With its MBA Class of 2019, Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business welcomed one of the most academically accomplished groups in its history. The average GMAT score among the 293 incoming students was a record high was 722, up from 717 last year, and the average GPA was 3.51. For the second year running, women make up 44 percent of the class—which places Tuck in a tie for first with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in terms of approaching gender equity.
But diversity extends beyond gender at Tuck. Underrepresented minorities comprise 23 percent of the class, and international students make up 37 percent—drawn from 38 different countries. As undergraduates, 55 percent of the class studied arts, humanities, or social sciences; 25 percent have science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) backgrounds, and the remaining 20 percent were business majors. In terms of industry experience, prior consultants account for a little more than a fifth of the class (21 percent). Another 16 percent come from consumer services and goods, followed by 14 percent from each government/military/nonprofit and finance.
Tuck also shares a few other statistics that aren’t revealed quite as often or as prominently by peer business schools, namely that students with partners constitute almost a third (31 percent) of the class, and students with children make up 5 percent of the class. Tuck is widely known as a very welcoming community to its students’ partners and families—with an active Tuck Partners and Families Club.
Tuck is also well known for its generous alumni—often leading all other top business schools in terms of the percentage of alumni who give back to their alma mater. The Tuck Annual Giving campaign raised a record $7.5 million for general use in 2017, up 5.6 percent over the previous year, which had also been a record. In at least five of the past seven years, the annual giving campaign has claimed more than 70 percent alumni participation, double many other leading business schools.
But enough with all the numbers already. Why don’t we get to know some of the real students who make up the tight-knit Tuck community this year?
Read on for profiles of five members of the Tuck MBA Class of 2019.