Hello Class of 2017!

September 3, 2015

Academic Deadlines

Please keep in mind the following deadlines:

 Monday, September 14

- last day to change grading status on full semester or Q1 elective courses

 Monday, September 21

 - final day to drop  Q1 courses

Please see the Academic Calendar for further details. 

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!

Change to Requirements for Major in Statistics

Four credit units are required beyond the required prerequisite of STAT 613 (or completion of STAT 621/waiver of STAT fixed core requirement entirely). Some courses offered by other departments are permitted (students who wish to include courses from other departments in the major should request permission to include these from the Statistics Department advisor and file this permission with the MBA Program Office). Courses taken on a Pass/Fail basis cannot be counted toward the major. The Wharton MBA Resource Guide details all courses that are applicable to the major in Statistics.

The major advisor is Richard Waterman

Update Your Local Address and Phone Number

If you have not already done so, please update your local address and phone number on Penn in Touch. It is a requirement of the University that we have this information.

You can also email Barbara Winters with your info and she will update your record.

GIP Info Sessions

The MBA Program Office will hold upcoming information sessions for the Global Immersion Programs (GIPs) on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, September 8: 12:00pm-1:00pm, room JMHH 340
  • Thursday, September 10: 3:00pm-4:00pm, room JMHH 340

Both sessions will focus on our Fall 2015 GIPs: India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.  If you cannot attend a session, visit the GIP website or email the Coordinator of Global Immersion Programs, Christine Sweeney, for more information.

Additionally, we are looking for outgoing and motivated students with regional expertise to help lead these programs as Student Coordinators. Please contact Christine Sweeney for more details. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Complete Your Profile and Upload Your Resume in CareerPath

CareerPath is Wharton’s online recruiting system.  In order to gain access to the complete functionality of CareerPath, receive important industry-specific recruiting information and targeted recruiting advise, complete the following: 

1. Log-in and complete the “My Profile” section.  

2. Upload your most recent resume*

a. Go to the “Resumes & Cover Letters” tab

b. Select the documents tab

c. Click the “Add New” button

d. Give you resume a label (such as “General Resume” or “Advising Resume”)

e. Select “Resume” for document type and click “Browse…” to select your resume document

f. Click the “Submit” button

*This resume will be used for internal and career advising purposes only and will not be viewed by anyone other than the MBACM staff. 

People Analytics Conference Info Session

The Wharton People Analytics Conference (PAC) is seeking students to join its organizing team. PAC is the premier conference for professionals and academics in the growing field of people analytics, which is bringing a rigorous and data-driven approach to core business topics like recruiting, professional development, and team performance.

Faculty directors Adam Grant and Cade Massey will host an info session on September 14 at 12pm in JMHH G50, to introduce the conference and ways students can get involved. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested in learning more, please fill in your email address at this link.

Wharton Financial Aid
The Wharton MBA Financial Aid Team provides counseling on the financial aid process, loan options, funding sources, and other general financial aid questions. If you have questions related to your billing account or general financial aid questions, please visit the Financial Aid Appointment Scheduler today to schedule an appointment with a member of the team.
Leadership Program Updates:
  1. Tuesday, 9/8 at 12:00pm: Ventures Information Session (JMHH G06)
  2. Wednesday, 9/8 and Thursday, 9/9 12pm-1.30pm Office Hours for Ventures (hosted by Venture Fellows; outside of MBA Café)
  3. Tuesday, 9/8–Thursday, 9/10:  Ventures Registration through CourseMatch 
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.

Penn To Suspend Normal Operations On Friday, September 25, 2015

Due to anticipated logistical and transportation issues related to the historic visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia, the University will suspend normal operations on Friday, September 25. As a result, classes and University-sponsored events are cancelled on this date. 

Designated essential personnel — including offices such as but not limited to Public Safety, Dining Services, and Facilities that provide essential services, University emergency personnel, and those responsible for the health and safety of students and lab animals — will be required to report to work and should consult with their supervisors about accommodations and scheduling. Other staff members, faculty members, and students should treat the day under the same protocols as a weather-related suspension of operations.  

With as many as 2 million people expected to attend the weekend’s events in Philadelphia, faculty and staff could notice some transportation delays beginning earlier that week.  Road closures around Center City and in the West Philadelphia area could begin as early as Thursday night after rush hour.  We urge all faculty and staff to pay close attention to traffic and transportation plans that will soon be finalized by the City and SEPTA.  

We know that the weekend of the Pope’s visit will create some inconveniences and challenges for members of the Penn community, and we appreciate everyone’s patience as the University works with the City in accommodating visitors during this very special event.

Welcome Committee

You are cordially invited to join the 2015 Welcome Committee for an Information Session regarding the responsibilities and activities of the welcome team. 

The selection process and timeline will also be discussed.

Date: Thursday, September 10

Time: 12pm-1:15pm

Place: JMHH G60

The Welcome Committee Mixer will follow that evening from 6:30pm –8:00pm

The Ritz Carlton - Philadelphia


The MBA Office of Student Life would like to invite you to schedule a 1-on-1 meeting with your Cluster Student Life Advisor at some point in the coming days, weeks, or months. Our aim is to get to know you better and discuss some of your goals and how we can best support you during your time at Wharton.

If you would like to set up a meeting, please use the link below to access the Wharton Appointment Scheduler.



This Monday, September 7 is Labor Day, a U.S. national holiday. The university is closed for the holiday, as are the MBA Program offices and other offices on campus. See Wharton Operations for building access information during the holiday weekend. Banks, post offices, and many businesses will also close for the long weekend.  

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