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MBA Program Review
Wharton
January 09 | 2016
4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
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     By Gumbymc 63 10
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2015

Experience during the program

I came in with very high expectations and Wharton managed to surpass them. I was incredibly impressed with the caliber of my classmates and extracurricular offerings. Given the size of the program, there really is something for everyone and the toughest part is cutting things out of your schedule since no one has the time to be involved in everything they are interested in. I came in with an interest in impact investing and was very impressed with the efforts the school was taking to expand its offerings in the realm and to become one of the top b-schools for impact investing.

I was also surprised by the diversity of interests in the student body. Typically known as a finance school, Wharton has done a great job creating strong departments in other areas of business and a very large amount of students are now going into tech and entrepreneurship. Reputations are hard to change and Wharton will probably still be know for finance, but it is definitely a great school no matter what career path you intend to take post-MBA. The strength of the alumni network is incredible and the brand will open many doors.

About professors, classes and curriculum

As a whole, the quality of professors was not as good as I expected. However, the extracurricular and networking side of the experience is unparalleled in my opinion, and more than made up for this.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
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     By kthxbye 11 6
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2019

Experience during the program

How Wharton describes itself during admissions events is very similar to the experience: big brand, large student body, diversity of classes, and diversity of classmates. There are so many positives that the admissions office does a great job of describing, so here's a list of negatives:
1) School is tough. First semester you are in intro finance, econ, etc. with students who worked in finance, econ, etc. so you're not going to get an A. Face it. Many, many classmates struggle to adapt to this realization and it ruins their classroom experience as a result because they're just bitter all the time. You should know what you're signing up for.
2) Social dynamics are surprising. You have the foreign students, 80% of whom always hang out with other foreign students (likely from their country). They're able to do this because there are 80 students from China, 10 from Japan, etc. At a smaller program (Tuck, Haas) these students probably can't hide among those similar to them so this wouldn't be the case. On the non-foreign students side you have a few different groups that are mostly similar to high school except many people derive their self-worth from their pre-MBA job instead of their athletic ability.
3) They don't tell you this in August during pre-term, or at least not enough, but everything you could possibly participate in from a leadership perspective you have to sign up (see: tryout) for from Sept-Nov, so you should really know what you want to do during school before class even starts.


About professors, classes and curriculum

The core curriculum is interesting but mostly irrelevant. First-year students should try to test out of as many core classes as possible.

About job placement process

Banking - you can work anywhere. ~90 students are recruiting for this
Consulting - not as prevalent as consulting and much more competitive. ~200+ students trying for this
Big tech (Amazon, Microsoft, etc.) - Wharton is well established but the roles themselves didn't seem too appealing. Check Linkedin to see where students go

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Student body, diversity

Social dynamic - people hang out with similar peop


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MBA Program Review
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     By rb74 5 1
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2015

Experience during the program

I started my own company during Wharton and have been working on it full-time since. Wharton prepared me well for all aspects of startup life. I have relied a ton on the Wharton network and have always been amazed by how helpful classmates are. The Philly Entrepreneurship system continues to grow rapidly. Definitely make sure you join both Founder's Club and the Entrepreneurship Club!
Courses are also a great way to get free help from brilliant classmates on your startup. In particular, I highly recommend the soft skill courses, such as Influence and Negotiations, which are invaluable. The hard skill courses that stood out include Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship through Acquisition. Finally, the brand has helped significantly in opening doors for my company.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
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     By rlecav 1 5
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

I am extremely happy at Wharton. Philadelphia is a great place to go to school. You get the resources of a city, but on top of that, everyone lives within a mile radius, creating a tight new community. Everyone embraces the “My Wharton” mentality, making the most of what they want of the experience. Whether you want to focus on classes, clubs, social life or family, there is a place and plentiful opportunity for you. The classes, especially the electives, have great content and professors. All of the top consulting firms and investment banks come to Wharton, and the clubs/career services do a great job preparing you for those interviews. I would suggest that anyone serious about a great network and education to consider this school.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
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     By bmcrhino 76 17
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Prior to business school I worked at a hedge fund but knew I wanted to get into management and operations. High priority for me was getting into the best school I could and Wharton was my #1 choice. Why over H/S and others? It came down to people; of all the alumni from the schools I knew, I got along best with Wharton people and my 3 years did not disappoint.

I'm getting in, best advice is to find someone with 3 characteristics who can help you: they've been through the MBA process successfully, they know you well, and they are candid. If you don't have someone like that in your life then hit on as many as possible. Do your best and forget the rest!

I got an internship and accepted full time with an MBB but had a lot of other unique opportunities in management, startups, and finance. Wharton will be great for 99% of people. The only place it came up a bit short on career oops was in PE and HF, but I believe it would have been the same for all programs given the ad IOC nature of hiring. For anything blue chip, Wharton is great, plus the San Francisco center is an amazing opportunity for those interested in the bay.

Biggest complaint is that the classes are run by academics as opposed to practitioners and the classes feel to academic. I wish the curriculum were more practical.

Socially, the school does a TON to facilitate friendships and invests a lot in the class.

Overall a great program a very happy with my investment and the prospects it is providing me.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors


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MBA Program Review
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     By lql2 1 0
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

After the first year of bschool, I will say that it has been a fun experience. I've met some great people and have been able to travel to some fantastic places, however, career wise, I can't say at this point that it's been worth the tuition. Unless you want to go into finance or consulting, the career options post business school may be a bit disappointing and limited. Industries are not as open to career switchers as bschools make them out to be. If you know exactly what you want to do in two years, then you'll hopefully be able to make the most out of your bschool experience. However, if you're looking to "find yourself" or "explore", I'm not sure you'll be able to do so in the limited amount of time/worth the amount you're paying.

