Wharton | Mr. Top Salesman
GMAT 610, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Failed Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Nuclear Vet
GMAT 770, GPA 3.86
Stanford GSB | Mr. SpaceX
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
MIT Sloan | Mr. Latino Insurance
GMAT 730, GPA 8.5 / 10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Startup Founder
GMAT 700, GPA 3.12
Wharton | Mr. Data Dude
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Triathlete
GMAT 720, GPA 2.8
Kellogg | Mr. MBB Private Equity
GMAT TBD (target 720+), GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. MedTech Startup
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INSEAD | Mr. Media Startup
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Yale | Mr. Yale Hopeful
GMAT 750, GPA 2.9
MIT Sloan | Mr. MBB Transformation
GMAT 760, GPA 3.46
Wharton | Mr. Swing Big
GRE N/A, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. CPG Product Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Tesla Intern
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Supply Chain Data Scientist
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Global Consultant
GMAT 770, GPA 80% (top 10% of class)
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB/FinTech
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Digital Indonesia
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. LGBT Social Impact
GRE 326, GPA 3.79
Stanford GSB | Mr. Oilfield Trekker
GMAT 720, GPA 7.99/10
Kellogg | Mr. Big 4 Financial Consultant
GMAT 740, GPA 3.94
Stanford GSB | Mr. Mountaineer
GRE 327, GPA 2.96
Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52

Wharton Asks MBA Applicants To Be ‘Wedding Planners’

A Wharton team-based discussion in action

A Wharton team-based discussion in action

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School today (Oct. 29) turned down lots of round one MBA applicants and also invited some candidates to what some admission consultants are calling a “wedding planning” exercise.

Applicants who made the first cut in Wharton’s application process are invited to campus for a 35-minute team-based discussion and a brief informal interview with a member of Wharton’s admissions team. The discussion’s prompt, also released today with invitations is as much an advertisement for the university’s forthcoming entrepreneurship center (see First Look At Wharton’s New $46.5 Million Entrepreneurship Center) as it is part of an admissions exercise. Applicants will be asked to deliver a one-minute elevator pitch on the prompt in addition to engaging in the discussion.

The prompt, however, strikes some as putting potential students into the role of “wedding planners who have to order flowers and decide on invitations,” as one prominent admissions consultant told Poets&Quants.

Here’s the new prompt:

Entrepreneurship and innovation are at the forefront of Wharton’s focus for the future of the school. Last year, the University of Pennsylvania announced a $25 million gift that will spearhead construction of a transformative new building. Tangen Hall is the first-ever dedicated space for Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship and other student entrepreneurship programs across the University. Here students will incubate ideas to transform business. Completion of the new 70,000 square foot facility is set for fall 2020.

For the purpose of this discussion, you’ve been invited to be part of a team of students tasked with creating a one-day program that promotes the unveiling of Tangen Hall and Wharton’s focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. As a team, determine and define your target audience and invitation count. Identify and select a keynote speaker and programming for the day, including one interactive workshop and metrics for success. Provide unique experiential opportunities that highlight the depth and breadth of resources within Tangen Hall.

The new prompt replaces last year’s assignment that asked teams to prepare a retreat for a 70-member cohort of first-year Wharton students.

Prospective students invited to the discussion will be assigned to a team of four to five fellow applicants. Under the evaluative eyes of an admissions officer, the teams will work together to achieve a tangible outcome. The teams are randomly assigned based on your preferred time and location (on campus or one of our off-campus locations around the world.

DON’T MISS:  INSIDER TIPS FOR WHARTON’S TEAM-BASED DISCUSSION or DEMYSTIFYING WHARTON’S TEAM-BASED DISCUSSION

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.