Another thing that perplexes me is the tendency for people to say that Wharton people are a certain way. We are supposedly all "quant jocks" ... that is news to me judging by how many of us seem to be thoroughly confused by logarithms in our basic math class, but I digress. Also many of us are supposed to be super-competitive ... I'm also scratching my head on that one since the vast majority of students favor grade nondisclosure because they don't want to be competing with their classmates for grades. Oh, and many of us are a-holes. Seriously, I must be at the wrong Wharton. Yeah, anywhere you go, there will be some crappy people. But I am just not feeling an a-hole vibe here AT ALL. Everyone I've met is incredibly nice, rather humble, and eager to learn about their classmates. I have never felt that anyone was "sizing me up," as I read on a BW post. More often people are too busy commenting that they don't know how they got in with all the incredible students here.
I'm not trying to be a cheerleader for Wharton in this post. I just feel that I need to counter some of the stuff out there that might discourage some people from applying. If you have heard any of the above things about Wharton and you were turned off, I encourage you to take another look. Come visit us. See what our culture and students are really like. Do the same for other schools. I think there is much more to all of them than what you might expect.