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

Many MBA applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose a business school to attend, 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.

Many consider Franklin Allen (“Corporate Finance”) an institution at Wharton. Almost every student in the school’s MBA 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 a former student with whom we spoke, Allen, with his dry sense of humor and use of creative examples, has the unique ability to make corporate finance easy to understand and even 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 Allen 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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