Beyond the MBA Classroom: The Tuck Scavenger Hunt

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

The Tuck scavenger hunt takes place at the beginning of the academic year—after the first years’ second week of school—and is organized for the incoming class by second-year students. However, we learned that very little “hunting” actually takes place; in fact, one second year described the event to mbaMission as “a light hazing” of first years. The students enjoy carnival games as well as tricycle rides, three-legged races, puzzles, building a human pyramid and bobbing for apples. Students form teams, and each team dresses in costume according to a theme of its choosing. A recent graduate described her team experience to mbaMission by saying, “One team wore colors of the rainbow. Another group dressed as characters from the movie Zoolander.” Individuals earn points for each activity in which they participate, and the winning team gets to plan the event for the next year’s incoming class. One second year told mbaMission that the hunt is “a great way for students to get to meet each other. It allows for lots of contact,” and another proclaimed it “one of my best memories at Tuck.”

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Dartmouth Tuck and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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