Tuck Announces New December Business Bridge Program

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Tuck Announces New December Business Bridge Program Liberal arts undergrads have been attending the Tuck’s summer Business Bridge program for the last 18 years. Now the Tuck Business Bridge program will be adding a December option for students, starting December 2014.

This new session will be open to any undergraduate or graduate student, but it is designed for Dartmouth undergrads and will run December 1-19 and will cover (for the most part) the same topics covered during the four-week summer program (and will therefore be more intensive due to the shorter period of time). The program will introduce students to important business and managerial subjects (corporate finance, managerial economics, financial accounting, marketing, etc.), and will feature team projects, industry explorations, and career coaching.

4,000 undergrads have attended Bridge since its inception in 1997. About 30% of alumni have gone on to attend top b-schools.

Application deadlines for December Bridge are June 1, August 1, and October 1. There will be financial aid available for the December program.

Learn more about the program here.

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2015 Best Business Schools Ranked by U.S. News

Check out our MBA Admissions 101 pages!U.S. News released its annual best b-school rankings, and we’re here to provide all the top rankings all in one spot!

2015 Best MBA Programs (last year’s rank in parentheses)

1. Harvard Business School (1)
1. Stanford GSB (2)
1. Wharton (3)
4. Chicago Booth (6)
5. MIT Sloan (4)
6. Northwestern Kellogg (4)
7. UC Berkeley – Haas (7)
8. Columbia (8)
9. Dartmouth Tuck (9)
10. NYU Stern (10)

2015 Best Executive MBA Programs (last year’s rank in parentheses)

1. Wharton (1)
2. Chicago Booth (2)
3. Northwestern Kellogg (3)
4. Duke Fuqua (4)
5. Columbia (4)
6. NYU Stern (6)
7. Michigan Ross (8)
8. UCLA Anderson (7)
9. UC Berkeley – Haas (10)
9. UNC Kenan-Flagler (9)
11. USC Marshall

2015 Best Part-Time MBA Programs (last year’s rank in parentheses)

1. UC Berkeley – Haas (1)
2. Chicago Booth (2)
3. Northwestern Kellogg (3)
4. NYU Stern (4)
4. UCLA Anderson (5)
6. Texas McCombs (7)
7. Michigan Ross (6)
8. Indiana Kelley (9)
9. Ohio State Fisher (8)
10. CMU Tepper (9)

Wondering how much rankings should play a roll in determining where you apply? Watch the video below for Linda Abraham’s answer:

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FT’s Best Global MBA Programs in 2014

The Financial Times released its 2014 global MBA rankings! Read on for the list, the facts, the analysis, and the sources.

The List:

2014 Rank

3 Year

School Country 
1 1 Harvard Business School USA
2 2 Stanford Graduate
School of Business
3 4 London Business School UK
4 3 U Penn Wharton USA
5 5 Columbia Business
6 6 INSEAD France/Singapore
7 8 IESE Business School Spain
8 8 MIT Sloan USA
9 10 Chicago Booth USA
10 15 Yale School of Management USA
11 12 UC Berkeley Haas USA
12 15 IMD Switzerland
13 11 IE Business School Spain
14 11 Hong Kong UST
Business School
15 15 Northwestern Kellogg USA
16 19 Cambridge Judge UK
17 17 Duke Fuqua USA
18 18 NYU Stern USA
19 19 CEIBS China
20 18 Dartmouth Tuck USA

To truly understand the rankings, much less use them, please see the methodology so you’ll know what’s being ranked. While there are twenty factors considered in the FT rankings, the FT methodology puts the most weight on increase in salary in $US PPP (Purchasing Power Parity) and weighted salary in $US PPP.

Poets and Quants criticizes the FT rankings for absurd results in calculating “Value for Money” as well as for having too many criteria and several criteria that really don’t reflect the quality of education. Others say that it is biased against U.S. programs.

Regardless of the criticism’s validity, the FT ranking is arguably the most cited ranking of global programs because it compares U.S. and international programs in one ranking and seems to do a better job of it than the alternatives. That prominence doesn’t mean these rankings are Gospel. It does mean you have a lot of data in a format where you can easily compare MBA programs from around the world on designated criteria.

The Facts:

Here are some fun facts about FT’s 2014 rankings:

• 7 of the top 10 and 12 of the top 20 programs ranked are US schools.

