Admissions FAQ

If you have served in the armed forces and are interested in applying to the Tuck School of Business, the Tuck Veterans Club would like to help in your application.

ADMISSIONS LIAISONS

Please send an email with your country, branch of service, and résumé to one of our Admissions Liaisons below and they will connect you with the appropriate Tuck Veteran.

John Fulham T'19
Mike Keating T'19

Ryan Turk T'19


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY MILITARY APPLICANTS

Is there a minimum GMAT score?
There is no minimum score that Tuck requires. That being said, Tuck is a very competitive school and the Tuck Veterans Club suggests you take this component very seriously. Take a look at the average GMAT score for the current class and that should guide you to the score for which you should aim.  While we do not endorse any particular course or books, we have found the Official Guides and the Manhattan GMAT guide books very helpful. 


How should I approach the essays?
Take your time with these.  Write a few drafts, put them aside for a while, and then re-attack them. The essays are one of the few parts of the application where you have complete control; take advantage of that.  In your essays, show why Tuck is a good fit for you. Make sure to proofread your essays and ensure there is not too much military jargon in there. Remember your audience.


Will I be invited to an interview?
Tuck is unique in the fact that you can self-initiate interviews. Simply put, do it. Unless you are deployed, take the time and effort to visit the campus and do the interview.  Also, have some questions for the interviewer.  Don’t ask questions you could have answered by looking at the website, but ask questions about their experiences, favorite class, etc. 


How should I write my resume?
Keep the jargon and acronyms out of the resume. Again, remember your audience. The bullet points under the experience section should be impacts you had on the unit, not billet descriptions. The resume should only be one page: no exceptions.  No need for an “objective” section. Search on Google and you can find some good examples. 


What is the community and lifestyle like?  How much will my spouse/partner and children be involved?
Tuck is in a very rural environment, so the lifestyle is unique.  If you like city environments, this is not the place for you. If you are single, you can apply to live on campus in the dorms. If you are married, you can apply to live in Sachem Village (the grad school housing complex for families). It is a generally accepted fact that spouses/partners and children have more fun here than students. There is a very active spouse and children network and lots of activities for them in which to participate. Also, spouses/partners are invited and encouraged attend to most social events.


How much does Tuck contribute toward the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon Program?
Please refer to the Tuck website for up to date information regarding the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon Program.


What are my career options after Tuck?
Veterans with a Tuck MBA enjoy many different and rewarding careers. MBAs from top business schools are in high demand, especially with military backgrounds. An MBA is a great way for making a career switch. The traditional sectors are consulting, finance, general management, and marketing. However, Tuck veterans also have pursued non-traditional careers in private equity, venture capital, real estate, non-profit, etc. The Career Development Office has an outstanding track record and has helped many veterans land high demand, high impact jobs.