2021-22 Wharton MBA Academic Calendar

Dates are subject to change.

Wednesday, August 11 – Saturday, August 28

Pre-Term Exercises (Wharton MBA Class of 2023)

Thursday, August 19

First Day of Fall Semester for First-Year Students

Thursday, August 19 – Wednesday, August 25

MGMT 610: Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership 

Thursday, August 26

MGMT 610 Exam Due

AUGUST 2021

Thursday, August 19

Course Match Closes (12:00PM ET)
Last day for students to report and modify utilities for Fall 2021 courses.

Tuesday, August 24

Course Match Schedules Released
Students will receive an e-mail notification once schedules have been released. Drop/Add “Buffer” period begins at this time.

Thursday, August 26

Course Match Drop/Add “Buffer Period” Ends (12:00PM ET)
Course Match interface will close and registration requests will be processed. Students will receive an e-mail notification late afternoon when results have been released.

Monday, August 30

Wharton First Day of Fall Semester for Second-Year Students 
MBA Q1 and Full Semester Core & Elective Courses Begin

Tuesday, August 31

University’s First Day of Fall Semester

SEPTEMBER 2021

Monday, September 6

Labor Day
Classes do not meet

Tuesday, September 7

Drop/Add Deadline: Q1 & Full Semester Courses (11:59PM ET)

If a course is at capacity as of September 7th at 11:59pm, dropping the course after that date will warrant a “W” on your transcript for holding a seat that one of your classmates may have used. This deadline also applies to quarter 1 AND quarter 2 sections of WHCP 611 (Management Communication).

Adding a Q1 or full semester course after this date requires the instructor’s written permission and is only permissible in extraordinary circumstances.

Wednesday, September 8

Deadline to Submit Registration Authorization Requests for Non‐MBA Student Enrollment
Non-MBA students can access the request form here.

Thursday, September 16

Change of Grading Status Deadline: Q1 & Full Semester Courses (11:59PM ET)
Elect letter grade or pass/fail option for eligible Q1 and full semester elective courses. This deadline applies to Wharton AND non-Wharton courses.
*Any course taken for a substitution must be taken for a letter grade.

Monday, September 20

Final Day to Drop Q1 Courses (11:59PM ET)
Dropping a Q1 course after this date is considered a withdrawal and will warrant a “W” on your transcript and the course credit unit value will be counted against your 21 CU limit. Students who exceed the 21 CU limit are subject to additional tuition charges. You cannot withdraw from a course once the last class session has begun. 

OCTOBER  2021

Monday, October 11

Last Day of Q1 Core and Elective Courses

Monday, Oct 11 (evening) –
Wednesday, Oct 13

Core Exams

Thursday, October 14 –
Sunday, October 17

Fall Break
Classes do not meet

Thursday, October 14 –
Saturday, October 23

MBA Opportunity Week

More specifically, the MBA Career Management Opportunity Week will take place during this period.  Approx. 75 mature employers (investment banking, consulting, CPG/retail, health care, investment management, etc.) will be hosting Employer Information Sessions, 1:1 coffee chats and small group networking sessions. 

Monday, October 25

First Day of Q2 Core and Elective Courses

NOVEMBER 2021

Monday, November 1

Q2 Drop/Add Deadline (11:59PM ET)
Dropping a Q2 course at capacity after this date will warrant a “W” on your transcript for holding a seat that one of your classmates may have used.

Adding a Q2 course after this date requires the instructor’s written permission and is only permissible in extraordinary circumstances.

Final Day to Drop Full Semester Courses (11:59PM ET)
Dropping a full semester course after this date is considered a withdrawal and will warrant a “W” on your transcript and the course credit unit value will be counted against your 21 CU limit. Students who exceed the 21 CU limit are subject to additional tuition charges. You cannot withdraw from a course once the last class session has begun. 

Final Day to Drop Non-Wharton Courses

Tuesday, November 2

Deadline to Submit Registration Authorization Requests for Non‐MBA Student Enrollment
Non-MBA students can access the request form here.

Tuesday, November 9

Change of Grading Status Deadline: Q2 Courses (11:59PM ET)
Elect letter grade or pass/fail option for eligible Q2 elective courses. 
*Any course taken for a substitution must be taken for a letter grade.

Tuesday, November 16

Final Day to Drop Q2 Courses (11:59PM ET)
Dropping a Q2 course after this date is considered a withdrawal and will warrant a “W” on your transcript and the course credit unit value will be counted against your 21 CU limit. Students who exceed the 21 CU limit are subject to additional tuition charges. You cannot withdraw from a course once the last class session has begun. 

Monday, November 22

MBA classes will NOT meet.
Non-MBA classes normally scheduled for Mondays WILL MEET.

Tuesday, November 23

University Operates on a Thursday Schedule
MBA classes will NOT meet.
Non-MBA classes normally scheduled for Tuesdays will NOT meet.
Non-MBA classes normally scheduled for Thursdays WILL MEET.

