The Wharton School

In 1881, American entrepreneur and industrialist Joseph Wharton established the world’s first collegiate school of business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wharton’s pioneering vision was to produce graduates who would become “pillars of the state, whether in private or in public life.” The Wharton School maintains a long tradition of educating visionary business leaders in academia, business, government, and not-for-profit organizations.

Today, Wharton has expanded the scope of this vision to become the most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world — with over 225 faculty members, 95,000 alumni, 5,000 students across 10 academic departments, 20 research centers, and more than 9,000 executive education participants annually.

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Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 participants in executive education programs annually and a powerful alumni network of 95,000 graduates.

Research provides an individualized method of learning and an in-depth treatment of a topic of personal interest with input from a faculty expert. Research experience is helpful if applying for distinguished international fellowships and is important if going on to graduate studies in an analytical discipline. Research skills are useful for decision-making in the private and public sectors and are required in academic positions. Below you can find a variety of research opportunities and scholarship programs.

  • Courses—Create “tools” in a research-methods course.
  • Research assistantships—Learn by executing research-related tasks while working on a project for a faculty member.
  • Summer programs—Gain hands-on experience from proposal to presentation through a project commensurate with program duration.
  • Scholars programs—Gain hands-on, in-depth experience from proposal to presentation via a senior thesis and other activities.
  • Wharton PhD Submatriculation Program—Submatriculate into a PhD program in Accounting, Finance, Health Care Systems, Insurance and Risk Management, Management, Marketing, Operations and Information Management, Business and Public Policy, or Statistics.

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The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School is accredited by AACSB – the International Association for Management Education. 

1916: AACSB founded initially as the Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (ACSB); constitution is adopted June 17, 1916. Founding members include the following: Columbia University • Cornell University • Dartmouth College • Harvard University • New York University • Northwestern University • Ohio State University • Tulane University • University of California, Berkeley • University of Chicago • University of Illinois • University of Nebraska • University of Pennsylvania • University of Pittsburgh • University of Texas • University of Wisconsin–Madison • Yale University

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The goal of the Wharton Undergraduate Division academic advising team is to help students make informed decisions about their educational plans and professional/life goals that are consistent with their interests, abilities, and values.

Advising by appointment, walk-in advising, and specialized advising are services available in G95 Huntsman Hall to current Wharton undergraduate students.

Professional advisors, concentration advisors, and peer advising fellows are available to assist students.

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