Admissions FAQs

Please see below for answers to frequently asked questions. Click on the links below to jump to a specific section or click on individual questions to see each response. 

GMAT/GRE

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 candidates 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.

When do I need to take the GMAT or GRE?

We require that you submit your self-reported GMAT or GRE scores, so you should plan to take the test in enough time to receive a score to self-report. Please note that you do not need to submit an official GMAT or GRE score with your application. This step is required only for admitted students. Test scores an applicant self-reports must be valid as of the date they apply. If your test score(s) will expire prior to August 2020 you must release your official score report(s) to Tuck prior to submitting your application.

Can I take and submit a new GMAT/GRE score after the deadline? Will it still be considered?

While we do not guarantee consideration of scores sent after the application deadline, we may be able to consider them if review of your application is still in progress. Note that we cannot confirm, once review has started, whether or not we have reviewed a specific application, so the applicant cannot know whether late scores will be considered or not.

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

We only require that you take one exam, either the GMAT or the GRE, and we do not have a preference for one over the other. 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. 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.

Am I eligible for your program based on my GMAT score and/or 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.

How much does the GMAT or GRE score count?

Tuck seeks applicants who possess outstanding academic abilities. The GMAT or GRE 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 an English Language Proficiency test (if applicable), the nature of past coursework, and the nature of the applicant's professional experience.

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 feel that your GMAT or GRE score is not reflective of your academic aptitude, we encourage you to take the exam again in an effort to improve your score.

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Transcripts

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, you may 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 IELTS (International English Language Testing System), PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic), or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exams?

Tuck accepts the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic), and the TOEFL® (Test of English as a Foreign Language) to demonstrate English proficiency. All nonnative English speakers must self-report results (scores and percentiles, if applicable) from either the IELTS, PTE Academic, or the TOEFL®. 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.

Visit www.ielts.org for information on registering for the IELTS and use Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business to send your IELTS score to us.
Visit www.pearsonpte.com for information on registering for the PTE.
Visit www.ets.org/toefl for information on registering for the TOEFL, and use code 3351 to send TOEFL scores to us.

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

You will be required to scan and upload a copy of the academic transcript(s) issued by the institution(s) from which you obtained your undergraduate (bachelor’s or first) degree; any advanced/graduate degrees; and any transfer institutions. If your transcript is not in English, you must scan and upload a copy of it that has been translated into English.

If you attended any other institutions, e.g. study-abroad programs, post-graduate non-degree coursework, etc., you do not need to upload your transcripts, however, you will be asked to provide details (institution, term/year, course title, and grade) in the application.

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Letters of Reference

How many references may I submit?

You must submit two Letters of Reference (LORs). Reapplicants in the previous year need to submit only one new LOR from a recommender we have not heard from the previous year.

Whom should my references be from?

Request Letters of Reference (LORs) from two people who can comment on your qualifications for Tuck’s admissions criteria. The best letters come from references who can demonstrate that you are smart, accomplished, aware, and nice. If possible, your current direct supervisor should write one of your LORs. If you cannot provide an LOR from a direct supervisor, include a brief explanation in the optional essay section. LORs from professors who did not supervise professional work, family members, or personal acquaintances do not enhance your candidacy.

Your reference must be the sole author of your LOR. Drafting, writing, translating, or submitting your own reference, even if asked to do so by your reference, violates Tuck’s admissions policies and Tuck’s Academic Honor Principle. You are responsible for informing your references of this policy.

References who cannot write in English may write in a native language and have the LOR translated by an outside translation service. Do not translate the LOR into English for your reference.

You are responsible for notifying your references of your application deadline and ensuring your LORs are submitted on time. We review your application only if both LORs are received by your application deadline. Otherwise, we will move your application to the next admission round. If you would like to make changes to your list of references, please contact us at tuck.admissions@tuck.dartmouth.edu.

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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.

Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree to be considered for admission?

While we do not require that candidates hold a bachelor’s degree in order to be considered for admission, we do give very, very strong preference to applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, and an offer of admission to an applicant without a bachelor’s degree will be extraordinarily rare. However, a lack of a bachelor’s degree is not automatically disqualifying for candidates who can otherwise demonstrate unusual and extraordinary proficiency across our four criteria.

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

Yes, we value three year bachelor’s degrees same as four-year degrees.

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

We do not typically admit applicants who have already earned an MBA. If you hold a similar graduate degree that is not an MBA, use the optional essay to explain why you need an MBA in addition to your prior 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 have earned this degree.

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 applicants 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 range of experience 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. We recommend submitting your completed application a day or two prior to the published deadline, which may help to alleviate the anxiety that may 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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Waitlist

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?

The number of applicants admitted from the waitlist varies from year to year as it is dependent on the applicant pool, enrollment from early rounds, and the quality of applications from later rounds. Our waitlist offer means that we consider you a 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. Offers of admission to waitlisted candidates may be extended as late as August.

