Welcome Weekend

You’re invited! Celebrate your acceptance to Wharton and get to know the school and future classmates at a three-day welcome event.

January 26-28, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

Registration for Welcome Weekend is now closed.

If you have questions or need to make changes to your registration, please email mbaevents@wharton.upenn.edu

DRESS CODE GUIDELINES

Friday: Business Casual
Saturday: Business Casual

WELCOME WEEKEND APP

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Invitation to Wharton Partners

Welcome Weekend has a full schedule for partners planned by Wharton Partners Club.

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Welcome Weekend Schedule

Day One

Friday, January 26, 2018

8:00 am – 8:45 am
Registration Reception for Admits and Partners
Coffee and Breakfast

Details

Location: Forum

Huntsman Hall (located at 3730 Walnut Street in University City) will be host to many of the weekend’s activities. Please enter Huntsman Hall from the Walnut Street entrance where you will be greeted by members of the Welcome Committee who will guide you to the Baker Forum. We will have a bag check on the ground level. The Baker Forum will hold your nametag and Cluster assignment (each Cluster will have a homeroom) and will have a coat check available as well. Have some breakfast and fuel up for a big day. Once you arrive in your homeroom, find your name tent and take a seat. A water bottle will be provided (and water coolers are located in each homeroom), so please hold onto them as no plastic bottles will be used over the weekend. Please wear your nametag as it will serve as your ticket to all events (and will aid in getting in and out of Jon M. Huntsman Hall, also known as JMHH).

9:00 am – 9:45 am
Introductions – All Clusters

Details

Location: JMHH Homeroom

Description: Introductions will be facilitated by members of Wharton’s Welcome Committee. The Welcome Committee consists of forty first-year students who will serve as your hosts for the weekend. They have been instrumental in planning and implementing the Winter Welcome, so get to know them! Profiles of the Welcome Committee can be found on the Welcome Website. Come to Wharton prepared to introduce yourself to your Cluster (approximately 70 admitted students): name, undergraduate college, current work, and a fun and unique fact about yourself.

10:15 am – 10:45 am
Welcome to Wharton

Details

Location: Annenberg Center

After you meet your fellow classmates, you will be escorted to the Annenberg Center of the Performing Arts for a welcome ceremony. This includes an official welcome from the Deputy Vice Dean and the Vice Dean of the MBA Program.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Master Class – Clusters 1 and 3

Details

Location: JMHH Homeroom

Hear from one of Wharton’s world–renowned Faculty as you enjoy a master class.

11:00 am – 11:45 am
Academic Overview – Clusters 2 and 4

Details

Location: JMHH Homeroom

Academic engagement is a priority at Wharton. Led by Deputy Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Stephan Dieckmann, the MBA Academic Affairs team works in partnership with students, faculty, and staff to deliver an exceptional educational experience for students in every aspect of academic affairs between admissions and graduation. In his session, Deputy Vice Dean Dieckmann will provide an overview of the academically-rigorous and quantitatively-focused MBA curriculum, illustrating how you can customize your education to meet your goals while building a strong academic foundation around the essential skills and concepts expected of all Wharton MBA graduates.

 

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Master Class – Clusters 2 and 4

Details

Location: JMHH Homeroom

Hear from one of Wharton’s world–renowned Faculty as you enjoy a master class.

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Academic Overview – Clusters 1 and 3

Details

Location: JMHH Homeroom

Academic engagement is a priority at Wharton. Led by Deputy Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Stephan Dieckmann, the MBA Academic Affairs team works in partnership with students, faculty, and staff to deliver an exceptional educational experience for students in every aspect of academic affairs between admissions and graduation. In his session, Deputy Vice Dean Dieckmann will provide an overview of the academically-rigorous and quantitatively-focused MBA curriculum, illustrating how you can customize your education to meet your goals while building a strong academic foundation around the essential skills and concepts expected of all Wharton MBA graduates.

 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch & Student Life Programming

Details

The 2018 Student Life Fellows will speak to you about all the extracurricular, travel, and social opportunities that come with being a member of the Wharton community. They will also discuss various aspects of  the cluster system. Get to know the 2018 Student Life Fellows. 

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Careers Panel Session I 

Details

You will be able to choose between two sessions in which industries will be represented by students who have successfully recruited for. You’ll learn about the industry, what the professional clubs and conferences do, industry recruiting cycles, career treks, and how clubs and the career management team work together to ensure success in the recruiting process.

  • Consulting – F95
  • Consumer Packaged Goods/Retail – JMHH 240
  • Entrepreneurship/Start-ups – JMHH 245
  • General Management/Leader Development Programs – JMHH 250
  • Healthcare – JMHH 255
  • Investment Management/Hedge Funds JMHH 260
  • Private Equity/Venture Capital – F85
  • Technology – JMHH 265

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Careers Panel Session II

Details

You will be able to choose between two sessions in which industries will be represented by students who have successfully recruited for. You’ll learn about the industry, what the professional clubs and conferences do, industry recruiting cycles, career treks, and how clubs and the career management team work together to ensure success in the recruiting process.

