Tuck International Experience Essay

Tuck’s 2017-2018 Essay Questions

Admissions, July 11, 2017 | 0 comments
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Tuck’s essay questions for the 2017-2018 application cycle are now available! The application itself will go live in the coming days, but here’s a head start.


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 specifically? (500 words)

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 judgment, 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? (500 words)

3) (Optional) Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere and 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.

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. (500 words)

Word Counts: All noted word counts are meant as a guideline—we won’t be counting, but do have great sense of what 500 words looks like.

Remember, the essays are an opportunity to share with us who you are beyond the numbers and resume, so reflect, take your time, and be genuine. Communicate clearly and in your voice, not who you think we want you to be; and most importantly, answer the question you are asked.

Tomorrow on Tuck 360: A true “Insider’s Guide to the Tuck Essays,” written by ad com. The Insider’s Guide provides a transparent and thorough review of what we’re looking for in this year’s essays. Don't miss it!

AdmitJA wrote:

Hi All,

I was lucky to have a feedback call with a Tuck Admission officer on my dinged application. I am sharing my notes for everyone's benefit.

1. 710 GMAT score below average - current average is 720. Retake the GMAT before applying - very strongly recommended (mentioned 4 or 5 times!). Make sure that none of my sectional scores drop.
2. Global exposure - considered not competitive in this criterion; working, living, studying, traveling abroad is essential. They want candidates who have traveled outside the home country.
3. essay 2 - write new essay and recent example, work related leadership experience
4. Won’t comment on quality of recommendation as it is kept confidential.

1. They don't consider much about undergrad in the call as nothing much can be done; my extra-curricular appears to be exceptional
2. Work experience type and people reporting in to me is very nice
3. tenure of work experience and content of resume is good
4. Extra-curricular – exceptional
5. essay 1 - why tuck, why mba - good, can continue with the same essay
6. Resume - format and content okay
7. Overall picture communicated well

1. Recommendation letters - 1 new letter; waive right to see the recommendation
2. interview - come to campus - better - guaranteed interview
3. round 1 apply, provided I can work on the feedback, especially the GMAT score
4. Jobs switches concern? - too quick jumps (less than a year) inappropriate; Concern on current switch - explain the changes, why changes and why now, why does it make sense to go to b school now
5. Write about global exposure on the global exposure essay even if not traveled
6. In new app, explain why career jumps very clearly and how you are ready for MBA now. Why changes, why now, how still makes sense to do MBA right now.

Thanks for sharing... They really seem to lose sleep over 10pts in GMAT!

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