Breakdown of Tuck School of Business Admissions Essays


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An MBA expert analyzes and breaks down each essay in this year's Tuck MBA application. Part of the 'Write Like an Expert' series hosted by

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Breakdown of Tuck School of Business Admissions Essays

  1. 1. 2010 Tuck Essay Analysis<br />
  2. 2. Background<br />Clear Admit is an educational counseling firm that guides candidates through the complex process of applying to top MBA programs <br />We work with applicants from around the world to ensure that they maximize their success when applying to leading business schools<br /><ul><li>Clear Admit, Admissions Counselor
  3. 3. Former Assistant Director of Admissions, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
  4. 4. Led MBA and Advanced Professional Degree recruiting for McKinsey & Company
  5. 5. Over 9 years in MBA admissions & recruiting</li></ul>Stacey<br />Oyler<br />
  6. 6. Tuck Essay Topic Analysis – Essay 1<br />Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best MBA program for you? <br /><ul><li>This is a straight forward career goals essay. It is especially important to convince the adcom specifically of your interest in Tuck
  7. 7. Clearly defined career goals essential as well as demonstrated connection to Tuck’s program
  8. 8. Research is critical!</li></li></ul><li>Tuck Essay Topic Analysis – Essay 2<br />Discuss your most meaningful leadership experience. What did you learn about your own individual strengths and weaknesses through this experience?<br /><ul><li>Clearly outline experience
  9. 9. Explain how efforts inspired others
  10. 10. Demonstrate impact on organizations bottom line
  11. 11. Reflect on thought process and personal development
  12. 12. Maintain a positive tone even when discussing weaknesses</li></li></ul><li>Tuck Essay Topic Analysis – Essay 3<br />What is the greatest challenge or hurdle you have overcome, either personally or professionally, and how did you manage to do so?<br /><ul><li>Personal or professional experience
  13. 13. Avoid a recent example
  14. 14. Provide comprehensive picture of personal and professional development throughout narrative</li></li></ul><li>Tuck Essay Topic Analysis – Essay 4<br />Tuck seeks candidates of various backgrounds who can bring new perspectives to our community. How will your unique personal history, values, and/or life experiences contribute to the culture at Tuck?<br /><ul><li>Be insightful – what differentiates you from others in the pool?
  15. 15. Outline your unique contributions and how you intend to make them
  16. 16. Do your homework</li></li></ul><li>Clear Admit Resources<br /><ul><li>Read the Clear Admit Blog (</li></ul>Features MBA news, school-specific information, essay tips and other free b-school application advice<br />Recently voted as the #1 resource site in a poll of hundreds of MBA applicants<br />Ranked in the top 10 management sites by the Times of London<br />Topped Google Reader list of Best MBA Feeds<br /><ul><li>Read the Clear Admit School, Strategy, Interview and School Selection Guides for in-depth research reports on the leading schools (
  17. 17. Email me your resume for a free initial assessment of your candidacy (</li>