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2014-15 Campus Visit Program

The excitement on campus is especially evident these days – students are finishing classes and studying for exams, preparations for graduation are well under way, and we are in the process of finalizing the incoming class of MBAs! With the semester coming to a close this week, we will beRead More

Spring Has Sprung

Last week, students returned from spring break and our faculty and staff flew back from the Global Forum in Bangkok. Campus is now abuzz again and all of Wharton is settled in for the final stretch of the academic year. As spring (and hopefully warmer weather) begins, we mark anotherRead More

Being a Veteran at Wharton

On the first day of pre-term in August before our first semester began our cluster (~220 students, there are four clusters in each class) was instructed to congregate by pre-MBA industry. Having spent two years in finance after the Marine Corps, I consciously moved towards the finance group. This wayRead More

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Mid-Round Update

Like that old Pennsylvania saying, March definitely came roaring in like a lion. With extra cold temperatures and plenty of snow, the Wharton community is very excited that Spring Break has arrived. More importantly, we are quickly wrapping up our Round 2 Team-Based Discussions, both on campus and abroad, andRead More

#WhartonDoesPC: Wharton’s awesome takeover of Park City, Utah

Wondering what Wharton students do to escape the cold February weather in Philadelphia? They go skiing in Park City, Utah, of course! With record high temperatures in the 50’s, Park City hosted over 1000 Whartonites for a sunny ski weekend the first week of February. As Co-Presidents of the WhartonRead More

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Showcasing the Team Dynamic

On February 11th we will be sending out invitations for Round 2 Team-Based Discussions. In the past, I’ve highlighted the logistical aspects of the TBD and we’ve shared a student’s personal experience. I know that many of you still have questions about how to best prepare for the TBD and what toRead More

Everyone gets a job, FRP is just the start!

Thinking back to this time last year, I remember I was studying hard for interviews and feeling extremely nervous about the week to come. Every day I would go from feeling totally prepared for interviews to being sure I would never get a job. So if you are feeling anythingRead More

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P3: Purpose, Passion, and Principles at Wharton

“There is no foolproof system that always leads to success.” – Prof. G. Richard Shell (Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success) This is the statement to which my classmates and I constantly find ourselves returning, as part of P3 (“Purpose, Passion, Principles”), a unique program that encourages Wharton MBAs toRead More

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Visiting Campus During the Spring Semester

We look forward to resuming our campus visit program on Monday, January 26th. For more information on what we offer and how to register, please check out our website. Aside from the regular on-campus visits, we are gearing up for some of our special-interest Spring visit days as well. FollowRead More

Education outside the Classroom: A Closer Look at the Wharton Beer & Brewmasters’ Guild

If you were anything like me, you arrived at Wharton and were a bit overwhelmed with the number of clubs — career, cultural, athletic, community, and social — there were to choose from; now, after checking a few obvious ones off the list like my career-focused club, Ski Club, MBARead More


Venturing Out of the Classroom – Wharton Leadership Ventures

Summiting mountains, traversing glaciers, sailing boats, hiking across remote wilderness – while this might have described an ideal (if not really relaxing) outdoors vacation, they weren’t activities I anticipated as being part of my business school education. Luckily for me, almost all of them have been, all due to myRead More

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Wharton FinTech

By Daniel McAuley and Steve Weiner Daniel McAuley and Steve Weiner are first-year MBA students at The Wharton School and Co-Founders of Wharton FinTech. Prior to Wharton, Daniel was a Financial Engineer and Director at Verus Analytics, and Steve spent six years in the US Navy’s Submarine Force and workedRead More

Walking in a Wharton Wonderland

Today was a good day for us here at Wharton MBA Admissions! We placed calls to our Round 1 admitted students this morning to congratulate them. It is incredibly exciting for us to begin building and welcoming the MBA Class of 2017. The excitement and enthusiasm on the other endRead More

Hogfest: Weekend Full of Rugby

This past fall I got the opportunity to plan one of the biggest social events in the fall, Hogfest. This annual rugby tournament takes place in the fall and brings together MBA rugby teams from all of the globe. The men’s and women’s team spend all of first quarter practicingRead More

Stretch Yo Self

When I decided to go to Wharton, I remember wanting stretch experiences. But I never expected that to mean performing stand-up comedy to a sold-out room of over 250 peers… Business school gave me the opportunity to push myself both inside and outside the classroom. Because of Wharton’s non-grade disclosure, IRead More


The Process – Navigating Career Opportunities

As a non-traditional business school student with a biomedical engineering background, I wanted to use my time in business school to build business experience and explore other career interests. Prior to school I worked in Clinical Studies at a medical device company and had little knowledge of the business world.Read More

Career Spotlight: Consulting

“Why do people say ‘outside the box’ when the term ‘outside the box’ is inside the box?” – Marty Kaan Three and a half years ago, I left the Marine Corps to pursue a passion of mine from undergrad, finance. I became a trader at an investment bank and itRead More

