Your Chances: Wharton MBA Acceptance Rate & Other Factors

2022-2023 Application Cycle: Special Note for Round 2 and Round 3 Applicants Invited for an MBA Interview

Wondering about your chances now that you’ve been invited to an interview?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to answer to this question with certainty, as business schools do not publish figures on interview invites.

It is safe to guess that MBA programs interview approximately double the number of people they intend to admit. In crude terms, this means that your chances of acceptance are good—around 50%.

But remember that there are other factors at play which are not reflected in this generalized statement:

  • The post-interview decision will still depend on the strength of your application: outstanding applicants will have a better chance both pre- and post-interview.
  • Less competitive applicants—with lower GMAT scores, sub-optimal employers, and a less prestigious undergraduate degree—will be under more pressure to impress than a highly competitive applicant.
  • Anyone can have a surprising interview—for better or for worse.

Regardless of your initial application, your next step should be to prepare as effectively as possible for your MBA interview—with someone who has interview experience and an understanding of the program you’re applying to.

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If your sights set on business school and are you trying to decide which MBA programs to apply to, you best start with understanding your chances of acceptance to top programs. You might be wondering where you’ll likely be accepted and which is the best program you can get into with your profile. To help answer your questions, we’ve put together some fast facts covering key admission factors to help you determine your odds of getting accepted into the Wharton MBA Program.

If you’re wondering how difficult it is to get into Wharton, then you’ve come to the right place. On this page, we’ll give you a quick overview of what it takes to get into the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and help you understand whether your profile is a good fit for the Wharton MBA program.

(Note: This page highlights Wharton’s full-time MBA program. The other program option at Wharton is the Executive MBA Program for Working Professionals.)

Fast Facts: Wharton MBA

Acceptance RateDoes not disclose
GMAT Average733
GPA Average3.6
Average GPA only includes data from students who attended universities with a 4.0 grading system.
Avg. Years Work Experience5

Note: As many MBA programs elected not to release acceptance rates for the class of 2024, some of our reported acceptance rates are based on estimates.

Huntsman Hall, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Undergraduate Majors Represented in Wharton’s MBA Program 

The top undergraduate majors represented in Wharton’s MBA program are Humanities (38%), Business (34%), and STEM (28%).

Top Undergraduate Universities from Wharton’s MBA Class

The undergraduate universities most represented in Wharton’s MBA class profile are: 

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Harvard University
  • Princeton University
  • Yale University
  • Georgetown University
  • Stanford University
  • Brown University
  • MIT
  • UC-Berkeley
  • Cornell University

If your undergraduate college is listed above, that means that Wharton has accepted many applicants with your education background in the past. It also shows that candidates who have gone to these schools have considered applying to Wharton, and it is one indication that the business school has found students who have completed their undergraduate education at these universities to be successful.  

Wharton’s Top Pre-MBA Industries

Wharton’s top pre-MBA industries are consulting (24%), pe/vc (12%), technology (10%), and nonprofit/government (10%). 

Looking at the pre-MBA industries shows you whether your profile is well-represented at Wharton. Don’t worry if you don’t see your industry on the list—there might not be many students enrolled from your industry simply because many candidates didn’t apply to the program in the first place. The same goes for the pre-MBA employers data we’ve provided below.

Top Pre-MBA Employers Represented at Wharton

The pre-MBA companies that are most represented in the Wharton MBA class are: 

What does Wharton value?

Wharton look for candidates who are innovative, collaborative, globally aware, and a giving, high-impact leader. One of the most important determinants of your success at Wharton is not your test scores or your extracurricular achievements, but who you are as a whole person and an emerging leader.

Interested in finding out more about Wharton? Visit our Wharton overview page.