I had the pleasure of being hosted by the admissions folks at Wharton last week for a full day of education about the MBA program and experience. Ankur Kumar, head of admissions, was quite open about the process. The big news is that the team interview is here to stay. Apparently, feedback from students and from interviewers was extremely positive (although there were teething problems).
Innovation and Learning
As for academics, Wharton has succeeded in showing itself as more than a finance school. Although indeed 27% of entering students want to go into private equity, and up to 11% of students actually land jobs in that field, the school boasts some specialties that most of us in the room didn't even know about.
The health care management program is pretty well known (hint: if you are interested in that program, talk to an alumni! That's their number-one source of students!). But did you know that, of the best business schools in the U.S., they are the only one with a retail marketing program? (the Baker Retailing Center). Interested in data analytics? Especially considering that their top two employers for summer jobs this year were Amazon and Google, the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative is worth digging into.
With the San Francisco campus as an option for second-year students, you'll probably want to know about the Wharton Entrepreneurship programs. But wait! There's more! For real estate, Wharton's the best of the best with the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center. And now they are just starting up with a Public Policy Initiative, for those interested in the intersection of business and government, focusing on the business side.
It's an inspiring school, no doubt. I felt like a kid in a candy store. And if you have any questions, I'm happy to elaborate or introduce you to someone at Wharton who can tell you more about the programs in person. Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org