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Hello Applicants,

We are delighted to inform all applicants that we have organized a chat session with Judith Hodara, Director at Fortuna Admissions (former Wharton Director of Admissions) and Brittany Maschal, Expert Coach at Fortuna Admissions (former Wharton Officer of Admissions).

Judith and Brittany will dialogue with applicants in GMAT Club chat room on general admission questions and provide tips on getting into Wharton. This is best opportunity for you all to learn about Wharton's admission process from its former admission team. So save this event to your Google Calendar and present in the chat room with your questions.

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Time: 9 AM PDT / 12 PM EDT / 5 PM GMT
Place: GMAT Club Chat Room http://gmatclub.com/gchat/

Fortuna Admissions.&dates=20160407T164000Z/20160407T180000Z&details=GMAT Club Wharton Chat with Fortuna Admissions.&location=GMATClub chat room" target="_blank">



Judith Silverman Hodara

: Judith is a Co-Founder and Director of Fortuna Admissions. She served as a core member of admissions committees at the University of Pennsylvania for almost two decades. She most recently served as Acting Director at the Wharton School’s MBA Program. She was also an Associate Director of Admissions in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

While at the Wharton School, Judith’s multi-region expertise in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East helped her to shape the incoming Wharton classes from a competitive applicant pool of the world’s best and brightest. She reviewed thousands of applications during her tenure and greatly enjoyed the opportunity to travel extensively for Wharton, meeting with prospective students and constituency groups, learning in depth about their educational and professional experiences.




Brittany Maschal

: Brittany most recently worked in MBA Admissions at the Wharton School. Prior, she held positions in admissions and student services at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Princeton University, and the Johns Hopkins University – Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Additionally, she serves on admissions committees with American Councils for International Education. She is an an alumni interviewer and admissions representative for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a four-year member of the Executive Board for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brittany holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Vermont and University of Pennsylvania respectively. She completed her doctorate in higher education from the George Washington University in 2012. She has been working as an independent educational consultant for several years, and has been with Fortuna since its inception.


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We are in the chat room with Judith Silverman Hodara and Brittany Maschal, former Wharton Admission Directors. If you are around, join us in the chat... http://gmatclub.com/gchat/


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Hello Applicants,

We are delighted to inform all applicants that we have organized a chat session with Judith Hodara, Director at Fortuna Admissions (former Wharton Director of Admissions) and Brittany Maschal, Expert Coach at Fortuna Admissions (former Wharton Officer of Admissions).

Judith and Brittany will dialogue with applicants in GMAT Club chat room on general admission questions and provide tips on getting into Wharton. This is best opportunity for you all to learn about Wharton's admission process from its former admission team. So save this event to your Google Calendar and present in the chat room with your questions.

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Time: 9 AM PDT / 12 PM EDT / 5 PM GMT
Place: GMAT Club Chat Room http://gmatclub.com/gchat/

Fortuna Admissions.&dates=20160407T164000Z/20160407T180000Z&details=GMAT Club Wharton Chat with Fortuna Admissions.&location=GMATClub chat room" target="_blank">



Judith Silverman Hodara

: Judith is a Co-Founder and Director of Fortuna Admissions. She served as a core member of admissions committees at the University of Pennsylvania for almost two decades. She most recently served as Acting Director at the Wharton School’s MBA Program. She was also an Associate Director of Admissions in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

While at the Wharton School, Judith’s multi-region expertise in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East helped her to shape the incoming Wharton classes from a competitive applicant pool of the world’s best and brightest. She reviewed thousands of applications during her tenure and greatly enjoyed the opportunity to travel extensively for Wharton, meeting with prospective students and constituency groups, learning in depth about their educational and professional experiences.




Brittany Maschal

: Brittany most recently worked in MBA Admissions at the Wharton School. Prior, she held positions in admissions and student services at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Princeton University, and the Johns Hopkins University – Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Additionally, she serves on admissions committees with American Councils for International Education. She is an an alumni interviewer and admissions representative for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a four-year member of the Executive Board for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brittany holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Vermont and University of Pennsylvania respectively. She completed her doctorate in higher education from the George Washington University in 2012. She has been working as an independent educational consultant for several years, and has been with Fortuna since its inception.


