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Remember to Activate Your Pennkey Account

You must activate this important account in order to access many other useful Penn/Wharton resources.

A PennKey allows you to access various University resources that supplement and complement Wharton’s services – for example, without a PennKey you cannot attain a student ID card (a “PennCard”), access Penn’s library systems, or begin the process of getting access to Wharton’s online environment.

  • Approximately four (4) business days after you’ve paid your deposit, you will receive an email from the University of Pennsylvania’s ISC department. The subject line will be “Important Information on setting up your Penn electronic credential (PennKey).” The email will contain a code and instructions that allow you to set up your PennKey. Follow the email’s instructions to create your PennKey account.
  • The code you received via email is only valid for 60 days after receipt, so please take the time to set up your PennKey as soon as you receive the email.
  • When you activate your PennKey you will be asked to select a username from among the available choices. Once you select your username it CANNOT BE CHANGED, so please choose carefully. If you don’t like the available choices, please contact Student Support before selecting. Remember, your selection WILL be your PennKey and Wharton username as well as your Wharton email address.
  • Be sure to choose the “Challenge-Response” password reset option when activating your PennKey; this allows you to reset your password online. If you do not choose the “Challenge-Response” option and you forget your PennKey password, it will take a few days to gain access to Wharton and Penn resources that require a Pennkey login.  A new PennKey setup code will have to be mailed to you. This means starting the PennKey process over again, which will cause you significant delays.

Questions? Contact Charicha Ford in the MBA Admissions Office at fordc@wharton.upenn.edu. You may also visit the University of Pennsylvania PennKey website.

Wharton Accounts Can Be Activated in early 2016

You must already have set up your PennKey to activate your Wharton Account. Please note, you may need to wait up to 24 hours after creating your PennKey before Wharton’s system will be ready to create your Wharton account.

  • When Wharton accounts become available in early 2016, you may activate yours by going to Accounts@Wharton website: http://app.wharton.upenn.edu/accounts/early.cfm. Enter your PennKey username and password and follow the instructions to create your Wharton account. Your Wharton username and your e-mail address are assigned according to the username that you selected for your PennKey. Important announcements will be sent to your Wharton e-mail account regarding Pre-Term and class registration. If you do not plan to log into this account on a regular basis, consider forwarding your Wharton e-mail to an account that you check frequently (visit http://spike.wharton.upenn.edu/myaccount and click on My Email to set up mail forwarding).
  • Visit the Get Whartonized guide to become familiar with the technology services that you will be using at Wharton and learn what devices and tools you should bring with you when you arrive.

Pre-Term Registration

You will receive an email addressed to your Wharton email account when Pre-Term registration opens in the spring of 2016. The deadline for Pre-Term registration is Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

During Pre-Term you’ll start to engage with other members of the Class of 2018.  Inspiring conversations with peers, faculty and staff, rediscovering the classroom, late nights of good food and fun in Philadelphia, and the excitement of getting to know your way around Huntsman Hall will define your Pre-Term experience. Here you’ll lay the foundations for relationships that will last long past graduation.

All students are required to be on campus for the start of Pre-Term on Monday, August 8, 2016. (International student orientation takes place on Sunday, August 7, 2016).

Brush Up On Your Skills

Prepping now will help you better acclimate to the classroom setting when the semester begins.

We are proud to offer Math for Business: an online refresher course designed to incorporate key quantitative concepts as identified by Wharton faculty who teach in the core curriculum.

Math for Business will supplement your preparation for the Wharton academic experience. You can study the subjects at your own pace and review the video material as you see fit. Math for Business will also prepare you for an exam to be taken at the end of course. This is a diagnostic exam and it is mandatory for all entering MBA students that must be taken prior to Saturday, July 30, 2016, 11:59 PM EDT.  Please note: the Math for Business online course will be open for access in mid-May.

Math for Business and the math diagnostic exam are hosted on Canvas, the University of Pennsylvania’s learning management system. You will need your PennKey and password to login to the system.

If you have never taken a university-level accounting class, you’ll need to take an on-line course over the summer to get ready for accounting at Wharton. The course will take about 5 hours to complete and is available beginning in June. The MBA Program Office will send more information on that course in the “Let’s Get Started” publication and via email.

There is a new Writing Requirement at Wharton. To support students as they complete the Writing Requirement, each incoming MBA student will be provided with a writing coach, who will offer feedback tailored to a student’s individual strengths and weaknesses as a writer. The Writing Requirement rewards clear, concise, persuasive writing. This foundation will serve you well during your time at Wharton and throughout your subsequent career.

  • If you’re concerned about your writing ability or your English language proficiency, we encourage you to begin working on those skills before you arrive on campus.
  • The online Oxford Dictionaries Pro package, offered at no cost through the University of Pennsylvania’s library system, features extensive resources on English grammar and usage – directions below.
  • If you have additional questions about resources, Brennan Maier leads our writing initiative: bmaier@wharton.upenn.edu

To access the Oxford Dictionaries Pro package:

  • First, go to the Penn library’s website at: http://www.library.upenn.edu/
  • Then, type ‘OD Pro’ in the Findit box in the upper middle of the page, and either hit ‘Enter’ on your keyboard, or click on the ‘Go’ tab.
  • Finally, click on the ‘Oxford Dictionaries Pro’ link on the upper left-hand side of the screen.
  • Before you can access the page, you will need to enter your Penn ID and PennKey
  • You may find the sections accessed through the ‘Writing Skills’ and ‘For Writers and Editors’ tabs in the upper middle of the page to be especially useful.

Flexibility of the MBA Curriculum

Following the instructions below will help you to make the most of your time at Wharton by entering the curriculum at the starting point that is right for you.

1.   ATTEND A WEBINAR: Academic Advisors will host a webinar to help students navigate the waiver process. Date to be announced later.


  • Tuesday, August 2 – Thursday, August 4, 2016 – If you are thinking about waiving or placing into Accelerated Accounting, Finance or Statistics you may wish to arrive on campus by July 29 to attend optional review sessions led by Wharton faculty. Consult the Waiver Guide (available in mid-April) for more information on these courses. Registration for these courses will open in late-May.
  • Friday, August 5 & Monday, August 8, 2016 – Waiver and Placement Exams
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2015 – Deadline 1 for submitting petitions to waive by credential (recommended for R1 admits)
  • Wednesday, July 6, 2015 – FINAL deadline for submitting petitions to waive by credential

Questions? Please contact the MBA Program Office:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday – Friday
300 Jon M Huntsman Hall

Resources to Help You Transition

The following resources will be helpful as you transition to Wharton: