100+ Years of Business History at Wharton

Management Professor Daniel Raff takes us through 100+ years of business history throughout the Wharton era. Read More >

Wharton – A Century of Innovation

Read about Wharton's innovations in different industries and sectors throughout its first hundred years. Read More >


Biographies of Wharton's key leaders since our founding by industrialist/philanthropist Joseph Wharton in 1881. Read More >

In 1881, American entrepreneur and industrialist Joseph Wharton had the most radical idea in the history of business: the establishment of the world’s first collegiate school of business at the University of Pennsylvania.

No other single idea – and no single institution – has had such a dramatic, transformational effect on the way business is conducted in the global market.

It all started right here. First.

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