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Hi Guys, I am posting here summary and transcript of this chat. Thanks to all who attended the chat session.

I'm planning to apply for Wharton MBA for 2017 Fall intake. I will be 33 when I apply for MBA. Am I too old for Wharton MBA? Will my applications be considered in the first place?

Judith: Wharton does not have an age limit- so you can feel as if you would have a problem with your application- what you will need to do is to show why it is that you want to go to business school at this stage of your career.



For current applicants who have been on the waitlist at Wharton since R1, do you have any recommendations?

Judith: I am guessing that you have reached out to the waitlist manager to confirm your interest. Has anything happened since you applied that you feel would change how they would look at your application? You may also want to think about having an additional letter of support written.



For Waitlisted applicants, do you feel that a letter of support from another professional (ie. another Manager) or from a current student would be more valuable?

Judith: You will want to get a letter that can showcase something else about you- so if you go with a current student, you will want to really have them show why it is that you are a good fit and what specifically you could get out of being on campus/ bring to campus



Can you tell me up what skills you would like to see to overcome the highly represented Indian candidacy? Any higher GMAT expectations etc

Judith: You are coming from a representative population that is certainly going to have high scores. Beyond that you will want to have really a sense of what makes you different. What is your background story? How did you get here? What special background do you bring to the campus? You want to look at your self not just as a candidate from a certain sub set but as someone who will really impact the campus life.



Does it help to have current students and/or Wharton alumni write letters of support to the admissions committee (in addition to formal recommendations) to compliment one's application?

Judith: I generally say to stick to what they ask for. So you do not want to have random current students or alumni send in letters UNLESS you are certain what it is that they will add to your candidacy. Nothing should go in without you being fully aware and engaged with its content.



What are the 3 things that admission councils look for in case a candidate has inconsistent GPAs during his / her undergrad years? Also does an older candidate (35 yrs.) pose a significant disadvantage to apply for the program?

Judith: If you have an inconsistent GPA its less of an issue the further away you are from undergrad. Is there a pattern? Did you not do well in certain kinds of classes? If they are quant classes you will want to see if there are ways that you can retake them. I would also say that you will have had a lot of experience at work now that you can share in your application, and you would also want to address that inconsistency in your optional essay. You do not want to sweep it under the rug, but explain what was happening at that time.



Is a high undergrad GPA a prerequisite or does the admissions also considering factors that could save someone with sub-par GPA? Such as a high GPA from master studies, alternative transcript, first university student from family and so on? And what if the undergrad GPA is from non-US university, is it considered differently?

Judith: The adcom does consider other factors such as advanced study. If you attended university outside of the US, you are viewed as a product of that educational system. as first university student in your family you will want to share how that has shaped you and how you see yourself going forward into the MBA program. I am sure that was an important part of your experiences.



What are the things that the committee is looking for during the interview (both group and individual)? What are 3 things that a candidate should do/portray during the interview process to make a positive impression / achieve a high rating relative to peers?

Judith: You will want to have an idea that could work as well as a presentation that could work. That way if you have to give up one or the other than you still have the other one to fall back on. The admissions committee is looking for how you engage with the others in the room and how well developed your idea is. They are not looking for THE BEST idea, but rather an idea that can be adopted and adapted.



How is Wharton for a career in energy and sustainability domain?

Judith: There is a lot of work being done in this area, across the university. Sustainability is one of the hallmarks of the University of Pennsylvania, and you would be able to do a lot of work not just at Wharton but in collaboration with other departments. If you click on sustainability at Penn you will see a raft of opportunities



In interview do the adcoms also test on odd ball question and how should we prepare up for it? Is there anything that I can do up for it if they are going to ask oddball questions?

Judith: The main interview is the team based discussion. The second part ( 10 minutes) is generally why Wharton, why now, tell me about your resume, how do you think you did on the team based interview? Nothing oddball, really.


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