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# Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011!

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20 Dec 2008, 17:30
All R1 and R2 applicants who got admitted to Wharton - Congratulations!

I am designating this the official admit thread for Wharton..any discussions on the matriculation process, enrollment process and just getting ready for Wharton in general.

BTW - for those of you have not yet checked out e-talk, there is a Facebook Group for Wharton Class of 2011 as well. I joined it and hope to see ya'll there too.

I can't wait.

Edited with R1+R2 data (courtesy zoinnk!):

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I just visited Philly this weekend to do some apartment hunting. I looked at 6 different high rises in the area, prices ranging from 1200-2000+. Here's a quick summary of what I learned:

Overall, the center city area is quite small. For someone like me, who had never explored Philly, I had imagined the area to be much bigger. The distances between the different apartments are only 5-10 blocks.

It seems that living on Locust St is slightly less convenient for Wharton students because Locust is one way the wrong way. This comes into play if you want to take a taxi to school. Apparently it adds $2 and 5 min to your cab ride. Walnut St, on the other hand, is ideal. It crosses the bridge into University City. Don't know if that's a big deal at the end of the day, but these little inconveniences can add up. I also found out that utilities are much cheaper compared to Boston, typically ranging from$30-70 for heat, electric, and water.

Only one of the 6 places I visited allowed subletting. A leasing agent did suggest to me, however, that I could add someone to the lease for 3 months and then take them off.

Finally, a note about timing. I'm glad I went early. Apparently apartments go fast during welcome weekend, and I didn't want to get caught playing that game. The only drawback for being early is that the places don't know their availability for July / August timeframe yet. Not a big deal, though. They'll put you on a waitlist and notify you immediately when something you want is available (requires $50-100 non-refundable credit check fee + refundable security deposit that ranges from$500 to 1 month's rent). Being early just means you're at the top of the waitlist.

Two less relevant side notes:
1) The street parking is ridiculously expensive. 7.5 minutes per 25 cents.
2) Banking seems like a little bit of a pain. There are 6-7 major banks in Philly, which seems to dilute the non-fee ATM density in the city. Compared to Boston, which is dominated by Bank of America, this could be slightly annoying.

I'll write up my notes on the individual buildings in the next six posts.
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Riverloft
http://www.riverloftapartments.com
2300 Walnut St.
Studio, 1BR, 3BR

Overall impressions
This is probably the nicest building I visited. It's a mid-rise w/ 8-ish floors. The management/leasing agent was the friendliest and clearly the most responsive of all the places I visited. I've already swapped 6 e-mails and spent 30 min on the phone with the woman who showed me around since my visit on Saturday. The apartments are relatively nice with very high ceilings. There's a decent gym with free weights and standard cardio machines. The cardio machines don't have individual TVs, though, which was disappointing (I'm spoiled).

Although I knew this was the nicest place I was going to see, I was skeptical because apartmentratings.com has two complaints about mice in the building. The leasing agent explained that this was a temporary 1-month problem that was quickly taken care of and due to an unusual construction circumstance. I confirmed with a Wharton student living there that she nor her neighbors have had any pest problems during their stay.

Location
This is the best compromise b/w being close to school and being in Center City. It is right next to the bridge that crosses over to University City. Basically this is as close as you can get to Wharton while still being in Center City.

Lease
Allows a 22-month lease but locks you into a 3% rent increase for the second year.
One-time amenities fee: $175 Public transportation Bus across the street that goes to University City Cab light outside for hailing taxis Shopping Trader Joe's ~4 blocks away. Rite Aid w/ pharmacy 1 block away Apartments Small Studio:$1500-1650
658 sq ft.
The small studios are definitely cozy. You can view the floor plans on their website, so I won't go into detail. The one note I will make is that there is a small den that is not part of the living area that can be used as the bedroom. When I say bedroom, I mean you can fit a bed in there and that's it. Possibly a night stand, but I'm not sure about that. There is not a lot of closet space, so if you're a girl or a metrosexual (i'm looking at you, solaris1), these studios may not be ideal. In addition, to those who enjoy bubble baths (again, i'm looking at your solaris1), there is no full bathtub, just a shower. The floor is all hardwood. All-in-all, if you want a reasonably priced place and are willing to sacrifice some space for quality and location, this is not a bad option.

