Oct 14, 2014

Unparalleled Access

From time to time I get questions from applicants about Tuck’s location and how it impacts the MBA experience in terms of recruiting, access to visiting executives and social life.  I am here to tell you that our location is one of the best parts of Tuck!  Tuck is well-known for its tight-knit student body and great placement record, and those are due in large part to where we are.

Starting with recruiting and executives, there is no shortage of people coming to campus.  160 companies visited campus last year to recruit, and they come up more than once a year.  For example, Bain was on campus 20 times last year.  Recruiters value what Tuck students have to offer and are willing to make the trip to come see them.  This week alone, we had representatives from the following companies on-campus hosting company briefings: Danaher Corporation; Laureate Education; Rakuten; The Chartis Group;  Ocean Spray; The Amundsen Group; Biogen Idec; The NorthBridge Group; Warby Parker; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Intel; Prudential; Bain’s Private Equity Group; CVS Caremark; Comcast; Putnam Investments; BDC Advisors; The Broad Center; Google; Cartesian and McKinsey.  Next week’s schedule is similarly packed.

Tuck brings more speakers to campus than you could possibly have time to see.  Visiting campus this week, we had: Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of the 9/11, BP and General Motors victim compensation funds; Liam Donohue T’95, co-founder of .406 Ventures; Michael Laskoff and Thomas Brennan, CEO and CFO of AbilTo; Anthony Florence, Jr. T’97 and Peter Barris T’77 of New Enterprise Associates; David Southwell T’88, President and CEO of Inotek, Inc.; Josephy Zubretsky, Sr. Executive VP, Aetna Inc.; Peter Bridgman, Sr. VP and Controller, PepsiCo, Inc.; Robert O’Neill Jr. Former Chief Executive, Fairfax County Government; Siddarth Yog, Co-founder, Managing Partner and Chairman of the Investment Committee, The Xander Group Inc.; Adam Powers and Donald Powers of Markspower LLP; and George Host, President of SD Malkin Properties and Director of Value Retail PLC.  

It’s not just that there are lots and lots of people up here visiting, but because of our location, they don’t just give a speech and head back to the office.  Instead, they spend the entire day on campus being hosted by and interacting with the students.  They take small groups of students to lunches and dinners.  They hold open office hours so you can sit down and speak with them one-on-one.  Tuck’s location provides students amazing personal access to these leading executives.

Similarly, the location allows you to get to know your professors outside of the classroom too.  You see them in restaurants downtown, run into them in the grocery store, and have the opportunity to socialize with them.  As a result, they become your friends and colleagues, not just your teachers.