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MBA Program Review
A solid experience
November 29 | 2016
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     By anejehci 8 25
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Wharton has not exceeded my expectations as many told me it would, but it has provided a solid business school experience thus far. I have already met what I know will be lifelong friends - with such a large class, you are bound to meet people on your level. One major hurdle I think the school needs to overcome is its struggle to define its core differentiator. Recently, Wharton has attempted to brand itself away from its typical finance image, but it seems to result in a lack of confidence on the part of the administration. I hope the Dean is able to execute on a clear strategy moving forward to make the business school experience more seamless and enjoyable for us full-time MBA's.

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Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Management

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Culture & Student Support

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
MBA Review
November 28 | 2016
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     By blacksquirrel 2 5
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

I applied to business school with a 2-3 primary goals in mind: to broadly meet, at a deep level, many highly motivated individuals with backgrounds far different from mine, to secure a job in the niche investment management industry, and to learn some hard skills that my liberal arts undergrad experience could not provide.

Wharton has delivered, beyond expectations, on all three of these primary goals. With 800+ students in each class, it is very easy to find someone who has experience in x, y, or z. On the second point, I have found that the majority of major investment management firms only recruit at 2-4 business schools; fortunately, Wharton is typically in that group. And the broad range of classes offered at Wharton has easily satiated my desire to learn.

For me, I have no regrets on the decision to return to business school - specifically to Wharton. For others, I would suggest that you think long and hard about the career you want after business school, and the target schools based on those that are best situated to launch you into that career.

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Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Student body, diversity


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MBA Program Review
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     By Elimanning 2 5
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

Helped me pivot careers. Exposed me to many new perspectives, people, and places. Gave me great leadership experiences in student groups. Provided ample time for career reflection and learning. A very fun and social place! Not the best place for academics overall. Can be overwhelming at times with its large size, however the large size is ultimately beneficial because you meet more people and have a larger alumni network. Philadelphia is an underrated city and a great place for business school. Easy access to the east coast cities and international destinations. Great and affordable restaurants. Highly recommend Wharton to interested applicants!

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Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

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Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Tech

Management

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MBA Program Review
Wharton 1Y Review
November 25 | 2016
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     By Malluce 124 29
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Great school, great classmates. I'm glad to be here and have been really enjoying the classes and classmates. Even with the nature of B-school, which is being competitive, people really do go out of their way to help you and provide resources. Especially the help from 2Ys.

It is overwhelming at first but I'm sure it's the same with other schools. However, Wharton people really know how to party and enjoying life in general. Tons of social events and treks (both professional and for fun) during Labor Day weekend, Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Break. Overall a great place to spend your two years as a student again.

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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors


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MBA Program Review
Wharton
November 25 | 2016
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     By dmcg 1 0
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Wharton has met every need, goal, and expectation. The student body is extremely diverse, the course opportunities are plentiful, and the alumni network is strong. Having a large student body has been one of the beneficial aspects as you are in classes and clubs with people of all different backgrounds. The opportunity to learn from all of them has been extremely rewarding. I have also thoroughly impressed by the quality of speakers that are brought in to speak with Wharton students. The career services department is extremely helpful and focused on finding you the best job possible. Wouldn't change anything.

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     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Admissions Team


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MBA Program Review
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     By Wharton1700 1 0
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

To be honest, most of MBA curriculum can be learned almost anywhere. What's made the difference to me at Wharton is the community. Wharton has an amazing cluster and cohort system that encourages students to get to know each other. It's Philadelphia location and the fact that most students live in Rittenhouse helps foster a sense of community. I can't walk down the street without running into someone I know, which builds the strong relationships I wanted in my MBA experience. I think that's why the alumni network is also so strong. The network is really bi-coastal and international and I've had a lot of help/networking success with alums.

Other highlights at Wharton include the amazing speakers that come to the school, the opportunitues to build up strategy/innovation experience through the field application project program and the collaborative innovation project program, and the Semester in SF program. I've loved my classes with Profs. Adam Grant, David Bell, Luke Taylor, and Bari Harlam.

The professors in general can be a hit or miss. They're generally okay and some of the long term ones seem like they couldn't give a care about teaching. We do have some superstars (see above) and they're very much worth taking a class with.

Also, I'm convinced Philadelphia is one of the most underrated cities in the US. I loved in SF and DC before school (and spent a lot of time in NYC) and absolutely love Philly. It's inexpensive to live in, the food scene is amazing, and it's architecturally beautiful. The weather is typical East Coast weather so winter isn't the best, but can't complain about much else. It's gotten a lot safer in the last few years and I feel safer here than SF.

