On-Campus Programs

Application Information

Admission to Wharton Global Youth’s On-Campus Programs is highly selective.

Successful applicants typically demonstrate:

  • Minimum 3.3 unweighted GPA, or equivalent (minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA preferred for Leadership in the Business World and the Management and Technology Summer Institute.)
  • Thoughtful, well-written essays that express interest in the program content.
  • Recommendations that convey academic performance and potential.
  • An array of extracurricular activities and/or personal achievements that denote intellectual curiosity, ability to collaborate, initiative and ambition, or diversity of interests and ideas.

Applications are reviewed at various points throughout the admissions cycle. Please refer to the Application Deadlines chart for timeframes on admissions notifications. Students will receive an email notification once admissions decisions are available.

Application Deadlines

ON-CAMPUS SUMMER PROGRAMSPRIORITY DEADLINEDECISIONS RELEASEDFINAL DEADLINEFINAL DECISIONS RELEASED
Essentials of EntrepreneurshipJanuary 20, 2022March 1, 2022April 7, 2022*released on rolling basis
Essentials of FinanceJanuary 20, 2022March 1, 2022April 7, 2022*released on rolling basis
Leadership in the Business World (LBW)January 20, 2022March 1, 2022April 7, 2022*released on rolling basis
Data Science AcademyJanuary 20, 2022March 1, 2022April 7, 2022*released on rolling basis
Sports Business AcademyJanuary 20, 2022March 1, 2022April 7, 2022*released on rolling basis
Moneyball AcademyJanuary 20, 2022March 1, 2022April 7, 2022*released on rolling basis
Management & Technology Summer Institute (M&TSI)February 1, 2022April 11, 2022April 1, 2022*released on a rolling basis

Priority Deadline = greater chance of admission into preferred session dates; notified of admissions decisions earlier; programs likely to fill during the priority period. International applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to apply by the priority deadline.

Final Deadline = allows more time to work on application, but fewer spaces remain in program; preferred program and/or session dates may be filled.

*If space remains in a specific program/session, applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the final application deadline, or until programs reach full capacity. After the final deadline, rolling admissions decisions are typically released 3-4 weeks, though timelines may vary.

Application Instructions

Applications and all supporting materials should be submitted electronically through the online application system by the stated application deadlines. Early application by the priority deadline is strongly encouraged. Applications will not be reviewed until all materials have been received and applications are complete. Applicants may apply to more than one program; a new application is required for each program.

Please note: The online application for Wharton Global Youth On-Campus Programs is hosted by Summer Discovery. Application review and admissions decisions are completed independently by Wharton faculty and staff. Participation in Wharton’s On-Campus Programs does not guarantee admission into Penn.

Application Requirements

On-Campus ProgramsTranscriptsRecommendationsEssays/Short AnswerSupplementEnglish Proficiency ScoresStandardized test scoresApplication Fee
Essentials of EntrepreneurshipUnofficial required1 requiredPrompts belown/aRequired if applicable; details belowOptional$100; payable by credit card
Essentials of FinanceUnofficial required1 requiredPrompts belown/aRequired if applicable; details belowOptional$100; payable by credit card
Leadership in the Business World (LBW)Unofficial required1 requiredPrompts belowOptionalRequired if applicable; details belowOptional$100; payable by credit card
Data Science AcademyUnofficial required1 requiredPrompts belown/aRequired if applicable; details belowOptional$100; payable by credit card
Sports Business AcademyUnofficial required2 requiredPrompts belown/aRequired if applicable; details belowOptional$100; payable by credit card
Moneyball AcademyUnofficial required2 requiredPrompts belown/aRequired if applicable; details belowOptional$100; payable by credit card
Management & Technology Summer InstituteUnofficial required2 requiredPrompts belowVideo submission; details belowRequired if applicable; details belowOptional$100; payable by credit card

Transcripts

High school transcripts and/or grade reports are required for application. Please upload an unofficial copy directly into the online application system. At least two marking periods of grades are required for review. If two marking periods are not available on your current high school transcripts, we recommend uploading a copy of 8th grade transcripts as well. If you would like to submit additional grades as they become available, you may email supplementary application materials to Wharton@summerdiscovery.com.

