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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2009, 16:11
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zoinnk - you are amazing buddy! Great job posting your review from these places.

I am kinda curious - how much does the average Wharton student spend on housing? I am definitely leaning towards getting a 2BR and splitting it with a room-mate to bring down the cost closer to $1000. Do you think that's a realistic possibility?


I think that's totally reasonable. I would say a 2 BR in a nice high-rise will run you $1200-1400. Don't quote me on that, though, as I was not looking at 2BRs particularly closely.


Hey Zoink, is the $1200-$1400 number the price per person for a two bedroom (meaning that a 2BR is around $2400-$1800 a month) or is the $1200-$1400 for two people in total?

If it is for two people in total, that seems really cheap as some of the studios and 1BR places you were looking at were already around $1200-1600 a month?

BTW, I'm not an admit yet (on the waitlist, hoping for some good news) but decided to be optimistic and do some research all the same! Congrats on your admit guys, wish me luck!
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2009, 16:16
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sterny wrote:
zoinnk - you are amazing buddy! Great job posting your review from these places.

I am kinda curious - how much does the average Wharton student spend on housing? I am definitely leaning towards getting a 2BR and splitting it with a room-mate to bring down the cost closer to $1000. Do you think that's a realistic possibility?


I think that's totally reasonable. I would say a 2 BR in a nice high-rise will run you $1200-1400. Don't quote me on that, though, as I was not looking at 2BRs particularly closely.


Hey Zoink, is the $1200-$1400 number the price per person for a two bedroom (meaning that a 2BR is around $2400-$1800 a month) or is the $1200-$1400 for two people in total?

If it is for two people in total, that seems really cheap as some of the studios and 1BR places you were looking at were already around $1200-1600 a month?

BTW, I'm not an admit yet (on the waitlist, hoping for some good news) but decided to be optimistic and do some research all the same! Congrats on your admit guys, wish me luck!


I meant $1200-1400 per person for a total of $2400-2800
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2009, 23:04
So no one has received their PennKey yet ?
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2009, 07:59
I haven't received it yet..
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2009, 09:37
W is really busy with getting all the Round 2 decisions out of the door. I dont think theyre really concerned about us at this point. That will likely change in the next few weeks :)
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2009, 10:03
Well, looks like I have a ton of reading to do to catch up on this thread, but I am a new R2 admit. Can't wait for admit weekend!
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2009, 12:29
Congrats to all the R2 admits. I think these are all the GMATClub admits:

R1:
businessm
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CompanyMan
Virflo
zoinnk
Jen357
Mikus
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sterny
sebycb976
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R2:
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Zoemoe

Who's going to admit weekend (Apr 16-18)?
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2009, 12:31
So when does school start? I have to plan my wedding around that now. It will be a pain, but I am happy about it! :)
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2009, 12:37
Congratulations to all R2 admits! Join the boat :)

As the cruise co-ordinator here (sorry zoinnk!), I would like you all to peruse the previous pages on this thread for everything ranging from Kroll to Housing to Loans to PennKey. As you can see we haven't done much work since we all got our acceptances back in R1 and we don't expect any better from you either :)

Congratulations once again guys! See ya'll at the admit weekend.
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2009, 12:39
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So when does school start? I have to plan my wedding around that now. It will be a pain, but I am happy about it! :)


Pre-term starts Aug 3.
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2009, 12:55
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Congratulations to all R2 admits! Join the boat :)

As the cruise co-ordinator here (sorry zoinnk!), I would like you all to peruse the previous pages on this thread for everything ranging from Kroll to Housing to Loans to PennKey. As you can see we haven't done much work since we all got our acceptances back in R1 and we don't expect any better from you either :)

Congratulations once again guys! See ya'll at the admit weekend.


Actually, we've done a lot of work. Just not related to our jobs. There is a decent amount of info in the previous pages (except for the first 4 pages when everyone is whining about Kroll).

