Tuck students bring experiences and perspectives from a wide range of colleges and universities, companies, countries, cultures, and contexts. The class is diverse by design. Yet you’ll find that Tuck students consistently demonstrate four attributes. You’re a strong candidate for admission if you demonstrate them too...
Does this mean you need good grades and strong test scores? Yes! Your grades and scores reflect previous academic performance, verbal and written communication skills, and ability with numbers. Your intellectual aptitude matters. That said, smart Tuck candidates aren’t know-it-all types. On the contrary, being smart means practicing confident humility about what you do and do not know. Yes, you’re already an expert on some topics. You’re also curious, excited by challenges, and motivated to learn from others’ experiences and expertise. You push past the comfort of the familiar, and continually seek to grow by engaging and exploring the world around you. You’ll need to bring your full personal self – your smartest self – to advance and enrich rigorous discourse with classmates, faculty, and visiting executives.
This is quintessential Tuck, where you cultivate a habit of kindness. You actively encourage, celebrate, and support others. But being nice does not mean you’re a pushover who always agrees and defers. Nice Tuck candidates exhibit emotional intelligence. You layer compassion onto courage, and challenge others tactfully and thoughtfully. You display both strength and vulnerability. You ask for help, and you help others. You’re positive and principled. You act with respect and integrity, even when it’s not convenient or easy. You show empathy for the diverse experiences of others, while also sharing your own. You recognize that your success and others’ success are interdependent, and generously invest in both. Being nice at Tuck means building trust through deep, genuine connections which endure for life.
Is this about your professional performance? It is. It’s also about community engagement and personal achievements. You should be excellent at your job, and impactful outside it. You should work hard. And you should have the results, the progression, and the endorsements to prove it. But great performance goes beyond measurable outcomes; it also reflects your underlying behavior. Accomplished Tuck candidates don’t just go through the motions, don’t seek to win at any cost, and don’t wilt in tough moments. Instead, you practice good judgment in how to act, both in success and setback, and carefully consider which risks to take. Your commitment to this kind of accomplishment -- results earned the right way -- suggests you’ll transform Tuck as a student leader, and the companies and communities you’ll lead as an alum.
Reflection is mandatory at Tuck. You need to understand your values, assess your experiences, and articulate how they’ve shaped your identity and character. You also need to demonstrate the capacity to receive and learn from direct feedback. But knowing who you are, and how you got here, is just the beginning. Aware Tuck candidates envision what’s ahead. You connect your past experiences and present motivations with your future path, and chart a course forward. You identify coherent goals, audacious in scope yet grounded in reality, and illuminate how the distinctive Tuck MBA will advance your aspirations to better the world of business. And you convey how your individuality will add to the fabric of Tuck. Your sense of awareness ensures that you belong here, and that you’re prepared to contribute and thrive.