Admissions FAQ

I have taken the GMAT and/or GRE several times. Which score does the admissions committee consider?

The admissions committee takes into consideration your highest test score. The Tuck application allows students to report up to two GMAT and/or GRE test scores. If you have scored better on one test in the verbal section and better on the other in the quantitative section, we will consider your highest quantitative and highest verbal scores. We will not, however, combine scores from different test to create a new total score. Please refer to Instructions for Applicants for more information.

When do I need to take the GMAT or GRE?

Your application will not be considered complete without a GMAT or GRE score and percentiles reported on the application. We do not allow substitution or replacement of test scores after an application has been submitted. We must receive your GMAT® Official Score Report by the application deadline for the round in which you apply. Because it takes around 20 days for us to receive your official scores, you should plan your test date accordingly. Please refer to the Instructions for Applicants for more information.

Should I take and submit both the GMAT and GRE scores?

Taking and submitting the results for both tests is up to you. Submitting both test results does not adversely or positively affect your candidacy. If you have taken both tests and wish to include them in your application you must self-report both scores on the application. If you submit your application with the results of one of the tests (GMAT or GRE) and later take the other test, you may not add the new score to your submitted application. GMAT and GRE test results must not be more than five years old. If you have taken the test(s) multiple times please report only the highest two scores for each test. Please refer to the Instructions for Applicants for more information.

Am I eligible for your program based on my GMAT score and GPA?

All candidates with a bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution are encouraged to apply to Tuck. There are no minimum GMAT, GRE or GPA scores required. Refer to our class profile to see the statistics regarding last year's incoming class. However, we encourage you to consider the ranges, not just the averages, to realize the diversity of successful applicants for admission. Please refer to the Instructions for Applicants for more information.

How much does the GMAT or GRE score count?

Tuck seeks applicants who possess outstanding academic abilities. The GMAT score is just one of the many criteria we consider. When evaluating a candidate's ability to handle the coursework at Tuck, we consider the following: prior academic performance, the results of the GMAT or GRE, results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language™), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic) (if applicable), the nature of past coursework, and the nature of the applicant's professional experience. Please refer to the Instructions for Applicants for more information.

Do you have a cut-off score for the GMAT or GRE?

Tuck does not have a minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement — admitted students have a range of scores. But if you do not score well on any part of the GMAT or GRE, we encourage you to take the exam again in an effort to improve your score. Please refer to the Instructions for Applicants for more information.

Do I have to have a business background to apply to Tuck?

No. Tuck seeks qualified applicants from all backgrounds, including those who do not have traditional business experience. If you do not have previous exposure to quantitative concepts, we suggest you take classes in the following areas to help prepare for the rigors of Tuck's curriculum: microeconomics, financial accounting, statistics, finance, and Excel.

Do I need to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) exams?

Tuck accepts both the TOEFL® (Test of English as a Foreign Language™), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), and the PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) to demonstrate English proficiency. All nonnative English speakers must self report results (scores and percentiles, if applicable) from either the TOEFL®, IELTS or the PTE Academic. This requirement is waived for applicants who have recently lived for at least three years in an English-speaking country or who received a degree from an institution outside the U.S. where instruction is in English. It is not necessary to seek our pre-approval or submit documentation to prove eligibility for this waiver. Results must not be more than two years old. For information on how to register for the TOEFL exam, visit the TOEFL website. Please use the Tuck code 3351 on your exam.

If I have studied abroad for a semester, should I submit the transcript documentation with my application?

Yes. You must scan and upload transcripts that include course names, course numbers, dates, grades, courses taken pass/fail, incomplete courses, and dropped courses from every undergraduate institution at which you have taken courses and received a grade.

Do I need to submit transcripts from every college or university I have attended?

If you attended institutions other than those from which your degrees were granted, you will be required to scan and upload your academic transcripts from each institution (transfer coursework, domestic or study-abroad programs, post-graduate non-degree coursework, etc.). You will be required to scan and upload a copy of the academic transcript issued by the institution(s) from which you obtained your undergraduate (bachelor’s or first) degree and any advanced/graduate degrees. If your transcript is not in English, you must scan and upload a copy of it that has been translated into English. Please refer to Instructions for Applicants for more information.

How many recommendations may I submit?

You must submit two Letter of Recommendation (LOR) forms. Only if an additional evaluation will add substantial value to your application should you submit more than two. Reapplicants who applied between September and April of the previous year need to submit only one new LOR.

Who should my recommendations be from?

The Letter of Recommendation (LOR) form should be given to two people capable of commenting on your professional, leadership, and intellectual capabilities. The most useful evaluations are from people who are able to speak with certainty about your leadership, maturity, team orientation, analytical skills, and interpersonal skills. If you are currently employed we prefer that you choose people who know you well and who are in a position to judge your professional performance and leadership, such as a direct supervisor. Generally, we do not find LORs from professors to be helpful in our evaluations.

Do I have to apply online?

To assist us in processing your application, we ask that you submit your application online.

Can I transfer to Tuck after completing a year at another school?

No. An essential part of our MBA program is the two-year experience of being a member of the Tuck community. It is this shared experience that makes the Tuck MBA program unique. The Tuck experience is unique not only in its curricular aspects, but also by the relationships that students build with their peers, the faculty, and the administrators. Only a full two years will allow our students to experience and fully appreciate this singularity.

