For Peña and the rest of the admissions team, May is one of the most demanding months of the year—one in which the future of Tuck is very much up for grabs. The admissions team has been knee-deep in the evaluation and selection process for the future MBA ’20 class and has geared up to begin outreach to the class of 2021 in the coming summer months.
Another main point of focus for Peña’s this month has been the $250 million philanthropic endeavor, “The Tuck Difference: The Campaign for Tomorrow’s Wise Leaders.” The campaign, which is part of a $3 billion comprehensive strategy Dartmouth has orchestrated, will strengthen Tuck faculty, students, programs, and places. Peña shared the campaign’s focus on expanding financial aid resources, which will likely be of interest to incoming students.
“If you want to be at Tuck, I want you to have the financial resources you need to be here,” Peña noted. “I’m thrilled that the campaign will bring us closer to that goal.”
Tuck May Admissions Developments
Peña offered a comprehensive update on the Tuck admissions process and team. He focused specifically on how they plan to improve the application experience.
Tuck currently offers a November round application deadline, which means that 100 days pass between a given admission round’s deadline and when applicants hear a decision—the longest wait of any round response at any peer school. Tuck has announced plans to streamline the entire process significantly. Here’s what applicants can expect:
- Three Rounds: Tuck will now only offer three rounds for admission.
- Round 1: Late September
- Round 2: Early January
- Round 3: Early April
- No “Early Action” Designation: Tuck will remove the “Early Action” designation in their first round. This means a higher enrollment deposit for early application is no longer required.
- Simplified Round Names: No longer will admissions rounds be named for months. The names have been simplified to Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3.
Finally, Peña discussed plans to use his role as admissions director to demonstrate how important he believes professional development is at all stages of a career. For instance, he will participate in Tuck’s Leadership and Strategic Impact program this month, which he explains is a vital opportunity to learn more about how to provide better service and leadership. He also promises to be more active on Twitter, where you can contact him between blog posts.