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Wharton Penn Essay Tips

Wharton 2016-2017 MBA essay set sees a change from last year. Instead of one required essay, this time you have to write two required essays. We welcome this change because it gives a better chance for students to highlight their strengths.

Wharton Essay 1

What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA?  (500 words)

Wharton Essay 1 Tips

Wharton used to have a standard career objective essay until a few two years back. However, off late they have broadened the scope to include personal aspirations as well, so make sure you address that part of the question clearly. While you can keep your professional objectives similar across essays for multiple business schools, please tailor your expected personal gains to Wharton MBA program.

As a first step reflect deeply (if you have not already) on your post-Wharton and longer-term aspirations. Be realistic as well as visionary while detailing your aspirations, specifically your professional goals. When describing your short-term goal, clearly mention the industry and function you want to join after MBA. Although the essay doesn't specifically ask about your past experiences, it would be very helpful to give adcom a context of your background and demonstrate how your aspirations are a logical extension of your experiences, skills, and interests.

Once you have articulated your future, establish a perfect fit between your goals and Wharton. Think about why you are taking all this trouble applying to Wharton in the first place. Detail what skills, knowledge, relations, thoughts, etc. you expect to gain from Wharton that will aid you in reaching your goals. Explore online and offline modes (websites, current Wharton students, alumni, fairs/receptions, etc.) - to learn as much as possible about the school. Think about how the Wharton difference: the Culture of Engagement, Innovative Leadership Learning, Global Opportunities you will get at and after Wharton and the Largest Global Network that Wharton boasts of can help you. Make all the arguments specific to your goals and aspirations. The objective is to demonstrate explicitly that your application is a reflection of your committed and specific interest in Wharton.

Wharton Essay 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? (400 words)

Wharton Essay 3 Tips

Every B-school values a candidate who is eager to engage with the b-school community and can bring unique aspects to enhance the experiences of other students.

There are several ways in which you can contribute to an MBA program. You bring with your experiences, industry and functional knowledge, your unique perspectives as well as your passions and interests. Find a way in which you could leverage all this to enhance the experience of your peers at Wharton Penn and also the larger MBA community.

Wharton Essay 3

Wharton Essay 2. (Optional) Please use the space below to highlight any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about your candidacy. (400 words)

Wharton Essay 3 Tips

So what all you could write here? Anything that emphasizes your strengths and positions you as a good fit with Wharton.

The adcom already knows about your academics, career paths and goals, your interests and other active pursuits. One way to utilize this opportunity is to talk about the reasons behind your choices. You could build a story and show one or more themes running through your life events. This approach will help the adcom understand the person behind the achievements they see in your application and get a more accurate glimpse of you

Alternatively you could showcase a few of your key strengths that make you proud of yourself. Describe, with examples, your values, your passions, the things you care about in life. Since your first essay might be more heavily focused on work, you could use this space to talk about your outside-of-work interests and passions. You can take several different approaches and think about revealing many facets of your personality. It will also help to think strategically think about those aspects of your profile that will make you an attractive candidate for Wharton. This is your added opportunity to market yourself! You want to show that you have got all that it takes to excel at Wharton. Let your passion and enthusiasm show!

Wharton Reapplicant Essay

Please use this space to explain how you have reflected on the previous decision on your application and to discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). You may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

Wharton Reapplicant Essay Tips

If you are a reapplicant, this short, seemingly low profile essay will be one of the most vital essays in your Wharton application.

If you were rejected (or waitlisted) last time, use these 250 words to tell the Wharton Admission Committee that there have been enough changes in your profile to justify a revaluation of your candidature.

Your aim will be to present the professional, academic and personal improvements that make you a stronger candidate for a Penn Wharton admission this year. State persuasively why you deserve a second chance.

What steps have you taken to strengthen your application? Stronger work experience, professional achievements, better GMAT, personal achievements, accomplishments on the social front, international exposure or academic accomplishments can all find place in this reapplicant essay. Proactive Wharton-specific steps taken by you, perhaps based on direct or indirect feedback from Wharton, might prove a trump card. As the Wharton site says, "The most important thing is that you demonstrate through essays, subsequent career growth, and/or academic preparation that you are a stronger candidate who will add to the Wharton community."

Go for it!

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Essay and Tips archives from past years

   

Wharton  MBA Application Essays and Tips 2015-2016

Wharton  MBA Application Essays and Tips 2014-2015

Wharton  MBA Application Essays and Tips 2013-2014

Wharton  MBA Application Essays and Tips 2011-2012

Wharton  MBA Application Essays and Tips 2010-2011

Wharton MBA Application Essays and Tips 2009-2010

Wharton MBA Application Essays and Tips 2008-2009

Wharton MBA Application Essays and Tips 2007-2008

Wharton MBA Application Essays and Tips 2006-2007

   

Wharton MBA Application Essays and Tips 2015-2016

Wharton Essay 1

What do you aspire to achieve, personally and professionally, through the Wharton MBA?  (500 words)

Wharton Essay 1 Tips

Wharton used to have a standard career objective essay until a few two years back. However, off late they have broadened the scope to include personal aspirations as well, so make sure you address that part of the question clearly. While you can keep your professional objectives similar across essays for multiple business schools, please tailor your expected personal gains to Wharton MBA program.

As a first step reflect deeply (if you have not already) on your post-Wharton and longer-term aspirations. Be realistic as well as visionary while detailing your aspirations, specifically your professional goals. When describing your short-term goal, clearly mention the industry and function you want to join after MBA. Although the essay doesn't specifically ask about your past experiences, it would be very helpful to give adcom a context of your background and demonstrate how your aspirations are a logical extension of your experiences, skills, and interests.

Once you have articulated your future, establish a perfect fit between your goals and Wharton. Think about why you are taking all this trouble applying to Wharton in the first place. Detail what skills, knowledge, relations, thoughts, etc. you expect to gain from Wharton that will aid you in reaching your goals. Explore online and offline modes (websites, current Wharton students, alumni, fairs/receptions, etc.) - to learn as much as possible about the school. Think about how the Wharton difference: the Culture of Engagement, Innovative Leadership Learning, Global Opportunities you will get at and after Wharton and the Largest Global Network that Wharton boasts of can help you. Make all the arguments specific to your goals and aspirations. The objective is to demonstrate explicitly that your application is a reflection of your committed and specific interest in Wharton.

