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Though Tuck Be But Little, She Is Fierce!

B-School class sizes.jpgmbaMission’s Insider’s Guide to Tuck for the 2017-2018 year lays out the relative size of Dartmouth’s business school vs. the other majors. It then follows up with a complete review:

Tuck’s students typically have more work experience than those at other top programs, and of the Class of 2018, 100% entered with some level of full-time work experience (an average of five years). Although some top MBA programs have trended toward accepting younger applicants, Tuck’s small community environment actually benefits from its students’ depth of professional experience. In fact, an associate director of admissions at Tuck told mbaMission, “It would be very rare that we would offer deferred admission to a college senior.”

The school reportedly strives to maintain a small student-to-faculty ratio and, according to the Princeton Review, has one of the lowest—and some might say best—such ratios (11:1) among the top U.S. business schools. All of the school’s full-time faculty members teach in the MBA program and appear to maintain a balance between research and teaching. Tuck professors also stay active in the business community by holding advisory positions on boards and taking on consulting engagements, and this ongoing connection to the current business arena allows them to personally bring real-world experience into the classroom.

However, one thing we learned that Tuck students value most about the school’s faculty is the professors’ availability and approachability. A second year we interviewed shared that students commonly run into professors at restaurants or elsewhere around town and that faculty members are always very approachable. Another second-year student commented, “Professors are extremely accessible. You can go up to them, and they will invite you to their offices, or out for coffee or to their houses for dinner. Unlike at other businesses schools, a big divide between students and faculty does not exist at Tuck. … They often host events and are very much a part of the community.” He then affirmed, “Accessibility is the best part of Tuck.”

A fine performance for a small school lost in the wilds of New Hampshire.


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