Top Feeder Schools To Wharton’s MBA Program

by John A. Byrne on

Top 25 Feeder Colleges For Wharton’s Class of 2013

If you have your heart set on getting into Wharton’s MBA program, it will help if you went to an elite undergraduate school. In fact, it would really help if you did your undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania. The largest single group of students in Wharton’s Class of 2013 had their undergraduate diplomas stamped at the business school’s parent university. UPenn undergrads make up an estimated 7.6% of the class with roughly 64 of the 845 students enrolled.

Harvard (6.8% of the class), Princeton (5.6%, and Yale (3.9%) follow U Penn, making the top four schools all Ivy League. In fact, one of every three members (33.1%) of Wharton’s incoming class this fall hail from one of the original eight Ivy League schools. Subtract out the international schools in the sample and those eight institutions account for roughly 44% of the entire class.

Students who earned their undergraduate degrees from state schools are decidedly underrepresented. The only public schools in the top 25 are all prestige institutions: Berkeley, the University of Virginia, Michigan, UCLA, and the University of Texas at Austin. Those five universities account for an estimated 7.7% of the class. All the other students from state schools in the U.S. make up less than 9% of the class.

Of the 592 students in the sample (out of an enrolled class of 845), there’s not a single student from Arizona State, Ohio State, Michigan State, or Penn State–three of the country’s largest public universities. Outside of Berkeley and UCLA, there’s just one student in the sample–with a U.C. San Diego degree–from California’s massive and highly regarded public education system.

The only four non-U.S. universities to make the top 25 feeder schools? The London School of Economics. the Indian Institute of Technology, the University of Western Ontario, and the National University of Singapore.

Wharton’s Top Feeder Schools Estimated % ofClass of 2013 Estimated Number inClass of 2013 Foundin Facebook

1. University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 7.3% 62 45
2. Harvard University Boston, MA 6.5% 55 40
3. Princeton University Princeton, NJ 5.4% 45 33
4. Yale University New Haven, CT 3.8% 32 23
5. Georgetown University Washington, D.C. 3.3% 28 20
6. Stanford University Stanford, CA 3.1% 26 19
7. Brown University Providence, RI 2.4% 21 15
7. MIT Cambridge, MA 2.4% 21 15
7. UC-Berkeley Berkeley, CA 2.4% 21 15
10. Cornell University Ithaca, NY 2.3% 19 14
10. Columbia University New York, NY 2.3% 19 14
10. Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 2.3% 19 14
13. Northwestern University Evanston, IL 2.1% 18 13
13. Univ. of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 2.1% 18 13
15. Duke University Durham, NC 2.0% 17 12
16. University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 1.6% 14 10
16. University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 1.6% 14 10
18. London School of Economics London, U.K. 1.4% 11 8
18. Indian Institute of Technology India 1.3% 11 8
18. New York University New York, NY 1.3% 11 8
18. UCLA Los Angeles, CA 1.3% 11 8
22. Georgia Institute of Tech Atlanta, GA 1.1% 10 7
23. Williams College Williamstown, MA 1.0% 8 6
24. University of Texas Austin, TX 1.0% 8 6
24. Univ. of Western Ontario London, Canada 1.0% 8 6
24. National Univ. of Singapore Singapore 1.0% 8 6

Source: These numbers are calculated from Wharton’s Class of 2013 Facebook page. The educational backgrounds of 613 of those students were confirmed via Facebook, LinkedIn, or other social networks. The actual number of students enrolled in the class is 845. The estimate of students with undergraduate degrees from a specific institution is based on the percentage of the confirmed sample with degrees from that university. Data compiled by Liza Rodler.


  • benectar

    Ha, there is an app for this. Only tracks high school

  • Wharton Grad

    Wharton makes sense if you want to go to Wall Street/NYC and do finance. There are more interesting and lucrative things to do. The more interesting stat would be how many competitive places (factoring out alumn, donors, influencers) who affect entry into the programs.

  • midwestern

    I think that’s a good idea. however it still has error.
    keeping in mind that MBA programs take applicants with variable years of experience. that means people can be out of school for 1-15 years, often 3-7 years.

    If you think of your numbers in your way; let’s say MBA programs only pick people with 3-7 years of work. that’s 5 classes. If Wharton has 2000 undergrad, that’s 10,000 people to pick from. (not even counting who are applying and who are not). So if a small liberal arts college.. has 400 undergrad/year, then they only have 2000 graduates in 4 years.

    There’re just too many variables. I think the inference can be also be totally misleading–you probably worry more about other things than wharton MBA, if you’re not an ivy undergrad…………………..

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