Applying to Dual-degree programs: How to answer first supplement q?

<p>So we have the first supplement question:</p>

<p>A Penn education provides a liberal arts and sciences foundation across multiple disciplines with a practical emphasis in one of four undergraduate schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Nursing, or the Wharton School.</p>

<p>Given the undergraduate school to which you are applying, please discuss how you will engage academically at Penn. (Please answer in 300 words or less.)</p>

<p>Straightforward, right? HOWEVER, if you're applying to a Dual-degree program, you're applying to two schools simultaneously, right? So do you split your 300 words into half about one school and half about the other? Do you mention the fact that you're applying to a dual-degree program which would affect how you engage academically? Do you also say "Well if i'm not accepted to that program here's how I'd still engage academically..."</p>

<p>Let's say you're applying to M&T for example, you also get a question like this:</p>

<p>a. Discuss your interest in combining management and technology. How might Penn\'s coordinated dual-degree program in business and engineering help you meet your goals? Please be sure to address the nature and extent of your interests in both business and engineering. (Please answer in one page, approximately 500 words.)</p>

<p>How do you deal with the overlap this question has with the first one? (As obviously your interest in business and engineering is related to your interest in Wharton and the School of Engineering...)</p>

<p>I’m not sure if this is the “correct” thing, but in my app I made the former essay more geared toward my backup school and then mentioned the dual-degree program.</p>

<p>Try to keep it more towards one school - if you get rejected from your dual degree and your application gets sent to the single degree school you chose, they don’t want to read half an essay about a part of Penn you’re not even applying to.</p>