McCombs School of Business | Mr. Marine Executive Officer
GRE 322, GPA 3.28
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Ms. Developing Markets
GMAT 780, GPA 3.63
Harvard | Mr. Policy Player
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Tough Guy
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. CPPIB Strategy
GRE 329 (Q169 V160), GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
Kellogg | Mr. Double Whammy
GMAT 730, GPA 7.1/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Infantry Officer
GRE 320, GPA 3.7
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Ernst & Young
GMAT 600 (hopeful estimate), GPA 3.86
Kellogg | Mr. Engineer Volunteer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Operations Analyst
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.15
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indian Dreamer
GRE 331, GPA 8.5/10
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
London Business School | Ms. Private Equity Angel
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
Yale | Ms. Biotech
GMAT 740, GPA 3.29
Stanford GSB | Ms. Global Empowerment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.66
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Armenian Geneticist
GRE 331, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 1st Gen Grad
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Ross | Mr. Travelpreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 2.68

Wharton Email To 2012 Round One Applicants




Congratulations on being invited to interview as the next stage in your application for the Wharton MBA. You have successfully registered for an interview slot at the time and location mentioned below:

As you know, there will be two components to your interview process: first you will participate in a Team-Based Discussion with several of your fellow applicants and then you will have a one-on-one interview with a member of our Admissions team.

Team-Based Discussion

The Team-Based Discussion will be approximately 45 minutes in length and an opportunity to interact with fellow applicants in a lively and thoughtful discussion about an important, real-world business issue. Our hope is that through a team-based discussion, our applicants will not only be able to present how they approach and think about certain challenges and opportunities, but that you will also have a chance to experience, firsthand, the team work and learning dynamic that is central to the Wharton MBA program.

For this discussion, we would like you to imagine that the Dean and Vice Deans of The Wharton School have posed the two questions below to your team and would like you to report back to them with your recommendations. Please bring your thoughts on the two questions below to your session:

  • The Wharton School is committed to supporting our stakeholders as they acquire and refine the knowledge and skills they need to be successful professionally. As potential Wharton students, what is one key business skill that you think post-business school professionals must have in order to be successful, long-term, in their career?
  • The Wharton School’s mission is to enhance economic and social good around the world by turning knowledge into action and impact. What is the most important societal challenge that could be addressed more effectively by the business community today?

Come prepared to share, with your team, your individual thoughts on both of these questions in one minute. We will provide you with further guidance on next steps for this activity when we meet. You should plan to spend no more than one hour per question in preparation for the Team-Based Discussion.

One-on-One Interview

The one-on-one component will be 10-15 minutes in length and an opportunity for you to further converse with a member of the Admissions team regarding your candidacy. While we will have questions for you during this time, we also realize that there are specific aspects that you wish to highlight, such as your reflections on the Team-Based Discussion, aspects of your candidacy that you feel are of particular importance, or updates on your professional or personal endeavors. This time will also allow for you to ask any questions that you may have regarding the program or next steps in the process.


As a reminder, the Wharton MBA application process is confidential and not to be discussed or shared with members outside of the Admissions team. To maintain the integrity of our process, as well as respect for your fellow applicants, please refrain from discussing the specifics or specific individuals from your experiences in this next phase of the process.

If you have any questions regarding the next steps of your application process or any other aspect of the admissions process, please contact Wharton MBA Admissions at

Remember that the key is to relax, be genuine, and enjoy the opportunity for us to get to know you and you to get to know each other. We look forward to seeing you soon and getting to know you in person.


Wharton MBA Admissions Committee

Lauder Admissions Committee

Penn Law School Admissions Committee

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.