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2012-13 Application Deadlines:
Round One: October 1, 2012
Round Two: January 3, 2013
Round Three: March 5, 2013

Mid-Decision Release Dates:
Round One: November 9, 2012
Round Two: February 22, 2013
Round Three: TBD

Decision Notification Dates:
Round One: December 20, 2012
Round Two: March 26, 2013
Round Three: May 3, 2013

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First-time applicants and reapplicants are required to complete the same set of essay questions.

REQUIRED QUESTION:
How will Wharton MBA help you achieve your professional objectives? (400 words)

RESPOND TO 2 OF THE FOLLOWING 3 QUESTIONS:
1. Select a Wharton MBA course, co-curricular opportunity or extra-curricular engagement that you are interested in. Tell us why you chose this activity and how it connects to your interests. (500 words)

2. Imagine your work obligations for the afternoon were cancelled and you found yourself "work free" for three hours, what would you do? (500 words)

3. "Knowledge for Action draws upon the great qualities that have always been evident at Wharton: rigorous research, dynamic thinking, and thoughtful leadership." - Thomas S. Robertson, Dean, The Wharton School

Tell us about a time when you put knowledge into action. (500 words)

ADDITIONAL QUESTION FOR REAPPLICANTS:
All reapplicants to Wharton are required to complete the Optional Essay. Please use this space to explain how you have reflected on the previous decision on your application and to discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). You may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

OPTIONAL SECTION FOR ALL APPLICANTS:
If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application). (250 words)

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Class of 2014
Applications - 6,408
Enrolled Class - 837
Female - 42%
International Students - 37%
US Students of Color* - 28%
Median Work Experience - 5
% of class with 3 or fewer years - 19%
GMAT Range - 560-790
Median GMAT - 720
Middle 50% GMAT Range - 660-770
Countries Represented - 71

Undergrad Major
Humanities/Social Science - 44%
Business - 27%
Engineering/Math/Science - 24%
Other - 5%

Previous Industry Experience**
Consulting - 20%
Private Equity/Venture Capital - 13%
Consumer Products/Health Care/Bio Tech/Retail - 12%
Investment Banking - 11%
Government/Military/Non-Profit - 11%
Investment Management - 5%
Tech/Internet/E-Commerce - 5%
Other Financial Services - 10%
Other Industries - 13%

* Students of African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native American/Alaska Native descent and Multiethnic backgrounds.
** Based on predominant experience pre-Wharton
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Re: Wharton 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 16:33
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Just chiming in.

I really do not think there is much to fret about until you receive final notification and I do not think it is worth any amount of energy speculating on their process, motivations, or trying to compute junk math to justify your beliefs. If it makes you feel better to feel one way or another, then disregard this post and endure for another 48 hours. I will say that checking your e-mail inbox and ApplyYourself every 5 minutes will not make you feel better and it does not change the outcome.

About myself. I'm not special. I'm no genius. I never attended an Ivy League, nor has anyone in my family. I'm neither rich nor poor. I never climbed Mt. Everest or competed in the Olympic games. I have fairly even stats compared to others: 3.6 GPA from a state school and a 680 GMAT. Not bad, but not spectacular. I'm Asian, which probably doesn't help, and I'm probably even more dull and lame personality-wise compared to my fellow Asian candidates (ha). I'm male (moar lame), I'm also well over 30 (yay...). To make things even more interesting, I was laid off repeatedly over the last few years.

But despite all that, I have applied 3 times to Wharton and I've been invited to interview on the last day on each of the previous attempts. I didn't get accepted but take what you will from it. I'm at least glad they saw to give me a chance in the past years despite my being "non-special" from any dimension however you look at it.

The Wharton admissions team have stated, year after year, that the order and timing in which you receive the interview has no bearing on your "standings". I believe that. I also believe that 80-90% of candidates would be qualified to make up their class composition. I've attended their program and I've even hired graduates to work under me as their direct manager. They're just normal people like the rest of us.

