The program is large, selecting approximately 900 students annually from over 5,500 applicants. Over 40% of students are international – more than any other US school. In this regard, the school likes to see applicants demonstrate an international perspective, and has recently started a special loan program for foreign students.
Wharton also has the largest faculty of all business schools worldwide, with over 250 faculty members. Wharton’s top specialty is finance, but the school is also known for its health care management and marketing programs. Another specialty which has been gaining more traction is entrepreneurship, demonstrating the school’s commitment to innovation.
Wharton is known for its community orientation, and it offers attractive scholarships to students planning to work in the public sector after graduation. The school is also known for complete transparency in the admissions process – the admissions office is always available to applicants and is very open towards them. One of the attributes the school looks for in applicants is maturity and professional experience, resulting in a relatively high average of years of work experience among students.
The school has a wide alumni network worldwide of over 81,000 alumni in 142 countries.
Alumni include the following individuals, with current or past positions in parentheses: Gil Levi (founder of ARINGO), Richard Williams (Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet), Robert Crandall (Chairman and CEO of American Airlines), John Sculley (CEO of Apple and PepsiCo), Lewis Platt (Chairman and CEO of Boeing) and Laurence Tisch (CEO of CBS).