Large Studio: $1900 ~950 sq ft. I didn't get to see this layout They only have 8 of these layouts in the entire building. Essentially a 1BR, but the BR is officially a den, because it has no windows, which is why it's called a studio. 1BR Loft:$1970-2200
~950 sq ft.
These are swank apartments and is what I ended up taking. The leasing agent showed me a model apartment, and everything about it was very nice. I really appreciate the large space and ended up being talked into splurging by my friends and family (who would've thought my cheap asian parents would convince me to spend money?). These also have 1.5 baths for those that don't like guests using their main bathroom. If you're a social person, this is a perfect party apartment. Hardwood floors in the living room (for easy beer spill cleaning). Carpets upstairs in the loft bedroom. Tons of closet space.

1BR Flat / 3BR: ??
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Didn't see these, so I know nothing about them. I know they're available, though.

Note: If you go visit this place, PM me. I will give you my name and you can put me down as your referral. I will split the referral bonus with you 50/50 if you end up living here.
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23 Mar 2009, 20:32
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1500 Locust
http://www.scullycompany.com/communitie ... b=1&id=210
Studio, 1BR, 2BR

Overall impressions
This is your typical high-rise with 40+ floors. There's a gym (with brand new equipment that they were just about to move in), a pool, a hot tub, locker rooms, saunas, a roof deck, and community activities (yoga, pilates, public speaking classes, etc.). While they seem to promote the community within 1500 Locust, I definitely felt that
the place had an impersonal air to it. With so many apartments to manage, I find it hard to believe that management/maintenance is responsive or adds a personal touch.

This place, however, is clearly Wharton central. The leasing agent even knew that Thursdays were Wharton party days, since there are no classes on Friday. If you want to live in the social center of the Wharton class, this place is for you. Obviously, there are disadvantages that come with that. Specifically, I've heard that noise can be an issue here. If you want a quieter living situation, I would investigate the noise issue thoroughly hear before committing to the building

Location
This building was the furthest away from Wharton.

Lease
Does not allow 22 month leases.
Running a special right now due to the housing market. 2 months free for a 13-month lease. This means that typically expensive apartments are very affordable! The apt I saw is regularly $1840 but is now$1557 (with the 2 free months prorated over the 13 months).
Be forewarned, though. If you want to renew and do a 10-month lease to get you through May/June of 2nd year, you will be kicked to the regular rent + rent increase + $650 penalty for short-term (i.e., <12 month) lease. Public transportation Public transportation is close by (I forget how close), but the leasing agent says that all the students take cabs in the morning rather than public transportation anyways. Shopping Super-convenient. Almost everything you need is within the complex. Dry cleaning, tailoring, convenience, small food market. If you're looking for easy errand-running. This place is for you! Apartments The apartments here vary greatly. Some are renovated. Some aren't. Make sure to ask to see the specific apartment you will be leasing. The leasing agent will tell you if it's renovated or not, but you should still see it at least. Director Joined: 12 Jul 2008 Posts: 518 Schools: Wharton Followers: 22 Kudos [?]: 151 [2] , given: 0 Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] ### Show Tags 23 Mar 2009, 21:01 2 This post received KUDOS Lofts at 1835 Arch http://www.1835arch.com/ 1BR, 2BR Overall impressions If I were living in Philly but not going to Wharton, this is the building I would choose. The area is by far the nicest area of the six places. It is right next to all the museums in Philly / Logan Square. It is also a typical high-rise, but it spoke to me more than 1500 Locust did. One nice perk is the monthly merchant spotlight they do in their lobby, which highlights a local business (restaurant or shop). All-in-all, if you're married and/or not into the party scene, this would be an excellent option for you. Location This building is on the border of Center City and the Art Museum area (i.e., north border of Center City). Probably the most inconvenient location of the places I visited, requiring the longest commute to school. The leasing agent said 20-30 min by public transportation to school. Lease 22 month leases are available w/ no baked in rent increase Extra storage unit for additional$25-50/month (depending on size)

Public transportation
Public transportation is close by (I forget how close), but the leasing agent says that all the students take cabs in the morning rather than public transportation anyways.

