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The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

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Current Applicant Thread: Fall 2012 - Calling All Wharton Applicants

Fall 2012 Application Instructions

Round 1 Deadline: 10/3/2011 | Decision Date: 12/20/2011
Round 2 Deadline: 1/4/2012 | Decision Date: 3/30/2012
Round 3 Deadline: 3/5/2012 | Decision Date: 5/8/2012

Required Question: What are your professional objectives? (300 words)
Respond to 2 of the 3 following questions:
  • 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)
  • Discuss a time when you faced a challenging interpersonal experience. How did you navigate the situation and what did you learn from it? (600 words)
  • "Innovation is central to our culture at Wharton. It is a mentality that must encompass every aspect of the School - whether faculty research, teaching or alumni outreach." - Thomas S. Robertson, Dean, The Wharton School.
    Keeping this component of our culture in mind, discuss a time when you have been innovative in your personal or professional life. (600 words)

Wharton MBA/MA Lauder Applicants – Click here for additional essays

Recommendation Questions (2 recommenders)
  • How long have you known the applicant and describe your relationship to the applicant?
  • Provide an example of constructive feedback you have provided to the applicant. How did the applicant receive this feedback and what efforts did the applicant make to address the concern?
  • Please provide an example of a time when the applicant was particularly successful at interacting with others in a team (employees, peers, managers, etc.); how was the applicant successful? How does the applicant compare to his/her peers in this dimension?
  • Provide an example of a time when the applicant did not meet expectations. What was the outcome? How did s/he handle the setback?
  • How has the applicant’s career progressed over the time that you have known him/her? How does this growth compare to his/her peer group? Please describe the peer group that you are comparing this applicant.
  • Provide any additional comments you think would assist the Admissions Committee in making its decision.

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Class Profile and Program Statistics
Full Time MBA Stats
Length of Program2 Years
Campus LocationPhiladelphia, PA
Average Class Size817
Median Work Experience4 Years
Average AgeN/A
Median GMAT720 (Middle 50%: 650-770)
Average GPA3.5
Endowment$800M (Wikipedia)
GMAT/GREBoth Accepted
Annual Tuition$54,009

Employment Statistics
Median Base Salary: $120,000
Top Industries: Financial Services (39%), Consulting (30%), Technology (8%)
Top Locations: Northeast (38%), International (24%), West (16%)
Number of students starting their own business: 26 (3.4%)
Top Employers of 2011
# of HiresCompany Name
65McKinsey & Co.
39Boston Consulting Group
27Bain & Co.
13Morgan Stanley
12Citigroup, Inc.
12JP Morgan Chase & Co.
10Deloitte Consulting
10Deutsche Bank
9Goldman, Sachs & Company
8Credit Suisse
8Pacific Investment Management Company
7Booz & Co.
7Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
6Barclays Bank PLC
6Johnson & Johnson

Curriculum – Notable Features

Clusters, Cohorts & Learning Teams
At Wharton, we divide your class into four groups of about 210 students that are known as clusters. Each cluster is further divided into three cohorts of about 70 students.

  • Cluster 1: Cohorts A, B, C
  • Cluster 2: Cohorts D, E, F
  • Cluster 3: Cohorts G, H, I
  • Cluster 4: Cohorts J, K, L

Each cohort moves through the core curriculum as a unit, sharing the first year of their academic experience. Additionally, the cohorts will unite for other, non-academic purposes, including intramural sports competitions, community service activities, and other activities that foster a sense of fun and community on campus. Wharton's cohort system provides a built-in support network: students bring their individual expertise to the group, helping those with different experience and business backgrounds to meet common goals. Cluster and cohort assignments are made primarily at random while ensuring equal representation of genders, nationality, and work experience. They remain fixed throughout your MBA career.

Learning Team Experience
The learning team model, first developed by Wharton and now emulated by other schools, is central to Wharton's MBA experience. You get the chance to explore different leadership styles in a risk-free training ground that promotes both leadership and collaboration.

The learning team experience starts at the Learning Team Retreat and continues with coaching and mentoring by a Leadership Fellow, participation in the Foundations of Leadership course, and projects in core courses throughout the first year.
  • Learning Team Retreat — The two-day, off-campus, team-building retreat caps the Pre-Term experience. Here, first-year learning team members meet for the first time and begin to explore the team dynamics that will shape their first year.
  • Coaching and Mentoring — Each learning team is assigned a Leadership Fellow, a second-year student who mentors, facilitates quarterly feedback sessions amongst team members, and helps solve team conflicts.
  • Foundations of Leadership — A capstone to the learning team experience, this core course focuses on horizontal and vertical leadership, team building and performance, and team leadership. The course examines concepts and builds skills through team projects, class discussions, problem solving, case studies, and role playing.

Leadership Programs
Wharton’s leadership programs are at the heart of MBA life. Our programs emphasize hands-on learning, from 1st year Learning Teams to experiential co-curricular leadership programs. In addition to learning leadership in the curriculum, Wharton's leadership programs offer you many other options to develop your leadership style by analyzing and building on your strengths, from challenging leadership ventures to sustained leadership learning in leadership fellows programs.

Leadership Resources:

Entrepreneurship at Wharton
Wharton’s spirit is entrepreneurial at all levels – active, innovative, and risk-taking. Our depth of resources gives you the means to translate your ideas into action. Wharton, together with Penn, provides resources to develop entrepreneurial skills and start entrepreneurial ventures. Tapping into these opportunities, students develop an adaptive management style that they can bring to jobs in consulting, high-growth companies, and other worldwide industries.

Entrepreneurial Resources:

Joint and Dual Degree Programs

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Originally posted by Av on 26 Oct 2010, 11:55.
Last edited by rasta on 01 Jan 2012, 07:00, edited 7 times in total.
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New post 19 Mar 2011, 23:30
if anyone has any knowledg of the new 3 year JD/MBA at penn, please share... i heard it is a very good program but since it is new i would love to hear some information and details about it... thanks in advance
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New post 20 Mar 2011, 15:34
great guide
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New post 24 Mar 2011, 10:12
ashkanator wrote:
if anyone has any knowledg of the new 3 year JD/MBA at penn, please share... i heard it is a very good program but since it is new i would love to hear some information and details about it... thanks in advance

Seconded, I have always been interested in info on ANY of the JD/MBA programs, I think it's a great opportunity to really condense both programs and get you out ahead
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New post 24 Mar 2011, 18:06
if you can create a good network on the MBA side and kill the grades at the law school, you will be destine for great things....
specially on the real estate, and securities...
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New post 07 Aug 2011, 21:37
Would anybody know what Wharton's criteria is for GMAT retakers? I'm considering a 4th attempt currently, and want to be sure that they will consider only my higherst score in the worst case my score drops.
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New post 29 Dec 2011, 13:17

Good Comparison thread for B $$$ v. W
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New post 01 Jan 2012, 07:01
hamm0 wrote:

Good Comparison thread for B $$$ v. W

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New post 02 Dec 2013, 09:37
that's a good thread
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