The University of Pennsylvania offers 12 different schools, including The Wharton Business School. Here are just a few of the reasons the university’s business school is one of the best business colleges in the world.
Excellent Reputation – The Wharton Business School has successfully been educating students for many years now. It was established by Joseph Wharton in 1881 as the world’s first collegiate business school and is now known worldwide for its business program.
Beautiful Campus – The University of Pennsylvania’s campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a great setting for a college. It’s in a major city on the east coast, which provides endless opportunities for students in their personal and professional lives, as well as easy access to several other major cities. The Wharton School of Business is located in the heart of campus and includes buildings such as the Jon M. Huntsman Hall (photos below), which is the campus’s newest building that houses 48 classrooms, 57 study rooms, lounges, and more that are all equipped with the latest technology.
Selective Admission Process – The university is known for its competitive and selective admissions process. Most students who get in are from the top 10% of their high school graduating class. Students who attend will be in the company of other excellent students and will get to take classes with, live with, and join extracurricular activities with students from all over the world and all walks of life.
Wide Variety of Concentrations – The Wharton School alone houses 22 undergraduate concentrations, 18 graduate majors, and 9 doctoral programs. These programs combined have an enrollment of about 5,000 students. One of the benefits of pursuing a business degree is that students can also combine the degree with any other undergraduate degree in the other schools. In fact, over 30% of students graduate from the university with more than one degree.
Education in the Future – In addition to their many undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, the school also houses an executive education program. Over 9,000 students take part in the program each year. This is an excellent option for anyone who studied business in college and wants to further their education partway through their career.
Qualified Faculty – The school has one of the largest business school faculties, which includes more than 250 members. The faculty is also one of the most published – the faculty’s research is often cited in academic journals, periodicals, and the press. The schools online business journal, Knowledge@Wharton, has almost 2 million subscribers.
Innovation in All Areas – The Wharton Innovation Group was founded in 2010 to help harness the power of technological advancements in order to provide students with a better learning experience. They focus on finding the newest methods of teaching and explore options worldwide for bringing new, state of the art technologies into the university.
Research Centers – The Wharton Business School houses 25 research centers. They’re interdisciplinary and bring together students and faculty from Penn as well as outside members of businesses in order to learn about challenges in business from all perspectives.
Community Service Initiatives – The Wharton Program for Social Impact, or WPSI, aims to make an impact socially through both the courses of study and extracurricular clubs and organizations. It believes its size and influence as a leading business school gives it the responsibility and capability to influence social matters. The school wants to make sure its students leave with a broad view of the world and of how their business decisions can affect many different people.
Global Presence – The Wharton Business School boasts alumni of over 88,000 people now located in 148 countries worldwide. They are just one of the groups who support the Wharton Global Initiative, which also encompasses global research and education. They aim to educate and influence business leaders worldwide but also focus on teaching current students how to do the same so they’re prepared to work anywhere upon graduation.