Feel free to PM me if you guys have any questions with all the matriculation stuff. Or you can always find me on chat.
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2009, 17:09
it feels good to write on this thread.

sterny - i would like to pick up your brain on transitioning from H1 to F1..
Would like to travel before starting the program.
so far i know of 2 options to change the status - apply within US (Heard can take 2-3 months) or go back to the home country and enter with F1 Visa

For Others -
I have a non-quant background, other school i was admitted to recommended taking calculus. do you guys know anything about it. i am trying to plan my summer so it would be good to know if i have to sit on college calculus class..

thanks and see you all in Fall!!
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2009, 17:13
pallavi79us wrote:
it feels good to write on this thread.

sterny - i would like to pick up your brain on transitioning from H1 to F1..
Would like to travel before starting the program.
so far i know of 2 options to change the status - apply within US (Heard can take 2-3 months) or go back to the home country and enter with F1 Visa

For Others -
I have a non-quant background, other school i was admitted to recommended taking calculus. do you guys know anything about it. i am trying to plan my summer so it would be good to know if i have to sit on college calculus class..

thanks and see you all in Fall!!


You'll take it during pre-term.
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2009, 18:09
pallavi79us-

Here is what my research on the visa process shows:

You are right in that there are 2 options for obtaining the F-1 visa if you are currently on H-1:
1. Change of status to be applied from within the US
2. Applying for the visa at a local consultate outside the US

1. Change of status
Wharton will send you an online form to be filled out to obtain your I-20. Once this form is filled out and submitted you will fax some key documents (passport copies, H-1 stamp copies etc) to Wharton. Wharton will then send along your I-20 to you.

Wharton will also be sending you an award notification letter (ANL) after you have submitted your needaccess and other financial forms (fellowship apps etc.) I have been told by Wharton that this letter is sufficient to establish proof that you can finance your education for the visa application process.

This is where things get tricky:
- You have to apply for the COS yourself by mailing the documents (ANL+immigration docs+I-20) to UCSIS
- USCIS will then respond to you with a reciept that they have recieved your application. The receipt is sufficient for you to start school in Aug
- You can only quit work within 30 days of the program start date (Aug 3)..this means that you can only quit work after Jul 4th
- The actual visa will come in 3-5 months AFTER you have submitted your appication..i.e around Oct/Nov

Based on this, I see that most people apply for the COS around May, get the receipt around June..and quit work after July 4th.

Note that this option means that the next time you leave the country you HAVE to get your passport stamped in order to come back to the US under F-1.

2. Applying for the visa at a local consulate outside the US

Fairly straightforward- take all your documents to local consulate and get interviewed and get your visa stamp. This option entails the risk that you may get denied (although this is very very rare).

Finally once you have your visa stamped, you can come back to the US ONLY if it is within 30 days of the program start date. Once again, that means you can only enter the country after July 4th.

Hope it helps!
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2009, 06:28
Thanks sterny for a detailed response on H1 to F1..I am thinking i'll go with second option. I have not been to my home country for 5 years..
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2009, 06:29
thanks zoinnk !
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2009, 06:38
Has anyone find out how easy it is to waive core classes in your first year? I understand that it is possible but not sure how easy. Let's say if you have a finance backgroudn with a CFA, can you get out of all the intro finance classes? I certainly don't want to have to take an exam to waive them...
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2009, 06:44
falibay wrote:
Has anyone find out how easy it is to waive core classes in your first year? I understand that it is possible but not sure how easy. Let's say if you have a finance backgroudn with a CFA, can you get out of all the intro finance classes? I certainly don't want to have to take an exam to waive them...


My understanding is that you take a placement test and place into more advanced courses if you test well. I'm not 100% sure on this, though. Maybe Audio or xerox can weigh in.
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2009, 06:54
You either waive by taking a test or satisfying the class/grade requirements. In some cases the grade requirements are really strict (e.g. 3 A's), but the test is not too difficult and vice versa. It is up to the specific academic department how they choose to set the requirements. Sounds like you might be able to waive at least a couple of classes, but you still might need to take tests depending on your grades. I think all the details come after you pay your deposit and they send a package of materials.

As an engineer, I am pretty sure I will have to take all the core classes (except maybe stats) which kind of blows because I think you can make the first year a little easier if you waive. Depends on what classes you replace them with.
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Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2009, 07:00
I see. Thanks for the explaination. What is the grade requirement that you are talking about? Is that the grade you had in similar classes at the undergrad level?
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