The Pioneering MBAs In The Class Of 2019

William Vuillet 

The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania  

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Navy veteran raised in Paris, former college rower turned runner, transitioning into world of opportunities.

Hometown: Paris, France

Fun Fact About Yourself:  My day job used to be flying F-18s off a carrier.

Undergraduate School and Major:  U.S. Naval Academy, Electrical Engineering

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:  U.S. Navy, 12 years strong

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: After my first few years flying in the Navy, I was selected to attend the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School (more commonly known as TOPGUN) and instructed there for three years. I was able to instruct and learn from some of the best fighter pilots in the Navy.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants?  Stay humble but don’t undersell yourself. It’s easy to get caught up and be in awe of other applicants that you may run into. As a veteran, I was impressed by the background of everyone I came across and would often question my own contribution, not having any background in any of the common post-MBA sectors. Remember you bring a unique set of skills to the table that will ultimately contribute to your program’s dynamic just as much as the financier, entrepreneur, or consultant. Finally, remember that no one piece of the puzzle will make or break your candidacy.

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you?  The support structure for veterans and the strength of the vets club at Wharton is unparalleled. Being able to attend one of the top MBA programs in the world and have that kind of support is exceptional.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? Success takes many forms and I don’t know that I have yet identified the specifics of what success would be to me in the long term. I will consider my first year of business school to be a success if I make new friends from different background (I would like to make one friend from each continent) and discover something new about myself as I transition out of the military.

  • dilma

    Hello John,

    What is your explanation for this year delay in releasing the employment reports of most top schools? I see only Booth results this year…

  • BigBangTrigger

    aand she is dating the oscar guy at CBS !

  • D.B. Cooper

    When is this GMAT arms race going to end? Average scores keep inflating like crazy…

  • Joe

    I heard a girl at Stern has an Emmy award…

  • Claptone

    The school with the 7th highest gmat is really struggling. Stanford eats their lunch. They hate it.

  • Claptone

    But the number then should be closer to the 91%, because in the 941 you also have to include the 2+2 from previous years who are enrolling this year.

    If they are already included it means that:
    Accepted in 2017: 1,138
    Enrolled in 2017: 941 – previous 2+2
    2+2 from 2017: 1,138-(941-previous 2+2)

    Assuming there are ~100 2+2 from previous year matriculating this year (there were 106 commits last year), it means that out of the 1,138, 300 of them are 2+2 – very high.

  • The HBS acceptances include 2+2 admits who don’t immediately enroll. That is why you think the yield rate is lower than Harvard’s published number. As for where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We don’t wait for schools to report the numbers. We call them up and ask for them.

  • Calptone, where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We got them from the schools, many of which don’t publicly release some of these numbers.

  • Claptone

    Your numbers on page 2 are wrong. If HBS accepted 1,138 but only enrolled 941 it means their yield is 83%. On their website they say it’s 91%.

    Frankly, I don’t know where you got all those accepted numbers since they haven’t been publicly released.

  • Jacob

    Ya, not sure how you claim to be the best school if you have the 7th-9th highest GMAT class average. Most use the GMAT as the most common metric of determining student-body quality.

  • Joe

    So it looks like the GMAT Ranking is 1. Stanford, 2. Kellogg, 3. Booth & Wharton, 5. Harvard. Harvard won’t even publish a mean because they know its sub-730 and might even be below Yale, and UC Berkeley. Maybe as low as 7th or 8th place.