Shopping
Everything you need (grocery, pharmacy, etc.) is within a 5 block radius. Most of the places, though, are on the border of the 5 block radius, so it's on the long end of a short walk.
20% food & drink discount at on-site restaurant, mission grill.

Apartments
They have six different floor plans for 1 BRs. 3 flat styles and 3 loft styles. The lofts aren't true lofts. The bedroom area is just slightly raised -- 3-4 steps. The variations within the styles are just sizes (615-850 sq ft). The smallest sized apartments have less-than-desirable closet space.
Price for 1 BRs is very affordable! $1250-2000 depending on floor, size, and style, but even the nicest style starts at$1700.
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Left Bank
http://www.leftbankapts.com/
3131 Walnut St.
Studio, 1 BR, 2 BR, 3 BR

Overall impressions
This is the last place I saw on Saturday. Maybe I was just exhausted by then and didn't care, but I didn't come out with a good feeling even though the quality of the apartments were about the same as 1835 Arch, which is to say quite nice. A large contributing factor was the leasing agent was clearly selling me hard, and I react very negatively to boilerplate hard sells.

The gym was the nicest of the six buildings I visited.

Location
This is the only building not in Center City that I visited. Left Bank is on the University City side of the river (hence Left Bank), so it's only 200-300 yards away from the edge of center city. Very convenient to school but less convenient to the Center City social life.

Lease
Does not allow 22 month leases

Public transportation
You probably won't need public transportation to get to school from here, but you can pick up buses to Wharton if you can't handle the 10 min walk.

Shopping
Leasing agent freely admitted you would need a car to track down groceries or any other shopping.

Apartments
Apartments were very similar to 1835 Arch. They are very nice and modern. The leasing agent was not particularly detailed about the different options for 1 BRs, but I saw a 1 BR flat and 1 BR loft. Prices for 1 BR start at $1700 and go to$2350. Studios $1500-1650. Director Joined: 12 Jul 2008 Posts: 518 Schools: Wharton Followers: 22 Kudos [?]: 151 [1] , given: 0 Re: Wharton Admitted Thread for Class of 2011! [#permalink] ### Show Tags 13 Jan 2009, 18:36 1 This post received KUDOS msday wrote: Does Kroll tell employers that they are conducting background checks specifically for business school matriculation? From what I've read on Wharton's S2S forums, Kroll indicates that they've been authorized to do a background check by you but does not specify that it is for Wharton. Director Joined: 12 Jul 2008 Posts: 518 Schools: Wharton Followers: 22 Kudos [?]: 151 [1] , given: 0 Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] ### Show Tags 23 Mar 2009, 21:24 1 This post received KUDOS Wanamaker House http://www.wanamakerhouse.com/ 2020 Walnut St. Overall impressions This is a condo building, so Wanamaker management does not handle leasing. Allan Domb Realty takes care of leasing for individual owners of the condos. The building itself is fine. It is solidly average. I don't have many good or bad things to say about this place. It did not blow me away nor did it cause me to convulse in disgust. The gym is a bit small and left a little to be desired. The rooftop pool is also a nice perk. One annoying thing is that the place does not have in-unit washer/dryer, which would be fine except that each floor has 1 washer and 1 dryer ($2 for wash and $2 for dry). Overall, I came out of this visit completely indifferent to Wanamaker. Seems like it would be ok for 2 years. Location This is smack dab in the middle of Center City, maybe two blocks away from Rittenhouse Square. Basically split the difference b/w Riverloft and 1500 Locust. Lease Leases vary depending on the individual owner. Public transportation Public transportation is close by (I forget how close), but the leasing agent says that all the students take cabs in the morning rather than public transportation anyways. Shopping Everything you need (grocery, pharmacy, etc.) is very close by, since it's in the middle of Center City. I didn't scope out exactly how close, but my sense from my 5 minutes of walking around that convenience would not be a concern. Apartments Very difficult to comment. I saw a studio, a 1 BR, and a 2 BR. Two had carpets and one had hardwood floors. It completely depends on the owners. All three of the apartments had an older look to them. Definitely not the modern stylings and renovations of most high rises. Director Joined: 12 Jul 2008 Posts: 518 Schools: Wharton Followers: 22 Kudos [?]: 151 [1] , given: 0 Re: Admitted to Wharton Class of 2011! [#permalink] ### Show Tags 23 Mar 2009, 21:38 1 This post received KUDOS 2400 Chestnut http://www.2400chestnut.com/ Overall impressions This is the poor man's high-rise. Prices are super-low for a reason. The apartments were not very nice and had an old, musky smell. The gym, in the basement, left a lot to be desired. It resembled a prison gym. All the weights were rusted over. The cardio machines were packed in very closely. No in-unit washer dryer. 2 W/Ds per floor. I don't have much detail on anything, as I mentally checked out the moment I walked into the first apartment. To be fair, if you're on a tight budget, this is a very good option. You sacrifice a decent amount of quality, but everyone who lives at 2400 Chestnut seems quite happy there. It isn't a horrible bang for your buck. Location Like Riverloft, this is located on the very west edge of Center City, right next to a bridge over to Center City. In this case, however, Chestnut St. is one-way the wrong way. Lease Allows 22 month leases. Surprisingly expensive WL deposit of$300 (don't know if it's refundable, but I assume it must be).
The only high-rise that allows subletting.
Rent includes free DirecTV with only basic cable channels

