score. Please refer to the Instructions for Applicants for more information.

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Do I have to have a business background to apply to Tuck?

No. Tuck seeks qualified applicants from all backgrounds, including those who do not have traditional business experience. If you do not have previous exposure to quantitative concepts, we suggest you take classes in the following areas to help prepare for the rigors of Tuck's curriculum: microeconomics, financial accounting, statistics, finance, and Excel.

Do I need to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) exams?

Tuck accepts both the TOEFL® (Test of English as a Foreign Language™), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), and the PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) to demonstrate English proficiency. All nonnative English speakers must self report results (scores and percentiles, if applicable) from either the TOEFL®, IELTS or the PTE Academic. This requirement is waived for applicants who have recently lived for at least three years in an English-speaking country or who received a degree from an institution outside the U.S. where instruction is in English. It is not necessary to seek our pre-approval or submit documentation to prove eligibility for this waiver. Results must not be more than two years old. For information on how to register for the TOEFL exam, visit the TOEFL website. Please use the Tuck code 3351 on your exam.

If I have studied abroad for a semester, should I submit the transcript documentation with my application?

Yes. You must scan and upload transcripts that include course names, course numbers, dates, grades, courses taken pass/fail, incomplete courses, and dropped courses from every undergraduate institution at which you have taken courses and received a grade.

Do I need to submit transcripts from every college or university I have attended?

If you attended institutions other than those from which your degrees were granted, you will be required to scan and upload your academic transcripts from each institution (transfer coursework, domestic or study-abroad programs, post-graduate non-degree coursework, etc.). You will be required to scan and upload a copy of the academic transcript issued by the institution(s) from which you obtained your undergraduate (bachelor’s or first) degree and any advanced/graduate degrees. If your transcript is not in English, you must scan and upload a copy of it that has been translated into English. Please refer to Instructions for Applicants for more information.

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Letters of Reference

How many references may I submit?

You must submit two Letter of Reference (LOR) forms. Only if an additional evaluation will add substantial value to your application should you submit more than two. Reapplicants who applied between September and April of the previous year need to submit only one new LOR.

Who should my references be from?

The Letter of Reference (LOR) 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. Generally, we do not find LORs from professors to be helpful in our evaluations.

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Application process

Do I have to apply online?

To assist us in processing your application, we ask that you submit your application online.

Can I transfer to Tuck after completing a year at another school?

No. An essential part of our MBA program is the two-year experience of being a member of the Tuck community. It is this shared experience that makes the Tuck MBA program unique. The Tuck experience is unique not only in its curricular aspects, but also by the relationships that students build with their peers, the faculty, and the administrators. Only a full two years will allow our students to experience and fully appreciate this singularity.

I hold a three-year bachelor's degree. Is that acceptable for admission to Tuck?

Yes. We require that applicants hold a bachelor's degree (university level) or equivalent. It is of no consequence to the admissions committee whether the degree was completed in more or fewer than four years.

Can I apply to Tuck if I already hold an MBA from another school or country?

Tuck will not accept applications from individuals who have already earned an MBA. If you hold a similar graduate degree, but not an MBA, from another country, we will consider your application; however, you must provide us with an additional essay explaining why you need an MBA in addition to your current degree. We consider the Post Graduate Diploma In Management (PGDM) from Indian universities to be the equivalent of an MBA and typically do not admit applicants who already hold such a degree. Please refer to Instructions for Applicants for more information.

Can I apply to Tuck directly and also via the Consortium?

No. The admissions committee will consider only one application per candidate per year.

Do I need to have full-time work experience to apply?

In general Tuck does not offer admission to applications with less than 2-years of professional work experience. On average, Tuck students have five years of full-time work experience before entering Tuck, but given the broad age range in each class, it is the quality, not the quantity, of an applicant's experience that is relevant in the evaluation process.

Is it best to apply early or later?

It is to your advantage to apply as early as you are ready. The admissions committee cannot predict the quality of future applications, and is therefore inclined to admit well-qualified applicants early in the process. In addition, early application ensures that you will receive a decision earlier. However, it is important not to rush your application. We encourage you to take the time necessary to submit a thoughtful, well-prepared application. Regardless of the round in which your application has been submitted, the admissions committee will give full and fair consideration to your candidacy. Regardless of which round you intend to apply in, we recommend submitting your completed application a day or two prior to the published deadline, which may help to alleviate the anxiety that often accompany last-minute submissions.

