Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated June 1, 2020

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON TUCK’S FALL 2020 PLANS

Tuck has taken important steps regarding the early fall to give our community the advantages of certainty and predictability. We know that you may have some questions about how these plans relate to your particular circumstances. We will continue to update this FAQ to address common student inquiries. Our MBA Program Office stands ready to work through questions with you. As needed, you can reach out directly to the MBA Program Office.

T’22 HOUSING

When can I move to campus?
We want you to join us in the Upper Valley only when you feel you are in the position to be here safely. Although we look forward to the time when all students will be present with us in the Upper Valley, we encourage each student to move here only when it is best for him/her personally to do so.

Will Tuck hold my on-campus residence hall assignment for me until Fall B? Will Tuck prorate my on-campus housing until I arrive?
There is currently a waitlist for students who desire on-campus housing in the Tuck residence halls this fall. We are unable to hold or prorate rooms for students who wish to defer their on-campus housing assignment.

We will work with those students who are unable to join us on campus due to visa delays, travel restrictions, health conditions related to or impacted by COVID-19, or other extenuating circumstances. Students with such extenuating circumstances will be assessed the on-campus housing fee for the full fall term up front, and we will reimburse prorated by week, until the end of Fall A.

Will the Dartmouth Real Estate Office hold my unit in Sachem Village/South Street Apartments?
There is currently a waitlist for Tuck students who desire a housing unit in Sachem Village. For both Sachem Village and the South Street Apartments, we are unable to hold units for students who wish to defer their housing assignments. Students are expected to honor the terms of their leases with the Dartmouth Real Estate Office.

The Dartmouth Real Estate Office will work with those students who are unable to join us in the Upper Valley due to COVID-related extenuating circumstances to include visa delays, travel restrictions and health conditions related to or impacted by COVID-19. They will prorate rent from the start of your lease term until the end of Fall A.

T'22 CLASSES AND CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAMMING

How does Tuck host online classes and programming?
Tuck’s online instruction occurs synchronously to create the same level of engagement and discussion among students that happens in our physical classrooms. First-year core classes take place in the morning hours (Eastern Time Zone), which maximizes the ability of students worldwide to connect with one another and our renowned faculty in real time. Online learning at Tuck incorporates multiple platforms, including synchronous instruction and classroom discussions delivered via Zoom and asynchronous engagement in online forums and Canvas. Co-curricular offerings such as speaker series, visiting executive chats, and company briefings invite synchronous participation and lively exchanges; selected items may also be recorded for students to reference later. And, faculty continue to hold office hours and out-of-class meetings virtually, to provide students the same access as they might like or need.

How will the decision to start with online-only classes and programming impact recruiting?
We anticipate that recruiting activities through the fall will very likely be online regardless of the School’s instruction format. Recruiting lends itself well to virtual interactions, whether it is an office hour or a 1:1 chat with an alum over the phone, the process of networking and learning about a company continues quite the same. We expect that virtual recruiting will likely expand the number of companies recruiting from Tuck.

Tuck Career Services is currently booking companies for fall recruiting. All of our usual recruiters have booked. At this time, Tuck Career Services has not heard of any company planning to cancel recruiting for next year.

Will virtual visitors (visiting executives, recruiters) hold small-group office hours as they would normally on campus?
Yes, visiting executives, alumni, recruiters, and guest speakers will continue to make time to connect with Tuck students in small groups and/or individually. Among the visitors Tuck students were able to personally connect with during the virtual spring term were: Steve Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone; David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group; Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of Acumen; Jim Esposito T’95, Global Co-Head of the Securities Division at Goldman Sachs; Leela Srinivasan T’06, Chief Marketing Officer at SurveyMonkey; Kevin Demoff D’99, T’06, COO of the Los Angeles Rams; Russell Wolff D’89, T’94, EVP & General Manager of ESPN+, and many more.

May study groups meet in-person during Fall A?
In-person components of the early fall term will include study group orientation and regular study group assignments and meetings. These gatherings are to be held in a manner consistent with all public health guidance in force at the time.

Study groups are a required and integral part of Tuck’s first-year MBA curriculum, and much of your learning and assignment preparation will occur in these groups. Anyone unable to be physically present for these meetings should reach out to the MBA Program Office at MBA.Program.Office@tuck.dartmouth.edu.