• Big jumpers this year include Boston University’s business school and Washington Forster, which each jumped 20 spots, to 75th and 58th place, respectively. Another big US jumper this year was USC Marshall which jumped 17 spots to 65th place. UNC Kenan Flagler jumped up 12 slots this year from its 3-year average rank, moving from #45 to #33.

• The biggest losers this year include Dublin’s Smurfit School (dropped 27 spots to 91st place) and Vlerick Business School (fell 16 places to 100th place), as well as the schools which disappeared off the list entirely: U of Iowa’s Tippie School (74th last year), Korea University Business School (86th last year), Incae Business School in Costa Rica (90th last year), Case Western’s Weatherhead School (94th last year), and others.

• Newcomers to the list include: UC Davis (98th), Wake Forest (94th), BYU’s Marriott School (93rd), and ESMT European School of Management and Technology in Germany (89th).

• In terms of geographic representation, the top 20 schools are all in the US, UK, Europe (France, Spain, Switzerland), China, and Singapore, but further down the list, other countries gain their spots: India comes in at 30th place with the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad; SDA Bocconi in 31st place represents Italy; South Korea appears in 45th place with Sungkyunkwan University’s GSB; Canada’s first school on the list is Toronto Rotman at 51st place; Portugal follows with The Lisbon MBA in 52nd place (new to list); South Africa’s U. of Cape Town GSB comes in at 59th place; in the 62nd slot we have Australia’s Australian Graduate School of Management; and Brazil’s Coppead is in 79th place.

•  The city with the highest concentration of schools in the top 100 is (of course) Boston with six top b-schools – Harvard (1), MIT Sloan (8), Hult International Business School (61), BU School of Management (75), Boston College Carroll (82), and Babson Olin (95).

The Analysis:

While it’s fun to look at the changes – who climbed and who sank – for me the real lessons from this ranking are:

1. The top programs move and change very slowly. That lack of drama in these rankings is a better reflection of reality than the gyrations one sees outside the top twenty. Significant change takes time so sharp jumps and dives probably mean nothing. Sustained change in ranking has greater credibility – if you value the same qualities as the FT.

2. The one point made repeatedly in the commentary on this ranking, and it is the same conclusion I draw from both the FT ranking and the Forbes ranking, which both emphasize ROI and increase in salary, is this: The MBA education at top programs provides a solid return on investment for most students. The MBAs surveyed for the FT rankings started their MBA in 2008, just as the Great Recession hit, and graduated in 2010. These MBAs still report on average a 100% increase in salary over what they were making before they started business school.

There are obviously critics of graduate business education, specifically the MBA, and those detractors either believe an MBA isn’t valuable or that the value has declined. I agree with the latter group. However, the questions for today’s applicants are:

1. “Given my current professional background and salary and my anticipated salary after I earn an MBA, do the anticipated financial rewards plus increased job satisfaction justify the investment (both out of pocket and opportunity costs)?” The fact that those entering b-school ten or twenty years ago could anticipate a higher ROI is irrelevant. It is merely a historical curiosity and for you an unfortunate one.

2. “Is the full-time MBA – or whatever flavor you are considering – the optimal way for me to attain my MBA goals?”

FT, to its credit, also has an article on those claiming the MBA is not worth the effort. Sometimes they are right. Each one of you individually needs to examine your circumstances and goals to see if for you the MBA is an expensive waste of time and effort, or if for you it is likely to be worth both. Clearly, most of the people surveyed by Forbes, the Financial Times, and GMAC are in the latter group.

In this video  Della Bradshaw, FT’s Business Education Editor, discusses the results of this year’s FT Global MBA rankings including the finding that MBAs in the class of 2010 are now enjoying salaries double those they were earning before they entered b-school.

The Sources

• FT Global MBA Ranking 2014

•  FT: MBA Ranking 2014: Key & Methodology

•  FT: Big Names Dominate FT MBA Ranking Top Spots

•  P&Q: Winners & Losers in 2014 FT MBA Ranking

•  Accepted: 4 Ways You Should NOT Use the MBA Rankings

•  Accepted: MBA Rankings: What You Need to Know

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Linda Abraham By , president and founder of Accepted.com and co-author of the new, definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.

Looking for MBA Application Essay Tips?

