This sounds like a… nice idea, but isn’t the criteria a little vague?

The College Fix reports:

Dartmouth business school will judge applicants based on ‘niceness’

An elite Ivy League business school will soon begin admitting students based in part on their level of “niceness,” with the school informing applicants that students there are expected to “invest generously in one another’s success.”

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University recently announced that its admissions criteria will be adding four attributes that administrators will consider: smartness, accomplishment, niceness and awareness.

The new criteria are intended to make the application process easier and less stressful, according to admissions director Luke Anthony Peña.

“There are four attributes that our students consistently demonstrate. We’re now intentionally highlighting those four qualities for prospective students and inviting them to imagine themselves here,” Peña told the Tuck Business School’s communications office.

On the webpage detailing the new criteria, candidates are described as nice if they “exhibit emotional intelligence,” “show empathy for the diverse experiences of others,” and “recognize that [their] success and others’ success are interdependent, and generously invest in both.”

Candidates are also expected to be aware: “Reflection is mandatory at Tuck. You need to understand your values, assess your experiences, and articulate how they’ve shaped your identity and character. You also need to demonstrate the capacity to receive and learn from direct feedback.”