Recommendation

A recommendation completed by a high school guidance counselor, teacher, or advisor is required for application. All programs require 1 recommendation; M&TSI, Moneyball Academy, and the Sports Business Academy require 2 recommendations. Please enter the contact information for your recommender(s) directly into the application system and they will be notified to upload a letter or to complete a series of questions relevant to your academic performance and potential. Additional recommendation letters may be emailed to Wharton@summerdiscovery.com.

Essay/Short Answer Prompts

These short essay requirements are not only an opportunity for the WGYP admissions committee to learn more about you ─ they are also a way to evaluate your writing skills and your ability to directly respond to a given prompt. Always be aware of grammar and spelling conventions, vary your sentence structure, avoid the passive voice, and be creative with your word choice.

Essentials of Entrepreneurship

  • Tweet-style bio: in 140 characters or less, give us your biography as if it were a tweet.
  • In your opinion, what is the most overlooked or under-appreciated innovation in history and why? 200-300 words
  • Describe an experience where you were unsuccessful in achieving your goal. What lessons did you learn from this experience? 200-300 words

Essentials of Finance

  • Tweet-style bio: in 140 characters or less, give us your biography as if it were a tweet.
  • Envision you are a portfolio manager. Select a fictional couple (examples: David and Patrick from Schitt’s Creek, Homer and Marge Simpson, Iron Man and Pepper Potts) as your client and select up to three companies for them to invest in. Explain your investment recommendations. 400-600 words

Leadership in the Business World

  • Tweet-style bio: in 140 characters or less, give us your biography as if it were a tweet.
  • Select a leader you admire from your local community. Explain your selection and give examples of how they demonstrate effective leadership. 200-300 words
  • Pick two or three of your leadership roles you are most passionate about. These may be formal or informal leadership positions. Explain your role within each of these positions, and highlight why these are important to you. 300-400 words

Data Science Academy

  • In 100-250 words, please describe a global issue you are most passionate about and why.
  • In 200 words or less, what is your understanding of “data science”?
  • Please list and briefly explain up to three of your hobbies.

Management & Technology Summer Institute (M&TSI)

  • In 500 words or less, describe a problem you solved using your technical and/or business creativity and skills.

Moneyball Academy

  • In 300-400 words, explain what inspires your interest in Sports Analytics and Statistics. How will you use that inspiration to make the most of your experience at Wharton Moneyball Academy?
  • What do you think is/where have you seen the best use of sports statistics in the past year?

Sports Business Academy

  • In 300-450 words, tell us why you are interested in learning about the business of sports as a possible area for study and professional career path.
  • Because this is a leadership based program, please provide an example(s) of where you have exhibited leadership outside of the classroom. Do not exceed 450 words.

Application Supplement

Management & Technology Summer Institute (M&TSI)

Video Submission: Please record a 90-second video of yourself sharing any additional comments you might have. Feel free to speak about yourself, your application, your interest in M&TSI, or anything you feel will help us get to know you better. Please provide the URL of your video within your online application.

If submitting a video supplement is not possible, you may submit a 500 word written statement as a substitute. This statement should address the same topics as a video and should be uploaded directly to the application system.

Leadership in the Business World (LBW)

Optional item (not required): Please attach an additional letter of recommendation, video, certificate, resume, CV, article, etc. Materials may also be emailed to Wharton@summerdiscovery.com. Limit supplemental materials to 1 per application.

English Proficiency Scores

Non-native English speakers should submit test scores to verify English language proficiency. If the student attends a high school where the primary language of instruction is English, this requirement is automatically waived. If submitting test scores, please note the admissions committee prefers TOEFL or IELTS scores, when available. The minimum TOEFL score required for admission is 100 (iBT.) The minimum IELTS score required is a 7. If TOEFL or IELTS scores are not available, applicants may submit PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores as an alternate. To submit, please upload an unofficial copy of your score report to the online application.

Standardized Test Scores

The submission of standardized test scores is optional. If you have score reports you wish to share you may upload an unofficial copy of your score report to the online application. Score reports should include your name.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $100 is required for each application submitted. This is payable by credit card directly through the application system. If applying through a community-based organization or scholarship agency, please visit the On-Campus Costs & Aid page to see if you might be eligible for an application fee waiver.

For more information, please contact Wharton@summerdiscovery.com or call +1.516.414.5555.