Wharton Essay 2

Wharton Essay 2. (Optional) Please use the space below to highlight any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about your candidacy. (400 words)

Wharton Essay 2 Tips

So what all you could write here? Anything that emphasizes your strengths and positions you as a good fit with Wharton.

The adcom already knows about your academics, career paths and goals, your interests and other active pursuits. One way to utilize this opportunity is to talk about the reasons behind your choices. You could build a story and show one or more themes running through your life events. This approach will help the adcom understand the person behind the achievements they see in your application and get a more accurate glimpse of you

Alternatively you could showcase a few of your key strengths that make you proud of yourself. Describe, with examples, your values, your passions, the things you care about in life. Since your first essay might be more heavily focused on work, you could use this space to talk about your outside-of-work interests and passions. You can take several different approaches and think about revealing many facets of your personality. It will also help to think strategically think about those aspects of your profile that will make you an attractive candidate for Wharton. This is your added opportunity to market yourself! You want to show that you have got all that it takes to excel at Wharton. Let your passion and enthusiasm show!

Wharton MBA Application Essays and Tips 2014-2015

Wharton Essay 1

What do you aspire to achieve, personally and professionally, through the Wharton MBA?  (500 words)

Wharton Essay 1 Tips

Wharton used to have a standard career objective essay until two years back. However, since last year they have broadened the scope to include personal aspirations too- so make sure you address that part of the question clearly. While you can keep your professional aspirations similar across the essays for different schools, please tailor your expected personal gains to Wharton. 

As a first step reflect deeply (if you have not already) on your post-Wharton and longer term aspirations. Be realistic as well as visionary while detailing your aspirations, specifically your professional goals. When describing your short-term goal, clearly mention the industry and function you want to join after MBA. Wharton doesn't specifically ask about your past but it would be very helpful to give them a context of your background and demonstrate how your aspirations are a logical extension of your experiences, skills and interests.

Next, establish a perfect fit between your goals and Wharton. Think about why you are taking all this trouble applying to Wharton in the first place. Detail what skills, knowledge, relations, thoughts etc. you expect to gain from Wharton that will aid you in pursuing your goals. Before writing this essay, use online and offline modes (websites, current Wharton students, alumni, fairs/receptions etc) - to learn as much as possible about Wharton - the school, student activities, class profile, faculty, courses etc. The objective is to explicitly demonstrate that your application is a reflection of your serious and specific interest in Wharton.

Given Wharton's insistence on global/community involvement not just in earlier application statements such as "Wharton is committed to sustaining a truly global presence through its engagement in the world" but also through the assertion in its Knowledge for Action branding platform that "the aim and end of all our learning .. is to create knowledge with consequence for the world." perhaps presenting your goals in a context larger than that of your individual career will be much appreciated. Express succinctly and passionately, what you aspire to achieve in your life, and what it could mean to the world at large.

Wharton Essay 2

Wharton Essay 2. (Optional) Please use the space below to highlight any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about your candidacy. 

Wharton Essay 2 Tips

A white space in addition to the optional essay! If you are thinking about skipping this one because it says 'optional', think again.

Essays are your best way to differentiate yourself and they are most likely the only part of your application that is fully under your control. Your academic achievements and work experiences have happened in past, your recos are also out of your control for the most part, so that leaves your essays under your control and you should leverage them to present a differentiated application.

So what all you could write here? Anything that emphasizes your strengths and positions you as a good fit with Wharton.

The adcom already knows about your academics, career paths and goals, your interests and other active pursuits. One way to utilize this opportunity is to talk about the reasons behind your choices. You could build a story and show one or more themes running through your life-events. This will help the adcom understand the person behind the numbers they see in your application and get a true glimpse of you

Alternatively you could showcase a few of your key strengths that you are proud of. Display with examples what you value, what your passions are, what you care about. Since your first essay is mostly all work focused, in this one you could talk about your outside-of-work interests and passions. You can take several different approaches and think about revealing many parts of you, but it will help to think strategically about those that will make you an attractive candidate for Wharton.

This business school places a strong emphasis on getting to know them before applying so if you had positive and impactful interactions with Wharton community that you couldn't capture anywhere else, you could do it here.

This is your opportunity to market yourself. You want to show that you have got all that it takes to excel at Wharton. Let your passion and enthusiasm show!

Wharton Optional Essay

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application). (250 words)

Wharton Optional Essay Tips

Here's that Wharton optional essay again: the essay that you need to work on even if you don't write it. The main question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Of course under the specific circumstances mentioned in the question, an explanation MUST be given. If not, attempt the Wharton optional essay only if you feel that your essay will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Wharton optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel the quality of your earlier essays is improvable - in which case you should actually redouble your efforts in the earlier essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use this optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) or application issues (reapplications) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible. One other situation when an optional essay is acceptable is when you need to describe at length an extraordinarily positive information that just CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays.

In case you find any of the above applicable, note down the options and then consider again if the optional essay is a strong constructive addition to your candidacy. If yes, then start working on the essay.

Go for it!

Wharton Reapplicant Essay

Please use this space to explain how you have reflected on the previous decision on your application and to discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). You may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

Wharton Reapplicant Essay Tips

If you are a reapplicant, this short, seemingly low profile essay will be one of the most vital essays in your Wharton application.

If you were rejected (or waitlisted) last time, use these 250 words to tell the Wharton Admission Committee that there have been enough changes in your profile to justify a revaluation of your candidature.

Your aim will be to present the professional, academic and personal improvements that make you a stronger candidate for a Penn Wharton admission this year. State persuasively why you deserve a second chance.

