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Alumni Generosity and Research-to-Practice at Dartmouth Tuck

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth has approximately 10,700 living alumni. Although that figure may sound small compared with the overall Dartmouth College alumni base of 83,000 individuals, numerous students and graduates we have interviewed report that Tuck has an active and close-knit alumni community. Through their continued involvement with the school as mentors, … Read More  

Dartmouth College (Tuck)

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Look Beyond Business School Rankings

We at mbaMission have tried repeatedly to persuade business school candidates who are evaluating MBA programs to downplay the various schools’ rankings, which can fluctuate wildly, and instead focus on fit, which is enduring. Now, as we enter admissions season and “rankings season”—such publications as Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, and Poets&Quants typically release their rankings in the fall—we recommend … Read More  

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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: My Supervisor Graduated from HBS—He Knows!

We at mbaMission know of a man now in his 70s who graduated from a virtually unknown Canadian undergraduate school in 1963 and who, with no work experience at all, applied to Harvard Business School (HBS), Wharton, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), earning acceptance at all three (though the GSB deferred his entry for … Read More  

Admissions Myths Destroyed

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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: Title Trumps All

In the past, we have addressed (and debunked!) the myth that you must personally know alumni from the top MBA programs to gain acceptance into those schools. Another admissions myth that is somewhat similar—in that it pertains to who you know instead of who you are—is that your recommendation must be written by someone with a flashy title. … Read More  

Admissions Myths Destroyed

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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: Do Alumni Connections Help Get You Admitted?

From time to time, we at mbaMission visit admissions officers at the top-ranked business schools, which gives us the opportunity to ask rather frank questions. On one such visit, we urged an admissions officer to give us the truth about the extent of alumni influence in the admissions process, and the response we got was … Read More  

Admissions Myths Destroyed

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