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Tuck Loses an Opportunity

As we have noted before, Tuck is doing pretty much everything right (here and here), but the school has not escaped the gouging of its students that was Jim Kim’s real legacy at the College. Under Kim, real cash income from grad students rose 46.6% between 2010-2013 (from $41,869,000 in 2010 to $61,399,000 in 2013 — a jump of $19,470,000); over the preceding nine years, income had increased by only 36.2% ($11,132,000). As a result, Tuck’s tuition and fee structure now put it at the top end of B-Schools according to U.S. News:

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Observe Stanford’s clear effort to differentiate itself despite sharing a #1 ranking with HBS and Wharton. By attending Stanford you save yourself $8,000-$14,000 over two years as compared to Harvard, Wharton and Tuck. I bet that top students can make that calculation even before taking managerial accounting.

Addendum: As dedicated readers know, the College suffers from the same longterm shortsightedness as Tuck regarding the cost of attendance. While we like to think that we compete for the same students as Harvard, Yale and Princeton, we offer fewer students financial aid than any of our Ivy sisters, and the total cost of 2014-2015 tuition, room and board, and fees at Dartmouth ($61,947) is higher than HYP (in fact, higher than all of the Ivies except Columbia): 11.7% higher than Princeton ($55,440); 5.7% higher than Harvard ($58,607); and 3.6% higher than Yale ($59,800). Ask your parents (or yourself) if they would have preferred that you go to Princeton and save them $24,228 over four years as compared to attending Dartmouth.

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