The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania was the U.S.’s first business school and now has the largest alumni network in the country. The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania offers these departments and concentrations: accounting, actuarial science, e-commerce, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, general management, health care administration, human resources management, insurance, international business, marketing, production/operations management, public policy, real estate, and quantitative analysis/statistics and operations research. Its tuition is full-time: $70,200 per year. At graduation, 82.3 percent of graduates of the full-time program are employed.

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Application Deadlines

Round 1: September 2018

Round 2: January 2019

Round 3: March 2019

Application Fee: $265

Admissions Facts

 Program length: 20 months

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 19.2%

Average age of new entrants: 26

 Requiring standardized test: GMAT/GRE

 Average GMAT score: 730

 Average GRE Verbal score: 163

 Average GRE Quant score: 162

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 5 to 6 years

Application Essays

Season: 2018

Essay Question 1

What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA?

Required: 500 word limit

Essay Question 2

Teamwork is at the core of the Wharton MBA experience with each student contributing unique elements to our collaborative culture. How will you contribute to the Wharton community?

Required: 400 word limit

Additional Question

  • For reapplicants (Required), explain how you have reflected on the previous decision about your application, and discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements)
  • First-time applicants (Optional) may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances.

Required: 250 word limit

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2018

Two letters of recommendations are required from individuals who are well acquainted with your performance in a work setting, preferably from a current or former supervisor. The title or position of the recommender is not as important as his/her ability to comment knowledgeably and specifically about you. Submit recommendations from people who can speak directly about your aptitudes and capabilities.

Recommender Questions

The Letter of Recommendation component will be broken into two sections:

  • A selection of positive personality characteristics. Recommenders will be asked to choose three characteristics from a list of ten that best describe the candidate they are recommending.
  • Two free-form questions:
    • Question 1: Please provide example(s) that illustrate why you believe this candidate will find success in the Wharton MBA classroom. (Word count: 300)
    • Question 2: Please provide example(s) that illustrate why you believe this candidate will find success throughout their career. (Word count: 300)

Admissions Verdict



“To stand out among the crowds of accomplished applicants with big banks or similar on their resumes, you’ll need to highlight the soft skills you bring to the table in addition to your academic and professional achievements.” Consultant2018

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