Dartmouth Tuck MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

Top MBA Essay Questions and How to Answer them Right!

The 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 earnest desire to enter the world of management and to make a difference and to be a part of the Tuck community.  

Before drafting your Tuck essays, please review Tuck’s Evaluation Criteria

Regarding changes in this year’s in comparison to last year’s essays, Tuck changed its Essay #1 slightly and its Essay #2 significantly.  

Accepted has been helping applicants to Tuck gain acceptance for roughly 20 years. Explore our services to learn more about how we can help you prepare your Tuck MBA application. 


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 a word count of 500. Please double-space your responses.

Essay 1. (Required)

What are your short and long-term goals? Why is an MBA a critical next step toward achieving those goals? Why are you interested in Tuck?

This is a classic, straight-forward goals question.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The MBA is a means to an end, not an end in itself. That’s why Tuck (and many other schools) ask question like this one. Tuck wants to know that it can help you achieve your goal. So clearly you have to have both short- and long-term goals to respond to the question.  

You also have to be able to show the qualities of a wise leader with the potential for global impact. When have you shown the maturity to lead and influence in a way that improved either your company or some other entity that you were a part of?  How did that experience influence your short- and long-term goals or show that you have the ability to achieve those goals?  What is the benefit to society if you achieve what you want to achieve?

One possible approach to the essay: Start this essay with a brief anecdote about an accomplishment that reflects at least some of the qualities Tuck seeks and also influenced the development of your goals. Then discuss your goals and the path you intend to take and the hoped for impact of your realizing those dreams. The path should include the aspects of Tuck’s program that attract you to Hanover and will help you accomplish your goals.

Essay 2. (Required)

Tuck’s mission is to educate wise leaders to better the world of business. Wisdom encompasses the essential aptitudes of confident humility, about what one does and does not know; empathy, towards the diverse ideas and experiences of others; and judgement, about when and how to take risks for the better.

With Tuck’s mission in mind, and with a focus on confident humility, tell us about a time you:

• received tough feedback,
• experienced failure, or
• disappointed yourself or others.

How did you respond, and what did you learn about yourself as a result?

Unlike Essay 1, which focuses on the future and the hypothetical, this question is about one experience in the past.  It is not hypothetical at all. It also requires you to choose one incident and discuss how you responded to a difficulty, a challenge, or a disappointment where you were the central figure.  When did you really blow it?

A CAR approach will work well here:


Keep it specific and concrete or you will blend in with others writing in generalities. Your response to this trying experience and lessons learned from it are the key.  How did you respond? grow? improve? If you can conclude with another later and similar situation when you used the lessons learned in the first experience and handled it with aplomb while demonstrating the wisdom Tuck is looking for, you’ll be acing this question. 

Essay 3. (Optional)

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 two (or even three) 500-word essays plus a bunch of boxes, a transcript, and a GMAT/GRE 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. Let this essay add value to the reader’s understanding of you and your candidacy.

Essay 4. (To be completed by all reapplicants)

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

Straightforward MBA reapplication question. It is critical that every reapplicant be able to answer it for every school they are reapplying to: What has changed that would compel Tuck to admit you this year?

If you would like professional guidance with your Dartmouth Tuck MBA application, check out 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 2017-18 Application Deadlines:

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***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***

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

Related Resources:

• Building Your Consulting Career, and a Look Back at a Tuck MBA, podcast episode
Talking with a Military Tuckie
• Why MBA?, a guide to writing about your MBA goals

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3 Must-Knows When You’re Looking for an Admissions Consultant for Your Child

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The college planning process can be stressful for both parents and children. As a parent, you’re balancing your children’s goals and your family’s needs – while still handling all your other commitments.

If it’s your first time navigating the college application system, it’s also easy to feel overwhelmed. Maybe you’re also feeling discouraged by the sheer number of students that high school guidance counselors are asked to assist and are worried that your child won’t get the attention they deserve. If your child is applying to colleges in the United States from abroad, and you have little experience with the American higher education environment, the system may make you feel lost or intimidated. Finally you may feel that with all the tension of the teen years, not to mention the application process, you and your child may be better off if an expert third party provides adult and experienced guidance. In all of these situations, your child would benefit from working with an independent admissions consultant.

What should you look for in an admissions consultant for your child?

1. Find a consultant who fits both your needs and your child’s style.

You and your child are going to work closely with this person, whether for a few weeks or a year or longer, so it is important that you are both comfortable with the relationship.

Here are some important questions to ask when looking for “the one”:

• Is the consultant open to working with both applicants and parents, while understanding that the applicant is the primary contact and client?

• Do you both feel comfortable asking the consultant questions?

• If you and/or your child prefer face-to-face meetings, is that an option? If you prefer email/Skype only – is that an option? Are phone calls allowed?

You might find the right independent admissions counselor for your family in your neighborhood, in a different state, or on the other side of the globe. For many people, it doesn’t matter where the consultant lives, just so long as s/he “clicks” with you and with your child.

2. The consultant you choose should have broad background knowledge and a commitment to continuing education about the college admissions process.

Yes, your next-door neighbor single-handedly walked her son through the admissions process – and he got into Yale. She might have interesting insights to share, but a professional consultant has worked with many families with different admissions profiles.

Good admissions consultants don’t only work with students, but spend additional time reading, researching schools and programs, networking with colleagues, and visiting colleges. Several professional organizations, including the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) require their members to maintain a commitment to continuing education and professional development. Look for a consultant who demonstrates such a commitment.

3. Beware of guarantees.

An admissions consultant who “guarantees” acceptance to a specific college, or promises “scholarship money,” or agrees to write your child’s essays isn’t practicing ethical college counseling. Run the other way. Fast.

Here’s how Accepted consultants view their role in the application process: As an applicant, your child must present himself/herself in the best possible light throughout the college admissions process. We are there to help you and your child identify options you might not have considered, help your child represent herself at her very best, and balance all of the moving parts of your child’s senior year. Our consultants won’t write your child’s application essays, but they’ll act as a sounding board and help your son or daughter identify his/her voice and hone an impressive, authentic message.

They’ll provide a seasoned, calm voice that will guide you and your child through the admissions process while enhancing your child’s chances of acceptance. And since they don’t work with throngs of students at once, they’ll be able to answer the questions that your child’s high school counselor may not have the time to address.

By working with an Accepted consultant, your child will apply confidently and navigate the application process with less stress.

No matter where your family is in the admissions process, we’re ready to help you.

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Related Resources:

Preparing for College in High School: A To-Do list for 11th Graders, a free guide
What to Do in Your Senior Year to Enhance Your Chances of a College Acceptance
Tips For Answering Common Application Essay Prompts

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