Today, Tuck Admissions set its deadlines for MBA applications for the 2019-20 admissions cycle.
The round one application deadline will be October 7, with a November 1 deadline for applicant-initiated interviews. Round one decisions will still be released in mid-December.
“We pledge to listen and to be responsive to our applicants. Moving our round one deadline back two weeks provides several additional days for aspiring Tuck students to visit campus and interview before finalizing round one applications,” explains Luke Anthony Peña, executive director of admissions and financial aid. “And once again, we are committing to a shorter wait time for decisions.”
Along with the deadlines, Tuck Admissions is announcing a few changes to this year’s application. Gone is the short-answer question section of the application. Applicants will now have more space to share how a Tuck MBA advances their aspirations.
In the 2019-20 application, there will be three 300-word essays.
Tuck’s essays will continue to map directly to two of its admissions criteria: aware and nice. The essays invite reflection on these criteria as applicants demonstrate the other criteria, smart and accomplished, elsewhere in their applications. “We have been pleased with the quality and caliber of aspiring wise leaders for whom all four of the criteria have resonated,” says Peña.
The last difference between this year’s application and those of prior years is that Tuck Admissions has elected to fully adopt GMAC’s Common Letter of Recommendation Questions.
“We really enjoy getting to know our applicants and are eager to reduce anxiety in the application process. Our previous questions for references were distinct. Applicants told us that made the process more onerous,” continues Peña. “We trust that references with the knowledge, desire, and time to thoughtfully advocate for applicants will still surface meaningful examples of Tuck criteria when responding to these common prompts.”
Tuck’s 2019-20 MBA application will open in early July.