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MBA Programs Host Coffee Dates Worldwide

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Don’t go overboard trying to make a good impression.

Wherever you are in the world, chances are that a current MBA student from a top school is waiting to have coffee with you. In London, Delhi, Tel Aviv, Toronto, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Rio de Janiero, Zurich, Houston, and a host of other international cities, schools are dispatching current students to chat you up and get to know you better as acceptance decisions are made. Programs offering these informal meetings include Berkeley-Haas, Chicago Booth, Darden, Michigan Ross, and Dartmouth Tuck.

This is a great opportunity to show a school representative how invested you are in going to that program. While these are obviously very informal events, you can still burnish the profile you have already established in your MBA application by showing up with intelligent questions and observations about the program and the school community. While at a general school reception or fair you could get away with asking more general questions (though even at those events your questions should demonstrate basic knowledge of the program beyond what is easily seen on the school’s web site) at a coffee date like this, well into the application season, you’ll want to go a little deeper in showing your awareness of and fit for the program.

Don’t go overboard trying to make a good impression. Be yourself, listen to others, but take the opportunity to ask questions and offer observations that show how dialed in you are to the happenings at the school. These questions and observations can be about any of the following:

1) A recent or anticipated change in the curriculum or with a specialty track that you hope to join.

2) Live chats you recently participated in, and what new insights you gleaned from it.

3) Recent communication you have had with a current student or staff member. This isn’t to name-drop, but to show your ongoing investment in knowing what is happening at the school.

4) Student-led symposiums or other initiatives – show that you know what’s happening with the Berkeley Nanotechnology club, Dartmouth’s Summit on Health Care Delivery, or other clubs in which you have an interest.

5) Ideas you have for a case competition or club. Or perhaps thoughts on narrowing down choices among elective classes.

6) Plans your spouse or partner has to relocate and find new work near the school.

So pull up a chair, warm your hands around a hot cup of coffee, and show your school of choice that you already feel part of the team.

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Round 2 (and 3) applicants: Are you looking for advice to help you answer specific essay questions on top MBA applications? Are you looking for a resource that offers up-to-date advice for the questions found on THIS YEAR’S apps?

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Dartmouth Tuck 2014 MBA Essay Tips and Deadlines

DartmouthTuckThe Dartmouth Tuck adcom is interested in learning about what you as an individual, a businessperson, and a leader can contribute to Tuck’s small, close-knit program. Use your essays as a platform for expressing your fervent desire to enter the world of management and to make a difference. 

Unlike most MBA programs, Tuck has tweaked its essay questions from last year, but it has not dramatically changed them or cut length.  Consequently, its essays give you more opportunity to tell your story.

I strongly recommend Tuck applicants read The MBA Gatekeeper To Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business,” Poets and Quants interview with Dawna Clarke, Director of Admissions at Tuck.


Please respond fully but concisely to the following essay questions. There are no right or wrong answers. We encourage applicants to limit the length of their responses to 500 words for each essay. Please double-space your responses.

1. Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best MBA fit for you and your goals and why are you the best fit for Tuck?

The MBA is a means to an end; it is a “step” towards a goal. That means you have to briefly discuss the most influential stops on your journey to date and then your reasons for wanting a Tuck MBA to continue on that journey.

You have to know a lot about Tuck as well as your goals to respond effectively to this question. Why do you want a small, tight-knit program in rural New Hampshire? Why do you want a program that stresses the integration of business functions?  Which of Tuck’s strengths appeal to you? How will they help you achieve your goals? 

New this year: “why are you the best fit for Tuck?” To respond to that part of the question, review Tuck’s six criteria for admission. You won’t have much room to include this element. Perhaps in your conclusion succinctly make the case for your fit with Tuck’s criteria. Point to elements of your application that show you meet the criteria without repeating them. You want the reader to see a match made in heaven.

2. Tell us about your most meaningful collaborative leadership experience and what role you played. What did you learn about your own individual strengths and weaknesses through this experience?

This question reflects the importance Tuck, like many MBA programs, places on leadership. Reflective of Tuck’s collaborative culture is the new element this year: “collaborative leadership.” This isn’t a question just about teamwork or just about leadership. It’s about one experience that integrates both.

