The Ivy Coach Daily

June 12, 2015

Wharton LBW Program

Any assertion that attending a summer camp like the Wharton LBA program (and, yes, it’s camp) will improve your odds of admission to Wharton is patently false.

Thinking of attending the Wharton LBA program? A regular reader of our college admissions blog knows precisely where Ivy Coach stands on the issues of summer enrichment programs at highly selective colleges. We stand against them. We assert that many parents and students falsely believe that attending one of these such programs will improve the student’s odds of admission. We assert that these programs are a waste of parents’ resources. We assert that attending such a program demonstrates a lack of initiative on a student’s part. Want to learn more about why we stand against them (yes, there are even more reasons!)? Watch our Founder, Bev Taylor, speak out against them on “Huffington Post Live” and see how she changes the course of this conversation.

UPenn Says So Themselves

Let’s add some journalistic evidence to back up our long-held assertions. There was an article a few weeks ago in “The Daily Pennsylvanian,” the newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania, written by Bryn Ferguson entitled “Wharton program for high school students provides a leg up, but not a foot in the door” that we figured we’d share with our readers. We’d like to highlight some points from this piece: “A disclaimer on LBW’s [Leadership in the Business World, Wharton’s summer program for high school students] website reads, ’Please note that participation in LBW does not guarantee admission into Penn.’ During the program, this message is enforced…’Dr. G [Anne M. Greenhalgh] said it a handful of times’…Wharton sophomore Aaron Brenner added, ’A lot of people might have had that perception but it was squelched the first week. The RTAs [Resident Team Advisors] were adamant that there was no correlation.’” We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves. Wharton’s summer program will not help you get into UPenn.

This piece in “The Daily Pennsylvanian” makes our case for us. And so, for now, we rest our case. Have a question on summer enrichment programs at highly selective colleges? Post your question in the Comments section below and we’ll be sure to get back to you.

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