Pre-Term 101

Q. When is Pre-Term?

A. Pre-Term for Wharton MBA Class of 2021 will officially begin on Monday, August 5, 2019 through Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Students are expected to be in attendance throughout the duration of Pre-Term. Pre-Term is directly followed by MGMT 610 which runs from August 16 – 22, leading up to the official start of the 2019-20 academic year.

Those who plan to waive classes and take placement exams should be on campus by Friday, August 2. See the Waiver Guide for more information on waiver exams.

Q. Do I need to register to attend Pre-Term?

A. Yes! To register, click hereThe deadline for registration is June 14, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET. 

Q. What information will I need to provide in order to register for Pre-Term?

A. We will require basic information from you to register for Pre-Term, including your phone number, preferred name, program information and t-shirt size. You will also be asked if you would like to register for any of the placement and waiver exam prep courses that begin before the official start of Pre-Term.

Q. When will I receive my custom Pre-Term schedule?

A. You will receive your personalized Pre-Term schedule sometime in late-July. You will be contacted via your Wharton e-mail account when Pre-Term schedules have been released. Schedules will be viewable via the Wharton Events app.

Q. What will happen at Pre-Term?

A. Pre-Term is two weeks of guided exploration designed to introduce Wharton, acclimate you to the academic environment and begin to create the community that will define the Class of 2021.
· Pre-Term includes many opportunities to interact with your peers while getting to know Philadelphia – your new home for the next two years.
· During Pre-Term and into the Fall semester, MBA Career Management will help you assess your career interests and objectives, provide education about key industries and functions, and work with you to begin developing your job search strategy.
· Learning Teams are immediately called upon to act and collaborate at the Pre-Term Retreat, building the foundation for their working relationships.

Q. Where do I check-in once I arrive on campus for Pre-Term?

A. Check-in for Pre-Term will take place at the designated homeroom for your cluster on Monday, August 5. Please come prepared with a valid photo ID. You will be sent more information including a campus map and directions to your cluster homeroom closer to the start of Pre-Term.

Q. When will I meet my Cohort, Cluster, Advisors, Fellows, etc.?

A. You will be introduced to all of these key groups strategically over the course of Pre-Term, starting with your Academic, Leadership, Career and Student Life advisors and the rest of your Cluster in your homeroom.

Q. Is it mandatory for me to attend Pre-Term?

A. Yes. Pre-Term is a required and a vital element of your Wharton MBA career. You are expected to be present for the duration of this experience. Please note that Pre-Term differs from the traditional Fall and Spring term class schedules in that there are required events scheduled at various times outside of regular business hours.

Q. I have a potential conflict with a date during Pre-Term. Is there someone that I can talk with?

A. If you have a potential conflict with a date during Pre-Term, please reach out to the MBA Program Office ( as soon as possible to determine whether you may be excused.

Creating Your New Home in Philly

Q. How about some advice on the first few days of Pre-Term? What is the best way to get comfortable?

A. Set up your apartment or living situation before Pre-Term begins. Don’t end up sleeping on a mattress for the first month of school! Also, encourage your family to explore all the tourist sites and museums in Philly during Pre-Term while you are busy. You will find many discounts around the city using your PennCard.

Q. How can I connect with other graduate students at Penn?

A. Penn’s Graduate Student Center is home to university-wide resources to support all graduate and professional students. It offers plenty of opportunities to connect with other students and expand your community throughout your time here.

Connecting with MBA Career Management

Q. When can I meet with a Career Advisor?


The MBA Career Management team can’t wait to meet you!  Right now, they are still hard at work supporting the first and second-year class as they transition to their full-time roles or internships, so they are not able to advise the incoming class just yet.

Starting mid-August, you will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a Career Advisor to discuss your recruiting goals and strategy, and to begin putting into action the first steps in your job search.

If you are already in conversation with a company about a summer internship during your first year as an MBA (i.e. next summer), then we recommend that you speak with a Career Advisor early in the academic year before making a decision and finalizing your plans. If you receive a first-year summer internship offer before arriving on campus in the Fall, please let MBA Career Management know so they can assist you.