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT: The Whitney M. Young Conference

My first introduction to the amazing and welcoming community at Wharton was in 2011 at the Whitney M. Young conference. At that point, I had no interest in pursuing my MBA and had simply been invited to accompany a good friend, who was a student at the time and wantedRead More

Wharton Women: Working to Eliminate the Gender Gap

It would be a lie for me to say that I had never once questioned my ability to succeed in business, particularly in the fast-driven and competitive field of management consulting. In my three years consulting prior to business school, I hit a few road bumps, pulled a few tooRead More


Round 1 Invitations to Interview

Last Friday we notified all Round 1 applicants about their interview status.  I want to thank everyone who applied as our team knows how much time, energy, and focus it takes to apply to B-School.  I’d also like to acknowledge and apologize for the technical difficulties that arose during theRead More

Round 1 Update

As the leaves change color in Philadelphia, the Admissions Team continues to hunker down and read through your Round 1 applications. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning more about each of you through your personal stories and experiences. With November quickly approaching, we wanted to update you on where the team will be traveling forRead More

Welcome to Life as a Wharton MBA

“Congratulations and Welcome to Wharton!” This was the refrain heard over and over as the senior administration greeted the Class of 2016 at the opening Welcome Ceremony of Pre-Term 2014 held in the Annenberg Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Following addresses from the Vice Dean,Read More

Opportunities to Visit Wharton

As you are wrapping up your Round 1 applications, we wanted to highlight that our campus visit program will start up again on Monday, September, 29th. The visit program takes place on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the academic year, and provides a wonderful opportunity for candidates to experience theRead More

Wrapping Up Summer Travel

Now that we are mid-way through September, the Class of 2016 has officially started to settle in to life at Wharton. The past few weeks have been busy on campus between Pre-Term events, Convocation and ramping up for another academic year. On the admissions front, the team has been scatteredRead More

Highlights from Penn’s JD/MBA Program

It’s been a busy summer for the JD/MBA Program here at Penn. While the majority of Penn Law and Wharton MBA students spent the past few months working at their summer internships, our rising 2L JD/MBAs were busy in the classroom completing a 14 credit semester’s worth of work inRead More


A New Cycle, A New Academic Year

And so it begins! The 2014-15 application is now live! As mentioned in previous posts, we have streamlined the application process and made some key changes to the application itself. If you are a first time applicant or reapplicant, know that the Admissions team is here to assist you if you haveRead More

Around the Globe

Planning is well underway and excitement is building as we prepare for the Class of 2016’s arrival for Pre-Term in August! The MBA Admissions team is in full recruitment mode for the Class of 2017 and we have enjoyed meeting many of you on the road throughout parts of Asia,Read More

Holiday Office Closing

The Office of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid will be closed starting at 2:00 pm on Thursday, July 3rd through 8:30 am on Monday, July 7th in honor of Independence Day. Please contact us at should any questions arise during this time. Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend!Read More

Summer Travel Continues

A quiet week on campus is always a sign that travel season has begun and the Admissions team is scattered around the world. The Wharton Global Forum Beijing was held last week, bringing together faculty, staff, students, alumni and industry leaders to network and speak to the theme of “GrowthRead More

Streamlining the Application Process – Some Changes for 2014-15

Summer at Wharton has officially begun. With the close of another academic year and the Class of 2014 transitioning to the role of alumni, the Admissions Team is preparing to hit the road again. We will be meeting with prospective students and alumni from around the globe and we areRead More

On the Road Again…

Congratulations, again, to the MBA Class of 2014! It has been exciting to see all of the photos that have hit Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter over the past couple of weeks, and we wish you well as you embark upon this next journey. Now that campus has started to settleRead More

The Final Countdown

The academic year at Wharton is coming to a close. Students have finished their exams and are counting down the days to beginning of the summer and graduation. Although it will be hard to say goodbye to the Class of 2014 on May 18th, there is great satisfaction knowing thatRead More

Wharton Business Plan Competition Venture Finals

Since its launch in 1998, the Wharton community has taken great pride in the success and recognition of the Wharton Business Plan Competition (WBPC). As part of Wharton Entrepreneurship, the WBPC spans the entire academic year, helping student entrepreneurs develop and launch their businesses. The WBPC Venture Finals are takingRead More

Law School and B-School Debates

At Penn Law, I have really enjoyed the Socratic method of learning. With this method, Professors encourage students to question their beliefs about the facts of a case, as well as what the law ought to be. This method facilitates debate amongst students. It doesn’t come as a surprise thatRead More

Internship Search: Changing Your Mind

When I came to Wharton, I had one mission: Get a marketing internship at a top Beauty company. I wrote about it in my admission essays. I networked with 2nd years that had just returned from the type of firms I wanted to join. I analyzed print ad after printRead More

