The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton MBA program has announced the essay questions and (most) deadlines for the Class of 2015.

The deadlines are October 1st for Round 1, January 3rd for Round 2, and "March, 2013" for Round 3, suggesting that perhaps it was intern week at the Wharton admissions website. No doubt someone will soon post an update; until then, put a large red circle around the month of March. 

Wharton's new essay questions are as follows:

Required Question:

How will the Wharton MBA help you achieve your professional objectives? (400 words)

Respond to 2 of the following 3 Questions:

  1. Select a Wharton MBA course, co-curricular opportunity or extra-curricular engagement that you are interested in. Tell us why you chose this activity and how it connects to your interests. (500 words)
  2. Imagine your work obligations for the afternoon were cancelled and you found yourself "work free" for three hours, what would you do? (500 words)
  3. "Knowledge for Action draws upon the great qualities that have always been evident at Wharton: rigorous research, dynamic thinking, and thoughtful leadership." - Thomas S. Robertson, Dean, The Wharton School.  Tell us about a time when you put knowledge into action. (500 words)

There is also an additional essay for reapplicants, as well as an optional essay, which can be found on our Essay Guide for Wharton

While Wharton has kept the same format they used for last year's essays (one required goals essay, folllowed by a choose-2-of-3 prompt), the actual questions are all different this year.  At first glance, the most unusual new question is the one that asks candidates to state what they would do if they had the afternoon off work; hopefully Wharton admissions are bracing themselves for a slew of essays about beer and naps.

Check back soon for our Best Practices Blog on how to answer the Wharton essay questions for 2012-2013.