Wharton MBA Recommendation

I Letter of Recommendation
II Notbale Recommendation Questions
III Assessment Grid

You can download a PDF of the exact form your recommender will see below.

Download Wharton MBA Recommendation Questions 2016-17

This recommendation form is for the Wharton MBA 2016-17 application season. Generally speaking recommendation forms do not change from year to year so it’s a safe bet to assume that the same recommendation form will be used during the 2017-18 application season. When the 2017-18 application goes live (summer 2017) the download file and this page will be updated.

Wharton requires that MBA applicants submit two recommendations.

We require two letters of recommendations from individuals who are well acquainted with your performance in a work setting, preferably from a current or former supervisor.The title or position of the evaluator is not as important as his/her ability to comment knowledgeably and specifically about you. Submit recommendations from people who can speak directly about your aptitudes and capabilities.
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Before you ask someone for a recommendation it’s best to understand what types of questions the school will put to them. Asking the CEO of your company for a recommendation may be tempting, but will he/she be able to convincingly convey your strengths and weaknesses to the Wharton Admissions Committee? The best recommenders are those that have observed you interacting with others on a regular basis.

After you input your recommender’s name and email inside the Wharton application, he/she will receive an email directing him/her to Wharton’s online recommendation form.

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I Wharton MBA Letter of Recommendation

Please answer all of the questions in a single document. Single space your answers. Separate your answers by writing each question at the top of each response.

Wharton asks recommenders to upload their recommendation in the online form.

  1. How does the candidate’s performance compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (300 words)

  2. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applican Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (250 words)

  3. (Optional) Is there anything else we should know?


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II Notable Wharton MBA Recommendation Questions

Aside from the typical questions Wharton asks recommenders (Name, Address, Phone etc.) here are some notable short answer questions you should be aware of.

  • Relationship With Applicant (text box) (examples: Direct Supervisor, Advisor, Indirect Report/Subordinate)
  • During which period of time have you had the most frequent contact with the applicant? (mm/yyyy – mm/yyyyy)
  • Are you a graduate of Wharton or any other University of Pennsylvania school?
  • Are you a faculty member of Wharton or any other University of Pennsylvania School?
  • Please provide additional commentary to support your choices (in the Assessment Grid) (text box – no word limit)


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III Wharton MBA Recommendation Assessment Grid

Please give us your appraisal of the applicant in terms of the qualities listed below. Compare the applicant with others whom you know to have applied to graduate school or with individuals in your organization who are being groomed for positions in senior management.

The Wharton assessment grid includes a number of qualities. Recommenders are asked to rate the applicant using one of the following five responses:

  • No Basis for Judgment
  • Below Average
  • Average (middle 50%)
  • Good (top 25%)
  • Very Good (top 10%)
  • Outstanding (top 5%)

The Qualities in the assessment grid are as follows:

  • Ability to Manage Uncertainty
  • Maturity/Self-awareness
  • Communication Skills
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