I hold a three-year bachelor's degree. Is that acceptable for admission to Tuck?

Yes. We require that applicants hold a bachelor's degree (university level) or equivalent. It is of no consequence to the admissions committee whether the degree was completed in more or fewer than four years

Can I apply to Tuck if I already hold an MBA from another school or country?

Tuck will not accept applications from individuals who have already earned an MBA. If you hold a similar graduate degree, but not an MBA, from another country, we will consider your application; however, you must provide us with an additional essay explaining why you need an MBA in addition to your current degree. We consider the Post Graduate Diploma In Management (PGDM) from Indian universities to be the equivalent of an MBA and typically do not admit applicants who already hold such a degree. Please refer to Instructions for Applicants for more information.

Can I apply to Tuck directly and also via the Consortium?

No. The admissions committee will consider only one application per candidate per year.

Do I need to have full-time work experience to apply?

In general Tuck does not offer admission to applications with less than 2-years of professional work experience. On average, Tuck students have five years of full-time work experience before entering Tuck, but given the broad age range in each class, it is the quality, not the quantity, of an applicant's experience that is relevant in the evaluation process.

What is Early Action round?

The Early Action round is a great option for reapplicants or for prospective students who have completed their business school research and know that Tuck is their first choice. Early Action provides applicants with the certainty of learning in December whether they have been offered admission to Tuck. This offer is nonbinding, giving admitted students the chance to explore other options until the January response deadline. Any applicant who is accepted in the Early Action round and who would like to secure a spot in the incoming class will be required to submit a nonrefundable deposit.

Is it best to apply early or later?

It is to your advantage to apply as early as you are ready. The admissions committee cannot predict the quality of future applications, and is therefore inclined to admit well-qualified applicants early in the process. In addition, early application ensures that you will receive a decision earlier. However, it is important not to rush your application. We encourage you to take the time necessary to submit a thoughtful, well-prepared application. Regardless of the round in which your application has been submitted, the admissions committee will give full and fair consideration to your candidacy. Regardless of which round you intend to apply in, we recommend submitting your completed application a day or two prior to the published deadline, which may help to alleviate the anxiety that often accompany last-minute submissions.

Does Tuck offer a pre-qualification process?

No. We are not able to assess qualifications until we know more about you through the application process.

Do you offer spring entry?

No. Students may begin the Tuck MBA program only in the fall. Tuck offers only a full-time, two-year program.

Are interviews required?

No, but they are strongly recommended. Tuck offers all applicants the opportunity to interview on campus in Hanover. Interviews are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, so request an interview as soon as you decide to apply. If you have not been able to interview by the deadline, the admissions committee may invite you to interview if they feel it is necessary. Because we cannot invite all applicants to interview, if you would like to guarantee an interview, you should schedule an on-campus interview. Tuck does not conduct student-initiated interviews off campus.

What is the general on-campus interview/visit like?

We put a lot of effort into providing a comprehensive visitation program for all visitors. In addition to the scheduled interview, applicants will have an opportunity to attend a lunch and campus tour with current students, as well as a Q&A session with a member of the admissions team. Depending on availability, there is also an opportunity for prospective students to visit a first-year core class (prospective students cannot choose which class they will attend). If you are not sure about applying to Tuck, or you are not planning to apply during the current cycle, please visit us during the spring term and attend a class without an interview. You may also attend one of our recruiting events throughout the year.

Will I attend classes during my interview and/or visit?

Our renowned small class sizes limit the number of visitors we can accommodate. Depending on availability, prospective students accompany first-year student hosts to class. By sitting in on first-year classes, prospective students can gain firsthand insight into the rigors of the core curriculum. Also, the opportunity to observe a class allows you to gain a sense of the total first-year Tuck experience—allowing you to appreciate the demands and benefits of our residential MBA program. Please note that we do not offer class visits on Fridays, except in September.

What should I wear to my interview?

Please wear business-appropriate attire for your interview.

Will I interview with a member of the admissions committee?

Interviews on campus are scheduled primarily with admissions associates (second-year students) and occasionally with members of the admissions committee. Off-campus interviews with an admissions committee member or admissions associate are scheduled by invitation only. All interviews are evaluated equally, regardless of location or interviewer.

What questions will I be asked during my interview?

We will ask questions that will help us assess your leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills. We believe these skills are essential for success not only in the Tuck MBA program, but also as a business leader.

Can I have multiple interviews with the admissions committee?

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate more than one interview per applicant.

How many applicants are placed on the waitlist?

The number of candidates placed on the waitlist fluctuates from year to year, depending on the size and quality of the applicant pool.

How many applicants are offered admission from the waitlist?

Whether we admit from the wait list and the number of candidates admitted varies, depending on application numbers and enrollment for a given year.

How long do candidates typically remain on the waitlist?

It is difficult for us to provide specific probability of admission or the timing of a final decision, as the timeframe does vary. Applications can be re-reviewed by the Admissions Committee at any time, but this typically happens between May and July. Applicants may be offered admission, their waitlist status may be extended, or they may be released and encouraged to reapply the following year.

Does Tuck rank the waitlist?

Tuck does not rank applicants on the waitlist. Instead, each waitlisted applicant's file is reviewed and compared with other candidates.

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