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wharton vs college - not the average comparison

romantic_cynicromantic_cynic Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
edited June 2008 in University of Pennsylvania
i was accepted to wharton, and in the time since, i've had a lot of time to think about my future. in my last semester of high school, i couldn't help but think "is this the most math i'll ever learn? the most about government, history, and literature?" i won't miss science (lol) but- i know my education wont be the same anymore in business school. i read the facebook threads of all these kids who already manage portfolios while i know absolutely nothing about business (no extracurriculars, one accounting class that taught me accounting was boring). i cant help but feel out of place

i feel like these are questions i should have considered before i applied, and i did consider them. in my admissions essay, i wrote how much i like working with people and take an interest in the way businesses and economies affect the world. i wanted to start off big when i went into the workforce. i'm starting to feel like those weren't such good reasons to commit to 4 years of business school.

worst of all, i know there are hundreds of people who would eagerly take my spot and that just makes me feel like a whiner. and i AM driven and hardworking, but i'm starting to doubt my decision. i don't know if im just nervous to learn new subjects or what.

the truth is i'm looking for encouragement to study business. i'm looking for encouragement that will help shake these doubts. maybe that's a good sign.
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Replies to: wharton vs college - not the average comparison

  • anonymouse99anonymouse99 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    You have to look at your career in multiple perspectives. Assuming you are just out of high school, you don't realize how lucky and blessed you are getting into a top notch business college on the planet. Having a business degree will be a very positive and advantageous skill in the real world (you will realize this one as time goes by).

    Remember, you can always minor in other areas as you are allowed to take courses from other colleges. AFAIK, you can always take courses of a liberal arts flavor to round out your 4-year college experience. I would suggest that you call a career counselor at UPenn.

    Best Wishes!! :D
  • cbreezecbreeze Registered User Posts: 4,684 Senior Member
    i couldn't help but think "is this the most math i'll ever learn? the most about government, history, and literature?

    Obviously you haven't read Wharton's General Education Distribution requirements. You will need 7 classes divided among these categories, Social Structures, Language Art and Cultures, Science and Technology. In addition, you need several other non-business elective classes.
  • mattwondermattwonder Registered User Posts: 1,267 Senior Member
    Cbreeze is right, and it's not just several additional classes you'll be taking, but many, when you consider that those are only the bare minimum.

    That's why Wharton undergrad isn't really "Business school" in the traditional sense. People usually refer to business school as an MBA - and Wharton undergrad is the MBA/business coursework with the liberal arts education at Penn.

    Personally, I think that Wharton offers the best opportunity: you'll get a structured curriculum in a scientific and practical field. (Yes, I said science. Business at Wharton is very academic and intellectual, and it's not like business associates programs at community colleges). In addition to your structured core, you have wonderful flexibility for concentration courses, and you have every other course at the university at your disposal.
  • 45 Percenter45 Percenter Registered User Posts: 4,274 Senior Member
    From the Wharton Undergraduate Program web site:
    The emphasis on liberal arts.
    We believe that students need a solid liberal arts education. That's why we require that one-third of your coursework be taken outside of Wharton. Want more? You can take up to 43% of your degree requirements in the arts & sciences. In fact, we want you to!

    Wharton Undergraduate Program: '+pageName+'
  • cc2cc2 Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    OP - No need to worry about the 4 years because it's going to be over before you know it. The good news is you will live longer or it at least feels that way after you get a job.
  • MissBarbaraMissBarbara Registered User Posts: 471 Member
    Sorry to kinda pull this thread away, but how hard is it to get a minor/dual degree (in something outside of Wharton, not a second concentration)? Do you have to start planning in say, summer before your freshman year...? It seems like you need a lot of credits on top of getting the ones you need to graduate.
  • 45 Percenter45 Percenter Registered User Posts: 4,274 Senior Member
    Barbara, have you read through this page?

    The Wharton School - Undergraduate Division

    It may not completely answer your questions, but it seems like a good place to start.

    Here's a list of minors offered by the College, which also appear to be available to Wharton students:


    And regarding dual degrees, see this:
    Dual Degree Procedure

    Information for Current Wharton Students

    You may choose to pursue a dual degree with the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science or the School of Nursing. Early planning is a must in preparing for a dual degree. In order to graduate with two degrees, you must meet all of the curricular requirements of both schools. Some students complete both degrees within four years during the traditional fall/spring schedule. Other students decide to take summer courses or an additional semester for dual degree completion.

    In order to apply for dual-degree status, you must complete an application at the Undergraduate Division Office. You may apply for dual-degree status at the end of your second, third, and/or fourth semesters of full-time study.

    The Wharton School - Undergraduate Division
  • MissBarbaraMissBarbara Registered User Posts: 471 Member
    Thanks, I guess I should just talk to an advisor to try to get a minor using the existing requirements (which would be great).

    And hey, OP, maybe you could just focus all of your liberal arts interests into a minor/dual degree... worst-case scenario, you could always transfer to CAS which is a great school too. Everything is good at Penn :-D
  • GeorgeOnTheRocksGeorgeOnTheRocks Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    1st: You got into THE best undergrad business school in the country. Even if you hate business, going through with this will pretty much guaranty you an insane career.
    2nd: As anonymouse99 said, you can pretty much minor in anything, so your career wouldn't be set on business, but Wharton would allow you to combine a business edge with whatever you want to do, which would really help you in the real world
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