Have you co-chaired  a fundraiser that raised a record amount of money? Have you been a board member for a not-for-profit organization? Have you captained a sports team that led your company league while having an excellent relationship with the coach or manager of the team? Have you been a team lead on a project that came in early and under budget while cooperating closely with other team leads or members of your team? Are you the head of a sales team but empowered other members of your team in a way that greatly contributed to the success of that initiative? These could all be examples of collaborative leadership. How did you motivate your teammates? What did you learn?

While co-leadership roles should provide possible material for your response, another possible approach is provided by this quote. (Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the source or the exact wording of this quote): “Leaders create followers. Great leaders create leaders.”

The question asks you to reveal strengths and weaknesses. The first is fun and should be relatively easy. However we all cringe at the idea of revealing weaknesses, especially in a situation where you want to impress — like now. Nonetheless, resist that nasty impulse to write something fluffy and meaningless. Don’t even think about a phony weakness. The adcom will see right through it. Reveal a weakness that hopefully you can show yourself addressing in this leadership experience or through another later experience. Don’t dwell on the weakness, but do include it. 

3. Describe a circumstance in your life in which you faced adversity, failure, or setback. What actions did you take as a result and what did you learn from this experience?

Think resilience.  Picking yourself up and moving on, better and stronger than you were before. That’s what you want to portray and convey in this essay.  What happened, how did you react, and what did you learn as a result. 

4. Optional question: Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application (e.g., unusual choice of evaluators, weaknesses in academic performance, unexplained job gaps or changes, etc.). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application.

It is almost impossible for four 500-word essays plus a bunch of boxes, a transcript, and a GMAT score to represent fully the uniqueness and talents of a truly impressive candidate. That comment has nothing to do with writing style and everything to do with the complexity of accomplished human beings. In my opinion this “optional essay”  is optional in name only.

At the same time, don’t waste the reader’s time by writing a meaningless, superficial “grand finale” or summary. Don’t repeat what can be found elsewhere.

5Reapplicant question: How have you strengthened your candidacy since you last applied? Please reflect on how you have grown personally and professionally.

Straightforward MBA reapplication question. What has changed that would compel Tuck to admit you this year?

If you would like professional guidance with your Dartmouth Tuck MBA application, please consider Accepted’s MBA essay editing and MBA admissions consulting or our  MBA Application Packages, which include advising, editing, interview coaching, and a resume edit for the Dartmouth Tuck application. 

Dartmouth Tuck 2014 Application Deadlines:

Round Due Date Decisions Released
Early Action October 9, 2013  December 18, 2013
November Round November 6, 2013  February 7, 2014
January Round January 3, 2014 March 14, 2014
April Round April 2, 2014 May 16, 2014

Linda Abraham By , president and founder of Accepted.com and co-author of the new, definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.

Tuck MBA Student Blogger Interview: MBA Boy’s Journey

Tuck MBA Student

“Identify what is important to you.”

We decided to follow up with some of our past MBA blogger interviewees to see where their admissions journey brought them. Next up in our series is Joshua Feng, also known as MBA Boy, author of the blog MBA Applicationland and first year student at Dartmouth Tuck. The original interview with MBA Boy can be found here.

Accepted: What is your favorite thing about Tuck so far? Least favorite?

MBA Boy: Favorite: it’s really easy to be yourself – the student community is really tight-knit and embraces the diversity of our class

Least favorite: recruiting starts so early that you don’t have much time to think about what you’d like to do, at least for the summer.

Accepted: Looking back at your MBA application experience, is there anything you would have done differently?

MBA Boy: Well, I’m really glad where I ended up, and I don’t tend to be one to dwell on the past. If I had to pick one thing that I could have done differently, I probably would have tried to connect more with current students to get a feel for the culture of each school.

Accepted: Are you involved in any clubs at Tuck? How central to student life is club participation?

MBA Boy: I am leading ACTS (the Association of Christian Tuck Students) and am also a part of the Consulting Club, PE Club, Net Impact, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, Tripod Hockey, Basketball Club, and Tennis Club. Given that we are in upstate New Hampshire, people already hang out with one another all the time (an attribute of Tuck that I love), but the clubs furthermore provide another way to connect with your fellow classmates in your areas of interest.

Accepted: Do you have summer internship plans yet? If so, what role did Tuck play in helping you secure your position?

