The Wharton School’s Response to COVID-19
We are here to support you and keep you informed.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has disrupted life for all of us. In this uncertain time, we want to assure you that the health, safety and wellbeing of the Wharton community is our top priority.
Please continue to check this page for the most updated information.
Last Updated: July 9, 2020
The Latest from the Wharton School
The Wharton School will offer options utilizing both in-person and virtual academic instruction for the fall semester. The School will employ a hybrid delivery model called “Remote Plus.” You can find full information on the Remote Plus Model on Wharton’s Fall 2020 page.
- MBA and Executive MBA admissions teams announced they will now accept the at-home version of the GRE, GMAT, and EA (for applicants to the EMBA program with at least eight years of full time work experience.)
- U.S. veterans can now apply their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits toward the tuition costs of Wharton Executive Education programming.
- Wharton MBA Admissions will have a blend of in-person and virtual MBA classes in the fall, and that Pre-Term will be held virtually for the incoming Class of 2022.
- The Wharton Undergraduate program has published an FAQ for students about academic advising and how to navigate the move to a virtual learning environment.
- Access to Wharton buildings is now limited to essential personnel only. Student access to buildings is prohibited during this period.
The Latest from the University of Pennsylvania
Based on recommendations from Penn’s Recovery Planning Group, the University will re-open for the fall semester in a limited fashion on Tuesday, September 1. Using a hybrid model, students will resume classes through a mix of online learning and on-campus classroom instruction, although accommodations will also be provided for those students who cannot participate in person. All large lectures will be delivered online and in-class instruction will involve greater physical spacing of students, as well as plexiglass separators at lecterns where appropriate. Everyone on campus will need to practice physical distancing, wear face coverings, and agree to testing and contact tracing. Full details on the University’s reopening plan can be found on Penn’s “Fall Semester Planning” page.
For additional resources, visit these pages:
Upcoming Events Canceled or Postponed
The Wharton School, following the guidelines set forth by The University of Pennsylvania in conjunction with the most recent federal and state mandates, has made the following changes:
- All on campus events including Alumni Weekend, admissions events, and student group meetings are canceled, or postponed through the end of the semester.
- All Wharton buildings are closed. The buildings include, but not limited to: Colonial Penn Center, Larry Robbins House, Lauder Institute, Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Steinberg Conference Center, Steinberg Hall- Dietrich Hall, Vance Hall, and 2401 Walnut Street.
Please look out for communications from your event organizer for specific details.
University of Pennsylvania 2020 Commencement Update
To protect the health of our graduates, their families, alumni, and faculty and staff of the University—our highest priority in the face of this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic—the University canceled this year’s on-campus Commencement events and moved them to a virtual ceremony that was broadcasted online. You can watch the ceremonies here.
In light of the disruption our graduating students are going through, we all want to do more, not less, to celebrate and honor you. Although the commencement ceremonies on May 17, 2020 were moved online, there will be in-person Commencement ceremonies on Penn’s campus when it is safe and feasible to do so. Please read University President Amy Gutmann’s message for full details.
Executive Education Programming Paused
We know the uncertainty facing us all is deeply affecting our businesses and organizations. For Wharton Executive Education, the safety and health of our participants and clients is very important to us all.
As a result, all Wharton Executive Education in-person programming has been canceled through June 30. We are committed to providing you with the most current information available about our executive education programming. Please visit our dedicated page for ongoing updates related to Wharton Executive Education or visit Wharton Online’s website for additional programming.
New: U.S. veterans can now apply their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits toward the tuition costs of Wharton Executive Education programming.
For Current and Prospective Students
Below is a list of websites to find the most updated information about specific academic programs.
Wharton Undergraduate Students
Wharton MBA Students
Wharton MBA – Admissions
Wharton MBA for Executive Students
Wharton Doctoral Students
Technology Resources for Learning, Teaching and Working Virtually
As we transition to remote instruction for the rest of the semester, instructors will be reaching out to students directly with details about how classes will be meeting. In preparation for learning remotely, students should go to Penn’s virtual meeting platform on the device you plan to use for class (can be a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device with internet access) and log in with your PennKey to activate your Virtual Meetings account. Read more details about how to successfully work remotely and tips for faculty. Additional resources can be found on Technology@Wharton.
The latest from Wharton experts and faculty on the impact of COVID-19
Financial Times: Management Prof. Martine Haas was interviewed for a Financial Times article about how hybrid working models are presenting new challenges for collaboration tech.
Quartz: International Management Prof. Mauro Guillén penned an op ed for Quartz about how the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating history.
Wharton Business Daily: Special Report: “Wharton on Managing Uncertainty-The Coronavirus Outbreak”