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Real Humans of Dartmouth Tuck’s MBA Class of 2020

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We are pleased to continue our Real Humans series with a snapshot of the Class of 2020 at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Situated in Hanover, New Hampshire, Tuck stands out from its peer schools for offering only a full-time MBA program, though students may pursue joint or dual degrees in conjunction with Dartmouth and other leading universities.

Once again, the Tuck class matriculated with impressive and diverse experiences.  Compared to the Class of 2019, the average GMAT score has stayed consistent at 722 and the average GPA has dropped only slightly to 3.49.  Tuck also continues to promote women in the professional world. The incoming class is 45% female, which represents a one-percent increase from the Class of 2019 and places Tuck among the top schools with regard to gender equality.

Beyond gender equality, Tuck demonstrates diversity in other ways. Among the incoming class, 20 percent are underrepresented minorities and 36 percent are international students who represent 42 different countries by citizenship. The students have a variety of academic backgrounds. The largest percentage of students—51 percent—come from arts, humanities, and social science fields. Another 29 percent had studied in the STEM fields and the remaining 20 percent had majored in business.

The Class of 2020 has a considerable amount of professional experience. The average for the incoming class is 63 months, or five years and three months, of professional experience. The largest percentage of students—26 percent—are bringing experience from financial services to Tuck. The next most popular field was consulting, which 19 percent of the class had pursued professionally. Fifteen percent had worked in nonprofit/government and another 12 percent came from the tech industry.  Finally, six percent of the class arrived on campus with work experience in the consumer goods and retail sector.

Tuck seeks to support not just its students, but its students’ partners and families.  In the Class of 2020, 32 percent of the students have partners, and 4 percent are parents. The fact that they publish these numbers as a part of their class profile helps to solidify Tuck’s reputation as a place that supports all members of its community.

In the next pages, you will read profiles from five Tuck students, each of whom brings their own motivations and experiences to the campus. Rather than continuing to introduce them, it is now time to cede the stage and let them tell their own story.

Jonathan Pfeffer
Jonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as Contributing Writer at MetroMBA and Contributing Editor at Clear Admit, he was also a co-founder of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.