MBA Boy: I currently have six on-campus interviews lined up over the next two weeks; all of these were secured through Tuck’s on-campus recruiting process. Additionally, I am applying to firms off-campus, although a lot of these positions will be filled later than the on-campus positions.

Accepted: On a scale of 1-5 (1 being a breeze and 5 being the most difficult), how hard would you say b-school is?

MBA Boy: Hard is a subjective word, and difficult to quantify. Perhaps a 4? So many things are thrown your way – academics, recruiting, clubs, social events, visiting executives, entrepreneurial activities, and case competitions, among others, come to mind – that it’s impossible to be involved in everything and imperative to learn the art of triage (identifying what not to do). I find myself sacrificing sleep often.

Accepted: Is it difficult to be back in school after a few years off? What would you recommend to incoming b-schoolers to help them get back in school shape?

MBA Boy: I love being back and school, and the transition for me has been mostly seamless. My one crucial recommendation (which isn’t directly related to ‘getting back in shape’) is to identify what is important to you and to not compromise on those things when you arrive at school – easier said than done.

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Financial Times’ 2013 Global MBA Rankings

B-School Rankings

Harvard Business School

Drum roll please…The Financial Times ranks the top 25 global b-schools as follows…

1. Harvard Business School
2. Stanford Graduate School of Business
3. University of Pennsylvania – Wharton
4. London Business School
5. Columbia Business School
7. IESE Business School
8. Hong Kong UST Business School
9. MIT Sloan
10. Chicago Booth
11. IE Business School
12. UC Berkeley Haas
13. Northwestern Kellogg
14. Yale School of Management
15. CEIBS – China
16. Dartmouth Tuck (tied)
16. Cambridge Judge (tied)
18. Duke Fuqua
19. Switzerland (tied)
19. NYU Stern (tied)
21. HEC Paris
22. ESADE Business School – Spain
23. UCLA Anderson
24. Oxford Saïd (tied)
24. Cornell Johnson (tied)

(You can read about the FT’s ranking methodology here.)

A few points of interest (from the FT’s lead article)

  • 51 of the top 100 schools are located in the U.S. including 6 schools in the top 10.
  • 26 of the top 100 schools are located in Europe. London Business School is the top school in that region.
  • 14 of the top 100 schools are located in Asia (up from 12 last year). Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is the top b-school in that region.
  • Since 1999 when the FT began publishing MBA rankings, only four schools have ranked in first place: HBS, Stanford GSB, Wharton, and London Business School.
  • The male-female salary gap this year has narrowed for the first time. Instead of the traditional $20,000 pay gap (three years post-graduation), the gap is down to $10,000 at $126,000 average salary for women and $136,000 average salary for men.

FYI: Poets & Quants published a critique of the 2013 FT ranking in “Stanford Alums Make the Most Dough.” In this article, John Byrne, rankings savant and designer of the original BW rankings, points out anomalies and weaknesses in the FT results.

MBA50 provides additional analysis in “The FT Full-Time MBA Ranking 2013 – Winners and Losers.” Its final line sums up all the hub-bub about rankings – any rankings – beautifully: “Only you can work out the best business school in the world…for you.”

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Tuck MBA Student Blogger Interview: The Senator’s Journey

"The Senator"

“Your time is no longer yours.”

We decided to follow up with some of our past MBA blogger interviewees to see where their admissions journey brought them. First in our series is Engeda Selemon Asfaw, also known as “The Senator,” author of the blog, “Road to the MBA Class of 2014” and first year student at Dartmouth Tuck. The original interview with The Senator can be found here.

Accepted: Is b-school anything like what you expected?

The Senator: In some respects yes, but in several no. Let me explain, I expected to be around extraordinarily talented and friendly people that would be partners in learning with me. I also expected to get a well-rounded education while also fitting in time for socializing. Tuck has certainly exceeded these expectations. Some things I did not expect, however, like the total lack of time, sacrifice of things that you would normally take for granted and difficulties in keeping in contact with friends and family. The academics are rigorous to begin with, but then you add on hockey, socializing and recruiting, and your time is no longer yours.

Accepted: What other programs had you considered in addition to Tuck? What tipped the scales to favor Tuck?