What steps have you taken to strengthen your application? Stronger work experience, professional achievements, better GMAT, personal achievements, accomplishments on the social front, international exposure or academic accomplishments can all find place in this reapplicant essay. Proactive Wharton-specific steps taken by you, perhaps based on direct or indirect feedback from Wharton, might prove a trump card. As the Wharton site says, "The most important thing is that you demonstrate through essays, subsequent career growth, and/or academic preparation that you are a stronger candidate who will add to the Wharton community."

Go for it!

Wharton MBA Application Essays and Tips 2013-2014

After drastically reducing the goals essay length in 2010-2011, depleting the choice essays section in 2011-2012, and reducing the essay length further in 2012-2013, this year Wharton cuts down its application to just two cookie-cutter essays, both new. While the first asks what Wharton can do for you, the second focuses on what you can do for Wharton. Though the essay prompts may be unimaginative, your essays need to delve into the differentiation that you offer and Wharton represents. Do your best!

Wharton Essay 1

What do you aspire to achieve, personally and professionally, through the Wharton MBA?  (500 words)

Wharton Essay 1 Tips

This goals essays is very similar to last year's prompt: "How will the Wharton MBA help you achieve your professional objectives?" with the new personal personal element somewhat widening the scope of the essay this year. Wharton challenges you to define your professional/personal goals and explain how it connects to Wharton.

As a first step reflect deeply (if you have not already) on your post-Wharton and longer term aspirations. Be realistic as well as visionary while detailing your aspirations, specifically your professional goals. How well you comprehend the industry/role you are preparing for should be reflected in your answer. Though not asked specifically, at least an oblique link, back to your career so far would help establish Wharton as the logical, credible bridge that integrates your career path.

Given Wharton's insistence on global/community involvement not just in earlier application statements such as "Wharton is committed to sustaining a truly global presence through its engagement in the world" but also through the assertion in its Knowledge for Action branding platform that "the aim and end of all our learning .. is to create knowledge with consequence for the world." perhaps presenting your goals in a context larger than that of your individual career will be much appreciated. Strategic thinking, passion, vision, an inclusive worldview and intelligence: display these in the essay and you'll have my vote. Express succinctly and passionately, what you aspire to achieve in your life, and what it could mean to the world at large.

Next, establish a perfect fit between your goals and Wharton. Think about why you are taking all this trouble applying to Wharton in the first place. Detail what skills, knowledge, relations, thoughts etc. you expect to gain from Wharton that will aid you in pursuing your goals. Before writing this essay, use online and offline modes (websites, current Wharton students, alumni, fairs/receptions etc) - to learn as much as possible about Wharton - the school, student activities, class profile, faculty, courses etc. The objective is to explicitly demonstrate that your application is a reflection of your serious and specific interest in Wharton.

Go for it!

Wharton Essay 2

Academic engagement is an important element of the Wharton MBA experience. How do you see yourself contributing to our learning community? (500 words)

Wharton Essay 2 Tips 

The sharp focus on academic engagement separates this essay from others of a similar ilk such as last years Wharton essay "Select a Wharton MBA course, co-curricular opportunity or extra-curricular engagement that you are interested in. Tell us why you chose this activity and how it connects to your interests."

A clear and committed response about how you will contribute to Wharton academic community is required here.

Start by researching the various courses, lectures, programs, academic clubs, events, campus academic activities and the Wharton MBA curriculum structure. A knowledge of Wharton's teaching methodology and its Learning Teams (and cohorts AND clusters) will be essential to understand how best you can contribute to the Wharton learning community. Deep research that uncovers aspects that are unique to Wharton will be critical to the success of this essay.

Also, identify the appropriate academic activities that dovetail with your tastes and aptitude.

Next, explain how you will engage in Wharton's academic activities and contribute to it. Instead of simply showing your interest and promising participation at Wharton, you will need to convincingly demonstrate why you will add tremendous value to your class and teammates. Linking your future involvement at Wharton with your past actions/successes in similar endeavours/environment will help market your candidature while also adding to the credibility of your essay. If possible, endeavour to  take a leap towards leadership and innovation, and credibly suggest how you can add to specific aspects fo the Wharton academic experience.

Go for it!

Wharton Reapplicant Essay

Please use this space to explain how you have reflected on the previous decision on your application and to discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). You may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

Wharton Reapplicant Essay Tips

If you are a reapplicant, this short, seemingly low profile essay will be one of the most vital essays in your Wharton application.

If you were rejected (or waitlisted) last time, use these 250 words to tell the Wharton Admission Committee that there have been enough changes in your profile to justify a revaluation of your candidature.

Your aim will be to present the professional, academic and personal improvements that make you a stronger candidate for a Penn Wharton admission this year. State persuasively why you deserve a second chance.

What steps have you taken to strengthen your application? Stronger work experience, professional achievements, better GMAT, personal achievements, accomplishments on the social front, international exposure or academic accomplishments can all find place in this reapplicant essay. Proactive Wharton-specific steps taken by you, perhaps based on direct or indirect feedback from Wharton, might prove a trump card. As the Wharton site says, "The most important thing is that you demonstrate through essays, subsequent career growth, and/or academic preparation that you are a stronger candidate who will add to the Wharton community."

Go for it!

Wharton Optional Essay

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application). (250 words)

Wharton Optional Essay Tips

Here's that Wharton optional essay again: the essay that you need to work on even if you don't write it. The main question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Of course under the specific circumstances mentioned in the question, an explanation MUST be given. If not, attempt the Wharton optional essay only if you feel that your essay will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Wharton optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel the quality of your earlier essays is improvable - in which case you should actually redouble your efforts in the earlier essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use this optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) or application issues (reapplications) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible. One other situation when an optional essay is acceptable is when you need to describe at length an extraordinarily positive information that just CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays.

In case you find any of the above applicable, note down the options and then consider again if the optional essay is a strong constructive addition to your candidacy. If yes, then start working on the essay.

Go for it!

Wharton MBA Application Essays and Tips 2011-2012

The further depletion of choices and essays in the choice essay section - after the drastic reduction in the goals essay length last year - further contracts the scope and length of your essays. However, Wharton does once again serve up a mixture of old and new questions with a fine blend of career and life oriented essays whose open-eyed focus on individuality makes them remarkable. Do your best!

