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Wharton Slashes Required MBA Application Essays

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Huntsman Hall, WhartonPhotograph by Kendall White/The Wharton School

Wharton has slashed the number of required essays to get into its MBA program, making it the latest major business school to join the lean application movement.

The new Wharton questions reduce the total maximum word count by nearly 30 percent to 1,000 words, from 1,400 last year. Now there are just two essays, down from three the year before. The first asks, “What do you hope to achieve, personally and professionally, through the Wharton MBA?” The second: “Engagement is an important element of the Wharton MBA experience. How do you see yourself contributing to our learning community?” Each question has a 500-word limit.