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

We provide application feedback to waitlisted candidates starting in June. In select cases at our discretion, we may contact you before then to proactively offer feedback. You are neither required nor encouraged to request feedback, as neither action will increase your likelihood of admission during your application cycle.

Will I receive communication from the admissions committee while I am on the waitlist?

There 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 tuck.admissions@tuck.dartmouth.edu.

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 tuck.financial.aid@dartmouth.edu. Last year, 66% 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 40% of current students at Tuck, and their diversity of experiences, ideas, and dreams enrich 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 optimal application round for international candidates?

International applicants may apply in any round; however, for applicants who cannot secure a U.S. visa by August 1, admission may 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.

What if I am an international applicant wishing to connect with students?

Nearly 40% of Tuck’s student body is international and Tuck’s Ambassadors help international applicants easily connect with current students. We encourage you to reach out to an Ambassador.

I wish to interview and need a letter of support in order to apply for a visa. Can Tuck sponsor my visa request?

Tuck is unable to sponsor individual visits to campus and may only support students who have been admitted to and plan to enroll at the school. When you register online for an interview or campus visit you will receive a confirmation email with your name and the date and time of your scheduled visit.

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Campus Visit and Interview Process

Where can I learn more about interviews at Tuck?

See below for common questions regarding interviews as well as a Tuck360 blog post about Tuck's unique interview policy that will guide you through Tuck's interview process.

What if I am NOT applying during the current application cycle but would like to visit the campus?

If you are not quite ready to apply during this application cycle, but would like to visit the campus, we offer class visits without an interview during the spring term only. While we would like to provide this option throughout the year, limited classroom seating requires us to give priority to applicants who are also interviewing while on campus. We ask that you please support this effort by not registering for a visit only, until the spring term when you may sign up for a class visit, lunch, tour and group Q&A session with an Admissions Officer. You may also attend one of our recruiting events throughout the year.

What is the general on-campus interview/visit like?

We put a lot of effort into providing a comprehensive visitation program for all visitors. In addition to the scheduled interview, applicants will have an opportunity to attend a lunch and campus tour with current students, as well as a group Q&A session with a member of the admissions team. Depending on availability, there is also an opportunity for prospective students to visit a first-year core class (prospective students cannot choose which class they will attend).

What other activities will I take part in during my visit?

Here is an example of a typical Tuck visit itinerary (please note that the times and activities offered may vary):


8:30 a.m. or 10:20 a.m. Class Visit (if available)
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch with Students
12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Tour of the Tuck Campus
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Q&A Session with an Admissions Officer

Will I attend classes during my interview and/or visit?

Our renowned small class sizes limit the number of visitors we can accommodate. Depending on availability, candidates accompany first-year student hosts to class. By sitting in on first-year classes, prospective students can gain firsthand insight into the rigors of the core curriculum. Also, the opportunity to observe a class allows you to gain a sense of the total first-year Tuck experience—allowing you to appreciate the demands and benefits of our residential MBA program. Please note that on most Fridays we do not offer class visits.

What times are the class visits available?

There are two class visit times: 8:30am and 10:20am. Your class visit time will depend on the time you choose to interview.

Class visits are available Monday – Thursday with a few exceptions. You will not be able to select the class you will attend, as prior arrangements are made with the professors and only certain classes are available for visitors.

Please be on time for your interview, since being late may impact your class visit. Class visits are hosted by current students, so it’s important that you are prepared to meet with your host at least ten minutes prior to your designated class visit time.

What if I am interested in learning more about a specific club or activity?

Tuck has a wide range of extracurricular activities. If you are interested in reaching out to current students who co-chair a particular club please visit our Clubs and Activities page.

May my partner join me on my visit?

Your partner is more than welcome to attend all events except for your interview and class visit. There will be an opportunity to inform us if your partner will be accompanying you on the visit registration form.

If you have any questions regarding partner and family life at Tuck please let us know.

What else do you recommend doing while I’m in the Hanover area?

Dartmouth’s Life and Community page offers great suggestions for taking advantage of your time on campus and in the Upper Valley.

Will visiting Tuck increase my chances of admission if I’m on the waitlist?

No. An additional visit to campus does not impact your chance of admission.

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Scheduling an Interview

How do I schedule an applicant-initiated interview?

All interviews are scheduled online and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Spots fill up quickly, particularly near each deadline, so schedule your interview as early as possible.

What times are interviews available?

Generally, the following interview times are available: 

8:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Should I contact the Admissions Office to request an off-campus, virtual or alumni interview?

Applicants cannot request an off-campus, virtual, or alumni interview. If you are not able to interview on-campus prior to your round’s application deadline the admissions committee will review your application and will invite you to interview if we believe an interview will help us learn more about you. Invitational interviews may be offered either on-campus or virtually. It's important to note that not all candidates will be invited for an interview, and for those candidates that are invited for a committee-initiated interview invitations will be released on a rolling basis.

When do I have to have my interview completed?
Can the Admissions Office schedule additional meetings during my visit?

