Greetings from Philadelphia,
The brisk air, “wintry mix” weather earlier this week, and twinkling holiday lights hung high in the trees lining Locust Walk are all reminders that December is just around the corner. And with the approach of the holidays, comes another important milestone as our Round One process nears its conclusion. We know your calendars are marked, but as a reminder, Round One decisions will be released on Thursday, December 20. Over the next few weeks, the Admissions team will be reviewing your applications in their entirety, adding insights gleaned during the team based discussion and 1:1 interviews to what you shared with us in your written applications.
As we wrap up our interviews this week, I wanted to thank all of our applicants for coming to meet with us on campus and in cities across the globe. The Admissions Fellows and our Admissions team have all thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to get to meet you, chat with you and see you in action as part of the team based discussion.
In sharing our experiences across the Admissions team and the Admissions Fellows, it’s clear the team based discussion has been even more successful than we imagined. Despite the natural trepidation that comes with any change (especially to an admissions process!) we have heard resounding positive feedback from you, our applicants, about your experience. Among the themes we have heard from you are that you not only enjoyed the exercise and opportunity to experience firsthand what team work at Wharton is like, you also relished in the opportunity to meet and connect with each other, your potential future classmates.
It was wonderful to observe our candidates connecting with one other – both inside and outside of the team based discussion. We saw you exchange contact information for future business endeavors, continue to discuss the question posed to your team far after the exercise came to a close, and we noticed a few groups that headed out for celebratory dinner or drinks after the interview was complete. The most heartwarming part for us was to see how much you invested in and supported one other; waiting for everyone in your group to be done, high fiving each other, laughing together, this is the true hallmark of Wharton’s culture of collaboration and something we look forward to your bringing to the program.
It was also interesting for us to see you in “3-D” and peek into how you are in your everyday professional lives. Each of you brought something different to your teams, in your specific ideas, your thoughtfulness in your approach, your challenging and pushing of the thinking of your teammates and their ideas. No two teams were alike in the conclusion they drew, or the process by which they came to a conclusion. Whether it was discussing business’ role in making the world a better place or debating the most critical skills for successful leadership, your perspectives and brainstorms gave us food for thought. We hope that Wharton is a place where you can further explore ideas such as how the business community can better support environmental sustainability, educational attainment, and closing the gap in wealth disparity or how effective communication, adaptive leadership, and having a “playbook” for approaching strategy decisions would help you post-MBA.
Thank you all again for taking this ride with us. We truly appreciate the energy and enthusiasm that each of our candidates brought to the interview process and we look forward to being in touch in a few short weeks.