Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
Stanford GSB | Mr. Mountaineer
GRE 327, GPA 2.96
Stanford GSB | Mr. JD To MBA
GRE 326, GPA 3.01
Kellogg | Mr. Pro Sports MGMT
GMAT GMAT Waived, GPA 3.78
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Real Estate Developer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.12
Tuck | Mr. Mega Bank
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
London Business School | Mr. Commercial Lawyer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.7
Yale | Mr. Yale Hopeful
GMAT 750, GPA 2.9
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
Harvard | Ms. Tech Impact
GMAT 730, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Data & Strategy
GMAT 710 (estimate), GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. MedTech Startup
GMAT 740, GPA 3.80
NYU Stern | Mr. NYC Consultant
GRE 327, GPA 3.47
INSEAD | Mr. Dreaming Civil Servant
GMAT 700, GPA 3.2
Tuck | Mr. Tech PM
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future MBA
GMAT 740, GPA 3.78
London Business School | Ms. Social Impact Consulting
GRE 330, GPA 3.28
Stanford GSB | Mr. Filling In The Gaps
GRE 330, GPA 3.21
Ross | Ms. Business Development
GMAT Targetting 740, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Triathlete
GMAT 720, GPA 2.8
Columbia | Mr. Oil & Gas
GMAT 710, GPA 3.37
Kellogg | Mr. Digital Finance Strategy
GRE 327, GPA 3.47
Harvard | Mr. Banking & Finance
GMAT 700, GPA 3.8
MIT Sloan | Ms. Canadian Civil Servant
GRE 332, GPA 3.89
Wharton | Ms. Energy To Healthcare
GMAT 740, GPA 8.4/10
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Air Force Vet
GRE 311, GPA 3.6

Getting Into Wharton: Does College & Work Pedigree Trump Merit?

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 same school. 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 two non-U.S. universities to make the top 25 feeder schools? The London School of Economics and the Indian Institute of Technology.

Wharton’s Top Feeder SchoolsEstimated % of  

Class of 2013

Estimated number in 

Class of 2013

Found 

in Facebook

1. University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA7.3%6245
2. Harvard University Boston, MA6.5%5540
3. Princeton University Princeton, NJ5.4%4533
4. Yale University New Haven, CT3.8%3223
5. Georgetown University Washington, D.C.3.3%2820
6. Stanford University Stanford, CA3.1%2619
7. Brown University Providence, RI2.4%2115
7. MIT Cambridge, MA2.4%2115
7. UC-Berkeley Berkeley, CA2.4%2115
10. Cornell University Ithaca, NY2.3%1914
10. Columbia University New York, NY2.3%1914
10. Dartmouth College Hanover, NH2.3%1914
13. Northwestern University Evanston, IL2.1%1813
13. Univ. of Southern California Los Angeles, CA2.1%1813
15. Duke University Durham, NC2.0%1712
16. University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA1.6%1410
16. University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI1.6%1410
18. London School of Economics London, U.K.1.4%118
18. Indian Institute of Technology India1.3%118
18. New York University New York, NY1.3%118
18. UCLA Los Angeles, CA1.3%118
22. Georgia Institute of Tech Atlanta, GA1.1%107
23. Williams College Williamstown, MA1.0%86
24. University of Texas Austin, TX1.0%86
24. Univ. of Western Ontario London, Canada1.0%86
24. National Univ. of Singapore Singapore1.0%86

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 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.

 

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.