Due to our high volume of visitors we are not able to fulfill requests for one-on-one meetings with professors, staff members, Research Centers, and/or student groups.

Although unable to meet individually with prospective students, admissions officers are more than happy to answer questions during the visit day’s scheduled group Q&A session.

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Interview Details

Are interviews required?

No, however, Tuck is one of few MBA programs that invites you to schedule your own interview and share in-person that you're smart, accomplished, aware, and nice.

Interviews are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, so request an interview as soon as you decide to apply. While not required to apply, all applicants admitted to Tuck will have had an interview prior to an admissions offer.

Do I have to submit my application before my interview?

No. You may interview prior to submitting your application. Actually, many applicants find it helpful to interview early so that they can experience Tuck’s unique environment first-hand and still have time to make edits to their essays before clicking submit.

Can I update my resume after I register for an interview?

Yes. You do not need to wait to register for an interview until you finalize your resume. Once you register for an interview slot you will receive a confirmation email in which you’ll see a link to update your registration. You will be able to upload/update your resume via that link up until one week before the interview date.

Who will my interviewer be?

Interviews on-campus are scheduled primarily with admissions associates (second-year students) and occasionally with members of the admissions committee. Virtual interviews with an admissions committee member or admissions associate are scheduled by invitation only. The name of your interviewer will not be given prior to your interview date and time. We value all interviews equally in our evaluation process regardless of location or interviewer.

What information will my interviewer have about me?

Your interview will be a blind interview, meaning your interviewer will not have access to your application. You are, however, required to upload a copy of your resume upon registration and this is the only document your interviewer will see.

What questions will I be asked during my interview?

We will ask questions that will help us assess your qualifications for our four criteria: smart, accomplished, aware, and nice. We believe these skills are essential for success not only in the Tuck MBA program, but also as a business leader.

How long will the interview last?

A typical interview takes between 30–45 minutes.

What should I wear to my interview?

Please wear business-appropriate attire for your interview.

Can I have two interviews during the same application cycle, an applicant-initiated and a committee-initiated one?

No. Applicants who self-initiated an interview will not be invited by the committee for an additional interview.

During my visit, how many other applicants will be interviewing on the same day?

We have a very high volume of applicants who take advantage of this unique opportunity. During our busiest times, there may be as many as 40 applicants interviewing per day.

I am a reapplicant. Can I visit campus and interview again?

Reapplicants, including those who completed an interview as part of their prior application (applicant-initiated or invitational), are welcome to schedule a new applicant-initiated interview. Like first-time applicants, if you are not able to come to campus, we will review your application and invite you to interview if we believe an interview will help us learn more about you. If you had an interview in a prior year, we will still have it for our evaluation, so we may, or may not, invite you for an additional interview.

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Travel/Lodging

Where should I park during my visit?

Free parking is available at Dewey Field Lot (37 Dewey Field Road, Hanover, NH 03755) with visitors parking in the A Lot. Please be aware that parking can be challenging at Dartmouth and at times there can be heavy traffic in Hanover. Plan ahead and allow yourself at least an extra 15 minutes to find parking and walk to Tuck. You may also opt to take the Advance Transit Shuttle which arrives and departs from this lot frequently (7:00am-10:00am every 10 minutes and from 10:00am-3:00pm every 30 minutes). Please make sure you check their schedule ahead of time if you wish to take the shuttle.

Once you have parked your car you must call the Dartmouth Parking Office and register your vehicle. Please call them at 603-646-2340 and leave a brief message with your name, where you are visiting, the vehicle make and color, as well as the license plate state and number. Not registering your car may result in a fine.

Important Note about Parking

Dewey Field Lot, Lot A is the only parking lot our visitors have permission to park in. If you park in a different parking lot, you may be subject to fines or required to move your car which could, in turn, make you late for your interview and/or class visit.

You may also opt to park in downtown Hanover where there are several lots offering hourly parking. Note that on-street meters are limited to two hour parking. All paid lots are owned by the town of Hanover. Tuck has no control over these lots and cannot reimburse you for parking charges.

What are my transportation options to Hanover?

The Dartmouth Coach travels directly to Hanover, NH from either Boston, MA (Logan Airport and South Station) or NYC (Wells Fargo Building, 150 East 42nd Street). The Coach arrives right in Hanover, NH and eliminates the need to rent a car. The bus stop is a short walk from Tuck, as well as from the two hotels (Hanover Inn and Six South St Hotel) in Hanover. Please note that the Dartmouth Coach is not owned or operated by Dartmouth College.

Renting a car to travel to Hanover will offer additional lodging options and scheduling flexibility. Please be aware that bus service in the area is limited and you will need to plan well in advance. Renting a car or taking the Dartmouth Coach bus service is often a better option.

What types of accommodations are around Hanover?

Due to the high volume of applicants who interview, Tuck does not provide accommodations for visitors. Places to stay in Hanover and the Upper Valley include:

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