  • Consulting – F95
  • Energy – JMHH 260
  • Entrepreneurship/Start-ups – JMHH 245
  • Investment Banking – JMHH 270
  • Media, Entertainment, and Sports – JMHH 240
  • Private Equity/Venture Capital – F85
  • Real Estate – JMHH 250
  • San Francisco Campus – JMHH 365
  • Social Impact – JMHH 255
  • Technology – JMHH 265

4:45 pm – 6:45 pm
Club Pub

Details

Location: 22 S 23rd St, Philadelphia, PA19103

Join us for Welcome Weekend Club Pub at the 23rd Street Armory! Enjoy light appetizers and beverages as you mix, mingle, and learn more about clubs at Wharton. You will be escorted to Pub by members of the Welcome Committee.

7:30 pm – 10 pm
Small Group Dinners

Details

Location: Various, Center City

Small group dinner reservations will be made in a variety of the fantastic Philadelphia restaurants in Center City and Old City. Some will take credit cards and others will be cash only. The typical three-course meal in Philly is approximately $35-$45 per person. You will receive your small group dinner assignment prior to your arrival at Wharton. Each small group dinner will consist of six admits, joined by two current Wharton students (members of the Welcome Committee and Student Life Fellows).

Day Two

Saturday, January 27, 2018

9:30 am – 11:00 am
2401 Open House and Housing Fair

Details

Location: 2401 Walnut Street

On Saturday morning, there will be a Housing Fair at 2401 Walnut for those looking for housing information. Representatives from popular buildings in Center City will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. No housing questions? Drop by anyway and have breakfast with Student Life Fellows! On the walk back to Huntsman Hall (3730 Walnut Street), as you cross the river, check out beautiful Penn Park, 25 acres of recreational and athletic playing fields home to Wharton Rugby and Soccer, and the Wharton Olympics. You will also pass the Penn Ice Rink home to Wharton Hockey. Once you arrive at Huntsman Hall, head back to your Homerooms where the Welcome Committee will be waiting.

11:30 am – 11:45 am
Introductions – Day 2

Details

Location: JMHH Homeroom

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Team Creativity Exercise

Details

Location: JMHH Homeroom

At Wharton you will be on 15  to 20 teams over the course of your two years. This exercise is a chance to experience the Wharton team environment and connect with others in a fun, relaxed setting.

 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch

Details

Location: JMHH Homeroom

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Financial Aid Overview for International Students

Details

The goal of the this session is to take a deeper dive into the key areas faced by international students planning to finance their education. We will focus specifically on the cost of attendance, available loan options, loan process for students, and the impact of borrowing post-graduation. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the financial impact of their decisions.

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Financial Planning for Domestic Students

Details

Join Jeffrey Groon, Director of Financial Aid, for a high level, financially based look at the Wharton MBA Program. With financial implications of many decisions heavily personalized, this session will assist in your planning to maximize the investment in yourself. We will discuss how to monetize your personal program goals, review the tools and resources available to meet these goals, and review the funding mechanisms available based on your areas of focus.

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Financial Aid Overview for Domestic Students

Details

The goal of the this session is to take a deeper dive into the key areas faced by international students planning to finance their education. We will focus specifically on the cost of attendance, available loan options, loan process for students, and the impact of borrowing post-graduation. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the financial impact of their decisions.

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Financial Planning for International Students

Details

Join Jeffrey Groon, Director of Financial Aid, for a high level, financially based look at the Wharton MBA Program. With financial implications of many decisions heavily personalized, this session will assist in your planning to maximize the investment in yourself. We will discuss how to monetize your personal program goals, review the tools and resources available to meet these goals, and review the funding mechanisms available based on your areas of focus.

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
McNulty Leadership Program Exercise

Details

Come talk to Second Year Leaders about what the McNulty Leadership Office does and get a taste of one of their most popular programs, P3 (Purpose, Passion and Principles Groups), while interacting with your fellow classmates.

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Closing Remarks

Details

Location: Irvine Auditorium

Hear from speakers Chase Jones (WG’18), Wharton Graduate Association President Erica Swanson (WG’19), and world-renowned Marketing Professor Americus Reed as we close out an amazing two days.

Professor Americus Reed is the Marketing Department’s only “identity theorist,” focusing his research on the role consumers’ self-concepts play in guiding buying decisions. He examines how social identity, social influence, values, attitudes and judgments interact in shaping purchase decisions and consumer behavior, but from a social psychology point of view.

Most recently, Professor Reed studied brand identity by examining the triggers that lead consumers to identify with and become loyal to a product, brand or logo. Other recent research looked at judgments that are linked to a person’s identity are virtually immovable, or “sticky,” providing new information for marketing managers about product loyalty.

6 – 8 pm
Winter Welcome Celebration

Details

Location: The Ritz-Carlton
10 Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Please join us at The Ritz Carlton for an evening of meeting, mingling, and more! Refreshments and appetizers will be served.

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Club Happy Hours

Details

Location: Various, Center City

Relax during your free time or attend one or two of the various club events around Center City.

View a list of all happy hour events.

Day Three

Sunday, January 28, 2018

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Club Brunches

View a list of all brunch events. 

Details

Location: Various, Center City

Explore Philadelphia or attend one or two of the various club events around Center City. See the Welcome Weekend App for a list of events.