Hello Class of 2016!

November 5, 2015

Q2 Pass/Fail Deadline is today

Thursday, November 5 is the 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

While Course Match does not close until Monday, December 7, 2015 at 12:00pm (noon) we strongly recommend that you enter utilities prior to leaving campus for the Thanksgiving break.


Monday, December 7, 2015  12:00pm (noon)
Last day for students to report and modify preferences
Course Match closes at 12:00pm (noon)

Friday, December 11, 2015
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 in the day

Monday, January 11, 2016
First day of Q3 and spring semester core courses

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
First day of Q3 and spring semester elective courses

Penn Advance Registration: October 26-November 6

Penns Advanced Registration runs from October 26th to November 6th at 5 PM.  To see the Spring 2016 course offerings at Penn, log into PennInTouch where your transcript is located. Under Registration and Planning, the Course Search option allows you to search for courses via subject code, instructor, day & time, etc. If you would like to request registration in a Penn course, please email mbaprogram@wharton.upenn.edu with the full course ID (ex. ARTH-500-001) and our office will place the request for you. Only university courses numbered 500 and above (ex. ARTH-500-001) and/or with the words professional, business level, advanced and beyond  will be counted towards an MBA degree. Please note that if you choose the Add to Cart option in PennInTouch, the request will not be processed. 

Requests placed during Advanced Registration do not guarantee you a spot in the class thought they may increase the likelihood of enrollment. The results of Advanced Registration will be released at 10:00 am on November 17th. You can check the status of your registration then by logging into Penn InTouch; if successful, the course will appear on your transcript. From then on, the Penn classes are open on a first-come, first-serve basis so requests can be directed to mbaprogram@wharton.upenn.edu at any time. Up to 4 credits of non-Wharton graduate level classes can be counted towards your 19 cu required for graduation.

LTs Published

LT indicators for Q1 have been published. To view these designations:

Login to SPIKE
Select the "My Account" tab
Select "My Academic Info" from the left-side menu bar

Operations Strategy Practicum Course (Spring 2016)

The Spring 2016 section of the Operations Strategy Practicum Course (OIDD 680) will include a week in Germany during Spring Break 2016. Please review the syllabus (linked) if you are interested in participating in the course. Note that this course has an admission process, additional expenses and requires early financial commitment. Please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Morris Cohen in the Operations, Information and Decisions Department if you have any questions. Information regarding the registration process for this course will be released in future correspondence.

May 2016 Graduates: Order Your Diploma!

Believe it or not, its already that time!

We need to know how you would like your name to appear on your diploma.  Please enter your name through the diploma application as soon as possible.  The app will close on December 2.

Strategic Management Major – Course Added

Per the Management Department, please note that MGMT 712: Managing Strategic Partnerships is now part of the list of courses that can be taken in order to fulfill the section A requirement of the major. This course was not originally listed in the Class of 2016 Resource Guide.

Prospective December 2015 Graduates

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

Wharton Doctoral Programs Info Session

Join Eric Bradlow, Vice Dean of the Wharton Doctoral Programs, along with Wharton faculty who have earned both MBA and PhD degrees and current Wharton PhD students who have earned MBA degrees.

  • Learn about a career as an academic
  • Discover a career that offers flexibility & creativity 
  • Find out why teaching in the classroom is so  rewarding

When:Thursday, November 12, 5:00-6:00PM
Where: Room 107 Steinberg-Dietrich Hall 
Snacks will be provided.

Register here! Please e-mail Maggie Saia, or call 215.898.4878 with any inquiries.

The Lauren & Bobby Turner Social Impact Series – A Dialogue with William Ackman

William Ackman is the CEO and Portfolio Manager of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., an SEC registered investment adviser founded in 2003.

Monday, November 16, 2015 at 4:45 PM, Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center

Moderated by Bobby Turner W'84

RSVP here

Leadership Program Updates:

The Leadership Fellow Application is now open. For information on how to apply, please visit the application section on our website. The deadline to apply is Monday November 16, 2015 by 1:30 pm EST.
If you have any questions, please email Amanda Zimmerman.

Information Session for the Executive Coaching and Feedback Program for 2017 MBA students will be held:

Tuesday November 10, 2015 12:15 PM  (JMHH G65)

Enrollment for ECFP is now open. To enroll please fill out the survey here. The deadline to enroll is Tuesday November 17, 2015

Please see our website for more details.

Authors@Wharton Speaker Series November Lineup:

Martine Rothblatt
SiriusXM founder and United Therapeutics CEO
Virtually Human: The Promise and the Peril of Digital Immortality
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
*Doors open: 5:00pm
JMHH 8th Floor

Mitch Albom
Author and Journalist
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel
Friday, November 13, 2015
*Doors Open: 12:00pm
Claudia Cohen Hall, G17

Mark Cuban
Shark Tank judge, Mavericks owner, entrepreneur, and investor
How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Registration is currently closed.
Please click here to be added to the waitlist.

Leadership Venture Gear Exchange

Calling all students (especially 2nd years) who have gear they want to sell or rent! Please fill out the venture gear exchange spreadsheet with gear details, price, and contact information.

Thanksgiving Week Schedule

Please note the following as it pertains to the week of November 22:

Mon-Wed, November 23-25
Core classes do not meet

Tuesday, November 24
The University of Pennsylvania operates on a Thursday schedule
- Tuesday only elective classes do not meet
- Thursday only elective classes meet

Wednesday, November 25
The University of Pennsylvania operates on a Friday schedule
- Wednesday only elective classes do not meet
- Friday only elective classes meet

Thu-Sun, November 26- November 29
Thanksgiving Break - Classes do not meet

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 were here if you ever want to talk. Wed love to catch up with you and hear about your summer. If youd like to set up a meeting with your Clusters Student Life Advisor, please use the link below to access the Wharton Appointment Scheduler.




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