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: April 7, 2020
The Latest from the University of Pennsylvania
The University has taken a number of steps in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and has sent out consistent messages from senior leadership to the community. All classroom teaching has been migrated to virtual instruction for both undergraduate and graduate classes until the end of the Spring semester. The current remote learning plan will extend to all summer session credit-bearing courses during Summer Session I and the 11-week Summer Sessions, scheduled to begin on May 26. All school events have been canceled or postponed. All university-related travel is canceled, including visitors to campus. All on-campus visit programming has been suspended through the end of the spring semester, and Penn’s Admissions Visitor Center is closed. Only those University employees who are performing life-sustaining work are permitted to be physically present at the University. All other personnel are working from home until further notice. The University also released an update on pass/fail options for students.
For additional resources, visit these pages:
The Latest from the Wharton School
The Wharton School is adhering to all of the University of Pennsylvania directives above. All in-person admissions campus visits and events have been canceled through Spring 2020. In addition, Wharton has made the following updates specific to the School:
- The Wharton Undergraduate program has published an FAQ for students about academic advising and how to navigate the move to a virtual learning environment.
All Wharton Executive Education programming has been canceled through May 30.
- Wharton MBA admissions will release Round 2 decisions on March 26, 2020 as previously planned. The deadline for Round 3 and Advance Access applications have changed to:
- Round 3 Deadline: Wednesday, April 15
- Advance Access Deadline: Wednesday, May 27
- Read more here.
- Access to Wharton buildings is now limited to essential personnel only. Student access to buildings is prohibited during this period.
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 is canceling this year’s on-campus Commencement events and moving them to a virtual ceremony that will be broadcast online.
In light of the disruption our graduating students are going through, we all want to do more, not less, to celebrate and honor you. Commencement ceremonies on May 18, 2020 will be 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 in-person Wharton Executive Education programming has been canceled through May 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.
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.
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