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Small and Proud of It, Man

While Phil disparages the College for lacking the reach that being big can supposedly bring, Tuck soars by emphasising the sense of community found only in a manageably small institution. The market has not remained insensitive. Poets & Quants’ lengthy profile, Meet Dartmouth Tuck’s MBA Class Of 2019, could not be more laudatory:

Tuck Class of 2019.jpg

Let’s all hold hands and repeat: “perhaps the most unique dynamic found in any American MBA program.”

I’m a big fan of little Tuck, just as I sing the praises of smallness among major law schools. My alma step-mater, the Yale Law School; Stanford Law; and Chicago Law are ranked #1, #2 and #4 respectively by U.S. News, and they are the smallest of the Top Ten law schools.

Did Phil not get the memo? Small is beautiful.

Addendum: Tuck’s alumni giving rate is tops among business schools (close to 70%), and by a mile. Why is that not a surprise? And do you think that alumni who give money each year are energetic in supporting the careers of their fellow Tuckies? The answer is obvious.

Addednum: Tuck was just ranked #7 by BloombergBusinessweek.

Addendum: And just in time, the Forbes ranking of MBA programs came out the day before yesterday. The methodology:

Our ranking of business schools is based on the return on investment achieved by the class of 2012. We examined more than 100 schools and reached out to 17,500 alumni around the globe. We compared graduates’ earnings in their first five years out of business school to their opportunity cost (two years of forgone compensation, tuition and required fees) to arrive at a five-year MBA gain, which is the basis for the final rank. Schools whose alumni had response rates below 15% or a negative return on investment after five years were eliminated (click here for a detailed methodology).

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Tuck is third according to Forbes when ranking most satisfied grads.

Addendum: I can remember twenty years ago when the College was #7 in the U.S. News undergrad rankings. Those were the days, my friends. We thought they’d never end.

Addendum: An alumnus of the College — but not of Tuck — offers a comment:

I agree with you on Tuck. The bond between classmates is incredible, and endures. A couple years ago at the San Francisco DEN conference, about 400 people attended. There amongst the crowds were groups of Tuckies several years out taking “class pictures.”

As an undergrad, I roomed in Chase (previously a Tuck dorm, now Tuck faculty offices). So I saw first-hand the intensity of the program, and the special bond Tuck’s small size encouraged. It really is a special advantage. And one the College should seek to duplicate (annual giving participation would be a good measure).

All that said, I was surprised to see the one attribute in the Businessweek rankings that did poorly was Student Survey Rank — in which the class of 2017’s responses put Tuck 35th (versus top 10 ranking for the 4 other criteria). I wonder what that signals, if anything.

Addendum: An anonymous Tuck alumnus (with a fake e-mail address) writes in:

Tuck rankings and yield were both higher when the school was smaller. 20 years ago when the class size was 160, Tuck was the #1 ranked MBA program in the WSJ. Now, with a class size of 293, there isn’t housing available for over 50 first year students, and Tuck overall ranking is 8-13 depending on the source.


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