Wednesday, November 24

University Operates on a Friday Schedule
MBA classes will NOT meet.
Non-MBA classes normally scheduled for Wednesdays will NOT meet.
Non-MBA classes normally scheduled for Fridays WILL MEET.

Thursday, November 25 –
Sunday, November 28

Thanksgiving Break
Classes will not meet

DECEMBER 2021

Thursday, December 9

Last Day of MBA Q2 and Full Semester Core & Elective Courses

Friday, December 10

University’s Last Day of Classes

Saturday, December 11 –
Tuesday, December 14

Final Exam Reading Days

Wednesday, December 15 –
Wednesday, December 22

Final Exam Period

JANUARY 2022

Thursday, Jan 6 – Friday, Jan 14
& Friday, Jan 21

Focused Recruiting Period (FRP)
Dedicated days for ~140 companies to host their on-campus and/or virtual internship interviews

Monday, January 10 –
Friday, January 14

Wednesday, January 12

University’s First Day of Spring Semester – Operates on a Monday Schedule
Non-MBA classes normally scheduled for Wednesdays will NOT meet.
Non-MBA classes normally scheduled for Mondays WILL MEET.

Monday, January 17

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed
Classes do not meet

Tuesday, January 18

Wharton First Day of Spring Semester
MBA Q3 and Full Semester Core & Elective Courses Begin

Tuesday, January 25

Drop/Add Deadline: Q3 & Full Semester Courses (11:59PM ET)
If a course is at capacity as of January 25th at 11:59pm, dropping the course after that date and time will warrant a “W” on your transcript for holding a seat that one of your classmates may have used. This deadline also applies to quarter 3 and quarter 4 sections of all WHCP classes.

Adding a course after this date requires the instructor’s written permission and is only permissible in extraordinary circumstances.

Wednesday, January 26

Deadline to Submit Registration Authorization Requests for Non‐MBA Student Enrollment
Non-MBA students can access the request form here.

FEBRUARY 2022

Thursday, February 3

Change of Grading Status Deadline: Q3 & Full Semester Courses (11:59PM ET)
Elect letter grade or pass/fail option for eligible Q3 and full semester elective courses. This deadline applies to Wharton AND non-Wharton courses.
*Any course taken for a substitution must be taken for a letter grade.

Wednesday, February 9

Final Day to Drop Q3 Courses (11:59PM ET)
Dropping a Q3 course after this date is considered a withdrawal and will warrant a “W” on your transcript and the course credit unit value will be counted against your 21 CU limit. Students who exceed the 21 CU limit are subject to additional tuition charges. You cannot withdraw from a course once the last class session has begun. 

Monday, February 28

Last Day of Q3 Core and Elective Courses

Monday, February 28 (evening) –
Wednesday, March 2

Core Exams

MARCH 2022

Thursday, March 3 –
Saturday, March 12

Saturday, March 5 –
Sunday, March 13

University Spring Break
Classes do not meet

Monday, March 14

First Day of Q4 Core and Elective Courses

Thursday, March 17

Q4 Drop/Add Deadline (11:59PM ET)
Dropping a Q4 course at capacity after this date will warrant a “W” on your transcript for holding a seat that one of your classmates may have used. 

Adding a Q4 course after this date requires the instructor’s written permission and is only permissible in extraordinary circumstances.

Final Day to Drop Full Semester Courses (11:59PM ET)
Dropping a full semester course after this date is considered a withdrawal and will warrant a “W” on your transcript and the course credit unit value will be counted against your 21 CU limit. Students who exceed the 21 CU limit are subject to additional tuition charges. You cannot withdraw from a course once the last class session has begun. 

Final Day to Drop Non-Wharton Courses

Deadline for Second-Year Students to Declare/Update Majors

Friday, March 18

Deadline to Submit Registration Authorization Requests for Non‐MBA Student Enrollment
Non-MBA students can access the request form here.

Thursday, March 24

Change of Grading Status Deadline: Q4 Courses (11:59PM ET)
Elect letter grade or pass/fail option for eligible Q4 elective courses. 
*Any course taken for a substitution must be taken for a letter grade.

Thursday, March 31

Final Day to Drop Q4 Courses (11:59PM ET)
Dropping a Q4 course after this date is considered a withdrawal and will warrant a “W” on your transcript and the course credit unit value will be counted against your 21 CU limit. Students who exceed the 21 CU limit are subject to additional tuition charges. You cannot withdraw from a course once the last class session has begun. 

APRIL 2022

Thursday, April 21

Last Day of MBA Q4 and Full Semester Core & Elective Courses 

Thursday, April 21 (evening) –
Tuesday, April 26

Core Exams

Wednesday, April 27

University’s Last Day of Classes

Thursday, April 28 –
Sunday, May 1

Final Exam Reading Days

MAY 2022

Monday, May 2 –
Friday, May 6

Monday, May 2 –
Tuesday, May 10 

Final Exam Period

Sunday, May 15

Wharton MBA Commencement Ceremony

Monday, May 16 

University of Pennsylvania Commencement Ceremony

Revised: July 21, 2021 – SUBJECT TO CHANGE