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Calling all Wharton MBA Applicants: 2021 Intake [Class of 2023]

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Welcome, all Wharton class of 2023 hopefuls. Let's use this platform to know each other, exchange ideas, discuss app strategies? Who all are applying? Let us know by commenting below. Join Wharton chat

Wharton MBA Deadlines

RoundApplication DeadlineInterview invitationsDecisions Released
Round 1Sep 15, 2020Oct 28, 2020Dec 16, 2020
Round 2Jan 5, 2021Feb 11, 2021Mar 25, 2021
Round 3Mar 31, 2021Apr 15, 2021May 11, 2021


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The Admissions Committee wants to get to know you on both a professional and personal level. We encourage you to be introspective, candid and succinct. Most importantly, we suggest you be yourself. For additional essay writing resources, see the essay tips article!

Essay 1: What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

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Required Essay for all Reapplicants: Please use this space to share with the Admissions Committee how you have reflected and grown since your previous application and discuss any relevant updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, and extracurricular/volunteer engagements). (250 words)

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Best of luck to all those applying. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
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Wondering if anyone has an idea about the extent of deferrals sought this year and the impact on next year's class size. Applying to HSW, CBS, Haas and Booth.
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I don't believe Wharton has released those numbers yet, but if I hear anything about it, I'll post in this thread.
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Pretty subtle change to the second essay prompt. Anyone have any idea why or is it just Wharton trying to steer applicants away from over generalized answers?
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Hi Everyone,

Please join me in welcoming SageJiraiya as the Wharton moderator. He/she will be applying to Wharton and a few other schools the upcoming year and holds a few deferrals from this year. Congratulations SageJiraiya
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Thanks workout
Hi everyone,

A brief introduction : I am an international student. Working in the marketing/advertising domain for the past 4 years. 2 years in a start-up, then 2 years establishing my own marketing firm.
Though, I don't have an educational background in Marketing/Business.

My primary reason to go for an MBA is to build a solid business foundation atop of which I could build my own business empire in the future (have a few different ideas that I am working on currently apart from my agency).

I am primarily interested in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
Thus Wharton is one of my top choices!


This year, I applied to a few schools (list under my username). I don't have a deferral right now, but I have applied for one. Regardless of the result of that request, I will be applying this year.

Looking forward to collaborate with you all and leverage this godsend of a resource to craft amazing apps!
Good luck guys!

My primary reason for an MBA is to get that background in business. Marketing in particular!
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Upcoming events: -

JUNE
1. Virtual MBA Alumni Panel
JUNE 27 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration Link

2. Wharton MBA Overview Webinar
JUNE 29 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Registration Link

3. Student-Led Virtual Campus Tour
JUNE 30 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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JULY
1. Carey JD/MBA Overview
JULY 7 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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2. MBA/MA Lauder Joint-Degree in International Studies Webinar
JULY 8 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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3. Virtual MBA Club Spotlight Series: Japan Club
JULY 9 | 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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4. Virtual MBA Alumni Panel
JULY 11 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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5. Wharton MBA Overview Webinar
JULY 15 | 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Registration Link

6. Student-Led Virtual Campus Tour
JULY 18 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Registration Link

7. Carey JD/MBA Overview Webinar
JULY 21 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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8. MBA/MA Lauder Joint-Degree in International Studies Webinar
JULY 22 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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9. MBA Application Tips Webinar
JULY 23 | 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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10. Wharton MBA Overview Webinar
JULY 28 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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11. Student-Led Virtual Campus Tour
JULY 30 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Keep watching this space for future updates!
Also, I'd urge you all to go to the bottom of this page and fill the form to stay connected with Wharton!
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Thanks for the information SageJiraiya If you happen to attend these events, please feel free to post a summary of the webinars. Thanks.
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Event Name - Virtual MBA Alumni Panel
Date - June 27th 2020


Panelists (names removed for confidentiality)
Host: Ad-com member, hence forth mentioned as Host.
Alums:
A1: Class of 2017; Indian; Now established a start-up
A2: Class of 2019; American; Currently working as a Management Consultant at Kearney
A3: Class of 2016; Currently working at a real-estate start-up
A4: Class of 2019; Currently working at a Tech Project Manager
Note: I am taking the liberty to paraphrase here. Please be mindful about the information here and get in touch with the ad-com in case of any further questions.

