Wharton Faculty & Guest Speakers
Attend lectures and presentations from outstanding Wharton faculty and guest speakers. Previous professors have included Tina Wells, Anita Gelburd, Anne Greenhalgh, Lori Rosenkopf, Pete Fader and many more. The professors at the University of Pennsylvania summer program are engaging and looking to lay a good educational foundation you can carry with you through high school and into your college careers.
You will visit business enterprises and speak with successful leaders across the industries of finance, entrepreneurship, entertainment, real estate, retail, and more. These leaders, from various fields, will speak to the students about their career path and the skills that helped them get to where they are today. The speakers tend to be interactive and pass along sage advice which can help you understand more about the business world. They hail from startups to fortune 500 companies.
Residential Team Advisors
Throughout the Wharton summer program, you will also receive coaching on communication and team-building skills from six upper-level Wharton undergraduates who serve as Resident Team Advisors (RTAs). The RTAs are traditionally rising sophomores who have been handpicked by the Wharton undergraduate division to help lead the program.
It’s common knowledge that in order to get into a selective college, you’ll need to have a competitive college application. This usually includes a strong GPA, solid standardized test scores, and a whole suite of impressive extracurriculars. But it doesn’t stop there.
More and more now, colleges are looking for applicants to spend their summers productively. Many even explicitly ask about summer activities on their admissions applications. While it might be tempting to spend your summer camped on a beach chair, if you want to put your best foot forward on college applications, you’ll need to do something that shows more initiative.
There are many options for summer activities. Some students get a job to save for college, make spending money, or help to support their family. Other students take college classes or find internships or research opportunities. Some might participate in a service project or a summer program.
Pre-college summer programs now exist in just about every content area. There are STEM programs, art programs, and foreign language institutes. Many students pursue politics or government programs, and still more are interested in business.
If you are interested in a career in business, you have probably heard of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Wharton’s business undergrad and graduate programs are consistently ranked among the top in the country and are some of the hardest programs to get into as a potential business student. But did you know that Wharton also offers a summer program for high school students?
High school students thinking about an undergrad program in business should consider applying to Wharton’s Leadership in the Business World summer pre-collegiate program. This rigorous business and leadership program offers instruction and mentorship from some of the top business professors in the country. To learn how you can get in to Wharton’s Leadership in the Business World program, read on.
What Is Wharton’s Leadership in the Business World?
Leadership in the Business World is a summer program sponsored by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and running for 4 weeks each July. In years past, the program has occasionally operated at two separate sites for part of the program before coming together at UPenn, but most recently the entire program is run at UPenn for its duration.
Leadership in the Business World is an intensive summer program geared towards a select group of rising high school seniors. These students should be interested in receiving a top-notch undergraduate business education and pursuing the opportunity to hone their skills in the fields of leadership, teamwork, and communication skills.
Leadership in the Business World is intended to provide the opportunity for some of the top business-oriented high school students in the country to learn about leadership in 21st century organizations through a mix of classes with Wharton professors and business leaders, company site visits, and team-building activities.
As of 2017, the program costs $7500 and includes tuition, most meals, activities, weekend trips, and housing. Financial aid is available and admissions are need-blind.
What Do Students Do At Leadership in the Business World?
During the four-week intensive program, you can expect to attend lectures and presentations from Wharton faculty and guest speakers, engage in classroom discussions about core business subjects, entrepreneurship, and leadership, and visit business enterprises. You will also get the chance to speak with successful leaders from the industries of finance, entrepreneurship, entertainment, real estate, and more.
You will also participate in a team project for the duration of your program. For this project, all students are divided into teams led by Resident Team Advisors, who are generally rising Wharton sophomores. Each team must create a business plan that they present at the end of the month to the entire program. The plans are then evaluated by a panel of venture capitalists and business professionals.
How To Apply to Leadership in the Business World
You are eligible to attend Leadership in the Business World the summer that you are a rising high school senior. You must apply online through the Wharton School’s Leadership in the Business World application.
You will also need to submit a high school transcript, two letters of recommendation from teachers, a short essay, and a school profile, which is a brief description of your school and its program and can be obtained from your school office or guidance counselor.
In years past, the essay has usually focused on your leadership skills and asks for you to describe your leadership experiences. This will be a key element of your application.
You will also need to pay a $75 application fee, though this can be waived in circumstances of financial concern.
Standardized tests scores are not required but are recommended.
The application may only be submitted online. Transcripts, recommendations, and any other materials may be sent via email to LBWemail@example.com or by mail to:
Leadership in the Business World
610 S. Henderson Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
All applications and supplementary materials must be received by the application deadline, which is usually in early February. Admissions decisions will be released at the end of March.