Wharton Required Essay

What are your professional objectives? (300 words)

Wharton Required Essay Tips

This goals essays is very similar yet very dissimilar to last year's prompt: "What goals are you committed to and why?". Similar because once again Wharton challenges you to define your goals and explain your vision. Dissimilar since a 300 words essay requires stingy focus unlike the expansive background stories and examples that a 1000 would allow.

Given the tone of the questions that follow, and last year's statement that "Wharton is committed to sustaining a truly global presence through its engagement in the world”, it is once again apparent that presenting your vision in a context larger than that of your individual career will be much appreciated. Strategic thinking, passion, vision, an inclusive worldview and intelligence: display these in the essay and you'll have my vote. Express succinctly and passionately, what your career means to you, and what it could mean to the world at large.

In case, you are able to, there are two additional areas you can briefly focus on. If possible, in a few words, uncover a logical link between your past, present and future. Also, though the second part of last year's prompt "How do you envision the Wharton MBA contributing to the attainment of those goals?" is absent, addressing it at least partially would be useful.

Go for it!

Respond to 2 of the following 3 questions:

Wharton Essay 1

Reflect on a time when you turned down an opportunity. What was the thought process behind your decision? Would you make the same decision today? (600 words)

Wharton Essay 1 Tips

In this essay you have the opportunity to not only evaluate your action at a particular time in the past, but possibly also to explain how your outlook and personality might have changed since then.

"What was the thought process behind your decision?" is the first key element in this essay. Why and how did you decide as you did? What is your decision making process? How do you weigh different aspects of a situation/opportunity? What is your risk appetite? What competing opportunities or options did you choose instead? - after all if it is a clear "opportunity" why wouldn't you have taken it? The answers to these questions can be used to display the breadth, depth and maturity of your thought process; if the situation is professional it could additionally be used to demonstrate your business acumen.

The second part of the question "Would you make the same decision today?" is somewhat tricky. An emphatic "no" might mean that you made the wrong decision (and probably got it ALL wrong) while an emphatic "yes" could signal that you have not learnt much since then. A happy medium might to be answer with a conditional yes, and mention how your learning from that experience has made your decision making better and the choice clearer. These are very general guidelines; you will have to make your choice based on your beliefs and the particulars of the given situation.

The chosen example could be either a personal or professional opportunity, though a professional opportunity seems more fitting and might give greater freedom for explaining the decision making process.

Go for it!

Wharton Essay 2

Discuss a time when you faced a challenging interpersonal experience. How did you navigate the situation and what did you learn from it? (600 words)

Wharton Essay 2 Tips

For selecting the particular situation for the essay, look back to identify professional or personal circumstances when you found your interaction with an individual (or group of people) particularly challenging. Tip: Basing the essay on your interactions with a group rather than an individual will help you expand the scope and breadth of the story.

While this essay could focus on your people skills, leadership abilities, your communication skills or any other relevant quality which you want to highlight, the what, why & how of the challenge and its resolution will determine the strength of the essay. The essay can explore your outlook and maturity in challenging interactions, and implicitly demonstrate how these qualities will make you a great addition to the Wharton community.

This essay is very similar to last year's 2010-2011 prompt: "Discuss a time when you navigated a challenging experience in either a personal or professional relationship". However the 2009-2010 question "Tell us about a time when you had to adapt by accepting/understanding the perspective of people different from yourself." offers the real motivation behind this question. How you understand and deal with diverse viewpoints and resolve conflicts of opinions/perspectives could be one key aspect of this essay. Apart from the qualities mentioned above adaptability and a broad open outlook might be qualities that you highlight. It will help if this essay also underlines your ability to adapt, change and better yourself.

Like in all essay packages, but even more so here, make the final choice of the example keeping in mind the content, theme and examples you have picked for the other Wharton essays. A conclusion wherein you resolved issues and developed a fruitful relationship would be an ideal way to end the essay.

Go for it!

Wharton Essay 3

"Innovation is central to our culture at Wharton. It is a mentality that must encompass every aspect of the School - whether faculty research, teaching or alumni outreach." - Thomas S. Robertson, Dean, The Wharton School. Keeping this component of our culture in mind, discuss a time when you have been innovative in your personal or professional life. (600 words)

Wharton Essay 3 Tips

Like every other Wharton choice essay question this too seeks your approach to a particular set of qualities. While the first essay was about decision making and risk taking, and the second was about inclusiveness and communication, this one is about innovation and creativity.

Use this opportunity to specifically address your innovative side with an example that highlights your out-of-the-box thinking. While the story can be from you personal or professional life, a personal tone to the essay, especially in the part of the essay where you formulate the innovation, would be welcome.

Give the context, inception and motivation for your thoughts and action, and make apparent why your action/idea is innovative. Highlight the positive changes made possible by your innovation - the strength of this impact will reflect the power of the story.

This essay should communicate your passion for creativity, your approach towards innovation and how you translate thought into real life action. Illustrate all that within the story and we will be good to go.

Note: Just because Wharton has asked this question you do not have to suddenly transform into a mad, risk taker. Be honest and credible and intelligent in your response.

Once again, choose the story/example considering the options you have picked for the other choice essays. The essays and ideas should never contradict.

Go for it!

Wharton Reapplicant Essay

Please use this space to explain how you have reflected on the previous decision on your application and to discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). You may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

Wharton Reapplicant Essay Tips

If you are a reapplicant, this short, seemingly low profile essays will be one of the most vital essays in your Wharton application.

If you were rejected (or waitlisted) last time, use these 250 words to tell the Wharton Admission Committee that there have been enough changes in your profile to justify a revaluation of your candidature.

Your aim will be to present the professional, academic and personal improvements that make you a stronger candidate for a Penn Wharton admission this year. State persuasively why you deserve a second chance.

What steps have you taken to strengthen your application? Stronger work experience, professional achievements, better GMAT, personal achievements, accomplishments on the social front, international exposure or academic accomplishments can all find place in this reapplicant essay. Proactive Wharton-specific steps taken by you, perhaps based on direct or indirect feedback from Wharton, might prove a trump card. As the Wharton site says, "The most important thing is that you demonstrate through essays, subsequent career growth, and/or academic preparation that you are a stronger candidate who will add to the Wharton community."

