UPenn (Wharton)

From GMATClub

Jump to: navigation, search


Contents

Wharton School


Application Deadlines

  • Round 1: October 9, 2008 Decisions released by December 20, 2008
  • Round 2: January 3, 2008 Decisions released by March 27, 2008
  • Round 3: February 28, 2008 Decisions released by May 15, 2008

First-time Applicant Essays

All first-time applicants are required to complete four essays, with the option of a fifth essay that may be used to address extenuating circumstances. Reapplicants who applied for the Entering Fall 2006 or 2007 Class are to complete the re-applicant essays. All other reapplicants are to complete the first-time applicant essays.

Required

  1. Describe your career progress to date and your future short-term and long-term career goals. How do you expect a Wharton MBA to help you achieve these goals, and why is now the best time for you to join our program? (1,000 words)
  2. Describe a failure or setback that you have experienced. What role did you play and what did you learn about yourself? (500 words)
  3. Tell us about a situation in which you were an outsider. What did you learn from the experience? (500 words)
  4. Please Complete One Of The Following Two Questions:
    1. Where in your background would we find evidence of your leadership capacity and/or potential? (500 words)
    2. Is there anything about your background or experience that you feel you have not had the opportunity to share with the Admissions Committee in your application? If yes, please explain. (500 words)

Optional

  1. 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, TOEFL waiver request, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application). (250 words)

Re-applicant Essays

Reapplicants are required to complete three essays, with the option of a fourth essay that may be used to address extenuating circumstances. (Please note: re-applicants essays are for Fall 2006 or Fall 2007 applicants only. Reapplicants from prior years are to complete the first-time applicant essays).

Required

  1. Describe your career progress to date and your future short-term and long-term career goals. How do you expect a Wharton MBA to help you achieve these goals, and why is now the best time for you to join our program? How has your candidacy improved since the last time you applied? (1,000 words)
  2. Tell us about a situation in which you were an outsider. What did you learn from the experience? (500 words)
  3. Please Complete One Of The Following Two Questions:
    1. Where in your background would we find evidence of your leadership capacity and/or potential? (500 words)
    2. Is there anything about your background or experience that you feel you have not had the opportunity to share with the Admissions Committee in your application? If yes, please explain. (500 words)

Optional

  1. 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, TOEFL waiver request, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application). (250 words)

Overview (by Hjort)

University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

  • Rankings
    • FT 2005 ranks Penn as tied for #1 in the world with Harvard.
    • EIU places Penn #8 worldwide and #7 in the US - just above IESE and just below Chicago GSB.
    • Penn's best showing on BW has been #1 (four times) and the worst showing was #5. Only Northwestern has enjoyed more #1 rankings by BW.
    • FT 2005 Value For Money: #72, #2 among the ultraelites.
    • CPA Personnel Report ranks Penn's MBA with a concentration in accounting #1 in the nation.

Penn/Wharton started in 1881. However, Wharton's offerings in the early years barely resembled a modern program. Indeed, most of the early students at the Wharton school were non-degree seeking students. It is intriguing that J. Wharton himself was a protectionist who worried about the spread of free trade ideas and credited the rise of the US steel industry in part to protectionist actions by the US govt. (contrast this view with that espoused at most business schools today). Courses in history, politics, and business law were all important in the early years of the school. In 1904 an evening division was started, although it was initially separate from the Wharton School. In contrast with the stress on personality at Harvard (est. 1908) Penn emphasized the functional areas. Accounting in particular was viewed in high regard at Penn since it was both professional and rigorous. c. 1921 Penn started offering a 2 year graduate level degree from students without training in business at the undergrad level that was far more specialized than the Harvard's graduate degree.

The social sciences/policy sciences continued to play an important role at Penn in the 20th century. In the early part of the century sociology influenced the school and then in the 1920's free trade economics become more prominent. The post WWII era introduced even more of the policy sciences into the Wharton curriculum and even had the danger of causing too much overlap with the social sciences at Penn. A masters in government was offered in the post war period as well.

CEOs (MBA): Loews, Medtronic, St Paul Travelers, Dana, MeadWestvaco, McGraw-Hill, Charles Schwab, Coors, Southtrust, PerkinElmer, KLA Tencor.

CEOs (other grad degree): Cendant (JD), ADP (MS Acctg).

Links

Personal tools
Powered by MediaWiki