T’22 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Where can I find the latest Dartmouth information about U.S. visas (SEVIS, F1, CPT)?
The Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS) at Dartmouth College has an FAQ webpage that is updated regularly. OVIS also provides timely updates via this Facebook page.

How will Tuck accommodate Curricular Practical Training (CPT) if my visa is delayed?
You remain eligible for CPT if a summer internship is a required part of your academic program.  It is possible for Tuck students who are not U.S. citizens to use a summer internship in the U.S. to satisfy Tuck’s global learning requirement, TuckGO. Fulfilling the TuckGO requirement through an internship ensures you will remain eligible for CPT. 

When may I arrive to campus?
OVIS will issue original Forms I-20 for admitted international Tuck students with a program start date of August 8, 2020. This date coincides with the start of Tuck’s required orientation program, Tuck Launch, and in-person study group sessions. Under the F-1 student regulations, students can enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days prior to the program start date.

What should I expect upon arrival to the U.S.? 
Dartmouth College is currently observing a 14-day self-quarantine recommendation in accordance with state health guidelines. We anticipate there will remain a self-quarantine period for students arriving to campus in the fall. We at Tuck are prepared to support international students however needed upon arrival to your port of entry, and throughout any necessary self-quarantine periods.

If I don’t have a visa by the end of Fall A, what will happen to my on-campus residence hall assignment?
We will work with those students who are unable to join us on campus due to visa delays. Students with such extenuating circumstances will be assessed the on-campus housing fee for the full fall term up front, and we will reimburse prorated by week, until the end of Fall A. At that point, we will work with international students who have visas pending to reassess their individual circumstances and determine if individuals should be released from their on-campus residence hall commitment. Tuck will support all students in finding accommodations upon arrival.

If I don’t have a visa by the end of Fall A, what will happen to my unit in Sachem Village/South Street Apartments?
If you are unable to join us in the Upper Valley because you are unable to obtain a visa, you may submit a written notice of that inability to the Dartmouth Real Estate Office with a request for lease termination until October 2020. The Dartmouth Real Estate Office will then terminate your lease, return your security deposit, and no penalty will be charged. Tuck will support all students in finding accommodations upon arrival.

T’22 STUDENT LIFE

What is Tuck/Dartmouth doing to ensure the safety of students and the local community?
Since February, all Tuck decisions have been based on the twin priorities of our community’s health and well-being, and the integrity of our academic mission. It is our responsibility to share as much relevant information as possible, to exercise transparency and trust, and to support community members in making informed decisions. You can find the latest (and archived) weekly COVID updates from Tuck leadership at: https://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/covid-19.  Dartmouth College’s COVID guidance and updates are online at: https://dartmouth.edu/covid-19.

Examples of current practices to ensure the safety of students and the community:

Will there be adjustments to 2020-2021 tuition or student fees?
We acknowledge that the pandemic may have altered your personal financial situation.  To the extent that the pandemic has caused you recent financial strain, Tuck’s Financial Aid Office can revisit your financial aid package.

T’21 FALL PLANS

When will there be a decision about the start of the fall term for second-year students and how classes will be delivered?
As announced to the Tuck Class of 2021 in May, second-year students are scheduled to start fall classes on September 8.  Our plan is to commence fall-term instruction and programming on time. We expect to decide on a plan for how we run fall term by sometime in late June, no later than June 29.

Will there be TuckGO offerings (GIX or Onsite) for the second-year students in the fall? What about during the December break?
All of Tuck’s co-curricular programming will be online in the early fall (until October 9) and we anticipate that travel restrictions and public health guidelines will prevent us from being able to offer international Onsite projects or GIXs to second-year students through October 2020. We remain hopeful that we will be able to resume TuckGO travel in December and beyond. At the same time, we anticipate that the transition back to normal TuckGO operations will also be phased and gradual, with our community’s health and well-being foremost in mind. 

Could I withdraw and complete my second year at a later date? When would I have to make that decision by?
You may take a leave of absence. Students who leave the school voluntarily in good academic standing any time after the Fall A term of the first year, but before completing the MBA degree, remain degree candidates for a period of five years from the date of leaving. Should you want to withdraw from the second-year fall term, you would need to inform Tuck by August 1, 2020.

Will there be adjustments to tuition, room and board, or student fees?
We acknowledge that the pandemic may have altered your personal financial situation.  To the extent that the pandemic has caused you recent financial strain, Tuck’s Financial Aid Office can revisit your financial aid package.