Public transportation
2400 Chestnut runs it's own shuttles to University City. Super convenient!

Shopping
Just as convenient as RiverLoft. Trader Joe's is 4 blocks away. The same Rite Aid is also a block or two away.

Apartments
The apartments are really not very nice for a professionally managed building. They will re-carpet and re-paint for new tenants. But the appliances, cabinets, and closets are all clearly very old. The pricing on the website is accurate.
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20 Dec 2008, 17:37
sterny wrote:
All R1 applicants who got admitted to Wharton - Congratulations!

I am designating this the official admit thread for Wharton..any discussions on the matriculation process, enrollment process and just getting ready for Wharton in general.

BTW - for those of you have not yet checked out e-talk, there is a Facebook Group for Wharton Class of 2011 as well. I joined it and hope to see ya'll there too.

I can't wait.

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07 Jan 2009, 10:34
Hey guys,

Finally see the deposit went through. I log on to my status page and see a status of "Deposit has been recieved".

I am thinking the student identification number and Kroll is next.
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07 Jan 2009, 10:36
sterny wrote:
Hey guys,

Finally see the deposit went through. I log on to my status page and see a status of "Deposit has been recieved".

I am thinking the student identification number and Kroll is next.

Ditto.
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12 Jan 2009, 09:35
Has anyone received their kroll form?
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12 Jan 2009, 10:10
Nope. I did speak to the adcom asking them when can we expect the form and they gave me a non-committal answer of "when its ready, we will send out a mass email to everyone".

Guess I should stop bugging them
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12 Jan 2009, 11:29
thanks for the info..

just a question: do you know if we will only receive such emails if we have committed to Wharton be paying the 1.5K?

I am hoping to find out about any potential financial aid offers before committing..
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12 Jan 2009, 11:32
yep - you can only start the kroll process once you have paid the deposit. I have confirmed that with the adcomm before.
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12 Jan 2009, 11:45
thanks sterny
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12 Jan 2009, 14:11
Are you 100% sure that you can only do the verification process once you have paid your $1,500 deposit? On the admitted students portal, it says "The verification process is routine for all admitted students who matriculate into the Wharton MBA Program. Admitted students who wish to have verifications conducted prior to matriculation are welcome to do so." I take this to mean that we can start the verification process before paying the$1,500. I actually may do this because of some issues with my current company. I want to get the verification process over with before we make some big HR/staffing changes that will make the whole background check more difficult.
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12 Jan 2009, 15:05
Hmm I am not sure..I remember asking them clearly on the phone if I had to pay the $1500 before starting Kroll and they said yes. Maybe they just wanted my$1500
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13 Jan 2009, 09:37
sterny wrote:
Hmm I am not sure..I remember asking them clearly on the phone if I had to pay the $1500 before starting Kroll and they said yes. Maybe they just wanted my$1500

Just got my Kroll email.

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