Pre-College Programs

Wharton’s summer programs for high school students provide an opportunity to develop leadership skills and explore your interest in business.


LEAD Program

Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD) is a four-week program introducing youth of diverse backgrounds to key areas of business. First established at Wharton in 1980 and reflecting a long-standing commitment to developing business leaders through business education, the LEAD program has developed a global presence with sister programs hosted at universities around the world.

Leadership in the Business World

Leadership in the Business World (LBW) is an intensive summer pre-college program for rising high school seniors who want an introduction to the fundamentals of leadership in business. This four-week summer program features classes at Wharton, company site visits, and activities designed to give students opportunities to learn about leadership in 21st century business organizations.

Management & Technology Summer Institute

The Management & Technology Summer Institute (M&TSI) is a for-credit summer program for rising high school seniors who want to learn how to bring together technological concepts and management principles. The Institute features classes taught by leading Wharton faculty and successful entrepreneurs, as well as laboratory experience, field trips to companies and R&D facilities, intensive team projects, and other activities designed to help students learn the principles and practice of technological innovation. Sponsored jointly by The Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Wharton Sports Business Academy

Sponsored by the Wharton Sports Business Initiative (WSBI), the Wharton Sports Business Academy (WSBA) is a summer program that provides an opportunity for talented rising high school juniors and seniors to study sports business leadership at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. This program will examine how various academic disciplines, such as management, law, negotiation, marketing, and leadership apply to the sports industry with an overview of the business and legal aspects of various intercollegiate, Olympic, and professional sports enterprises.