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: June 29, 2021
The Latest from the Wharton School
Each Wharton degree program has developed unique hybrid scenarios for their students in the spring. Full details can be found on Wharton’s “Spring 2021 Semester Plans” page.
Fall 2020 Announcements
Last Updated: October 27, 2020
- The MBA Program and MBA for Executives Programs released Fall 2020 course offerings for incoming and returning students, along with information about how each class will be delivered. More details can be found on MyWharton.
- 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.
- 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
Undergraduate courses for the spring semester will likely be similar to the fall, with most courses being remote and some limited, in-person offerings. Full details can be found on Penn’s “Spring 2021 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 Now Offers Live Online Programs
Wharton Executive Education’s on-campus programs have transitioned to the Wharton LIVE online format until September 30, 2021.
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
Undergraduate courses for the Fall semester are being offered online, with a few, limited, in person offerings.
Wharton MBA Students
The MBA program announced updates to the Remote Plus model. Details can be found here.
Wharton MBA – Admissions
Wharton MBA for Executive Students
The MBA for Executives Program will be fully remote for fall 2020. More details can be found on MyWharton.
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
CNBC: Prof. Katy Milkman was interviewed in CNBC about how companies can drum up enthusiasm for a return to the office and vaccines.
Philly Voice: Prof. Angela Duckworth helped announce the first round of winners of the City of Philadelphia’s Covid-19 vaccination sweepstakes, covered in Philly Voice.
Wharton Business Daily: Special Report: “Wharton on Managing Uncertainty-The Coronavirus Outbreak”