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This thread is for the Wharton 2011 Application Year, meaning applicants that are starting School in the Fall of 2011.



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MBA Program
Application DeadlineDecision Release Date
Round 1October 4, 2010December 17, 2010
Round 2January 4, 2011March 24, 2011
Round 3March 3, 2011May 12, 2011


The Admissions Committee will release interview invitations on Friday, October 29th and again on Friday, November 5th. Due to the nature and complexity associated with the admissions process there is no particular order in which invitations are released. Also on November 5th, the Committee will release all final admissions decisions to candidates that are not being invited for an interview and therefore no longer being considered for admission.

If you are invited for an interview, you will need to complete your interview by Friday, December 3rd. Interviews will be available on campus with second-year Wharton MBA Students who are full members of the Admissions Committee, off campus with alumni, and off campus in various "Hubs" around the world by Admissions staff members. All interview options are equally considered within the admissions process.

Essays
  • Required Question (same for first-time and reapplicants):
    • What are your professional objectives? (300 words)

  • Respond to 3 of the following 4 questions:
    • Student and alumni engagement has at times led to the creation of innovative classes. For example, through extraordinary efforts, a small group of current students partnered with faculty to create a timely course entitled, “Disaster Response: Haiti and Beyond,” empowering students to leverage the talented Wharton community to improve the lives of the Haiti earthquake victims. Similarly, Wharton students and alumni helped to create the “Innovation and the Indian Healthcare Industry” which took students to India where they studied the full range of healthcare issues in India. If you were able to create a Wharton course on any topic, what would it be? (700 words)
    • Reflect on a time when you turned down an opportunity. What was the thought process behind your decision? Would you make the same decision today? (600 words)
    • Describe a failure that you have experienced. What role did you play, and what did you learn about yourself? How did this experience help to create your definition of failure? (600 words)
    • Discuss a time when you navigated a challenging experience in either a personal or professional relationship. (600 words)

Stats, rankings and other relevant links
FT: http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/university-of-pennsylvania-wharton

BW: http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/rankings/full_time_mba_profiles/wharton.html

Career report: http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/mba/your-career/career-trends.cfm

Great resource to get questions answered by current students: http://engage.wharton.upenn.edu/MBA/forums/

Quick facts: http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/mba/admissions/quick-facts-and-dates.cfm

Wharton vs. Booth: http://gmatclub.com/forum/chicago-vs-wharton-74034.html

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Re: Wharton 2011 Essay Questions [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2010, 01:53
Whenever I read Wharton essay prompts, I catch myself wondering what could possibly be relevant in half of their prefaces. I don't know what to make of it - I think it's an awesome school and my experience with most W graduates is that they are a half-notch above those from schools in the lower end of the Top 10, but I wonder how they can discern that quality based on these essay questions.
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Re: Wharton 2011 Essay Questions [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2010, 15:07
I actually really like the "what course would you create" question. Lots of opportunity in that question. Either that, or I'm complete trash at behavioral questions and never feel like I really nail it. Must work on that!
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Re: Wharton 2011 Essay Questions [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2010, 16:13
I'm surprised "Why Wharton?" isn't explicitly asked. I've been having a difficult time leaving that out of my responses (and I'm not even 100% convinced I should completely leave it out).

The 700 word limit (vs. 600 for all others) of "what would you create" means this one should probably be answered. It feels a lot like "what matters most to you and why?" + back it up with tangible experiences. I've been racking my brain on how to answer this one.

As a reapp, I'm hoping they'll ask for a beefed up professional objective essay (300 words professional essay, ~200-300 words how have you improved) and also answer two of four. If they do, I'm going to answer "what would you create" and... I have no idea. But the essay will be personal!
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Re: Wharton 2011 Essay Questions [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2010, 12:52
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Those are great questions and mark a departure from past Wharton questions, which tended to be similar year-to-year over the last five years or so. There is a lot of room in those questions to create an outstanding application if you know how to address the questions strategically, in a way that helps you draw attention to your strengths as a candidate.
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Re: Wharton 2011 Essay Questions [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2010, 00:16
How strict are the word limits for these essays? Say my professional objectives essay is 330 words. Is that a problem? Its so hard to squeeze that essay into just 300 words! I mean there's a lot to say about one's professional objectives especially if you want to provide the proper context and background!
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Re: Wharton 2011 Essay Questions [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2010, 18:49
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From my experience, they aren't strict but I just went over a few words here and there. You are prob fine with 330 in a 300 limit but I'd try to get it down to 310 or so.

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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2010, 19:13
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2010, 14:01
In for Round 2. Good luck everyone!
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2010, 14:57
Count me in for Round 1!

Anyone have thoughts on the absence of "Why Wharton?" Should we still slip it in or do they not really care (like HBS?)

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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2010, 16:40
In for R1 + Lauder - can we keep a track of Lauder apps as well? (maybe something like R1 w/ Lauder, R2 w/ Lauder)

Duckpond, thanks for the feedback, I'll PM you about my essay.. thanks!
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2010, 23:43
probably doing rd2, but may move this up to rd1 if application is ready by then
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2010, 00:50
updated roll call.
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2010, 07:33
Add me to Round 1. App season cannot be complete without the W.

Seems like all schools changed their essay topics with unconventional funkyness, including W.
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2010, 09:09
Add me to R1 too. Like staind, I'm having a tough time squeezing in the objectives to a 300 word limit, especially because there's no other place(essay) to expand on work accomplishments.
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2010, 09:12
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2010, 15:05
Count me in for Round 1 (tentatively). I am on the summer waitlist for the 2010 round (apped in Rd2), but want to get a move on next year's app since the chances of acceptances from the summer wait-list at this stage are probably as likely as one of them p***s-enlargement claims ever working out.
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2010, 17:53
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2010, 23:10
Signing up for R1. Looking forward to the discussions. Good luck everyone!
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