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Last Updated Jul 6, 2017 by

Wharton MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on our announcement earlier this week with the Wharton essay topics for the 2017-2018 admissions season, we wanted to offer our essay topic analysis for the Class of 2020 UPenn MBA hopefuls. The Wharton adcom has decided to retain its two required essays on desired professional growth, and fit with... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 15, 2016 by

Wharton Essay Topic Analysis 2016-2017

Following up on our announcement earlier this week with the Wharton essay topics for the 2016-2017 admissions season, we wanted to offer our essay topic analysis for the Class of 2019 UPenn MBA hopefuls. The Wharton adcom has decided to retain its opening required essay on desired personal and professional growth, and... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 3, 2015 by

Wharton 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Following up our announcement earlier this week with Wharton’s Class of 2018 application essays, we wanted to offer our Wharton 2015-2016 essay topic analysis for this year’s crop of UPenn MBA hopefuls. The Wharton adcom has decided to retain the same essay structure it used for last year’s admissions season, with one required... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 16, 2014 by

Wharton Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

Wharton recently released its application essay – singular – for the coming admissions season, and we wanted to weigh in with some guidance on how applicants might approach this unprecedentedly brief application. This response is very similar to the first of Wharton’s two essays from the 2013-2014 season, though now... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 27, 2013 by

The Wharton School/UPenn Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

As we reported earlier this week, Wharton has announced its essay topics for the 2013-2014 admissions season.  A quick comparison to last year’s topics shows that the school has done a major overhaul of its essays, both by changing the questions themselves and by reducing the number of required essays... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 28, 2012 by

The Wharton School / University of Pennsylvania Essay Topic Analysis 2012-13

As we announced recently, Wharton has released its essay questions for the 2012-2013 admissions season.  Like last year, after answering a required question about professional objectives, applicants must respond to two of three essay questions to round out the set.  However, the adcom has changed three of the essay topics... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 9, 2011 by

Video: Wharton MBA Essay Breakdown (Write Like an Expert)

If you’re applying to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, don’t miss our video lecture on tackling the school’s essay topics.  As a part of Beat The GMAT’s ‘Write Like an Expert’ series, Clear Admit team member, Graham Richmond, breaks down each application essay for Wharton hopefuls in... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 12, 2011 by

Clear Admit Provides Essay Analysis for Beat the GMAT’s “Write Like an Expert” Series

Clear Admit and Beat The GMAT (BTG) are working together to provide prospective applicants with detailed analysis of the essay questions from nine of the top business school programs as part of BTG’s 2011 “Write Like an Expert” series. The free series of online events debuts next Tuesday and Wednesday... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 19, 2011 by

Penn / Wharton Essay Topic Analysis 2011-2012

In one respect, Wharton’s MBA application essays for the coming year look very similar to last year’s; after a brief required question about professional objectives, applicants choose among a handful of additional essay options (two of which are returning topics from last season) to round out the set. The difference,... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 19, 2011 by

Analysis of Penn / Wharton Essay Option 3: Keeping this component of our culture in mind, discuss a time when you have been innovative in your personal or professional life.

“Innovation is central to our culture at Wharton. It is a mentality that must encompass every aspect of the School – whether faculty research, teaching or alumni outreach.” – Thomas S. Robertson, Dean, The Wharton School Keeping this component of our culture in mind, discuss a time when you have... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 18, 2011 by

Analysis of Penn / Wharton Essay Option 2: Discuss a time when you faced a challenging interpersonal experience. How did you navigate the situation and what did you learn from it?

Discuss a time when you faced a challenging interpersonal experience. How did you navigate the situation and what did you learn from it? (600 words) This question, albeit with a slightly different wording, appeared in Wharton’s application for the first time last year, and although the prompt no longer explicitly... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 17, 2011 by

Analysis of Penn / Wharton Essay Option 1: Reflect on a time when you turned down an opportunity. What was the thought process behind your decision? Would you make the same decision today?

Reflect on a time when you turned down an opportunity. What was the thought process behind your decision? Would you make the same decision today? (600 words) Also making a repeat appearance in this year’s essay set, this question poses an interesting challenge for applicants. There’s a good deal of... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 16, 2011 by

Analysis of Penn / Wharton Required Essay: What are your professional objectives?

What are your professional objectives? (300 words) Wharton’s abbreviated opening essay returns for a second year, allowing applicants just 300 words to describe their post-MBA plans to the admissions committee. While this is a variation of the typical career goals essay, applicants will likely be well-served by adopting a big-picture... Read more »

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