Winter Welcome Weekend

January 31 – February 2, 2020


Welcome, Class of 2022!

Over 400 newly-admitted Wharton MBA students gathered on our campus in Philadelphia to meet each other, current students, and learn about what it means to be a part of the Wharton community. From morning to night, the weekend was full to the brim with activities and events. Admits learned about Wharton through small group dinners, tours of the city, sessions on academics and career management, classes with faculty, pizza parties, and much more.

“Thank you for your time, thank you for your energy, the dedication, and character you put into making your application the best it could be. It is an honor and a privilege to welcome you to our family.”

Blair Mannix, Director of Admissions, Wharton MBA Program

“Two years ago, I had no idea how much Wharton would change my life.”

— Macie Whatley, WG’20

“Coming to Wharton means something. Not just to you, but to each and every person who sacrificed to make you who you are. How will you honor that commitment? What will you do with the precious privilege of attending the greatest business school on Earth?”

— Anush Vinod, WG’20

“Our goal is to enable you to bring your unique experience to Wharton.”

— Howie Kaufold, MBA Program Vice Dean

“It’s not just your first job, it’s the invaluable Wharton alumni network… An alumni network that welcomes you, meets you, and helps you grow.”

— Dean Geoffrey Garrett

Your Personal Cheer Squad

While their loved ones immersed themselves in Wharton, partners toured Philadelphia and learned about opportunities to be involved with the Program.
Pictured above: At the Welcome Ceremony on Friday, the partners formed a cheer section and even waved Penn-themed noisemakers.

Insights & Advice from Student Life Fellows

Balancing school, personal life, and career planning takes practice. Student Life Fellows – or SLFs – are second-year students here to help first-year students transition to business school life, prioritize their goals, and get the most out of their time at Wharton.

“This is the culmination of all your hard work and all of your effort to get here. This is the long nights studying for the GMAT. This is the courage to ask your employer for a letter of recommendation… All that led to being right here.
Although there’s no right or wrong decision, I can tell you that this was the best choice I ever made.”

— Sergio Giralt, WG’20, Student Life Fellow

A Peek Inside the Classroom

To get a taste of the academic experience, admits broke into Clusters and spent time hearing from Wharton faculty.

Prof. Ethan Mollick encouraged admits to come to Wharton and find real solutions to problems through the study of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Prof. Emil Pitkin drew some of the most striking examples of misapplied and misunderstood statistics from history, media, science, and politics.

What role does your personality play in negotiations? Prof. Richard Shell led the group through a discussion to identify what strengths and weaknesses they are bringing to the table.

Prof. Raghuram Iyengar spoke about the impact new technology on decision making and how analytics can influence the ways we tell stories.

“If Wharton is for you, I want you to buckle up and get ready for a transformative experience that will push your boundaries beyond belief and bring your best self out of you.”

— Eddie Banks-Crosson, Director of Student Life


— Eddie Banks-Crosson, Director of Student Life