Wharton Summer High School Programs

Application Information

Application Deadlines

*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.

Applications for summer 2020 programs are now open.

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 Summer High School Programs is hosted by Summer Discovery. Application review and admissions decisions are completed independently by Wharton faculty and staff. Applications for M&TSI are reviewed by M&T faculty/staff, as well as current M&T undergraduate students.

Application Requirements

*If standardized test scores are not available, we encourage the submission of a second letter of recommendation.

Admissions

Admission to Wharton Summer High School Programs is highly selective. Successful applicants typically demonstrate:

  • minimum 3.3 unweighted GPA, or equivalent
  • thoughtful, well-written essays that express interest in the program content
  • recommendations that convey academic performance and potential
  • test scores in the 85th percentile or higher, if applicable

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

Transcripts

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

Recommendation

A recommendation form completed by a high school guidance counselor, teacher, or advisor is required for application. All programs require 1 recommendation; M&TSI requires 2. (At least 1 recommendation for M&TSI should be from a STEM subject teacher.) Please enter the contact information for your recommender(s) directly into the application system and they will be notified to complete a series of questions relevant to your academic performance and potential. Additional recommendation letters may be uploaded directly into the online application system or emailed to Wharton@summerdiscovery.com.

Essay/Short Answer Prompts

Essentials of Entrepreneurship

  1. Tweet-style bio: in 140 characters or less, give us your biography as if it were a tweet.
  2. Describe a problem you have solved and how you solved it. 250-350 words.

Essentials of Finance

  1. Tweet-style bio: In 140 characters or less, give us your biograph as if it were a tweet.
  2. Briefly describe a company that you would choose to invest in and why. 250-300 words.
  3. How would this program benefit you to further your academic goals? 250-300 words.

Leadership in the Business World (LBW)

  1. Describe a leadership experience that is not reflected elsewhere on your application. How will you bring your experience to the LBW program? 300-400 words.
  2. Tweet-style bio: In 140 characters or less, give us your biography as if it were a tweet.

Management & Technology Summer Institute (M&TSI)

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

Moneyball Academy

  1. In 300-400 words, please 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?

Moneyball Academy: Training Camp

  1. In 300-400 words, please 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?

Wharton Sports Business Academy (WSBA)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Data Science Academy

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

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, certificate, resume, CV, article, etc. Materials may also be emailed to Wharton@summerdiscovery.com.

Standardized Test Scores

The Management & Technology Summer Institute (M&TSI) requires the submission of PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores for review. To submit, please upload an unofficial copy of your score report to the online application. Score reports must include your name.

For the Moneyball Academy, Moneyball Academy: Training Camp, and Sports Business Academy, standardized test scores are highly preferred, though not required. If test scores are not available, we encourage you to submit an additional free-form letter of recommendation completed by a high school teacher or counselor. This may be uploaded directly to the application system or emailed to Wharton@summerdiscovery.com.

English Proficiency Test 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.

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.

For more information, please contact Wharton@summerdiscovery.com or call +1.516.621.3939.