Hello Class of 2017!

We hope that your summer is going well. Starting next Thursday, we will begin sending weekly emails with additional information about Pre-Term.

July 16, 2015


Please remember that the Math for Business diagnostic exam has to be taken online, through Canvas , before July 25, 2015, 11:59pm EDT. Additional information can be found in our June email and on Canvas.


Pre-Term begins on Tuesday, August 4. As a matriculating MBA student, you are required to attend this engaging introduction to the MBA experience. You'll find more detail in Let's Get Started and receive a finalized calendar later this summer. Until then, plan to be in Philadelphia during the following dates:

  •  Tuesday, August 4 - Sunday, August 9
  • Monday, August 10 - Friday, August 14 excluding Thursday
  • Monday, August 17 - Thursday, August 20
  • Monday, August 24 - Tuesday, August 25
  • Wednesday, August 26: First Day of Fall Semester Classes

As your attendance on these dates is mandatory and any unexcused absence may affect your student status, if you foresee a potential conflict contact the MBA Program Office by email as soon as possible: mbaprogram@wharton.upenn.edu.


Penn's Office of Student Disabilities Services (SDS) provides comprehensive, professional services for students with disabilities to ensure equal academic opportunity and participation in University-sponsored programs. If you have a disability that you wish to identify, submit the online self-identification form as soon as possible, as accommodations can take between four and six weeks to certify and implement.

Any information you choose to disclose in this regard is voluntary and will not adversely affect admission or participation in educational programs or activities. This information is confidential and will be shared only with appropriate University officials to ensure compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Office of Student Disabilities Services or an Academic Advisor in the MBA Program Office.


The University of Pennsylvania requires that you carry adequate health insurance. You may satisfy this requirement through a private or employer-sponsored plan that meets Penn’s minimum criteria or you may enroll in Penn’s Student Insurance Plan (PSIP).

If you have not shown proof of insurance by August 31, 2015 you will be automatically enrolled in PSIP and the fees will be charged to your bursar bill.


The deadline to register for waiver exams via SPIKE is Monday, July 27.  

The Waiver Exam Guide contains sample questions the like of which you will see if you choose to sit for a placement or waiver exam on Monday and Tuesday, August 3 and 4.


Together, these guides will help you assess whether you have the knowledge to try to waive a course, determine if a waiver prep class is appropriate, and practice for the actual waiver exams. Click here to access a recording of our waiver webinar.


The Wharton curriculum is designed to meet the real-time needs of forward-thinking business leaders. Taking the entire Core will not put you at a disadvantage. Additionally, you have choices to make within the Core, allowing you to tailor your educational experience even before registering for elective coursework.


If you intend to waive or place into an accelerated course in Statistics, Finance, or Accounting by exam we will offer prep-courses in each subject between Wednesday, July 29 and Friday, July 31 . Each course will meet for approximately three hours per day and the full schedule can be found on the Pre-Term page.


The courses will be scheduled such that you could take the course in each subject. Students who intend to take the waiver or placement exams in these subjects are not required to take part in these prep-courses. Students who take a prep-course are not required to sit for an exam.

Click here to register for one or more of these courses.

ISSS Immigration Document Check

For F-1 & J-1 International Students: Federal regulations require that F-1 & J-1 international students register their presence at Penn. There are two parts to this process, known as the Check-In procedure:

1). Complete Online Tutorial and Arrival Information Form http://global.upenn.edu/isss/orientation

2). Attend a ISSS Document Check session the morning of Tuesday, August 4th. Please sign up for a session here.

The ISSS Document Check will take place in Huntsman Hall room 375. You must come prepared with all of the following original immigration documents:

  • Passport
  • F-1 or J-1 US Entry Visa (except Canadian or Bermudian citizens)
  • I-94 (whether a hard-copy paper card; or electronic as indicated by an admission/entry stamp in passport)
  • I-20 (for F-1 students) or DS-2019 (for J-1 students) issued by Penn
  • Any previously issued I-20(s) or DS-2019(s) from previous program, if applicable (This is required for transfer students)
  • Any other official correspondence from USCIS, such as an I-797, if applicable

       Greetings from the Wharton MBA Financial Aid Office!  The Fall 2015 term bill is available to review on Penn.Pay and the billing due date is July 29th.  Please review the student bill to insure that all temporary credits (loans, fellowships, scholarships, etc.) have been applied correctly to the Fall term.

Student loan disbursements will be sent directly to the school and credited to the student bill for each term.  If you anticipate receiving a student refund and have not registered for Direct Deposit, please be sure to register here.  Student Refunds for the Fall term will be available by July 30th. 

If you have any questions regarding the financial aid process or any other financial aid related topics, please contact the Wharton MBA Financial Aid Office at 215-898-8728 or schedule an appointment.

Wharton MBA Financial Aid Team


Partners of the Class of 2017, Welcome to Wharton!

On Friday, August 7 we will hold a special orientation/information session for the partners of incoming students. There will be two parts to the program and you can attend the entire day or just the morning session. The program will begin at 9 a.m. with a light breakfast and will include an opportunity to meet each other and current Wharton partners. There will be an introduction to Philadelphia and information on some of the opportunities available to you while you are in Philadelphia. The morning session will conclude with lunch.

In the afternoon we will have a session to assist those of you that plan to work while you are here. We will be presenting a 2.5 hour session on Job Search Strategies. This session will end at approximately 4 pm. In addition we are happy to review and provide partners feedback on their resume. We have hired a professional reviewer to provide this service. If you would like to your resume reviewed, please email it to Paula Greenberg, pgreenbe@wharton.upenn.edu in Word format. She will forward it on to the reviewer.

If you would like to register for the orientation, please click here . There are a couple of questions to answer so that we can better prepare to respond to your needs. We want to be sure that we cover in the orientation the topics that are of greatest interest to you.

Should you have any additional questions, please email Paula,pgreenbe@wharton.upenn.edu.


Friday, July 17:

Upload your digital photo to the Online Community to guarantee that your PennCard will be ready for your arrival. See p. 34 of Let's Get Started for instructions. These photos tend to be used in a number of places so make sure this is an image you want circulated. If you are a former Penn student, you will not be able to upload a new photo; just send a digital photo to mbaprogram@wharton.upenn.edu.

Wednesday, July 29 – Friday, July 31

FNCE604, ACCT604, ACCT608, and STAT608 Waiver and Accelerated Placement Prep Courses will meet on these days. These courses are not required but are offered as a courtesy to students looking for a refresher of Finance, Accounting, or Statistics topics before taking a placement or waiver exam. Review the Waiver Information Guide for more information.


Monday, August 3 – Tuesday, August 4
Waiver and Placement Exams
take place

Tuesday, August 4


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