Go for it!

Wharton Optional Essay

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application). (250 words)

Wharton Optional Essay Tips

Here's that Wharton optional essay again: the essay that you need to work on even if you don’t write it. The main question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Of course under the specific circumstances mentioned in the question, an explanation MUST be given. If not, attempt the Wharton optional essay only if you feel that your essay will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Wharton optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel the quality of your earlier essays is improvable – in which case you should actually redouble your efforts in the earlier essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use this optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) or application issues (reapplications) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible. One other situation when an optional essay is acceptable is when you need to describe at length an extraordinarily positive information that just CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays.

In case you find any of the above applicable, note down the options and then consider again if the optional essay is a strong constructive addition to your candidacy. If yes, then start working on the essay.

Go for it!

Wharton MBA Application Essays and Tips 2010-2011

Wharton Required Essay

What are your professional objectives? (300 words)

Wharton Required Essay Tips

This goals essays is very similar yet very dissimilar to last year's prompt: "What goals are you committed to and why?".

Similar because once again Wharton challenges you to define your goals and explain your vision. Dissimilar since a 300 words essay requires stingy focus unlike the expansive background stories and examples that a 1000 would allow.

Given the tone of the questions that follow and last year's statement that "Wharton is committed to sustaining a truly global presence through its engagement in the world” it is once again apparent that presenting your vision in a context larger than of your individual career will be much appreciated. Strategic thinking, passion, vision, an inclusive worldview and intelligence: display these in the essay and you'll have my vote. Express succinctly and passionately, what your career means to you, and what it could mean top the world at large.

In case, you are able to, there are two additional areas you are briefly focus on. If possible, in a few words, uncover a logical link between your past, present and future. Also, though the second part of last year's prompt "How do you envision the Wharton MBA contributing to the attainment of those goals?" is absent, addressing it at least partially would be useful.

Go for it!

Respond to 3 of the following 4 questions:

Wharton Essay 1

1. Student and alumni engagement has at times led to the creation of innovative classes. For example, through extraordinary efforts, a small group of current students partnered with faculty to create a timely course entitled, “Disaster Response: Haiti and Beyond,” empowering students to leverage the talented Wharton community to improve the lives of the Haiti earthquake victims. Similarly, Wharton students and alumni helped to create the “Innovation and the Indian Healthcare Industry” which took students to India where they studied the full range of healthcare issues in India. If you were able to create a Wharton course on any topic, what would it be? (700 words)

Wharton Essay 1 Tips

This essay simply asks you to suggest a topic for crating a new Wharton course. Since the objective of ANY b-school application essay is to sell your candidature by highlighting the skills, experiences and qualities that make you an attractive candidate, arrive at the choice of topic based on how best to fulfill that objective. In this Wharton essay, some of the key qualities of yours that can be highlighted include your awareness and understanding of world affairs, your ability to understand and link learning and actions with real world events, your aptitude for researching and understanding issues, and your willingness to innovate. Endeavor to select a topic/issue for which you have demonstrable passion and towards which you have already made definite contributions. Since the goals essay this time is only 300 words, arriving at a topic that also ties in with your career aspirations will be near perfect.

The reasons for your choice of topic, why you feel the course would be an apt/effective choice at Wharton, how/why you can contribute to the course's success and perhaps most importantly, why the specific topic deserves attention at this time, would to a large extent determine the value of this essay. The examples given within the prompt underscore the importance Wharton gives to an international perspective and contemporary socio-economic/human issues.

Use examples of past achievements - specifically leadership, innovation or team related accomplishments - wherein you were able to bring in change through your thought and actions to strengthen your right to write about the specific topic. Additionally, linking the course with programs, clubs or activities at Wharton that attract you will demonstrate your knowledge of and liking for Wharton.

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Wharton Essay 2

Reflect on a time when you turned down an opportunity. What was the thought process behind your decision? Would you make the same decision today? (600 words)

Wharton Essay 2 Tips

In this essay you have the opportunity to not only evaluate your action at a particular time in the past, but possibly also to explain how your outlook and personality might have changed since then.

"What was the thought process behind your decision?" is the first key element in this essay. Why and how did you decide as you did? What is your decision making process? How do you weigh different aspects of a situation/opportunity? What is your risk appetite? What competing opportunities or options did you choose instead? - after all if it is a clear "opportunity" why wouldn't you have taken it? The answers of these questions can be used to display the breadth, depth and maturity of your thought process; if the situation is professional it could additionally be used to demonstrate your business acumen.

The second part of the question "Would you make the same decision today?" is somewhat tricky. An emphatic "no" might mean that you made the wrong decision (and probably got it ALL wrong) while an emphatic "yes" could signal that you have not learnt much since then. A happy medium might to be answer with a conditional yes, and mention how what you have since learnt might have made the decision making better and the choice clearer. These are very general guidelines; you will have to make your choice based on your beliefs and the particulars of the given situation.

The chosen example could be either a personal or professional opportunity, through a professional opportunity seems more fitting and might give greater freedom for explaining the decision making process.

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Wharton Essay 3

Describe a failure that you have experienced. What role did you play, and what did you learn about yourself? How did this experience help to create your definition of failure? (600 words)

Wharton Essay 3 Tips

This is an exact replication of last year's prompt, with the last question added on, and similar to the 2008-2009 question "Describe a failure or setback that you have experienced. How did you respond, and what did you learn about yourself?".

That this question repeats itself in one form or another year after year in the Penn application shows how Wharton wants to see how you handle failure and the attendant learning opportunities therein.

As in most failure essays the key to getting it right is to begin your thought process from the second part of the question "What did you learn about yourself". Choose an example with inspirational learning - a significant and credible incident that has left it's mark on you. Wharton, with it's admirable focus on the individual, wants to know your personal reaction to the event and the lessons you learnt from it. If the essay convincingly portrays a person who can face difficulties, overcome challenges, learn from mistakes, handle pressure, understand complex situations and continuously learn, you might have written the perfect essay. Never forget that the failure essay is in reality meant to be a success story where you learnt, improved and readied yourself to be a better professional, better leader and (perhaps!) a better person.

