- Virtual Bridge FAQ
Virtual Bridge FAQ
In order to ensure the health and safety of our community, we will not be offering in-person, on-campus program sessions for summer 2020. Tuck Undergraduate Programs has decided to move summer Business Bridge sessions to an online format. These virtual programs will take place during the program’s original dates, June 15–July 3, 2020 (session 1) and July 8-26, 2020 (session 2).
Our summer virtual Bridge curriculum will include all of the comprehensive business topic areas as our traditional residential program. We know that making connections with your fellow classmates, Tuck faculty, staff, and MBA students is a unique aspect of the Bridge program; our online program will provide virtual opportunities for you to have those interactions through group team building activities, academic simulations, and space to work directly with faculty, Bridge alumni, and current Tuck MBA students.
Please reach out to our team (TuckBridge@dartmouth.edu) if you have additional questions not addressed.
APPLYING TO VIRTUAL BRIDGE
What are the session dates?
Virtual Bridge will be offered twice this summer:
Session 1: June 15-July 3
Session 2: July 8-July 26
What is the application deadline?
We are accepting applications on a rolling basis as space allows.
Applicants are notified of admission decisions approximately 2 weeks after the admissions deadline.
Once accepted and enrolled, we require a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 to secure your place. This deposit will confirm your session.
You may pay the deposit by credit card online in the student portal or by sending a check, made out to Dartmouth College, to Tuck Business Bridge Program, 100 Tuck Hall, Hanover, NH, 03755.
Once tuition has been paid, any cancellations that take place within thirty (30) days of the start of the accepted program will not be refunded.
What do I need to submit for admission?
The following application items are required:
- An online application with two essays
- Undergraduate transcript(s)
- SAT or ACT scores (waived if applicable). International students must submit TOFEL scores
- Current resume
- One faculty letter of recommendation
Who is eligible to apply?
We accept applications from sophomores, juniors, and seniors with liberal arts or STEM majors, as well as candidates 1-5 years removed from college pursuing advanced degrees in non-business fields, or working in non-business careers.
First-year undergraduates, business majors, and graduates with more than one year of full-time business-related experience, will not be considered.
What is the cost of the virtual program?
The cost of Virtual Bridge is $7,300. Virtual Bridge will deliver a high-quality, community-based program with access to rich learning, top-ranked MBA faculty, and impactful career resources. The move to an online format for summer 2020 does not minimize the high-touch and rigorous nature of the program.
Do you offer financial aid?
Bridge offers financial aid in the form of loans and scholarships. Financial aid applications will be made available once applicants are admitted to the program.
Students already awarded financial aid for summer 2020 will still receive their aid packages.
What are the details of the $500 referral refund?
For an application received after April 10 that results in a friend's enrollment in Virtual Bridge Summer 2020, we will refund you $500 and reduce your friend's tuition by $500. Applicant must list name of referee under “how did you hear” section of application. Limit of one referral per participant.
Is there a program cancellation policy?
Once tuition has been paid, any cancellations that take place within thirty (30) days of the start of the accepted program will not be refunded. The $1,000 deposit is non-refundable.
What are the technology requirements and recommendations for Virtual Bridge?
- Computer with Windows 10 or MacOS High Sierra, or newer operating system
- Integrated camera for videoconferencing or an external camera that can be plugged in
Headset with a dedicated microphone
Earbuds with a standard 3.5mm plug for audio
Wired connection to the internet
External monitor that is large enough to comfortably watch lectures for extended periods of time
When is the enrollment deadline for Virtual Bridge?
Currently accepted students must secure their spot in Virtual Bridge via the enrollment form by Friday, April 17. Round 3 and more recent applicants will receive the enrollment form after acceptance.
If a student filled out the enrollment form prior to Bridge moving to a virtual format, the student must contact TuckBridge@dartmouth.edu to confirm enrollment, time zone, and session preference by Friday, April 17.
I was enrolled in the Bridge program prior to the move to a virtual format; what happens if I'm no longer interested in participating?