It's frustrating, sure, but it's also pure mathematics. No one is entitled to go to Wharton, nor is any hard-working, accomplished, individual more or less deserving to enter a prestigious program. There are simply more of us than they can handle, and like any overloaded program, they must turn down an overwhelming majority of their applicants. It's how life works, and even MBA graduates - Wharton included - face the same hurdle again once they are done.

And in the end, not going to Wharton or any other MBA program is NOT the end of the world. Take it from someone who has tried over and over again and failed in every attempt (over 20 times and counting). It's not the end of the world. Despite running in to many personal and professional roadblocks, many of which were just bad circumstance, I've managed to become a better person despite not going to Wharton or other programs. I used to absolutely hate the application process, but after a while, I view it as an annual fun activity in which it forces me to write better. If nothing else, I feel like I've been a far better writer and communicator after going through the process more times than I can remember.

For those who won't make it, move on, and try again next time. Getting depressed over not winning a lottery ticket, however, is not worth the self-torment and hassle.

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My link is gone but recommenders remain as well. I think you guys are over-speculating here. Only ~24 hours to go, no reason to panic at this point.


Wait... isn't panicking the best part of this process!?

If I were Wharton, I'd hire a Chief Panic Officer. The CPO would be responsible for inciting absolute panic amongst all of the applicants. Key responsibilities would include:

1) Calling just 5-10 people the day before the decision release date to let them know they were accepted. Just enough to have word spread that "phone calls were being made" and cause mass hysteria for the 99% of applicants that didn't receive a phone call.
2) Continually enabling and disabling aspects of the online application and MyWharton page. Activities range from modifying links to changing the number of info boxes shown online. Randomly inserting the word CONGRATULATIONS on the online app and then taking it down 10 minutes later would be worth bonus points.
3) Sending mass emails regarding financial aid to a random sample of 25% of applicants.
4) Announcing to all applicants that "the process is going to be different this year," but not saying how.
5) Announcing to all applicants that due to an overwhelming number of applicants this year, decisions wouldn't be released until Christmas Day. Retract that statement a few days later and say that brand new people have been hired to review applications in response to the high volume.
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They need to update the status online so I can move on with my life
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Re: Wharton 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2013, 10:40
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Made the tough decision this week to turn down my offer from Wharton. After the admit weekend, I just got the feeling it wasn't the right school for me. The more I evaluate the options, the more Haas seems like the better school given my interest in start ups, tech and entrepreneurship (and more importantly, experience in these fields - everyone I met *wanted* to start a tech company but not much shared experience in actually doing it). To be honest I still haven't decided if I'm going to b-school at all bc the start up I'm involved with is going so well but if I do go, Haas will be the one.

In any case, Wharton seemed like a wonderful community and school, and the one thing they kept saying during admit weekend was that Wharton is amazing, but not the right school for everyone, and if you think it's not for you, that's ok and to listen to that instinct!

Hopefully my decision means a place opens up for one of you, best of luck to everyone still waiting to hear back and congrats to all admits and members of the class of 2015 :)
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I know round 2-ers are on pins and needles right now waiting for decisions to come out. I'll just tell you about my experience with decision release day and what I heard from the admissions fellows afterward.

On the day the decisions are released, admitted students will start getting calls in the morning (eastern time). There seems to be little correlation with calls, except that I believe international applicants often get calls earlier than domestic ones (that's an observation, not necessarily a fact). Domestic applicants started getting calls around 8-8:30 a.m. eastern time (again, an observation, not necessarily a fact). I am on the east coast and I got a call just past 11 a.m. - so don't read too much into timing, especially if you're in the States.

The calls came from admissions officers as well as the second-year admissions fellows. At least as far as the fellows are concerned, they don't get a list of whom to call until the day of, and they get it at different times, depending on their availability. The status changed around noon (I got an email at 12:11 p.m.) the day of, and I believe some people who got in had not gotten the call before that happened.

Good luck, everyone!
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RIng-a-DING-a-ling!