Overall BSchool experience
     (2.0)
Schools contribution
     (3.0)
Classmates rating
     (3.0)

Strengths of the program:

Location

Brand/Ranking

Facilities

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Career opportunities provided by school

Culture & Student Support


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MBA Program Review
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     By horsehide 30 19
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

MBA/MA Lauder Joint-Degree

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

Without the Lauder program, I wouldn't have gone to Wharton. With its small group size (~70 students) and amazing international programming, it was an incredible academic, social, and personal experience. As a somewhat introverted person, the huge class size of Wharton was intimidating. Having a solid base of friends and contacts through Lauder made navigating Wharton much easier.

One thing that pleasantly surprised me about Wharton was the lack of competition among students in classes. Thanks to the grade non-disclosure policy, I found my classmates very willing to help one another.

Another huge selling point on Wharton for me is the breadth of the alumni network. While many schools have huge regional concentrations of alumni, Wharton has pretty even global coverage, with obvious hubs in NYC and SF.

About professors, classes and curriculum

If I could change anything about Wharton, it would be the classroom technology policy. I wish Wharton would adopt a full-blown, accross-the-board technology ban in class as is done at HBS. The quality of class participation suffered significantly due to students working on laptops, phones, and tablets during class. It was very distracting. and a shame given the investment we all made to be there.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Culture & Student Support

Admissions Team


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MBA Program Review
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     By I17 8 3
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Wharton allows you the flexibility to create an experience that best suits you and your goals. The scale of the school means there is always someone interested in what you are interesting in pursuing - be it networking, career, or academic. The school helps greatly with recruiting, but nothing rivals the quality of the clubs and second year students that are more than happy to help you reach your personal goals. The student body is diverse in backgrounds, and the perspective gained from learning in this type of environment is huge. It is important to also note how stron student life is at wharton and how student life programs help create a cohesive student body which fosters an extremely exciting and comfortable learning and networking environment.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Healthcare

Can be improved:

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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MBA Program Review
2 years well spent
May 25 | 2017
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     By MommyMBA 1 5
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2015

Experience during the program

I applied with a consulting background and a liberal arts undergrad degree. While living in Philly after growing up in California wasnt the best (hello snow!), it was a great college town and the MBA program is really a little bubble within the city, both on campus and where students typically live. The school has an amazing alumni and career management support system, and their healthcare program is top notch. And dont discount brand - everywhere in the world, people know what Wharton is.

Through the program, I was able to land a job at a bulge bracket investment bank fairly easily, so I would say this school is a safe bet if that is the field you are interested in. Finally, the people you will meet are the most smart, well-grounded people EVER. If you go, get ready for 2 years of fun and hard work, both in class and outside of class!

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Location

Culture & Student Support


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MBA Program Review
Exceeded Expectations
January 04 | 2017
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     By DrywallRepair 13 8
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

There are many things that can be said about Wharton, but the full time MBA program has far exceeded my expectations. My classmates are collegial and supportive, the professors are world class and leaders in their industry, and the amount of career opportunities I've been exposed to is staggering. I was really on the fence between Wharton and another program and would go back and make the same decision again in a heartbeat if I could. Could not be happier with my decision.

The two biggest perks of the program, in my experience, are the student body and the alumni. My classmates have worked in nearly every country on Earth, at nearly every company you could think of, and in an incredibly wide range of roles. If I want to learn more about the McKinsey office in Moscow, I can grab lunch with someone who spent 2 years there tomorrow. If I'm curious about working in a fintech startup in San Francisco, I can grab coffee with someone that was employee #3 at one later today. If I want to know the gritty details about working at Goldman TMT in NYC, I can bump into a person that did that between classes. I didn't fully understand how valuable that level of connection would be until I got here and was able to take advantage of it before the waves of recruiting hit during my first year.

The alumni support has been very impressive. Coming into school, I knew I wanted to work in a certain industry in a certain geographic area, so I started reaching out to alumni from both schools I was considering to get a feel of the strength of each network. The Wharton alumni far and away were the most responsive and receptive to me and several of them went beyond the extra mile to meet or chat with me during my decision process. Since I've been a student, that aspect has only improved. I may be an anomaly, but I've had a hit rate of 100% when it comes to returned emails, phone calls, or coffee / lunch invitations from alumni. I know the burden will be on me someday to repay the favor to the next set of students, but I cannot overstate how strong and open the Wharton network has been for me thus far.

About professors, classes and curriculum

I thought the competition between students would be extremely cutthroat based on what I heard from some of the older alumni at my pre-MBA firm, but that hasn't been true at all. All of my classmates are extremely helpful and there isn't this "I win if I can make you lose" mentality like I was expecting. I think the TBD interview style really works to wash out the gunners before they get to campus.

The amount of electives and flexibility you have within the degree programs thanks to the short fixed core classes program is really fantastic. You can get as deep or as broad as you want in any subject and I've really taken advantage of it by using the course catalogue as a shopping menu for classes that I think sound interesting outside my chosen field of study.

About job placement process

WAY more tech firms and start ups recruit at Wharton than I thought would when I was applying. I come from a finance background and plan to continue in the investment field after school, but I've been pleasantly surprised at the amount of opportunity that exists beyond the typical financial roles. The school has a finance reputation for a reason, but there is a big push from the leadership to expand entrepreneurship and tech stuff and it's really starting to show when you look at the post-MBA jobs a lot of people are taking.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Facilities


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