Hello Class of 2016!

October 15, 2015

Q2 and Fall Semester Registration

Please note the following dates as they pertain to Q2 and full semester courses for the remainder of the fall semester:

Monday, October 19

  • First day of Q2 core and elective courses

Thursday, October 22

  • Final day to drop full semester courses: Any student who drops a full semester course after this date will receive a W on his/her transcript and the credit will count against his/her 21CU maximum allotment. Students who exceed their maximum CU allotment are subject to additional tuition.
  • Last day to add Q2 courses
  • Last day to drop, without penalty, Q2 courses at capacity: Any student who drops a Q2 course at capacity after this date will receive a W on her transcript.

Thursday, November 5

  • Last day to change the grading status of a Q2 elective

Click here to view the annual academic calendar in its entirety.

Spring 2016 Registration

 With the opening of Spring 2016 Course Match fast approaching, we want to inform you that a tentative list of course offerings will be made available on the Course Match page on SPIKE sometime early next week.

Below is the Course Match calendar for Spring 2016 registration:

Monday, November 2

Course Match Opens

Students may begin to report and modify their preferences for Spring 2016 courses

Monday, December 7 - 12:00pm (noon)

Last day for students to report and modify preferences

Course Match closes at 12:00pm (noon)

Friday, December 11

Course Schedules are released

Drop/Add "buffer period" begins

Monday, December 14 - 12:00pm (noon)

Drop/Add "buffer period" ends

"Buffer period" results will be released later that day

Monday, January 11

First day of Q3 and spring semester core courses

Wharton MBA Program operates on a Wednesday schedule

Monday only Core classes do not meet

Wednesday only Core classes meet

Wednesday, January 13

First day of Q3 and spring semester elective courses

University operates on a Monday schedule

Wednesday only classes do not meet

Monday only classes (Core and Elective) meet

Prospective December 2015 Graduates

Prospective December 2015 graduates should contact Barbara Winters as soon as possible. 

Wharton International Exchange:Spring/Summer 2016 Round 1 is open!

Round 1 of the application process for International Exchange opportunities during the Spring and Summer 2016 semesters is open! Program information, dates and policies can be found  on SPIKE in the  International Opportunities section. Please direct any questions to Natalya LevinaApplications are due Sunday, October 18 by 11:59PMLate applications will not be accepted.

Global Immersion Programs: Spots Available

There are still spaces available in the Southeast Asia and India Global Immersion Programs (GIPs). Remaining spots will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. Email the Coordinator of Global Immersion Programs, Christine Sweeney, for more information on how to apply. 

Wharton MBA Financial Aid Office: GIP Financing

If you are planning to attend a Fall GIP, financing options are available and will be communicated to registered participants within two weeks. 

Please contact Tammy Carter  via email or via phone at 215-898-8728 if you have any questions.

Financial and Immunization Holds

SFS has placed registration and transcript holds on all accounts over $1000. Please go to Student Financial Services located in Room 100 in the Franklin Building to take care of this matter.

SFS has placed immunization holds on all students who have not shown proof of immunization.  If you have not taken care of this matter, there are three ways to contact Student Health:

  • ASAP at 215-746-3535 and press option 5!  
  • Visit the SHS at 3535 Market Street 
  • Email them

All holds must be removed by November 2 or you will not have Course Match access.

Flu Clinics! SAVE THE DATE

It’s that time of year again! SHS will host 2 mass flu immunization clinics.

  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 11am-7:30pm Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2015 11am-7:30pm Hall of Flags, Houston Hall

Flu clinics will operate as they have in the past with short wait times (5 minutes or less!), convenient onsite documentation, and extended evening hours to accommodate busy schedules.


  • For students, vaccines are covered by the Penn Student Insurance Plan or are eligible for reimbursement if they’re covered by a different insurance carrier. 
  • Penn spouses/partners are invited to our Flu Clinics as well, though they must pay $25 cash. 
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to vaccinate anyone under the age of 18.

Student Health Services encourages you to get your flu vaccines at these clinics. Influenza spreads quickly on college campuses, so the flu vaccine helps to protect us all.  

Quiet Study Space

Facilities and Operations has set aside classrooms that can be used for quiet study. Click here for the daily list.  You can also find the list published on Spike via the MBA Program Office tab under the "Quick Links" section. 

Other areas within the University can also be used for study or meetings.  Click here for more info!  And don't forget about Hoover Lounge! 

Leadership Program Updates:

Nonprofit Board Fellow Coordinator applications are now open, and will close at 5pm on Friday, October 23Apply Now! NBF coordinators form the executive committee of the program, must be in the 1st year, and have prior experience with a nonprofit board. Please contact Dan Kaufman or Gizelle Clemens with any questions.

Our next Authors@Wharton program will be held on October 28:

Political Activist & Former World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov

Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


*Doors open: 4:20pm



Please refer to our website for the rest of the Fall lineup.


We are soliciting applications for LawWithoutWalls (Lwow), an international program aimed at pairing business school and law school students to embrace and meet the challenges of the economic pressures, technological advances, and globalization that have dramatically reshaped the legal market.

Over a 3-month period, LawWithoutWalls teams up students from over 20 elite law and business schools around the world with academic, lawyer, and entrepreneur mentors to develop business plans that tackle the main problems facing legal education and practice today.  

Lwow starts off with an interactive KickOff in January 2016, at IE University in Madrid, Spain, where we engage in teaming, idea-generation, and entrepreneurial skills. Then we "go virtual" for three months. In late March/Early April we attend the ConPosium, at University of Miami, during which teams present their business plans to a panel of judges (including venture capitalists). The winning team has the opportunity to have its project funded.

Funding may be available to cover registration, and travel costs to Madrid and Miami. Students can also receive 1 CU of course credit for their participation. You can learn more about Lwow here.  The application deadline is October 30, 2015.

Wharton has sent MBA students to participate for the last three years. To be put in touch with these students, or for other questions, please contact Amy Sepinwall, Assistant Professor in Legal Studies and Business Ethics.

Conference Season!

 Conference season is underway! Just a few friendly reminder to the organizers:

  1. If your event features a speaker, please note that each speaker a group, club, department, or individual wishes to invite to a Wharton event, whether on campus or off-site, must be approved by Wharton Marketing and Communications (and in certain cases by the University) before any invitation is extended. Each speaker request must be submitted using the school-wide Speaker Request Management System, found here: https://web.wharton.upenn.edu/speaker/. Please expect at least 72 business hours for feedback on your request.  Failure to abide by this policy may result in loss of Wharton and University resources. 
  2. Please reference the Media Relations guidelines and the speaker release forms posted on SPIKE.  If you plan on inviting journalists to attend sessions, it is important to get your conference speakers’ approval first.

We appreciate all your hard work in coordinating these fantastic events on behalf of the Wharton community and wish the best of luck!

-WGA Conference Chairs & Student Life 


 Welcome back! The MBA Office of Student Life would like to remind you that we’re here if you ever want to talk. We’d love to catch up with you and hear about your summer. If you’d like to set up a meeting with your Cluster’s Student Life Advisor, please use the link below to access the Wharton Appointment Scheduler.




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