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Bucking a Trend, Wharton MBA Applications Plunge

Bucking a Trend, Wharton MBA Applications Plunge
Photograph by Kendall Whitehouse/The Wharton School

MBA applications at the Wharton School fell nearly 6 percent this year, even as rival schools reported large gains.

Wharton’s director of admissions and financial aid, Ankur Kumar, said one reason for the drop in application may have been Wharton’s new “team-based” admissions interviews—applicants meet in small groups to work as a team and solve a real-world business problem while the admissions team reviews their performance. Kumar said the focus on teamwork may have caused some applicants to decide that Wharton isn’t the school for them. ”I think applicants were just self-selecting,” Kumar said.