The professional gains essay is a reverse advertisement of the Wharton MBA curriculum, learning environment, and networking opportunities. As we had mentioned in other school essay tips, plain vanilla description of the program has low recall when the admission team is reading over 6000 application. To stand out, you must understand what Wharton values.
1) History of Learning and Growing
The school’s insistence of accepting the majority of students with a GMAT score above 700 is from the expectations of a quant-heavy program like Wharton MBA. Since 2012, when the school changed its curriculum in favor of an analytics-heavy core and elective, Wharton has been seeking applicants, who have a history of learning aggressively, growing meteorically and solving complex industry and functional problems.
The learning starts at your Academics. If you don’t have a 3.5+ GPA on a 4.0 scale or an 80% or a B+ grade, the next data point that the admission team has is your work experience.