Get to Know: The Wharton School

In our new “Get to Know” series, every so often we will profile one of the world’s top MBA programs, uncovering some of the less well known facts about a school to help you learn each MBA program better. For our first installment, today we take a closer look at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School

Wharton is one of the most prestigious MBA programs in the world, and every year the school attracts thousands of applicants from all over the world. Whether or not you get in may come down to how well you know the school. Today we dig into three things that contribute to Wharton’s unique, high-energy learning environment. If reading about these attributes make you even more excited Wharton, then the school might be a good fit for you:

Experiential Learning to the Core
Nearly every elite business school is advertising its “action-based” or “experiential” approach, but Wharton deserves credit for the way it puts a premium on student involvement in campus activities and organizations. Gaining knowledge and putting it into practice is seamlessly integrated into the student experience through initiatives such as the Global Consulting Practicum.

Leadership Everywhere
Building leadership acumen is a core of the Wharton program. While we’d be hard pressed to say that leadership is more important at Wharton than it is at Harvard, opportunities to build this skill abound at this school. Wharton features a dedicated Center for Leadership and Change Management, which spearheads multiple leadership-driven initiatives including Leadership Ventures (outdoor experiential leadership experiences and global leadership treks) and the Leadership Fellows Program (a leadership development/mentor program). Leadership is also baked into the Wharton experience through its entirely student-led community and the many opportunities to be a leader outside of the classroom through programs such as the International Volunteer Project and Wharton Community Consultants.

Heavy Student Involvement
Inside and outside of the classroom, students play a leading role in defining the Wharton experience for themselves, their classmates, and for future students. The expectation is that Wharton students will be active members of the community — a standard that manifests itself in all aspects of the Wharton experience as evidenced by more than 100 student run clubs that evolve each year depending on student leadership, the existence of the Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory Committee and the Wharton Graduate Association, and student participation in the admissions process.

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