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Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Location

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Facilities

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

Healthcare, finance, real estate

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors


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MBA Program Review
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     By dss2310 1 5
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Curriculum, Classes, Professors:
As a large business school with tenure based faculty and many possible concentrations, the quality of curriculum and professors varies significantly. This is not necessarily a detractor, but it requires one to be thoughtful about course selection.

Student body, diversity:
Students at The Wharton School have been surprisingly humble and varied. Diversity in professional experience is extremely evident, and Wharton is focusing more on students with increasingly entrepreneurial goals.

Alumni Network:
The alumni network profile is shifting (in my opinion, for the better) as Wharton moves away from being a finance-focused school to being more technology, marketing, and entrepreneurship focused.

Career opportunities provided by school:
Recruiting at Wharton, especially for consulting, finance, banking, and large enterprise, is best in class. The size of the alumni base is

Location:
Philadelphia will pleasantly surprise everyone. While still being able to take advantage of all the benefits of a big city and proximity to other urban centers, the student body is tighter socially than at peer institutions because 98% of the students do not have external social circles already established in Philly.

Brand/Ranking:
Wharton always only compares itself to Harvard and Stanford. Perennially ranked #2 to #5, the Wharton brand is as strong as any, especially internationally. Having a Wharton degree will never keep you out of an opportunity that Stanford or Harvard would also allow you to pursue.

Culture & Student Support:
The Student Life office, led by the ever-engaging Kembrel Jones, creates an environment where all students, regardless of interpersonal tendencies, have an opportunity to engage.

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc):
Healthcare specialty is obviously best in the world. Note that Wharton is launching an Alternative Investment Initiative (https://altinvest.wharton.upenn.edu/) that will become a form major starting with the MBA Class of 2018.

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Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Career opportunities provided by school

Culture & Student Support

Facilities

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

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Brand/Ranking

Admissions Team


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MBA Program Review
Wharton Review
November 25 | 2016
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     By dexum 8 5
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Pros:
-Access to huge alumni network that so far has been very willing to help
-Network of extremely smart and talented classmates (with some exceptions)
-Campus and presence in SF helps with tech/VC recruiting

Cons:
-Facilities provided don't stack up to other top programs (we can't even use the campus gym without paying $300+ per year)
-Location is not as exciting as other top programs
-Lack of experiential based learning opportunities
-Wharton needs to work on and invest more into its branding - its reputation has slipped a bit over the last decade to where it is no longer considered on the same tier as HBS and Stanford

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
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

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Brand/Ranking

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
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     By pinkpanther1985 7 5
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

The diversity and depth of the student body thanks to a large class size, caliber of the people and the sheer value of the brand make it worth every buck in terms of social and professional networks plus recruiting. It places a very high emphasis on student life and culture, which creates a strong (and a very social) community. Philly as a college city is also a lot of fun to live in as almost all students live in the the most active part of the city (downtown/Rittenhouse Square) so it allows you to move about the city and campus very easily. Furthermore, its proximity to NYC (2 hour bus ride) also is a huge plus when it comes to recruiting and/or traveling for social reasons.

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Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Tech

Management

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

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


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MBA Program Review
An investment for life
January 29 | 2016
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     By schedir 42 15
This review is for: Wharton
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

An MBA at Wharton is exactly that: an investment for life.
The overall cost is somehow eye-popping, and the idea of budgeting $220k+ to go back to school can be daunting. However, what comes with the MBA is definitely worth the price.
First, the experience itself. The MBA student body is huge, and it fosters diversity and collaboration. The grade non-disclosure agreement helps to keep the level of competition healthy, and the overall environment is relaxed and far from cutthroat. The most notable area for improvement at Wharton, though, is that Student Life and the student body create an experience a little too tailored for American students, and, at first, this can be a bit alienating and overwhelming for internationals. That said, my experience as an international student has exceeded my expectations.
On the academic side, Wharton has it all. A world-class faculty, and a program that is rigorous but flexible at the same time. The number of electives and the opportunity of taking classes at other UPenn grad schools allow anyone to build their ideal path. You won't find two MBAs who have taken the same classes.
Regarding career perspectives, the brand and the prestige that Wharton enjoys open doors that would hardly be accessible. The 98,000+ Alumni community is worldwide, active, and supportive much more than you'd expect. At the same time, the Career Service offers a broad range of services well beyond the "mere" contacts with top firms, and it makes life so much easier.

It is ok not to have a well-defined career path when you arrive here. There are so many opportunities, and you will have such a diverse exposure to fields and industries that you had never considered, that adjusting during the journey is totally fine. No panic just enjoy it, and everything will eventually work out great.

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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Management

Can be improved:

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