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Admissions Criteria


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 are consistently characterized by four attributes. You’re a strong candidate for admission if you demonstrate them too...

Tuck students are smart

Your intellectual aptitude matters. Your grades and test scores reflect previous academic performance, communication skills, and ability with numbers. Being smart also means you realize you don’t know it all. You’re curious, excited by challenges, and motivated to learn from others’ experiences and expertise. You continually seek to grow by engaging and exploring the world around you. Your aptitude and curiosity will advance and enrich rigorous discourse with Tuck classmates, faculty, and visiting executives.

Tuck students are accomplished

Your professional performance matters, as do community engagement and personal achievements. You should be excellent at your job and impactful outside of it. And you should have the results, progression, and endorsements to prove it. Yet you achieve these outcomes with principled behavior. You don’t just go through the motions, wilt in tough moments, or seek to win at any cost. Your commitment to these behaviors, both in success and setback, suggests you’ll transform Tuck as a student leader and the organizations and communities you’ll lead as an alum.

Tuck students are aware

You understand how your values and experiences have shaped your identity and character. You welcome and learn from direct feedback. But knowing who you are, and how you got here, is just the beginning. 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 articulate how the distinctive Tuck MBA will advance your aspirations to better the world of business. And you recognize how your individuality will add to the fabric of the Tuck community.

Finally, Tuck students are nice

This is quintessential Tuck, where you actively encourage, celebrate, and support others. You offer help, and you ask for it yourself. You exhibit emotional intelligence, layer compassion onto courage, and challenge others tactfully and thoughtfully. 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 acknowledge that your success and others’ success are interdependent, and generously invest in both. You build trust through deep, genuine connections which will endure for life.