Applying to Wharton

Admissions FAQs

The following are the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) we receive from prospective students interested in the Wharton MBA Program. In addition, the MBA Admissions Blog will have the latest news from Admissions and Financial Aid. If none of these resources works for you, please contact us.

Interact With Us: On and Off Campus

What can I do when I visit campus?

Where should I stay when I visit?

How can I contact Wharton alumni in my area?

As an international prospective student, I need a visa to come to the U.S. for a campus visit. Will Wharton or the University of Pennsylvania sponsor me or provide a letter of support that I may use when I apply for a visa?

Admissions Process and Requirements

Do I need to hire an admissions consultant to get into Wharton?

When will the new catalog and application be available, and how can I request these materials?

When should I apply, and when is the application deadline?

What are the minimum requirements to apply to Wharton?

I already have an MBA. Can I apply to Wharton?

I earned an undergraduate degree that only took three years. Am I eligible to apply to Wharton?

How many applications do you receive for a given class?

Do I need an interview, and if so, how can I arrange one?

Can I get my decision over the Web or by e-mail, telephone, or fax?

How long does it typically take for an applicant to receive a decision after he/she has submitted his/her application?

What should I know about the GMAT?

What is the average TOEFL? Do you keep scores submitted in prior years?

Can I waive the TOEFL?

Can I submit the English for International Opportunity (IELTS) exam results instead of the TOEFL?

Are application fee waivers available?

Work Experience

How much work experience do most accepted students have? Is there a particular type of work experience Wharton seeks?

Does graduate education count as work experience?

Does time spent in the military count as work experience?

Does time spent in the Peace Corps, on a Latter Day Saints’ mission, or other voluntary assignment or internship count as work experience?

I am still an undergraduate student. How can I increase my chances for admission?

I have less than your average four years of work experience. Is this a disadvantage in the admissions process?

Is an applicant at a disadvantage without previous course work in business?

Miscellaneous Questions

I heard that Wharton is offering some of its core courses online through Coursera. Where can I find out more information about this?

How will changes to the curriculum affect current applicants?

What is the application procedure for Wharton's dual-degree programs?

Are transfer credits accepted?

Can I reapply to the MBA Program?

What is the median compensation package for graduating MBA students?

Does Wharton offer a one-year, a part-time, an evening, or a distance-learning MBA?

I’m fluent in another language. How can that help me with my MBA?

Online Application Questions

How does the system work?

I created an account and began and/or submitted my application. But, when I log into my account, information I entered is missing and/or my application does not appear to have been submitted. What happened to my information?

When should I check the system after submitting the application?

Will I receive an e-mail when decisions are made? How do we know when to check the system?

How do I calculate my GPA if my university or college does not provide one?


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