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Welcome to Wharton!

Get ready to join our community of innovators, big thinkers, leaders, and problem solvers. Be proud, celebrate, and thank the family and friends that helped you get here.


This Checklist is for students who were admitted from the Wharton MBA Waitlist.
Please follow these step-by-step directions to ensure a smooth transition to Wharton.

Step 1

Enroll and Make your Deposit

Enrollment forms and a deposit of $2,000 are due in the MBA Admissions office at 5:00PM ET on Thursday, August 3rd.

Log in to your Wharton online application to view, complete, and submit your enrollment form.

If we do not hear from you by the appropriate deadline, we must assume that you have declined our offer.

Step 2

Complete your Verification

Log into your Wharton Online Application to view information regarding our verification process, which is conducted for Wharton by ReVera. Your checklist includes instructions on how to start the verification process.

Within two weeks of being admitted you will be sent an email from that will include a link to start your verification. You will be prompted to enter your date of birth and the email address used in your application. Students will receive a confirmation email from ReVera immediately following successful payment of the $115.00 fee and submission of the authorization form.

The verification process is routine for all admitted students.

Step 3

Submit Official Transcripts and Test Scores

At this time, we highly recommend sending your transcripts via electronic PDF.  Please send directly to

If you prefer to submit paper transcripts please use the regular postal service method. If your transcripts were sent via paper, please note that there may be a delay in obtaining your documents when delivered.

  • Wharton’s GMAT code: G56-97-73
  • Wharton’s TOEFL code: 2926-02
  • Wharton’s GRE code: 6802-5199
  • PTE: Report your scores to the Wharton MBA Program

Please send your transcripts to the attention of:
Charicha Ford
111 Vance Hall
3733 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Step 4

Obtain Visa (for international students only)

International students who are non-immigrants will need a student visa (J-1 or F-1) to enter the U.S. and attend the University of Pennsylvania, unless they have another non-immigrant status (such as A, G, or H-4 non-immigrant status) that permits study.  For more detailed information on the entire visa process, including the decision to apply to F-1 or J-1 status, visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) New Student page.

After you enroll, visit your online application to access:

  • Instructions about the visa application process (PDF)
  •  Financial Aid Cost Summary which includes cost of attendance for your first year. (PDF)
    • This document is required for the I-20/DS-2019 application if you will be applying for financial aid while at Wharton.
  • ISSS online portal (iPenn) to apply for your I-20 or DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility.
    • Use your Penn ID number to log in.

After ISSS has created your documents, Wharton MBA Admissions will mail your I-20 or DS-2019 to you. Once you have an I-20 or DS-2019, you should apply for the appropriate visa at a US Embassy or Consulate:

Step 5

Set up your PennKey

A PennKey allows you to access various University resources including a PennCard, access to Penn’s library systemand access to Wharton online tools.

  • A few days after you’ve paid your enrollment deposit, you will receive an email from the University of Pennsylvania’s ISC department with subject line “Important Information on setting up your PennKey username and password.” which will contain a code and instructions that allow you to set up your PennKey. The code you received via email is only valid for 60 days.
  • You will be asked to select a username from available choices. Please choose carefully because this will also be your Wharton email address, and once you select your username it cannot be changed. If you don’t like the available choices, please contact Wharton Student Computing before selecting.
  • You will be required to enroll your Pennkey account in 2-step verification. Wharton recommends that you use the Duo Mobile App (download for Apple or Android).
  • Select the “Challenge-Response” password reset option. If you do not choose this option and you forget your PennKey password, a new PennKey setup code will have to be mailed to you which may cause significant delays.
  • If you do not have a SSN, you will receive an additional email prior to the PennKey set up email with subject line “Important Information about your nine-digit identifier (ID)” that includes your 9-digit ID assigned to you by Penn.

Please allow 2-4 hours after creating your PennKey before attempting to log into PennKey-protected apps and services.

Questions? Contact Charicha Ford in the MBA Admissions Office at You may also visit the University of Pennsylvania PennKey website.

Step 8

Activate your Wharton Account & Wharton Email Address

To create your Wharton account you must already set up your PennKey.

Please note: You may need to wait up to 24 hours after creating your PennKey before Wharton’s system will be able to create your Wharton account.

  • Visit the Wharton Account Creator website and enter your PennKey. Your Wharton username and e-mail address will match your PennKey. Important announcements will be sent to your Wharton e-mail account regarding Pre-Term and class registration.
  • Visit the Get Whartonized guide to become familiar with Wharton’s technology services and learn what devices and tools you should bring with you when you arrive.



Start building your network by making virtual connections with the Wharton community and each other!

Only students with a PennKey can access the WG25 Slack.


It is time to begin the first step of your journey to Wharton – Onboarding! We will be guide you through the process of getting Wharton ready.


Use this checklist to ensure that you’re completing all of the tasks and deadlines as you start your MBA career!


Note: You must have your PennKey and Wharton account set up in order to register for Pre-Term.


The Wharton MBA Financial Aid Office is here to help you make informed decisions about financing your two years of study.



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