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Wharton Spotlight: Cotopaxi Social Impact Venture

Wharton alum Davis Smith (WG’11, G’11) and his wife Asialene started their outdoor gear company, Cotopaxi, with a simple goal – to make gear for good. With more than a billion people living in extreme poverty, Cotopaxi, has a social mission rooted in the personal experiences of its founders. ThisRead More

As one round closes another begins…

Happy April! Spring has finally arrived here, in Philadelphia, and it’s so nice to see people outside enjoying the slightly warmer weather. Last week was an exciting time in the MBA Admissions Office, as we released Round 2 decisions on March 25th and officially closed the 2013-2014 application process withRead More

Wharton Leadership Ventures: Five Myths Debunked

I spent Spring break on the Patagonia Leadership Venture and it is without a doubt one of the best things I have done at Wharton. The Wharton Leadership Venture Program is designed to help MBA students develop better leadership skills by placing participants in challenging situations outside of the classroom. ThereRead More

Spring Forward

The admissions staff is back in the office after several weeks of crisscrossing the globe to meet Round 2 applicants for Team Based Discussions.  As usual, we were highly impressed by the quality of candidates we saw in this round, as well as the thoughtfulness you put into the discussion prompt aboutRead More

Geoffrey Garrett Named Next Dean of the Wharton School

Geoffrey Garrett has been named dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, effective July 1. The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price. “Geoff Garrett has a proven track record as an eminent interdisciplinary scholar and strong and collaborative strategic leader,”Read More

Spring Visit Days

We look forward to starting up the campus visit program next week once students return from their spring break travels. For more information on what we offer and how to register for our visit program, please check out our website. Aside from the regular on-campus visits, we are gearing upRead More

Looking Ahead

Happy March! As Round 2 interviews wrap up in the coming days, we wanted to provide a quick update in advance of the decision release date and the Round 3 application deadline at the end of the month. Over the past couple of weeks, the Admissions team has thoroughly enjoyedRead More

Campus Visit Program Update

The formal campus visit program will not be running during the week of March 10, 2014 due to spring break, but the MBA Admissions and Financial Aid Office will be open as usual during this time. The campus visit program will start back up again on Monday, March 17th. For moreRead More

Wharton Spotlight: Panama Global Forum

Since 1993, Wharton has been holding Global Forums in major cities of political and economic importance around the world. As one of Wharton’s key Lifelong Learning events, our Forums bring together alumni, faculty, staff, current students, prospective candidates and key stakeholders from around the region to learn from and networkRead More

University Closing

The University will be closed on Thursday, February 13, 2014 due to impending inclement weather. Our office will re-open on Friday, February 14th at 8:30 am. Please e-mail us directly at should you have any immediate questions. Thank you all for your patience as we make our way through the winterRead More

My Experience with the Team Based Discussion

I have to admit that I was not that intimidated by the addition of the Team Based Discussion to the interview process. As an athlete my entire life and as a management consultant prior to attending Wharton, collaborating in a team environment is when I feel most in my element. What didRead More

The Big Game

Last week was quite a week.  The Class of 2015 was hard at work recruiting for summer internship opportunities and Wharton had the pleasure of hosting nearly 300 admits for Winter Welcome Weekend.  I enjoy seeing the campus abuzz with activity – seeing our students in action during interviews, welcomingRead More

Closing Early Due to Weather

The MBA Admissions & Financial Aid Office will be closing at 2:30 pm today, February 3, 2014, due to inclement weather. Our office will re-open on Tuesday, February 4th at 8:30 am. Please e-mail our office directly at should you have any immediate questions.

Round 2 Update

Campus is in full swing again with all of our students back from their winter break travels and our first year MBAs in the midst of the Focused Recruiting Period (FRP). As for the MBA Admissions team, we have been thoroughly enjoying reading your Round 2 applications and getting toRead More

Going home for Winter Break

For many of my classmates, Winter Break was the opportunity to do something that they ordinarily would not have done on their own – whether it was trekking through Antarctica, exploring the hidden wonders of foreign country that only a local could show them, or meeting executives and dignitaries inRead More

Wharton Winter Break in India

After wrapping up my first semester courses and visiting my parents in Florida for the Christmas holiday, I boarded an Emirates Airbus A380 en route to Mumbai for the 2-week Wharton Global Immersion Program (GIP) in India. The GIP trips combine an on-the-ground education in the economic, cultural and geopoliticalRead More

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Closed Due to Weather

The University is closed today, January 22, 2014, due to inclement weather. Our office will re-open on Thursday, January 23rd at 8:30 am. Please e-mail our office directly at should you have any immediate questions. We also look forward to our campus visit program starting back up on Monday, January 27th.Read More

