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Tuck MBA Recommendation Questions

The Tuck MBA recommendation questions for the 2020-2021 admissions season are presented below. Tuck School of Business recommenders and applicants can read on to understand how candidates are evaluated and exactly what recommenders are asked.

Before they even view the school’s recommendation form and questions, Tuck recommenders receive a detailed email emphasizing that their letters should reflect:

  • direct knowledge of the candidate’s qualifications and accomplishments (as evidenced by detailed examples and anecdotes)
  • a desire to help the admissions committee understand the candidate’s strengths and areas for development (so they can assess how a Tuck MBA will help the applicant grow), and
  • a willingness to invest time in crafting the recommendation (as opposed to allowing the applicant to author it)

Accordingly, Tuck has eliminated maximum word counts for its MBA recommendation questions, allowing recommenders to answer each prompt in as much detail as they wish.

Whereas the school had previously included an assessment section asking recommenders to rate the candidate on a number of skills and qualities, this year’s Tuck MBA recommendation is limited to the four questions below. Of note, Tuck uses the Common Letter of Recommendation from GMAC – check out our analysis of these questions and tips for responding to them.

2020-2021 Tuck MBA Recommendation Questions

Please answer the following questions and provide specific examples where possible.

Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization.

How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?)

Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.

Is there anything else we should know?

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