Q. What can I do now to prepare for my internship job search?


Your PennKey and password give you access to the MBA Career Management website, so feel free to peruse the site and see all the valuable resources that are now at your fingertips. During Pre-Term, you will gain access to CareerPath, the recruiting system for Wharton MBAs.

To get a head start in the first step in your job search, complete the CareerLeader assessment. CareerLeader is a self-assessment tool designed specifically for business students and professionals. This tool provides a robust analysis of your interests, skills, and motivators then match them to specific career paths. The assessment takes 45-60 minutes and as a Wharton student, you receive complimentary access to the tool. In Pre-Term (and throughout the academic year), you’ll have an opportunity to review your results with a Career Advisor. MBA Career Management will also share an online workshop later this summer that will explain how to interpret your CareerLeader results.

Access CareerLeader

We also recommend that you begin gathering together content for your resume. So, dig through your email or hard-drive to find the latest draft of your resume and begin updating it with your most recent information including experience, accomplishments, and skills. MBA Career Management will be in touch during the summer with resources and advice on how to get your resume ready for an MBA-level search.

Partners and Children

Q. Will there be programming for partners and children?

A. Partners and children will be encouraged to join you throughout various parts of Pre-Term. Your whole family is cordially invited to join us at the Family and Partners Welcome on Sunday, August 4, 2019. 

Q. Are guests invited to attend any Pre-Term events?

A. No. Pre-Term is only for incoming MBA students, their partners and their families.

McNulty Leadership and MGMT610

Q. What do I need to know about the Learning Team Retreat and Team Innovation Project?

A. The Learning Team Retreat will take place on August 12, 2019.  This event is mandatory for all incoming first-year students and will run all day.  The Learning Team Retreat takes place outdoors and involves physically active participation. The retreat will prepare you for the teamwork expected within your first core class, MGMT 610, and provide a foundational learning laboratory on the interplay between individual behaviors and effective teamwork.

Q. What do I need to know about MGMT 610?

A. MGMT 610: Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership is a required credit-bearing course that takes place on August 16 and August 19-22, 2019, immediately following the close of Pre-Term exercises. This course focuses on developing students’ knowledge and skill set for teamwork and leadership. Please visit for more information.

What else should I know?

Q. What do I do in case of an emergency on campus?

A. Dial 511 from any campus phone, pick up a “Blue Light” phone located strategically across campus, or dial 215-573-3333 from any non-campus phone. For general public safety information, call 215-898-7297.

Q. I heard that some of my classmates have received a packet from the Student Health Office but I have not received it. Where can I access this information?

A. The Student Health Office also hosts this information via

Q. Do many students pursue health insurance plans outside of Wharton's default option? If so, is there a popular one?

A. Most people default to the Penn insurance plan out of convenience. Some pursued plans via the Affordable Care Act, but many couldn’t find anything that was more affordable. Because Student Health Services is so close to campus, it is really nice to not have to worry about insurance information when you visit.

Q. Where can I go to buy textbooks?

Q. Where can I see my bill and when is it due?

Once schedules have been loaded into the system, your bill is generated.  You can access your financial account by logging into PennInTouch, click on Student Billing to view your statement, due dates, and Penn Pay options.

Q. How do I upload my Penn ID photo to Campus Express?

A. Please visit for more information.

Q. I have moved since submitting my deposit. How do I update my address information?

A. You can update this information via Penn InTouch. Once you log into your Penn InTouch account, via the menu on the left, select “Profile, Privacy & Emergency” and click on the address information to update.

How will the MBA Program communicate important information before Pre-Term begins?

Make sure that you have set up your PennKey and Wharton accounts ASAP! Your Wharton e-mail is now the primary e-mail address by which we contact you.

  • The MBA Program Office team will publish emails with important information, reminders, and policies throughout the summer.
  • We will update the Class of 2021 Facebook page with important reminders and new information. Join today!

Contact Us

We did our best to anticipate many of the questions you might have. Please check back at this website for updates. If you have questions or require additional assistance, please reach out to us:

MBA Program Office
300 Jon. M. Huntsman Hall,
3730 Walnut Street,
Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Phone: 215-898-7604
Fax: 215-898-0425