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Wharton Round 2 Interview Invitations Roll Out Today

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With the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania scheduled to send out Round 2 interview invitations today, we know many of you are probably anxiously awaiting word. We’re sending you all good luck. According to school representatives, all invitations will go out at once—at 12 p.m. EST—and applicants will receive an email alerting them to check their online account.

To help you bide the time as you wait, we thought we’d share some of what LiveWire data told us about Wharton’s Round 1 applicants. In Round 1, 30 percent of applicants who shared their results via LiveWire were accepted to the Class of 2018. Another 66 percent were rejected, and the remaining 4 percent were placed on the waitlist. Of those who got accepted in Round 1, the average GMAT score was 731 and the average GPA was 3.6.

As always, we should note that our sample size is relatively small and likely subject to some response bias, which is to say that applicants who were accepted to Wharton may have been more likely to share the news publicly (albeit anonymously).

Here’s what we know from past admissions cycles at Wharton. Historically, Wharton has typically interviewed roughly 40 percent of applicants to the MBA program, though this does vary depending on application volume. Selectivity has generally fallen between 14 percent and 19 percent in recent years, which suggests that you can assume a roughly one in three chance of admission if invited for an interview. Of course, these are all based on past application seasons, and Wharton could change things up at any point.

As Wharton hopefuls no doubt know, the school’s interview consists of a team-based discussion (TBD), followed by a brief one-on-one meeting with an admissions representative. Read more about the TBD and how to prepare here. You can also gain some insight on the TBD from our Admissions Director Q&A with Wharton’s Frank DeVecchis.

Team Based Discussions will begin at the end of February, and Round 2 interviewees will have the option of interviewing on campus in Philadelphia or in a range of major cities around the world. Off-campus interviews for this round will take place in San Francisco, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Seoul, Dubai, Mumbai, Beijing and London. “We encourage candidates to interview in the location that is most convenient to you, whether in Philly or in one of our international locations,” reads the Wharton website.

To those of you who snag an invitation to interview with Wharton, our hearty congratulations! The Clear Admit Wharton Interview Guide is a perfect resource to help you prepare. And don’t forget to make use of our Wharton Interview Archive, where applicants can share their interview experiences and learn from those of others.

To those awaiting word—best of luck. Don’t forget to share your news via Clear Admit’s LiveWire!