Hi, I am new here and I wanted to see what you guys thought of the undergraduate Wharton vs HYP debate, I am international so there is not many people who can give me a good idea over here. After looking through the internet this is what I am understanding.
-Academically, Wharton and HYP are equally selective and all generally accept the same quality of students.
-If you want to go to business for sure, Wharton is the right choice, however, if you are not so sure, HYP would be better because they have stronger liberal arts educations compared to Penn's CAS (although Penn is right on their heels).
-Even though Wharton is highly business focused, it does not limit your academic interests by allowing students to take almost 50% of their classes in any of Penn's departments.
-HYP have more name recognition than Wharton, nevertheless, Wharton has more prestige in the business world (only paralleled by Harvard)
-Regarding recruiting, Wharton places first followed closely by Harvard, then Princeton and finally Yale.
-Wharton has a more pre-professional and competitive atmosphere, whereas HYP are more intelectual and offer a more classical college experience.
-Now, social life at Penn is a good balance of fun/party and academics, whereas HYP are more intelectual and nerdy, the party scene doesnt compare (only Yale/Princeton kids say that their social scene is AMAZING, yet people from the outside who visit say the contrary. At Penn no one denies it has a good social scene, although its kind of like the tallest midget)
Might I add that I have been accepted to Wharton and one of HYP, however, I want to avoid bias and get the general top Ivy vs Wharton idea.