Hello Class of 2017!

September 17, 2015

Academic Deadlines

Please keep in mind the following deadlines:

 Monday, September 21

 - final day to drop  Q1 courses

Please see the Academic Calendar for further details. 

Excel Level 2

Master advanced Excel skills and shortcut keys in this hands-on workshop that may be helpful in your coursework, internships and careers.  

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Write financial formulas; Insert Financial functions 
  • Use Excel’s What-If Analysis Tools  (Data Tables, Goal Seek, and Solver) 
  • Construct Business Models with Protection, Names, Drop Downs and Auditing Tools 
  • Insert Other Advanced Formulas (Regression Stats, Array Functions and more) 
  • Build Advanced Charts 
  • Format data with Conditional Formatting and Custom Number Formats
  • Use Lookup Functions (Vlookup, Index/Match and related formulas)
  • Use many Excel Shortcuts and Speed Tips 

A course pack is available for after class reference.  

Prerequisite:  Workshop designed for those with Excel experience or who have completed Level 1. To sign-up for a September 23, 24, 30 or October 1 timeslot, click here!

Global and Domestic Modular Classes

Registration for the Winter Break courses is now open and will close on Monday, September 28 at 9 am (EDT). Registration for courses to be taught during March and May will take place later.  Both Winter Break and March courses will be listed as spring semester classes. In the links below, we have provided the most recent syllabus currently available, in most cases it is the syllabus from the last time the course was taught.

Please click here to enter your preferences for the Winter Break courses only. You may enter your ranked interest in as many courses as you wish. Please be certain of your intent to take the course when you complete the form.  Once the registration closes you will receive an email shortly after informing you of your status in the course and requesting you confirm your interest in the class. You will be registered in the class once you confirm your interest. We will do our best to accommodate all demand in these courses, and will resort to a lottery (with preference for second year students) if the courses are oversubscribed.  Please contact Paula Greenberg for more information.

Penn Student Insurance Plan

The PSIP Health Insurance Fee of $1,624 was automatically assessed after September 1st if you did not waive the University health insurance.  Please be sure to review your student bill on Penn.Pay and schedule all required payments before the billing due date of September 25, 2015.

Please contact the Wharton MBA Financial Aid Office at 215-898-8728 or by email at financialaid@wharton.upenn.edu if you have any questions.

Financial and Immunization Holds

This is a reminder that on Tuesday, October 20,  SFS will place registration and transcript holds on all accounts over $1000. Please go to Student Financial Services located in Room100 in the Franklin Building to take care of this matter.

SFS will place immunization holds the second week of October 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 215-746-2525 and press option 5!  

Visit the SHS at 3535 Market Street 

Email them

Global Immersion Programs

The MBA Program Office will host a GIP Mixer & Reunion at 6 pm on September 22nd, at 2401.  For returning GIP students, this will be a great chance to catch up with your travel buddies. Those interested in enrolling in a GIP will have a chance to speak to past GIP participants. Please contact Christine Sweeney for more 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

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. 

Leadership Program Updates:
  • GUIDE Application is open until September 18.
  • Ventures Expedition Scholarship Winners Announced – Tuesday, September 22
  • We have several Venture Info sessions throughout the next week. Please check the Spike Calendar.
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.

2401 Walnut

Dear Students, 

Due to the papal visit, the 2401 Walnut main entrance doors and elevators will be locked all day on Friday, September 25th. Please remember to bring your key fobs to gain access to the building. Building management tells us there is a possibility these doors and elevators will also be closed on Monday, September 28th. Either way, 2401 will still be accessible via key fob. 

*Also, please note: The Walnut Street doors will be physically locked from 5pm Thursday until Monday morning. Anyone wishing to exit the building during this time must use the Main Entrance.* 

Thank you!


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.



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