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Trivia Tuesday: Tuck’s Pre-Term

raftingWelcome to another edition of Trivia Tuesday, where we highlight special programs and policies at top business schools.  This week, we’re opening up the Clear Admit School Guide to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth to learn about the school’s pre-term:

“Tuck offers two weeks of diverse pre-term programming, both academic and non-academic, before the start of orientation. Incoming Tuck students, particularly those from non-business backgrounds, may be invited to enroll in a one-week Pre-En­rollment program, affectionately known as “math camp,” that provides classroom instruction in finance, accounting, statis­tics, decision science and other quantitative topics.

“As part of the online MBA Math course, students must com­plete at least the eight lessons designated as mandatory among the 24 lessons offered. These include topics such as Basic Descriptive Statistics, Income Statement, and Ex­cel Basics, and incoming students are typically given access to their accounts in the January prior to their matriculation. Developed by Professor Peter Regan, the math course includes pre- and post-quizzes on each topic so that students can best determine the kind of progress they need to make before their fall classes begin.

“Tuck’s longest-running and most popular pre-term activity is its Outward Bound program, a five-day wilderness trip during which students complete group problem-solving and team-building activities in demanding physical and environmental conditions. The goal is to help develop trust and compassion among participants and to identify similarities between the Outward Bound experience and the next two years of business school. The program for students entering Tuck in the fall of 2013 centered on a sailing expedition in Maine’s Penobscot Bay.

“As an alternative or complement to the Outward Bound trips, depending on students’ scheduling preferences for pre-term, Tuck also offers Outdoor Trips for its incoming MBA classes. During these trips, which last for four days, participating stu­dents hike, camp, canoe, train on ropes courses, and explore the natural beauty of the Hanover area. At the conclusion of each Outdoor Trip, an overnight cook-out is held at the moun­tainside Moosilauke Ravine Lodge or the Class of ’66 Lodge, both owned by Dartmouth College. The Outdoor Trips are led by trained guides and aim to foster relationships between incoming first-years, their new classmates, current Tuck stu­dents, and Tuck faculty and staff.”

To read more about Tuck’s special offerings, as well as to obtain in-depth program and curriculum information, be sure to check out Tuck’s School Profile!