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This just in: Wharton announced application deadlines for the class of 2021, with R1 slated for Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

Just like HBS, which recently announced its new deadlines, Wharton’s Round 2 applications will be due on Thursday, January 3, 2019. Candidates looking to apply in Round 3 should mark their calendars for Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Changes anticipated to Wharton essays

It’s also noteworthy that Wharton intends to reveal new essays for its 2018-2019 cycle, which the schools says will be published soon.

For reference, Wharton added a second essay question in 2016, asking applicants how they expect to contribute to the Wharton community and its collaborative culture. (The first essay question asks candidates to respond in 500 words to the question: “What do you hope to gain both personally and professionally from the Wharton MBA?”)

Stay tuned to our blog for the latest essay updates as they become available.

Because it’s never too early to start preparing…

For a head start on preparing your stand-out application to Wharton, you can view our team’s May 2017 webinar, moderated by Poets&Quants editor-in-chief John Byrne: A Winning MBA Admissions Strategy for HBS. GSB & Wharton. This strategy session features insider advice from former Wharton head of admissions Judith Silverman Hodara, along with her Fortuna colleagues Malvina Miller Complainville, former Harvard Business School Assistant Director, and Heidi Hillis, former Stanford GSB MBA Interviewer.


First Round Deadlines for the 2018/2019 admissions season


Deadline School Decision
September 5, 2018 – R1 Harvard Business School TBD
January 3, 2019 – R2 Harvard Business School TBD
October 3, 2018 – early action Columbia Business School TBD
September 18, 2018 – R1 Wharton December 13, 2019
January 3, 2019 – R2 Wharton January 3, 2019
April 2, 2019 – R3 Wharton May 9, 2019

Deadlines for the 2018/2019 admissions season: European Schools


Deadline School Decision
Sept 19, 2018 – R1 (Sept. 2019 intake) INSEAD November 23, 2018
November 14, 2018 – R2 INSEAD January 25, 2019
January 9, 2019 – R3 INSEAD March 15, 2019
March 6, 2019 – R4 INSEAD May 10, 2019
May 1, 2018 (rolling) HEC Paris June 8, 2018
June 1, 2018 HEC Paris July 6, 2018
July 1, 2018 HEC Paris July 27, 2018
August 15, 2018 HEC Paris September 21, 2018
September 15, 2018 HEC Paris October 19, 2018
October 15, 2018 HEC Paris November 16, 2018
November 15, 2018 HEC Paris December 14, 2018


So far, HBS, Columbia and Wharton are the first of the M7 to debut their 2019 admissions deadlines, but stay tuned to Fortuna Admissions for updates as more are announced in the coming weeks. For the most essential facts and stats on each program, check out Fortuna’s Business School Profiles.

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