Wharton History

American entrepreneur and industrialist Joseph Wharton believed in the idea of business as an academic subject, and in 1881 he founded an institution that became and will always be the leader in business education. His vision was that the school would produce graduates who would become “pillars of the state, whether in private or public life.”

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Wharton actively engages the global business community, including more than two thirds of the companies in the Fortune 500. Wharton faculty members consult with leading businesses, policymakers, and government agencies around the world, creating real-world, and real-time business knowledge. More than 800 companies each year recruit their next generation of leaders from Wharton, and more than 8,000 executives each year participate in Wharton’s high-level executive programs. Learn more about where we are today.