Preparing for the Team Based Discussion

Headshot of Maryellen Reilly, Deputy Vice Dean

This year’s admissions cycle is well underway, and invitations to interview were sent via email to Round 1 applicants on October 30. If you were invited, you will participate in a Team Based Discussion (TBD) and a one-on-one interview. The admissions team is eagerly anticipating meeting many of you inRead More

Coming Soon: 2021 Round 1 Deadline

Headshot of Maryellen Reilly, Deputy Vice Dean

Last month, we welcomed 862 students to campus as the Class of 2020.  This month, 873 second-year students returned to campus and the school year has kicked into full swing! The Class of 2020 has really begun to dig into the wide array of opportunities both inside and outside theRead More

Welcome Wharton MBA Class of 2020

Headshot of Maryellen Reilly, Deputy Vice Dean

August is coming to an end and that can only mean two things: it’s really hot here in Philadelphia and we’re excited to announce the MBA Class of 2020! Last week, we welcomed our new students to campus to begin their two-year journey here at Wharton. This Class is anRead More

Updates to the 2018-2019 Application

We have enjoyed connecting with so many of you at our summer events!  The application for the Class of 2021 will be released in early July.  We wanted to give you a heads up on a change to the forthcoming application – Essay 2 has changed.  Essay 1 will stayRead More

New Season, New Class

Locust Walk is in full bloom as we approach the end of the academic year. The past few weeks have been full of excitement – we welcomed over 300 admitted students to campus during our Spring Welcome Weekend, spring term classes concluded, and preparations are underway for Commencement. The ClassRead More

Moelis Advance Access Program

As we enter the last few weeks of winter, all of campus is gearing up for a new season (and hopefully warmer weather!). Spring break is right around the corner, and many MBA students will be traveling the globe through the Global Immersion Program and Leadership Ventures. With the RoundRead More

Happy 2018!

I hope you enjoyed the holiday season and are looking forward to the new opportunities and possibilities in the New Year. The admissions cycle is in full swing with the Round 2 deadline passing recently on January 3. The admissions team is working hard reviewing the next round of applicationsRead More

Happy Holidays!

The holiday season brings another exciting time to the admissions office: the release of Round 1 decisions! After a busy round of reading, interviewing, and traveling, the admissions team called newly admitted students last week to share the good news. To those of you admitted to the Wharton MBA ClassRead More

Around the World for TBDs

Fall is in the air, and Round 1 of this year’s admissions cycle is well underway. After reading your applications, the admissions team is eagerly anticipating meeting many of you in person during an upcoming Team Based Discussion (TBD). Round 1 applicants who are invited to a TBD will haveRead More

The Start of a New School Year

Last month the Class of 2019 arrived on campus to begin their two year experience at Wharton. Things kicked off with Pre-Term – a month-long period of events to orient new students to life at Wharton (and being back in the classroom), the multitude of opportunities and resources available toRead More

Updates to the 2017-2018 Application

  As we get closer to the release of our 2017-2018 application, I’m excited to announce a new update to our application. We have made significant changes to our Letter of Recommendation in an effort to get a deeper understanding of a candidate’s personal characteristics and their impact on othersRead More

Coming Soon to a City Near You! 

Graduation is over and summer is upon us, so it is time for us to hit the road to meet those of you interested in joining the Class of 2020.  We’ll be in 40+ cities between May and September for events ranging from fairs and conferences to faculty lectures andRead More

Spring Forward

This week started with some exciting news – we announced our new deferred admissions Program, the Moelis Advance Access Program.  As the result of generous gift from Wharton graduates Ken Moelis and Julie Taffet Moelis, this program will allow Penn undergraduate seniors from any of the four Schools to applyRead More

There is Always a Silver Lining…

Last week was our first Welcome Weekend of 2017 where we had the opportunity to meet over 300 Round 1 admits. In just two and half short days, admits heard from faculty, attended career information sessions, did team-building activities, and had a swanky gala to top it off.  Welcome WeekendRead More

A Salute to our Veterans

Last week we welcomed the Class of 2018 to Wharton and the city of Philadelphia. Our 851 new students are working their way through an action-packed schedule of Pre-Term activities including academics, sports and social activities, networking, career events, and numerous orientations. The Admissions team’s sights now turn to theRead More

Updates to the 2016-17 Application

School is out for summer!  Things might be quiet here on campus, but the Admissions department has already begun hitting the road to connect with applicants for the Class of 2019.  Check out our events calendar to see when we’ll be in your area. In early August the application forRead More

The End of Another School Year

Graduation week is here! This one special week marks so many things to celebrate – the Class of 2017 have completed their first year of the program and are now heading off to their awesome summer internships, alumni of all ages from across the globe return to campus this weekendRead More

The Home Stretch

We’re in the home stretch here on campus – classes are wrapping up at the end of April and graduation is on the horizon. Now is the time when we all take a moment to reflect on how the academic year went and ask students for their feedback on theirRead More

2016: Off to Great Start

Happy New Year! Our office is back to buzzing with activity after a short time away for the holidays. We’re in the midst of preparing for Winter Welcome Weekend for admitted students at the end of January, and we are looking forward to tackling a whole new collection of applicationsRead More

Try, try again…

Yesterday, our office released our Round 1 decisions. While this day comes with excitement and positivity, it is often bittersweet since there are many applicants that are not receiving happy news. Building a new MBA class and making admissions decisions is not easy – these are choices that take carefulRead More

The Class of 2017

August brings two new things: a fresh application process and the arrival of the Class of 2017 to Wharton and Philadelphia! Welcoming the new class always brings a certain exhilarating energy to campus and we get pumped up and ready for another great year at Wharton. Pre-Term is underway andRead More

As Summer Approaches

Two remarkable years have flown by and the Class of 2015 will graduate on May 17th and then disperse around the globe to begin the next chapter in their lives. Although we will miss having them on campus, we know that they will always be a part of the WhartonRead 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

Showcasing the Team Dynamic

Maryellen Lamb

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

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

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

A New Cycle, A New Academic Year

Maryellen Lamb, Wharton Deputy Vice Dean

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

The Final Countdown

Maryellen Lamb, Wharton Deputy Vice Dean

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

Spring Forward

Maryellen Lamb, Wharton Deputy Vice Dean

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

The Big Game

Maryellen Lamb, Wharton Deputy Vice Dean

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

A New Year and a New Round

Maryellen Lamb, Wharton Deputy Vice Dean

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

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Maryellen Lamb, Wharton Deputy Vice Dean

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

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