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Wharton Will Introduce Team-Based Discussion as Part of 2012-2013 Admissions Process

Late last week, Wharton Vice Dean Karl T. Ulrich reported that Wharton would adopt a team-based discussion as part of its 2012-2013 application process.  This new method of applicant evaluation was piloted during Round 3 of the previous admissions cycle and with current MBA students at the Wharton School last year. It will be an addition to the current one-on-one interview, not a replacement.

According to Ulrich’s official announcement:

The team-based discussion will allow candidates the opportunity to interact with fellow applicants through discourse involving real-world business scenarios, which will highlight how they approach and analyze specific situations. Our hope is that this will give applicants a glimpse into Wharton’s group learning dynamic – which is central to our program. We believe that this type of assessment also serves as a tool to take prospective students ‘off the page’ and allows us to see firsthand the ways in which they can contribute to our community of diverse learners and leaders.

While this is interview format is new to Wharton, IMD Business School in Switzerland has had a group case study component in its admissions process for some time.  The key difference is that each year IMD welcomes 90 students to campus to participate in its one-year MBA program, while Wharton boasts classes of 800+ for its two-year program.

As further updates about the new team-based discussion are made available, we will report them on the Clear Admit blog.

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