The Admissions Committee wants to get to know you on both a professional and personal level.We encourage you to be introspective, candid and succinct. Essay 1: What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA?(500 words) Essay 2: Describe an impactful experience or accomplishment that is not reflected elsewhere in your application.
Some people think of Wharton narrowly as a finance school, but to do so is to ignore the course catalog, clubs, and recruiting results.
The thing I like the least about Wharton is the location. Philadelphia was a great American city in the 18th century.
The range of courses, research, and opportunities is huge.
The point is to provide a specific game plan on how you will use Wharton for your professional and personal growth. Professional means providing Wharton with a clear understanding about what you want from your professional future.
The location of the University of Pennsylvania is certainly not ideal as the neighborhood is not particularly safe and crime is relatively high.
Wharton is as much as commuter school as Booth (the commute for the Wharton students is shorter, but the Booth students have a better city to be in).Its primary advantage location wise is that one can get to New York City quickly and with no classes on Fridays, it is even possible to go intern in NYC.The location is ideal for those who want to work in the pharmaceutical industry given that industries’ presence in the area.Focus on specific factors that will help you achieve your professional objectives.If you are having difficulty determining what your goals are and/or why you need an MBA in general, please see my analysis of Stanford Essay B.(500 words) Additional Question (required for all Reapplicants): Wharton is continuing to ask this question.An excellent answer to the Wharton essay question would identify those specific aspects of Wharton that you will most benefit from. A general characterization of Wharton- data driven, but also a place with a commitment to experiential learning, East Coast focused but with a San Francisco campus that is now become integrated into the MBA program, highly international, highly flexible with strengths in a large number of areas, including healthcare, finance, real estate, and marketing- is helpful to keep in mind when writing this essay.This could also happen at HBS or only rarely at Stanford, but it happens more at Wharton.The school’s diversity is also shown through the range of courses offered and the many international programs.Wharton has a lot to offer and, while some have characterized it as a CFO school, a finance school, a Wall Street school, all too some extent true, this is not so helpful when you consider that, for example, Sundar Pichai, Google’s guy in charge of Chrome, Android, and Google Apps, is a Wharton alumnus.Wharton is a huge program with so many strengths that the point is not to think about some big overall image of the school, but to focus on what you want to get out of it. Keep in mind that Wharton is much bigger than HBS because of the undergraduate program.