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Professor Profiles: Franklin Allen, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Many MBA applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand, but the educational experience itself is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor as identified by students. Today, we profile Franklin Allen from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Franklin Allen (“Corporate Finance”) has been an institution at Wharton since 1980. Almost every student in the program takes his “Corporate Finance” class, and even incoming investment bankers who could easily place out choose to take the semester-long course. According to one former student, Allen, with his dry sense of humor and use of creative examples, has the unique ability to make corporate finance easy to understand and fun to learn. Although students have access to his course notes before every class, attendance at his lectures does not suffer. As such, the list of teaching awards he has won at Wharton is seemingly endless. Moreover, Allen makes a point of having lunch—his treat—with every student who takes his class (in groups of approximately four to seven students at a time).

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