Tuck Bridge will be offered virtually for December 2020. Learn more

Virtual Bridge FAQ


Virtual Bridge FAQ

In order to ensure the health and safety of our community, the Winter Bridge sessions will be offered virtually (Session 1: December 6-22, 2020; Session 2: January 3-19, 2021).

Our virtual 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?

    Winter Bridge Program
    Session 1: December 6-22, 2020 (virtual)
    Session 2: January 3-19, 2021 (virtual)

  • 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 December Bridge 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. 
     

  • 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?

    Required:

    • 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  

     

    Recommended: 

    • 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 

COURSES

  • 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.

     

    There will be two, 75 minute, live synchronous classes each morning. The afternoon schedule will include one 75 minute synchronous class, optional office hours with faculty, career development programming, and 3-4 hours of synchronous virtual study group time with your peer groups and Bridge Associate in the evenings.

     

    You should plan on 6-7 hours of synchronous online time, and an additional 2-3 hours of optional programming, six days a week (Monday-Saturday, 9am-9pm).

     

    The program will be delivered in eastern daylight time. Students are required to attend all synchronous (live) programming.

  • 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)

    • 75 min - Synchronous class #3
    • 1 hour - Optional Faculty Office Hour (synchronous)
    • 1 hour - Career Development Programming (asynchronous and synchronous)

     

    Evening (start at 6:30pm 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)

      The program will be delivered in eastern daylight time. Students are required to attend all synchronous (live) programming.
  • 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:

    • Finance
    • Consulting
    • Marketing

    Skill Development Sessions:

    • Resume
    • Cover Letter
    • Networking
    • 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 in 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.