Founded in 1900, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth was the first graduate school of business in the country. And today, in the New England town of Hanover, New Hampshire, the school honors its tradition of excellence and continues to attract the very best to its campus. Students brag that they "have the opportunity to have lunch, dinner, and office hours with top executives on a daily basis." In addition,"faculty who come to Tuck are here to teach, which really differentiates Tuck from other top schools where visiting executives or adjunct faculty are primarily doing the instruction."
The first year is comprised entirely of core courses, and at the beginning of each year, the class is divided into study groups of four or five. The school selects the groups for "diversity of experience," and students are "wowed" by the cooperation that they feel "fosters a culture of excellence without being competitive, overbearing, or arrogant." Other students agree, and add that "teamwork is important at Tuck, which is fantastic." The new curriculum also offers the Leadership Forum with specific training and coaching on building leadership skills.
The second year at Tuck consists of electives. In this year, students are offered the opportunity to develop courses of independent studies and are encouraged to pursue field studies. General management is Tuck's forte, and students recognize and applaud this: "Specialization is not Tuck's focus. General management is-and that is what the school excels at." Other students point out that with general management as its focus, the school becomes a "consulting and banking feeder school, with great connections to the top firms."
For students hoping to work on a joint degree, while escaping the busy city atmosphere, Tuck has partnered with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Medical School, and Vermont Law School. Tuck has recently expanded international business opportunities, as well as increased recognition outside of the United States, international exchange programs are also offered with schools in Japan, Germany, England, Spain, and Chile.
A common complaint now is the rapid increase in the number of students and the relatively static status of the school's faculty and facilities. "The school is currently growing enrollment," one student complains, "but I do not see a commensurate increase in resources such as housing and teaching."