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.

April 20-22, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

Registration for Spring Welcome Weekend is now closed.

If you need to complete a late registration, or make changes to your current registration, please email mbaevents@wharton.upenn.edu

DRESS CODE GUIDELINES

Friday: Business Casual
Saturday: Casual, Dressy Casual

WELCOME WEEKEND APP

Use the Welcome Weekend app to find schedules, contacts, room assignments, and maps (Apple and Android).

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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

The schedule below will be continually updated as changes are made.

Day One

Friday, April 20, 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 Spring 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, Office of Admissions, the Vice Dean of the MBA Program, and the Dean of the Wharton School.

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 G06

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 G06

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 2019 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 the Cluster System, Cluster Councils, the Cluster Cup Competition, and Cluster Suppers. Student Life Fellows were also selected through a highly competitive process and are quite prepared to answer all of your questions. 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 – JMHH 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 – JMHH 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 – JMHH F95
  • Entrepreneurship/Start-ups – JMHH 245
  • Investment Banking – JMHH 270
  • Media, Entertainment, and Sports – JMHH 240
  • Private Equity/Venture Capital – JMHH F85
  • Real Estate – JMHH 250
  • San Francisco Campus – JMHH 260
  • Social Impact – JMHH 255
  • Technology – JMHH 265

4:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Club Pub

Details

Location: Annenberg Lobby

Join us for Welcome Weekend Club Pub at the Annenberg lobby! 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, April 21, 2018

9:00 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.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration

Details

Location: JMHH Forum

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Financial Aid and Planning for International Students

Details

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Financial Aid and Planning for Domestic Students

Details

12:00 pm – 12:10 pm
Introductions – Day 2

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 Spring 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.

12:10 pm – 1:10 pm
Leadership Exercise

Details

Location: JMHH Homerooms

Description: 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.

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Lunch/Housing Discussion

Details

Location: JMHH Homeroom

Relax, eat lunch, and hear from the Welcome Committee on how they found and secured housing.

2:20 pm – 3:30 pm
Team Creativity Exercise

Details

Location: JMHH Homeroom

Description: At Wharton you will be on 15 to 20 teams over the course of your 2 years. This exercise is a chance to experience the Wharton team environment and connect with others in a fun, relaxed setting.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Cross Cluster Networking

Details

Location: JMHH Baker Forum

Over the weekend you will get time to know the amazing folks in your Cluster. However, we’ve had requests for the opportunity to get to know the folks in the other three clusters. Therefore, we’ll have a mixer to give you a chance to meet other admits. Take advantage of the time to meet new friends (and possible roommates).

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Closing Remarks

Details

Location: JMHH Baker Forum

Close out the weekend and come together to hear from Chanel Alexander, WG’19, Wharton Graduate Association President, and Director of Student Life, Eddie Banks-Crosson.

5:30 pm – 8:00 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.

Private Equity and Venture Capital Club 5:30 PM 7:30 PM The Cafe 2011 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Wharton India Club 5:30 PM 7:30 PM Black Sheep Pub (Basement) 247 S 17th St
Wharton Veterans Club 5:30 PM 8:00 PM Misconduct Tavern 1511 Locust St
Wharton Out for Business 5:30 PM 7:30 PM Party Room at 2116 Chestnut 2116 Chestnut Street St, Philadelphia, PA
Wharton Latin American and Hispanic American Student Associations (Joint) 5:30 PM 8:00 PM Black Sheep Pub 247 S 17th St
Wharton Wildmen Hockey 5:30 PM 8:00 PM Bonner’s Irish Pub 120 S 23rd St
Wharton Investment Management Club 5:30 PM 7:30 PM Irish Pub 2007 Walnut Street
Wharton Africa Student Association (WASA) 6:00 PM 8:00 PM 1930 Chestnut Street 1930 Chestnut Street
Africa American MBA Association (AAMBAA) 6:00 PM 8:00 PM 1930 Chestnut Street 1930 Chestnut Street
Carribiz 6:00 PM 8:00 PM 1930 Chestnut Street 1930 Chestnut Street
Europa 6:00 PM 7:30 PM Devil’s Alley, 2nd Floor 1907 Chestnut St
MENA Club 6:00 PM 7:30 PM Devil’s Alley, 2nd Floor 1907 Chestnut St
Wharton Men’s/Women’s Rugby Football Club (Wharthogs/Wildebeests) 5:30 PM 8:00 PM Ladder 15 1528 Sansom Street
Wharton Christian Fellowship 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 2023 Rittenhouse Sq, Apt 202 2023 Rittenhouse Sq, Apt 202
Wharton Tech Club 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Devil’s Alley, 2nd Floor 1907 Chestnut St
Wharton Entrepreneurship Club 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Devil’s Alley, 2nd Floor 1907 Chestnut St
Wharton Greater China Club (GCC) 5:30 PM 7:30 PM Black Sheep Pub (Basement) 247 S 17th St
Wharton Asian American Association of MBAs (WAAAM) 5:30 PM 7:30 PM Black Sheep Pub (Basement) 247 S 17th St

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Spring Welcome Celebration

Details

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

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

Dress code: Dressy casual

Day Three

Sunday, April 22, 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.

Wharton Women in Business (WWIB) 11:00 AM 1:00 PM Continental Midtown (Rooftop) 1801 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Greater China Club (GCC) 11:00 AM 12:30 PM Ocean Harbor 1023 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
General Management Club & Marketing Club & Retail Club 11:00 AM 1:00 PM Pub & Kitchen 1946 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Wharton FinTech Club 11:00 AM 1:00 PM Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizzeria 1714 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Media & Entertainment Club 11:00 AM 1:00 PM El Vez 121 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Wharton Real Estate Club 11:30 AM 1:30 PM 24 Wood Fired Fare 2401 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Wharton Social Impact Club & Wharton Impact Investing Partners 11:00 AM 1:00 PM Devil’s Alley 1907 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Wharton Consulting Club 11:00 AM 1:00 PM Palomar Hotel (Opp Sofitel, 2nd floor) 117 South 17th St, Philadephia, PA 19103
Wharton Volleyball Club 10:00 AM 12:00 PM Buckley Green Sand Vball court @ Drexel university N 33rd and Arch st