General Information

Q. When is Pre-Term?

A. Pre-Term for Wharton MBA Class of 2019 will begin on Monday, August 7th, 2017 through Thursday, August 17th, 2017. 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 18th – 28th, leading up to the official start of the Fall 2017 semester.

Those who plan to waive classes and take placement exams should be on campus by Tuesday, August 1.

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

A. You will receive your personalized Pre-Term schedule sometime in late-July/early-August. 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. When can I meet with a Career Advisor?

A. 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.

During Pre-Term, you will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a Career Advisor to discuss your recruiting goals, strategy, and 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 do 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 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?

A. 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 headstart in the first step in your job search, complete the Career Leader assessment. Career Leader 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 Career Leader results.

Access Career Leader

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.

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 2019. For more information, please refer to “MBA GO.”
· 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. 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 on Fridays and the weekends.

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 are excused.

Q. Will there be programming for partners and children?

A. Your significant others 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 Partners Welcome on August 6, 2017. Please also ask your partner to consider attending the Partner Orientation, on August 11, 2017. It is an all-day event that will include an introduction to Wharton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia. There will also be a career skills workshop. 

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

A. Please go to the Penn Portal (, click on the PennInTouch tab and log into your PennInTouch account. Via the menu on the left, select “Profile, Privacy & Emergency” and click on the address information to update. Also, please email both and with your new information.

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.

Q. What do I need to know about the Learning Team Retreat and Big Idea?

A. The Learning Team Retreat and Big Idea take place on August 14-16, 2017.  These events are mandatory for all incoming first year students and run all day.  The Learning Team Retreat takes place outdoors and involves physically active participation, while the Big Idea is an innovation tournament located on campus.  Together, these events 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 18 and August 21-24, 2017, immediately following The Big Idea.  This course focuses on developing students’ knowledge and skill set for teamwork and leadership. Please visit for more information.

Pre-Term Registration

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

A. Yes! To register, click here.

Q. What is the deadline to register for Pre-Term?

A. The deadline for registration is Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT. 

Q. What information will I need to provide?

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

Q. How do I register for the waiver exams and is there a deadline?

A. You may register for waiver exams here. The registration deadline is Monday, July 31, 2017, at 11:59 PM.


Q. If I successfully pass a waiver exam, does this reduce the total number of credit units that I am required to complete?

A. 19 graduate level credit units are required to obtain the MBA degree.  If you waive out of core requirements, you must satisfy the waived credit units with electives.   

Q. If I have taken undergraduate courses at Penn, do I still have to provide a transcript?

A. No, we can pull your undergraduate transcript from Penn’s Student Records System.

Q. What if I no longer have access to the syllabi (i.e., from 2007-2010) to support my waiver application?

A. An updated syllabus of the course may suffice. We will contact you if we need supporting information.

Q. My undergraduate syllabi are written in Spanish? Do I need to provide an official translation?

A. Yes. A translation of the syllabus to English is required; however, it does not need to be translated by a certified translation company.

Q. What if it has been more than 5 years since I took Accounting?

A. If you do not receive the approval to submit credentials to waive a course, you should take the waiver/placement exam to prove your expertise in the material.

Q. I do not see the option to submit waiver credentials for some courses. Do all core courses offer a waiver by credential option??

A. For some courses (i.e. FNCE 611, FNCE 613, and MGEC 611), waiving by credentials is not an option.  In that case, you should sit for the exam.

Q. When will we hear back regarding waiver decisions?

A. For credentials submitted by Monday, June  5, results will be returned by Monday, June 19.  For credentials submitted by Monday, July 10, results will be returned by Monday, July 24.

Q. How do we upload our credentials for review?

A. You can upload your credentials via the Waiver Evaluation Module. Once determined that you are eligible to submit credentials for review, you can create an academic profile and upload supporting documentation. When uploading transcripts, please be sure to highlight or annotate the courses you are requesting for review, while also including respective syllabi and other supporting information you might have.

Q. What happens if I receive a low score on a waiver or placement exam?

A. There is no penalty for a low score on the waiver and placement exams. If you do not pass them, then you will need to take the core course.

Q. If I am only submitting work credentials for consideration for waivers, do I still need to upload a transcript in my academic profile?

A. Yes – we require that students upload these materials, especially in the event that academic credentials are considering in conjunction with work credentials.

Q. Should I highlight courses for consideration for waiver/placement by credential?

A. Absolutely, yes! We ask that you highlight courses for consideration on your uploaded transcript so that evaluators can provide timely feedback. Transcripts that do not contain highlighted courses will not be reviewed.

What happens after I arrive on campus?

Q. Where do I check-in?

A. Check-in for Pre-Term will take place at the designated homeroom for your Cluster and opens at 2:30 PM on Monday, August 7. Please come prepared with a valid photo ID. You will be sent more information including a campus map and directions 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.

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. 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. 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 sent this information at the end of May.  This information is also available through

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. Do you know about any good apps for food delivery (e.g. Seamless) or laundry cleaning, or any others that might be helpful to makes things easier in the day-to-day?

A. Seamless definitely works well in Philly. We also have a few others like Postmates or Caviar for fancier restaurants and Instacart for groceries. Lots of folks use other services like Handy for cleaning services or local dry cleaners that do pickup and delivery. It is definitely easy to avoid doing most things yourself in Philadelphia. Chipotle delivery is a must-have! 

Q. What are some nice places by the ocean that I can visit in a day?

A. Rent a car and drive out to Cape May! It’s a really nice area at the very tip of New Jersey, about 1-1.5 hours away.

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.

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

Make sure that you set up your PennKey and Wharton accounts ASAP! Your Wharton e-mail will soon become the primary e-mail address by which we contact you. Please make yourself familiar with MBA GO, and frequently access the Onboarding Checklist to stay organized before your arrival to campus.

  • The MBA Program Office team will publish emails with important information, reminders, and policies throughout the summer.
  • We will update the Class of 2019 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