Q1. What made you choose Wharton?
Quote:
A1 - Primarily for Healthcare Management program | Close knit community | Great alums | Location
A2 - Healthcare management program | Location: Access to NY and DC both | The people and environment: very welcoming
A3 - Great Real-estate program | Near an Airport (personal reason) | Great international brand
A4 - Diversity : people from every walk of life | Can choose your adventure: Classes, extra-curricular activities etc. for everyone. Everyone will find a home


Q2. What were your perceptions of Wharton before applying? What were not correct based on your time here?
Quote:
A1 - Very team first approach | Classmates and alums are there to help you | Competitive but really fun
A2 - Competitive is very relative | Great environment - better than I expected | Classmates : Extremely passionate about something
A3 - Met different groups that are at different life stages
A4 - Heard Wharton is a finance and Consulting school | We have 19 different majors : all majors are awesome | Wharton helps all its students


Q3. Talk about leadership programs you were involved with.
Quote:


Q4. The class size is large. Did it help or hurt?
Quote:
A1 - Good thing | Can find people from any background in your class | Only bad thing : Of the 830 people in my batch, I don't know everyone.
A2 - Goal wasn't to know everyone but to increase my network | You have opportunities to meet people | You are (at max) 1 step away from people from any background


Q5. Entrepreneurship opportunities and resources you used?
Quote:
A1 - Wasn't thinking about startups then | When the opportunity came, the Wharton Network was a big help
A2 - Philadelphia ecosystem is a great help
A4 - There are a few classes where you can work on your ideas for credit | Entrepreneurship center : Helpful for all stages of lifecycle


Q6. Recruiting on campus and that process
Quote:
A1 - Career Management helps you with your resume, interviews, getting the right mindset and facilitates meetups with alums.
A3 - Reached out to CM post graduation to get advice on salary negotiations.
A1 - When we were recruiting at my company, I asked them about the competitive packages in the market


Q7. Being a Wharton alum, how have utilized Wharton alum network?
Quote:
A1 - Having a Wharton alum at a company is like having a friend at that company| No other network is as strong as the Wharton network
A3 - Connections come to you even if you are not actively reaching out for employment opportunities
A4 - Knowing you can reach out to them and get a response 99.99% of the time is great | you maintain deeper connections with your classmates and continue to develop these relations post graduation.


Q8. One thing that you should have taken advantage of during school, but didn't and now you regret it?
Quote:
A1 - Didn't go on a leadership venture
A2 - Went to a leadership venture | Great experience but never doing it again
A4 - Not going on a leadership venture | Tip: So many things to do. Best to maintain a priority list.


Q9. In the class learning - describe your favorite class and the nature of the class? Your favorite professor and classroom experience?
Quote:
A2 - Strategic Brand Management - holistic class
A3 - Really enjoyed - Executive leadership (by a professor who is retired now) : How you change the notion of leadership | Work life balance vs Work life integration.


Q10. Advice you would give to your pre-MBA self?
Quote:
A1 - Use the application process to introspect | You have to look at b-school not as a prescriptive thing. MBA should be the logical next step for you.
A2 - Don't force the B-school | Don't try to guess what Ad-com wants to hear - go with what you actually want to do | Create your own rankings / criteria
A3 - Be vary of the impostor syndrome | Think about how you can add value to the Wharton community
A4 - Try and get a sense of the culture of each school | Big decision | Big commitment - think about it deeply | B-school life is difficult and takes time to adjust to.


I missed a few questions that were either very generic in nature (What sort of a vibe did you get from Philadelphia?) or were too specific (Shed some light on the real-estate clubs?).
But I think I covered a majority of what was discussed during the webinar.

Don't forget to sign-up for future events (List).

Did you find anything of value in this webinar/summary?
Feel free to share your thoughts in this space!
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Great work. Thanks for the debrief SageJiraiya I like how the panel includes members from different fields. Good to know about the strength of the Wharton network.
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Yeah the diversity of thoughts and experiences on the panel was nothing short of brilliant.
The live discussion was very engaging even at an odd hour of the day.

I couldn't attend the session held on 29th June though.
If anyone was present in that webinar, please feel free to share your takeaways from the session!
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Great session today!

Tip from the host to structure your application:
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Think about your Trajectory. Best way to set-up your application is to depict a journey.
It should have a 3-way structure
1. What were you doing before the MBA?
2. What will you do during your MBA?
3. What will you do after your MBA?

1. Before MBA:
How things were going smoothly
Then an epiphany happens - you figure out that you need an MBA to reach where you want to go.
Then you researched your options and found why Wharton is your best bet (don't forget to present your fit for the program here)

2. During MBA
How you will structure your MBA to get what you need to reach your goals

3. After an MBA
How you're riding off in the sunset as a successful alum.


Great session over-all!
Would definitely recommend anyone looking at Wharton to sign up for events, especially the student and alum run ones.
Wharton is a very student run school and you get that vibe during these sessions!
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