It is imperative that the essay underlines your ability to adapt, change and better yourself. After all that is what is expected from you during the Wharton MBA program and in your post-MBA career.

While the qualities that you reflected while fire-fighting the incident or it's aftereffects remain the core reason for the essay, please take care to choose a failure that is "real". A fluffy failure not only makes for a weak essay but will also probably puts you on the hot seat during the Wharton interview.

Go for it!

Wharton Essay 4

Discuss a time when you navigated a challenging experience in either a personal or professional relationship. (600 words)

Wharton Essay 4 Tips

For selecting the particular situation for the essay, look back to identify professional or personal circumstances when you found your interaction with an individual (though you could expand it to a team/group if you do it well) particularly challenging. While this essay could focus on your people skills, leadership abilities, your communication skills or any other relevant quality which you want to highlight, the what, why & how of the challenge and its resolution will determine the strength of the essay.

The essay can explore your outlook and maturity in challenging interactions, and implicitly demonstrate how these qualities will make you a great addition to the Wharton community.

Last year's question "Tell us about a time when you had to adapt by accepting/understanding the perspective of people different from yourself." offers further hints as to what is expected from this essay. How you understood diverse viewpoints and resolved conflict of opinions/perspectives could be one key aspect of this essay. Apart from the qualities mentioned above adaptability and a broad open outlook might be qualities that you highlight.

Like in all essay packages, but even more so here, make the final choice of the example keeping in mind the content, theme and examples you have picked for the other Wharton essays. A conclusion wherein you resolved issues and developed a fruitful relationship would be an ideal way to end the essay.

Go for it!

Wharton MBA Application Essays and Tips 2009-2010

Wharton Essay 1

As a leader in global business, Wharton is committed to sustaining “a truly global presence through its engagement in the world”. What goals are you committed to and why? How do you envision the Wharton MBA contributing to the attainment of those goals? (750-1000 words)

Wharton Essay 1 Tips

Though it has a slightly different prompt this year this first Penn Wharton essay remains a standard "goals essay" wherein you have to combine your career goals and "why Wharton MBA?" into a wholesome write-up. Some lucid thinking and creativity will go a long way in transforming this from a well-disguised sleeping pill to the high point of your Wharton application. So make this opening essay a tour-de-force that sets the tone for your Wharton application.

With “a truly global presence through its engagement in the world” Wharton challenges you to define your goal and explain your vision in a larger context than of an individual's career. Strategic thinking, passion, vision and intelligence: show these in the essay and you'll have my vote.

Though not specifically asked a brief, well defined career progression can be used to logically lead to the Wharton and Post-Wharton phases of your career and life. Be credible in mentioning your career goals; uncovering and expressing a logical link between the past, present and future is a critical element in this essay. While the essay asks about your career plans do not be afraid to bring in non-career aspects that have influenced your choices.

"Why Wharton" is to be dealt with application, research and intelligence. Look beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Penn Wharton website. Personalize your answer as much as possible and provide logical and well-supported reasons for how Wharton will make your career dreams come true.

Wharton Essay 2

Tell us about a time when you had to adapt by accepting/understanding the perspective of people different from yourself. (750-1000 words)

Wharton Essay 2 Tips

This spanking new Wharton essay question lays the ground for you to expound on incidents, situations or actions that have enabled you to assimilate cultural variations at work, play or living environments. The essay can explore your outlook and maturity in cross-cultural interactions.

While your international exposure could form the core of this Wharton MBA application essay, with a "culture shock" experience forming the core of the story, "people different from yourself" being a pretty broad term, you can easily choose almost any experience where a set of people shared a viewpoint different from your own. A conflict of opinion and perspective will make this a far easier essay to write.

Leadership, cultural diversity, people skills, adaptability and a broad open outlook are expected to make best use of the MBA program at Wharton, and an essay that illustrates some or all (and more) of these qualities will stand you in good stead.

It is imperative that the essay underlines your ability to adapt, change and better yourself. After all that is what is expected from you during the Wharton MBA program and in your post-MBA career.

Wharton Essay 3

Describe a failure that you have experienced. What role did you play, and what did you learn about yourself? (500 words)

Wharton Essay 3 Tips

This is an almost exact replication of last year's question: "Describe a failure or setback that you have experienced. How did you respond, and what did you learn about yourself?"

That this question repeats itself in one form or another year after year in the Penn application shows how Wharton wants to see how you handle failure and the attendant learning opportunities therein.

As in most failure essays the key to getting it right is to begin your thought process from the second part of the question and then proceed to a significant and credible incident that has left it's mark on you. Wharton, with it's admirable focus on the individual, wants to know your personal reaction to the event and the lessons you learnt from it. Never forget that the failure essay is in reality meant to be a success story where you learnt, improved and readied yourself to be a better professional, better leader and (perhaps!) a better person.

While the qualities that you reflected while fire-fighting the incident or it's aftereffects remain the core reason for the essay, please take care to choose a failure that is "real". A fluffy failure not only makes for a weak essay but will also probably puts you on the hot seat during the Wharton interview.

Wharton Essay 4

Choose one of the following questions (500 words):

Wharton Essay 4a

a. Give us a specific example of a time when you solved a complex problem.

Wharton Essay 4a Tips

A great opportunity to address your skills in problem solving. The story could focus on your innovation and creativity with an apt example that highlights your out-of-the-box thinking. Alternately you can choose a leadership situation where your diplomacy, intelligence and people skills saved the day.

A leadership focused essay that also exhibits innovation and initiative would be the ideal response as long as you do not tread the same path you have taken in the previous two essays.

Ensure that you choose a truly complicated problem since the more complex your problem the more impressive will be your ability to solve it. A trivial problem not only makes for a weak essay but will also probably put you on the hot seat during the Wharton interview.

Irrespective of whether you choose from personal, academic, community or professional experiences, try to give a sense of urgency and a personal tone to the essay.