Students who were accepted and enrolled before we moved to a virtual program have the option to withdraw their application or defer to a future in-person, on-campus program.
- If you DEFER your application to December Bridge 2020 or a Summer Bridge 2021 session, we will hold your deposit. December Bridge 2020 will run from November 30-December 18, 2020. There will be a June and a July session in Summer 2021 (exact dates to be determined).
- If you choose to WITHDRAW from the program and had already paid the tuition, we will refund your tuition in full.
Please email TuckBridge@dartmouth.edu to discuss these options.
If I choose to defer to a future Bridge session and my plans change, what are my options?
If you choose to defer to December Bridge 2020 or Summer Bridge 2021 and plans change before the start of your accepted session, you will be able to withdraw and receive a tuition refund. You must notify the Tuck Business Bridge team at TuckBridge@dartmouth.edu no later than thirty (30) days prior to your accepted session start date. The $1,000 deposit is non-refundable.
How will the virtual business curriculum be structured?
The academic curriculum will be delivered as a hybrid model with synchronous (live) and asynchronous (pre-recorded) content. Live classes will occur daily. Asynchronous content will be made up of a combination of pre-recorded instructional and information videos from the faculty, readings, online quizzes and exams, and both individual and group assignments.
Live classes will take place daily in both the mornings and afternoons. The daily schedule will also include office hours with faculty and study time with student study groups and Bridge Associates.
The program will be delivered in eastern daylight time.
What will a typical day at Virtual Bridge look like?
Morning (start at 9:00am EDT)
- 75 min - Synchronous class #1 (core course)
- 15 min transition
- 75 min - Synchronous class #2 (core course)
Afternoon (start at 1:00 pm EDT)
- 1 hour - Synchronous class #3
- 1 hour - Faculty Office Hour (synchronous)
- 1 hour - Career Development Programming (asynchronous and synchronous)
- 1-2 hours of study time (asynchronous materials available for students to work through individually; e.g., readings, lectures, quizzes, assignments)
Evening (start at 7:00pm EDT)
- 1 hour – study group time with Bridge Associate (synchronous)
- 1-2 hours of study time (asynchronous materials available for students to work through as a group; e.g., assignments, simulations)
Will there be opportunities to interact with faculty members?
Virtual Bridge will include live classes led by faculty with opportunities to ask questions and contribute to class discussions. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with faculty during live office hours held throughout the program.
What other support will be available?
Carefully selected Tuck MBA program teaching assistants (Bridge Associates) will be supporting students in all areas during the program. Bridge Associates play a key role managing study groups, being content experts, and mentoring students. They work closely with program participants to help students understand the course material and manage the workload. In addition, they assist faculty members in organizing the classes and evaluating the participants' performance.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT, NETWORKING, AND CAREERBRIDGE
What career development resources are available?
Tuck's Career Development Office will deliver sessions on industry exploration and skill development.
Industry Exploration Sessions:
Skill Development Sessions:
- Cover Letter
- Fit Interview, Virtual Interview, and Case Interview
Sessions will be delivered asynchronously. Tuck Career Advisors will offer 2 synchronous sessions to answer questions about each career stream.
In addition, students will submit their Tuck formatted resumes to be included in the Tuck Business Bridge resume book, which is shared with corporate recruiting partners.
How will CareerBridge take place virtually?
We will provide live virtual alumni discussion panels and networking opportunities, as well as distribute the Bridge resume book to corporate partners.
TEAM CAPSTONE PROJECT AND STUDY GROUPS
Will the capstone project be included Virtual Bridge?
Working in study groups, all Bridge students will complete a capstone project by selecting a publicly traded company and analyzing it using skills acquired during virtual Bridge class sessions. At the end of the Bridge program, each team will present its findings to experienced professionals and members of the Tuck faculty for feedback. Student teams will work closely with designated Bridge Associates, who provide guidance throughout the process.
Will I still be assigned a study group?
Yes, study groups are paramount to the Bridge experience. Study groups will work together on class assignments and the capstone project.
Students will meet regularly with their study groups and Bridge Associate via virtual tools, like Zoom.