The Senator: I strongly considered Kellogg and Wharton, as well as Cornell, but what I found at Tuck was that the people and the environment are truly special and unique. I always thought I’d want to go to Wharton because, well it’s Wharton, but that didn’t seem to matter as much when I started interacting with students across all of the elite schools. I always brushed it off when people said, “The rankings don’t matter, make your decision on fit,” I thought it was lip-service. In actuality it’s pretty honest advice – and I followed that advice to a T. I distinctly remember a conversation with my mentor, a Wharton MBA, who gave me this tidbit, “If you’re getting your MBA to get the degree and add pedigree then go to Wharton. But if you’re going to school to have a rich experience go to Dartmouth.” I’m more than happy with my decision.

Accepted: Can you tell us about Morgan Stanley’s 2-Day Early Insights MBA program?

The Senator: Early Insights is a great program for underrepresented minorities, women, LGBT and military personnel. If you’re at all interested in Banking, Sales & Trading or Capital Markets, then programs like Early Insights and the Inspiring Excellence Forum (Barclays) are a must. The information you’ll get is great. But more importantly you’re getting a significant jump start on recruiting, and that’s the key. Recruiting (and subsequently getting close listed) is your first and foremost goal as a first year. As you build up to interviews, events like Early Insights are just as important as the technical acumen you’ll gain from academics. It’s also nice that a lot of people at MS already knew me when I stepped foot on campus; had it not been for Early Insights I wouldn’t have had that advantage. I got in the door early and maintained my relationships with MS and I’ve had success in recruiting with the firm.

Accepted: What’s your favorite class so far?

The Senator: Great question. Before I answer I just want to say that the professors at Tuck are phenomenal – that was one of the pleasant surprises that exceeded my expectations. In terms of classes, this may sound a bit awkward, but I really enjoyed my accounting class. Sure the subject matter was a bit dry but my professor, Leslie Robinson, made the information accessible and palatable. The other thing was that she recognized that accounting is like pulling teeth and made sure to maintain a light atmosphere in the class. In undergrad, my experience with accounting was awful. My undergrad professor was not good (sorry Carlson School) and it was taught for CPAs not for Joe Average. It left a sour taste in my mouth that I wanted to desperately hold onto until this past Fall. So from a subject matter standpoint, initially accounting left a lot to be desired, but Professor Robinson made it an awesome experience for me – to the point where I enjoy breaking down financial statements.

Accepted: Are there any nice coffee shops that you would recommend as prime study or hangout spots?

The Senator: Another good question. Prime hangout spot for Tuckies is Murphy’s or Canoe Club. I wouldn’t say much studying goes on there. But something much more important happens…if you visit Hanover I can personally show you.

Accepted: I know Minnesota Carlson was undergrad and Tuck is now graduate, but other than that, can you talk about some of the differences between these two programs (i.e. style of teaching, campus, student life)? 

The Senator: I’d say the biggest difference outside of the setting would be the professors, the teaching style and the recruiting process. Carlson’s approach to teaching is to use practitioners in the classroom a lot more than PhDs (for undergrad and grad) – I thought this was great for an undergrad experience but for a graduate program the intellectual rigor you get from the Tuck professors is stimulating. Carlson is widely regarded for experiential (hands-on) learning and I think they do a great job of providing those opportunities. I see Tuck using a more balanced approach to learning. We use a mix of lecture, case and experiential. I’m not saying one is better than the other at all, but it’s a clear distinction. Finally, recruiting. The University of Minnesota is a regional school, and believe me they take advantage of the presence of Fortune 500 companies in the Twin Cities, but if you are looking to work outside of the Midwest, your search is going to be challenging. For a small program, Tuck’s reach is broad and powerful – you can basically get a job in any industry and most major companies.

Accepted: Have you already taken steps towards securing a summer internship? What role does Tuck play in the process?

The Senator: Recruiting for the summer is on! Investment Banking recruiting at Tuck starts the second week in September. It’s super intense but very rewarding if you do it right. Tuck takes a very personalized approach to each student’s career goals. I sat down with my career counselor early and identified which banks would be a good fit for me and how I should spend my time recruiting with them. All of the major bulge bracket banks recruit at Tuck; Credit Suisse may be the only exception. There are also several middle market and boutiques that recruit on campus. Most of the banks come up for info sessions, dinners, office hours, etc. One of the nice things about being here is that you get actual face time with the bankers as opposed to superficial interactions. At the end of December our closed lists came out and in the second to last week in January I’ll hopefully have an offer.

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