Hello Class of 2017!

We are excited to see you all for the start of Pre-Term on Tuesday!

July 30, 2015


Pre-Term officially begins on Tuesday, August 4. Please report directly to your cluster's meeting place by 2:30 PM.


Cluster 1: Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall

Cluster 2: Hall of Flags in Houston Hall

Cluster 3: Class of '49 Auditorium in Houston Hall

Cluster 4: College Hall in Room 200

Waiver & Placement Exams - Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4

All waiver and placement exams will take place on Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4. The dates and times are listed below.

If you have signed up for an exam, you will receive an email regarding the location and exam instructions by Friday, July 30.

ACCT 611/612 Accounting (Waiver and Placement Exams)

Monday August 3 5:00pm – 7:00pm

FNCE 611/612

Corporate Finance (Waiver and Placement Exams)


August 3

8:30am – 11:30am


FNCE 613

Macroeconomics and the Global Economic Environment


August 3

2:30pm – 4:30pm


MGEC 611

Microeconomics for Managers: Foundations


August 4

8:30am – 10:00am


MGEC 612

Microeconomics for Managers: Advanced Applications


August 4

10:15am – 11:30am


OPIM 611

Managing the Productive Core of the Firm: Quality and Productivity


August 3

12:00pm – 2:00pm


STAT 613/621

Regression Analysis for Managers


August 4

12:00pm – 2:00pm



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
Wharton Info Fair - Thursday, August 6

The MBA program will sponsor an information fair on Thurday, August 6 from 9:00am to 1:30pm on the Forum Level of Huntsman Hall. Representatives from throughout the University of Pennsylvania (ex. Student Health ServicesPenn Federal Credit Union) and local businesses (ex. Enterprise Car Share,PNC Bank) will be on hand to answer questions and help you "settle-in" to life in Philadelphia.

Whartonize Your Laptop and Mobile Devices

Welcome MBA Class of 2017. Wharton Computing’s Student Support team will be running sessions (Get "Whartonized") to help you configure your laptop and mobile device for use in Wharton’s technical environment. This includes connecting to the University’s wireless network, installing antivirus protection, configuring laptop printing, and much more. To sign up click here.

Please be sure to check the status of your loan application(s) on the Penn Loan System at www.sfs.upenn.edu/loans and contact the Wharton MBA Financial Aid Office at 215-898-8728 or by email if you have any questions. 
Student refunds for the Fall term will be available within seven business days after the Student Financial Services Loan Office receives your loan disbursement(s).

Wharton MBA Financial Aid Team
Student Health Insurance

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.

Information for students with disabilities

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.

EXCEL 1 Workshop

This hands-on workshop, designed for those with little or no Excel experience, or who want a refresher, focuses on Excel essentials that may be helpful to know for your upcoming coursework. Apply skills using practical business examples.  A course pack is available for after class reference.                       

Specific topics include:

  • Edit, Format, Insert, and Delete Cells, Rows and ColumnsAssign utilities to twice the number of classes (not just sections) of your desired course load. For example, if your maximum cu is set at 4 cu for the fall, assign utilities to 8 distinct classes, and put utilities on as many sections of those classes as possible.
  • How to write and use general Business related formulas
  • Copy formulas with Relative and Absolute Cell Referencing
  • Insert Miscellaneous Functions (Math, Statistical, Logical)
  • Create and Edit charts
  • Work Sheet commands; Link sheets together
  • Page Layout, Print and View commands
  • Level 1 Shortcut keys to increase efficiency in completing spreadsheets

To sign up for a Monday, August 24 or Tuesday, August 25 timeslot, click here!

Attention: 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 here! 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 the topics that are of greatest interest to you during the orientation.

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


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