MBA Admissions & Financial Aid Closing Early

The University will be closing early today, January 21, 2014, due to inclement weather. Our office will re-open on Wednesday, January 22nd at 8:30 am. Please e-mail our office directly at should you have any immediate questions. We hope that everyone stays safe and warm! The Wharton MBA AdmissionsRead More

Time to Get Ourselves a Job

Congrats to everyone who was accepted first-round to Wharton! You are going to love it here! As you all start making plans to quit your jobs, prepare for school, and plan summer vacations with your free time, all of us here at Wharton are looking to do the exact opposite.Read More

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MBA Admissions & Financial Aid Closed on Monday, January 20th

The University will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2014 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Our office will reopen on Tuesday, January 21st at 8:30 am. For any immediate questions, please contact us directly at Have a great weekend, The MBA Admissions & Financial Aid Team

Second Year Fall Semester

Okay, I know winter break has come and gone. Wharton students have already returned from their world travels. But meanwhile, I am still processing this past fall. My last fall at Wharton wasn’t as free as I thought it would be. Yes business school is supposed to be busy, butRead More

Student Life is Reborn in Center City

It’s 6:45pm on a Wednesday and the place is already buzzing. A student waits nervously outside a conference room rehearsing lines for an audition. In the main room, Rihanna plays overhead as students eat, mix and mingle, catching up with friends old and new. Elsewhere, student teams work on groupRead More

A New Year and a New Round

Happy 2014!  I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday season. After a quick break spent with family and friends, Wharton starts a new year with a flurry of activity.  Our students are returning after spending winter vacation around the world, from tall-ship sailing in Tahiti to trekking on a Leadership Venture inRead More

MBA Admissions & Financial Aid Office Closed Due to Weather

The University is closed today, January 3rd, due to inclement weather. Our office will re-open on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:30 am. Please e-mail our office directly at should you have any immediate questions regarding the Round 2 application deadline. We hope that everyone stays safe and warm,Read More

How First Years Spend Winter Break

Finals are over! One semester is done! It’s winter break! Wait, not so fast…. There are a few lucky first year students who scored their internship offers last summer, this fall, or came in sponsored by their employer. However, for the majority of the first year class, summer is aRead More

Holiday Closing

The MBA Admissions and Financial Aid Office will be closed for the University-wide winter break from Tuesday, December 24, 2013 to Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Round 2 applications are due the following week, on January 7. For Round 2 applicants and other prospective students interested in visiting Wharton in 2014:Read More

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This morning, the Admissions Committee and our student Welcome Committee had probably the best task one can have in Admissions – calling and congratulating the new members of Wharton’s Class of 2016! December 17th has been one of the most exciting – and I’ll say it, crazy busy – days ofRead More

One Semester (Almost) Down at Wharton

Nearly a year ago today, I received a phone call while eating breakfast from Ankur Kumar, who was then the Director of MBA Admissions for The Wharton School. To say that the past 12 months have been a whirlwind would be an understatement. Yet, through all of the experiences thatRead More

Wharton Partners and Families

It wasn’t too long ago that my fiancé was navigating MBA applications, prepping for interviews, and ultimately choosing Wharton.  We knew that pursuing an MBA would be an incredible investment in his future, but that also meant career and life changes for me as well. Fortunately, the Wharton Partners ClubRead More

Class of 2013 Full-Time Offer Report

A few weeks ago we released the full-time offer data for the Class of 2013.  I’d like to share with you some highlights of this data and give you a glimpse behind the scenes as to how success like this is achieved.  This graduating class continued the growing trend atRead More

Campus Visit Program Update

The last day for the Wharton campus visit program for the fall semester will be Friday, December 6th, 2013 . The visit program will start back up again on Monday, January 27th, 2014 . For full information about program availability and details, please click here.

Broadening Our Reach

Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with a number of Wharton affiliates – from students and alumni to faculty and staff – in person, on the phone or through email. One thing always remains: there is a true sense of pride for the SchoolRead More

Winter in Philadelphia

The cold has officially arrived.  It hasn’t actually snowed yet, but it still feels like the dead of winter.  I’m from Philadelphia, so I should be used to this weather by now.  But every year I find myself unprepared for the drastic weather change.  I’ve noticed a lot of studentsRead More

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Wharton Spotlight: MasterChef

Earlier this month, the Wharton Inter Cultural Society (WICS) brought to life a new event that allowed the MBA community to showcase its cultural diversity by way of food. Wharton MasterChef took place on November 9th and attracted Wharton MBA students from 20+ countries around the world to create theirRead More

Meeting a (dark) Power Ranger!

One of the guest lecturers in our marketing class was the lovely Jennifer Yen. Jennifer is the founder of Purlisse cosmetics, but before she became an entrepreneur, she was the dark empress on the Power Rangers! (No joke, look it up!) As an actress, Jennifer had to wear tons ofRead More

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