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Tepper Business School Essays 2016-17

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Your essays are a great way for us to really get to know who you are. There are no right or wrong answers here – be authentic and tell us what we won’t find in the rest of your application.

Only one essay is required. There also is an optional essay if there is additional information you wish to share with the admissions committee about your candidacy.

REQUIRED ESSAY (Maximum 300-350 words, 12-point font, double-spaced)

Imagine that you meet up with a member of the admission committee at an airport while on a layover. You have an opportunity to make a memorable impression. Use this essay to introduce yourself. Include any information that you believe is important for the committee member to know about you both professionally and personally. 


  • Use this essay to convey important information that you may not have been otherwise able to convey. This may include unexplained resume gaps, context for recommender selection, etc.
  • If you are a re-applicant, explain how your candidacy has strengthened since your last application.


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