Niceness Matters at Tuck School of Business

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Niceness is now officially important at Tuck (photo credit: Reader030).

Being nice is important in life. It also happens to now be officially important at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, one of the nation’s preeminent graduate business schools. While we would argue that being nice has always mattered not only at Tuck but at every highly selective business program (who wants to admit students who don’t present as nice?), Tuck has now made niceness an official criterion for admission. That’s right. Niceness is now official. Just as a great GMAT score matters in business school admission, just as great college grades matter, just as great work experience matters, and so much more, so too does being nice.

Niceness is Now an Official Admissions Criterion at Tuck

As reports Eliza Schaeffer in a piece entitled “Tuck qualifies ‘niceness’ as admissions criterion” for “The Dartmouth,” “Admissions criteria generally do not generate large amounts of press coverage, but recent adjustments made by the Tuck School of Business admissions office mark an exception to the rule. Beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, Tuck will admit qualified students who have demonstrated “niceness” in their academic, professional and personal lives, a change that has made headlines across the country. The change, made after several months of discussion with faculty, students and alumni, is one component in a broader effort to streamline the school’s vision of eligible candidates; Tuck students, according to its website, are smart, accomplished, aware and nice.”

What do our readers think of the official change at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business? Do you think it was necessary for the business school to make this big announcement about niceness or does it go without saying? Let us know your thoughts on the matter by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you! And if you’re interested in Ivy Coach’s assistance with your MBA candidacy, fill out our free consult form. We’ll then be in touch.


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1 Comment

  • Virginia Maddux says:

    I certainly think it helps in business and, let’s face it, who wants to have those group projects, so prevalent in business programs, filled with jerks? I noticed most Ivies have been screening for the ‘nice’ trait at the undergrad level for quite a while. There are others top 20’s -which won’t be named- whose mascots are blue devils and commodores who don’t exactly measure up in the ‘nice’ category.

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