Wharton Essay 4b

b. Tell us about something significant that you have done to improve yourself, in either your professional and/or personal endeavors.

Wharton Essay 4b Tips

Once again the person most qualified to give you clues to this essay is the one you see in the mirror. Ask yourself what you consider to be your main areas of improvement in the recent past. Look at personal and professional situations in your life/career and identify which characteristics or qualities you have added on or improved most in the recent past. On the other hand the improvement could be an educational/personal/professional initiative that has improved the way you live/think/are.

Whichever be the case choose a momentous change that changed you and detail how you approached and managed the change. To shortlist your main improvement areas you could refer a few past appraisal forms at work, talk to your colleagues/managers or pick the brains of friends/relatives who have known you for some time.

Wharton Optional Essay

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, TOEFL waiver request, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application) (250 words)

Wharton Optional Essay Tips

Wharton's essay lengths are almost always a threat and a challenge; in this case they are also a guide. Wharton is one of the few B School which gives as much as 500 words for a multiple-choice question. And yet the Wharton optional essay is given only 250 words. Being a card carrying member of the Anti-Optional Essay League I can only warn that unless it is absolutely necessary give this one a miss.

Since Wharton's clear focus is in providing you a chance to present an added perspective to any glaring weaknesses in your application, you might try a defense if you feel that is the case. But once again evaluate if the essay is actually going to make the Admissions Committee feel better about your candidature. If you can give strong, credible, mature reasons to explain the weaknesses and counter it with logic and passion, perhaps you can give it a try.

Then think again if the optional essay is a strong constructive addition to your candidacy. If yes, start working on the essay.

Go for it!

Wharton MBA Application Essays and Tips 2008-2009

Wharton Essay 1

Describe your career progress to date and your future short-term and long-term career goals. How do you expect a Wharton MBA to help you achieve these goals, and why is now the best time for you to join our program? (1,000 words)

Wharton Essay 1 Tips

This is an important essay where Wharton has combined career progression, goals and "why Wharton MBA" into a wholesome write-up. The length (a full 1000 words) of the essay, stressing the importance Wharton gives it, is both a challenge and a threat. So make this opening essay a tour-de-force that sets the tone for your Wharton application.

The first part of the Wharton essay can be a well defined explanation of Pre-Wharton, Wharton and Post-Wharton phases of your career and life. Be credible in mentioning your Post-Wharton short-term and long-term goals. If possible be specific, both about the industry and the role you are seeking. Uncovering and expressing a logical link between the three phases is a critical element in the essay. While the essay asks about your career plans do not be afraid to bring in non-career aspects that have influenced your choices. In addition to a rough sketch of your career, your main career achievements need to find a place in this first Wharton MBA essay. As long as you don't repeat yourself in the subsequent essays, you can use this opportunity to reveal aspects of your personality that emerge attractively from your career progression stories.

The second part of the Wharton essay question is explicitly Wharton centric. Many Business Schools ask "why MBA" or "why MBA now": Wharton unmistakably asks you "why Wharton" and "why Wharton now". So give the question the respect it deserves and provide logical and well-supported reasons for both questions.

Wharton Essay 2

Describe a failure or setback that you have experienced. How did you respond, and what did you learn about yourself? (500 words)

Wharton Essay 2 Tips

This is an almost exact replication of last year's question: Describe a failure or setback that you have experienced. What role did you play and what did you learn about yourself?

As in most failure essays the key to getting it right is to begin your thought process from the second part of the question and then proceed to a significant and credible incident that has left it's mark on you. Wharton, with it's admirable focus on the individual, wants to know your personal reaction to the event and the lessons you learnt from it. Never forget that the failure essay is in reality meant to be a success story where you learnt, improved and readied yourself to be a better leader and (perhaps!) a better person.

While the qualities that you reflected while fire-fighting the incident or it's aftereffects is our core reason for the essay, please take care to choose a failure that is "real". A fluffy failure not only makes for a weak essay but will also probably put you on the hot seat during the Wharton interview.

Wharton Essay 3

Where in your background would we find evidence of your leadership capacity and/or potential? (500 words)

Wharton Essay 3 Tips

Have you read a short story or an article in which YOU were the hero? These Wharton essays should read exactly like that.

Each person has knowledge and qualities that grant him or her the potential to lead in extraordinary ways. This essay is the perfect medium for putting down your leadership experiences (or potential) on paper.

This is a straightforward essay that calls for an revelation of your leadership qualities. Assemble your most significant leadership experiences till date and select one or more instances to portray your leadership capacity in the best light. While you can go back in time in case you want to show leadership progression, do not be stuck in a time capsule. Try to focus a substantial portion of the essay on recent experiences.

If the essay also uncovers your attitude and approach to leadership, the Wharton adcom will not complain.

Wharton Essay 4

Please respond to one  of the following questions

a. Describe an experience you have had innovating or initiating, your lessons learned, the results and impact of your efforts. (500 words)

b. Is there anything about your background or experience that you feel you have not had the opportunity to share with the Admissions Committee in your application? If yes, please explain. (500 words)

Wharton Essay 4 Tips

Good questions!

A great opportunity to address your innovative and creative side with an apt example that highlight your out-of-the-box thinking. Alternately you can choose an episode where you championed an initiative.

A leadership focused essay with innovation and initiative would be the ideal response as long as you do not tread the same path you have taken in essay 3. Describe the lessons you learnt during the course of this accomplishment. Recount the key consequences of your action  - on your team, your organization, the community at large or on a process/product. Irrespective of whether you choose from personal, academic, community or professional experiences, try to give a sense of urgency and a personal tone to the essay.

For the second option, two essay questions from previous years are excellent indications of what you can focus on: "Describe a personal characteristic or quality that will help the Admissions Committee to know you better." and "What do you do best and why?" This Wharton choice gives you complete freedom to choose almost any quality or skill of yours and expound on it with incidents and anecdotes. Choose areas where you have good stories to back you up.