Does Tuck offer a pre-qualification process?

No. We are not able to assess qualifications until we know more about you through the application process.

Do you offer spring entry?

No. Students may begin the Tuck MBA program only in the fall. Tuck offers only a full-time, two-year program.

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Interview Process

Where can I learn more about interviews at Tuck?

There is a dedicated Interview/Visit FAQ for common interview questions as well as a Tuck360 blog post about Tuck's unique interview policy that will guide you through Tuck's interview process.

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How many applicants are placed on the waitlist?

The size of our waitlist varies from year to year. In recent years, we have extended waitlist offers to more than 100 candidates. This size fluctuates as candidates are admitted from the waitlist, update us about their plans for the upcoming year, or decide to remove themselves from the waitlist.

How many applicants were offered admission from the waitlist in the past few years?

In some years, we made zero admission offers from the waitlist. In other years, we extended several dozen admission offers. We do not have a quota. The number this year will depend on enrollment from early rounds, and the quality of applications from later rounds. Our waitlist offer means that we consider you a legitimate candidate for admission to Tuck in an upcoming round.

How long do candidates typically remain on the waitlist?

The Admissions Committee will review your application again in each subsequent application round. You may be offered admission, your waitlist status may be extended, or you may be released and encouraged to reapply next year.

Will I receive feedback on my application while I am on the waitlist?

We provide application feedback to waitlisted candidates after May. In select cases at our discretion, we may contact you before May to offer feedback. However, we cannot accommodate requests for feedback until May. You are neither required nor encouraged to request feedback before May.

This will be a pause in our communication. We acknowledge this may feel unusual and uncomfortable. Please know that this pause does not mean we are forgetting your candidacy, or presuming that your interest in attending Tuck has diminished. We will consider you for admission in each upcoming application round, which requires additional evaluation. In the interim, please take time to reflect on your application. If you have significant updates to your candidacy, please share them by writing to the Tuck Waitlist email address.

What is the process for applying for financial aid if I am waitlisted?

Our financial aid colleagues will work individually with all candidates who are admitted from the waitlist. There is no required action to take before then. If you have additional questions, please write to the Tuck financial aid office at Last year, 71% of Tuck students applied for financial aid.

Does Tuck rank the waitlist?

Tuck does not rank candidates on the waitlist. We will review your application in each subsequent round relative to the larger applicant pool.

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International Applicants

What should international applicants keep in mind regarding student visas and immigration status?

Unless otherwise specified, all international Tuck students will be sponsored for F-1 student visas. Under certain circumstances, such as students who will be sponsored by their employer, some students may be sponsored for J-1 student visas. Dartmouth’s Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS) is the definitive resource for everything international applicants need to know regarding preparing for study at Tuck. The office provides support services to guide admitted students through the visa process as well as up to date information regarding important immigration news and White House Executive Orders.

As uncertainty regarding US immigration persists, what should international applicants keep in mind when applying to Tuck?

We at Tuck affirm both our unwavering support of our international students and our commitment to global engagement. International students make up nearly one third of current students at Tuck, and their diversity of experiences, ideas, and dreams enriches learning and the lives of their classmates in countless ways.

While uncertainty remains, so does Tuck’s commitment to maintaining a talented, diverse, and globally-engaged student body. As the situation continues to evolve, rest assured that we will stay up to date on developments that could impact our international applicants and the broader Tuck community. More information is available through Dartmouth's Office of Visa and Immigration Services.

Is there an optimum round for international candidates to apply to?

International applicants may apply in any round; however, for applicants who cannot secure a U.S. visa by August 1, admission will be deferred to the following year. U.S. visa eligibility forms will be made available to all accepted international students. These forms cannot be processed until the student has paid his/her enrollment deposit. Verification of financial support is required for all enrolling international students. Tuck provides assistance in facilitating the U.S. visa process through the Dartmouth Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS). Please visit Dartmouth's Office of Visa and Immigration Services for further details.

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