About Wharton

The World’s First Business School

For more than 135 years, Wharton has been the place where visionaries, inventors, and trailblazers get their start.

In 1881, American entrepreneur and industrialist Joseph Wharton established the world’s first collegiate school of business at the University of Pennsylvania — a radical idea that revolutionized both business practice and higher education.

Since then, the Wharton School has continued innovating to meet mounting global demand for new ideas, deeper insights, and  transformative leadership. We blaze trails, from the nation’s first collegiate center for entrepreneurship in 1973 to our latest research centers in alternative investments and neuroscience.

The Power of Wharton

Incubating ideas to transform business »

We spark great ideas and nurture their growth into remarkable new ventures. Our robust entrepreneurial programs give aspiring entrepreneurs guidance and resources to launch and scale companies that disrupt industries and drive economic growth.

Driving insights to reinvent decision-making »

We integrate the worlds of technology and business to power smarter decisions. Wharton advances a multifaceted approach to analytics, training present and future executives to seek deeper insights and act on exponentially growing digital data.

Creating leaders to change the world »

We grow leaders who act decisively to meet tomorrow’s biggest challenges. Wharton provides experiences that give leaders judgment and skill to motivate high-performing teams and build resilient organizations that change the world.


5,063 Students Spread Across Four Degree Programs

2,617 Undergraduates

1,784 MBA Students

463 EMBA Students

199 Doctoral Students

More than 13,000 participants in Wharton’s Executive Education programs

Since 2015 more than 200,000 certificates earned from Wharton Online.

241 Standing Faculty Spread Across 10 Departments

241 Standing Faculty Members

243 Non-Standing Faculty Members (Full- and Part-time)

140 Female Faculty Members

116 International Faculty Members

100,000 Alumni and 77 Alumni Clubs Spread Across 153 Countries

930 Africa & Middle East

5,660 Asia

380 Australia & New Zealand

1,370 Caribbean & Latin America

4,510 Europe

79,280 North America

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