"The fact that you did not receive an invitation to interview in no way reflects your intellectual abilities, personal achievements, or potential for continued success."

This is like a chick saying: "its not you, its me"

This was my first go-round. I think I will apply for R1 this Fall. - going to bump my GMAT up and maybe make a visit in the summer.
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Hi jumsumtak,

I guess that is more appropriate.

Guys, I am attaching a word file containing the chat transcript.
I hope it helps you in your interview preparation.

Best of luck.29th is the date it rolls out :roll:
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Got a call 15 mins ago, NYC. In off the waitlist!
Was actually an Arizona number, from a current student.
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Fellowship information available in the acceptance letter online - got a 50% fellowship and have hereby officially decided on Wharton! Best. Day. Ever.
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Missed a call from number starting with +241... Googled it and it says some african country code...
Am not sure what this means... Anyone else got a call from same number?

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You might be the rightful heir of a fortune from a Nigerian prince who cannot transfer the funds to the US. Congratulations!

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One more day before invites go out...


Anyone know how invites go out tomorrow? Do they just send out a mass group of interview invites to numerous people at the same time tomorrow and then trickle the remaining invites out through November 9th? Do they send out any direct rejections tomorrow?

Thanks.

No rejections will be sent out until the mid decision day (Nov. 9 I assume). Last year interview invites went out in increments roughly once per week. There wasn't one mass emailing for 80% of invitees. From what I saw it seemed like a pretty steady # of invites in each wave. I can't tell you the frequency of the waves or at what time of day the emails are sent. I can tell you that the invites on a particular day are all sent out at the same time (i.e. if people report interview invites around 2:00 p.m. then there won't be more at 3:00 or 4:00). It is possible to be invited on the very last day.

Try to stay calm during the interview window. Don't try to look for patterns or meaning in who gets invited when. When you submitted your app has no bearing on when you will receive an invite. The first letter of your last name will not determine when you are invited. Geography may be a factor in invite timing (last year the international applicants seemed to get their invites first). International applicants, do not panic if you aren't invited in the first wave. Even if hub location slots are full you can still be invited. Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out. Good luck!
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Just got the call, at 11:30pm in Sydney. Pretty stoked! Good luck everyone.

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Just a word of caution on practicing with each other. Not only does it go against Wharton's confidentiality policy (check the TBD email), but I can think of a handful of other risks. Imagine if someone you're practicing with uses your investment idea during the actual TBD discussion...if the same AdCom hears the same idea more than a couple of times, it might raise some red flags.

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I speculate that a few invites will go out today, we'll obsess over them, wait torturously until next Friday (obsessing the whole time, of course), and finally find out what the AdCom decided, which they could easily have told us a month ago.

I have a theory. AdComs are created from Carl Rove clones. While they are efficient workers and great strategists, they get off on human misery and enjoy torture.
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Got accepted off the waitlist!! Wharton/Lauder applicant Portuguese track.... hope to see the accepted ones in May!
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Does anyone know how the rest of the application is reviewed after the interview. Is the entire application re-reviewed or is it if you do well on the interview you are admitted/do poorly are dinged?


I believe that it is reviewed holistically along with the rest of your application. The way that I view the admission process, is that there is a qualification portion and a fit portion.

Anyone who is invited to an interview is qualified and should definitely feel good about the invite in itself. However, there are a LOT of people who are qualified to get into these great schools.

From there, it is a matter of fit. So then they re-evaluate your background and demographics to see how you would fit in constructing a diverse class and they also see what kind of team player and leader you are through the group discussion.

You may get dinged from Wharton after the interview, not because you did horrible in the interview, but perhaps you have an engineering background and they have chosen enough engineers at this point or the same case with military, finance people, etc...

With all of that said, definitely go in there and give that interview your best shot!!! Rather than telling them what kind of a team leader you have been, SHOW them the kind you are and you will be fine! :)
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Just got the call in NY! from a first year, had class from 9-10:30 if you guys were worried about the apparent break in calls!
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In - got a call at 10:40 from a first year's cell out of state. East coast.
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