Wharton Optional Essay

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, TOEFL waiver request, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application) (250 words)

Wharton Optional Essay Tips

Wharton's essay lengths are almost always a threat and a challenge; in this case they are also a guide. Wharton is one of the few B School which gives as much as 500 words for a multiple-choice question. And yet the Wharton optional essay is given only 250 words. Being a card carrying member of the Anti-Optional Essay League I can only warn that unless it is absolutely necessary give this one a miss.

Then think again if the optional essay is a strong constructive addition to your candidacy. If yes, start working on the essay.

Go for it!

Wharton MBA Application Essays and Tips 2007-2008

Wharton Essay 1

Describe your career progress to date and your future short-term and long-term career goals. How do you expect a Wharton MBA to help you achieve these goals, and why is now the best time for you to join our program? (1,000 words)

Wharton Essay 1 Tips

This is an important essay where Wharton has combined career progression, goals and "why Wharton MBA" into a wholesome write-up. The length (a full 1000 words) of the essay, stressing the importance Wharton gives it, is both a challenge and a threat. So make this opening essay a tour-de-force that sets the tone for your Wharton application.

Wharton Essay 2

Describe a failure or setback that you have experienced. How did you respond, and what did you learn about yourself? (500 words)

Wharton Essay 2 Tips

This is an almost exact replication of last year's question: Describe a failure or setback that you have experienced. What role did you play and what did you learn about yourself?

As in most failure essays the key to getting it right is to begin your thought process from the second part of the question and then proceed to a significant and credible incident that has left it's mark on you. Wharton, with it's admirable focus on the individual, wants to know your personal reaction to the event and the lessons you learnt from it. Never forget that the failure essay is in reality meant to be a success story where you learnt, improved and readied yourself to be a better leader and (perhaps!) a better person.

Wharton Essay 3

Tell us about a situation in which you were an outsider. What did you learn from the experience? (500 words)

Wharton Essay 3 Tips

This spanking new Wharton essay question lays the ground for you to expound on incidents, situations or actions that have enabled you to assimilate cultural variations at work, play or living environments. The essay can explore your outlook and maturity in cross-cultural interactions.  While your international exposure could form the core of this Wharton MBA application essay, with a "culture shock" experience forming the core of the story, "outsider" is a very broad term, and you can take the meaning for the word that is able to best illustrate qualities that you want Wharton to know about.

Leadership, cultural diversity, people skills, adaptability and a broad open outlook are expected to make best use of the MBA program at Wharton, and an essay that illustrates some or all (and more) of these qualities will stand you in good stead.

Wharton Essay 4

Complete one of the following two questions:

Where in your background would we find evidence of your leadership capacity and/or potential? (500 words)

Is there anything about your background or experience that you feel you have not had the opportunity to share with the Admissions Committee in your application? If yes, please explain. (500 words)

Wharton Essay 4 Tips

Have you read a short story or an article in which YOU were the hero? When these Wharton essays are read that is what you should be.

Each person has knowledge and qualities that grant him or her the potential to do extraordinary things. These essays are the place where you put those experiences (or potential) on paper.

Go for it!

Optional Essay

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, TOEFL waiver request, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application) (250 words)

Optional Essay Tips

If you can give strong, credible, mature reasons to explain any weaknesses in your application and counter it with logic and passion, in a manner that makes the Admissions Committee feel better about your candidature, perhaps you can give it a try.

Wharton MBA Application Essays and Tips 2006-2007

Wharton Essay 1

Describe your career progress to date and your future short-term and long-term career goals. How do you expect an MBA from Wharton to help you achieve these goals, and why is now the best time for you to join our program? (1,000 words)

Wharton Essay 1 Tips

The first part of the Wharton essay can be a well defined explanation of Pre-Wharton, Wharton and Post-Wharton phases of your career and life. Be credible in mentioning your Post-Wharton short-term and long-term goals. If possible be specific, both about the industry and the role you are seeking. Uncovering and expressing a logical link between the three phases is a critical element in the essay.

The second part of the Wharton essay question is explicitly Wharton centric. Many B Schools ask "why MBA" or "why MBA now": Wharton unmistakably asks you "why Wharton" and "why Wharton now". So give the question the respect it deserves and provide logical and well-supported reasons for both questions.

Wharton Essay 2 Tips

Describe a failure or setback that you have experienced. How did you respond, and what did you learn about yourself? (500 words)

Wharton Essay 2 Tips

As in most failure essays the key to getting it right is to begin your thought process from the second part of the question and then proceed to a significant and credible incident that has left it's mark on you.

While the qualities that you reflected while fire-fighting the incident or it's aftereffects is our core reason for the essay, please take care to choose a failure that is "real". A fluffy failure not only makes for a weak essay but will also probably put you on the hot seat during the Wharton interview.

Wharton Essays 3 and 4

Complete 2 of the following 4 questions (500 words each):

Describe a personal characteristic or quality that will help the Admissions Committee to know you better.

Describe an impact you've had on a team, group or organization. How has this experience been valuable to you or others, and what did you learn?

What do you do best and why?

When have your values, ethics, or morals been challenged? How has this shaped who you are today?

Wharton Essays 3 and 4 Tips

Each person has knowledge and qualities that grant him (or her) the potential to do extraordinary things. These essays are the place where you put those experiences (or potential) on paper.

The first and third Wharton choices give you complete freedom to choose almost any quality or skill of yours and expound on it with incidents and anecdotes. The Wharton second choice should preferably exhibit your leadership qualities. The fourth Wharton choice is a tough call; choose it only if you feel strongly on the subject and have a good story to back it up. In both the Wharton application essay choices, choose facets of yourself that are not exposed in the earlier essays. Do not hesitate to take examples or situations from non-professional or non-career fronts. At least one of the essays can be used as a statement of your personality and your life away from work.

Go for it!

Wharton Optional Essay

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application). (250 words)

Wharton Optional Essay Tips

Since Wharton's clear focus is in providing you a chance to present an added perspective to any glaring weaknesses in your application, you might try a defense if you feel that is the case. If you can give strong, credible, mature reasons to explain the weaknesses and counter it with logic and passion, perhaps you can give it a try.

Go for it!

           
           
 

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