Online Programs FAQ

Overview

Why are residential programs transitioning online?

Although progress has been made worldwide against the coronavirus, there is still a persistent risk to student safety and significant limitations to our ability to conduct quality, in-person activities. We don’t want to welcome students to the University of Pennsylvania’s campus without being confident that we can ensure their wellbeing. As a result, we have decided to transition Wharton’s summer 2021 residential high school programs online.

Why are some programs transitioning online but not all? Which programs are being offered online? 

Programs with curricula that can be successfully adapted to an online modality will transition to an online format for summer 2021. Programs with curricula that do not permit a move to online will be cancelled and alternative online programming options will be made available to qualified applicants.

Programs Transitioning OnlineCancelled ProgramsNew Online Programs
Essentials of FinanceLeadership in the Business World (LBW)Wharton Business Leadership Academy
Data Science AcademyEssentials of Entrepreneurship
Management & Technology Summer Institute (M&TSI)
Sports Business Academy
Moneyball Academy

How are programs being modified for the online format?

While the content, curricula, and learning objectives of programs will remain the same, the mode of delivery is modified for the online platform. Online programs will incorporate more experiential learning opportunities and peer interactions, in the form of collaborative group work, engaging simulations, facilitated small group discussions, and real-world case studies. Online programs will also feature an instructional team, not just one faculty, allowing for a diversity of voices and experiences, including: Wharton faculty and instructors, guest speakers from across industry, and undergraduate and graduate student teaching assistants tasked with fostering community and facilitating learning.

The Online Experience

What can I expect from an online course? What does the online experience look like?

Online programs and courses are designed to mirror the Wharton undergraduate experience, much like a face-to-face offering, with modifications to ensure interactive activities and peer interaction. Although topics of study will vary from program to program, students can expect a mix of asynchronous pre-work, live lectures and interactive simulations, live seminar style recitations with 20-30 students, peer project work within small groups, and independent assignments. Students will meet and learn from a number of different faculty and instructors during their course of study. Assignments will serve to connect the material and prepare students for more advanced content. Most programs also incorporate a collaborative small group capstone or final project designed to incorporate lessons learned throughout their academic programming while also encouraging independent thought and innovative thinking.

How much of the course is live versus asynchronous? 

We aim to keep live interactions dynamic, collaborative, and condensed, to allow for meaningful participation and maximum flexibility. Any content that can be pre-recorded or provided asynchronously will be made available through the Canvas platform as independent work. The exact break down of live to asynchronous content delivery will vary by program. All programs will include at least 2 hours of live daily programming, with some programs providing up to 6 hours of live daily programming. Beyond live daily interactions, students will also be presented with independent assignments, asynchronous pre-work, small group work or projects, office hours, and optional events and challenges within the GYM virtual community.

We encourage you to visit program-specific webpages to learn more about the hourly commitments for each program.

What if I cannot participate in my preferred program because I am in a different time zone?

Our programs enroll a globally diverse student body with a common thread of academic accomplishment and intellectual curiosity. While all programming is based out of Philadelphia, PA in the Eastern Standard/Daylight Time zone, we recognize not everyone will share the same time zone or scheduling preferences. We aim to offer as much flexibility as possible. If the live, daily sessions of your intended program do not work with your schedule, we encourage you to consider the Future of the Business World (FBW) online program, which offers the most flexible programming options for students, especially those with limiting time zone considerations. Within FBW, live programming is repeated twice daily, to allow students from across time zones to participate in their preferred time slots.

What are the benefits of being virtual?

The flexibility of online programming allows for a more robust lineup of guest speakers, a more globally diverse student population, and increased summer-long opportunities to network and connect with peers and the Wharton community. Program participants will have the opportunity to interact with high-achieving students from across the world both throughout their academic program and within the extracurricular Wharton Global Youth Meetup (GYM) virtual community. Opportunities are abundant online and students will have the ability to sit in on more guest lectures, alumni panels, and online-only special events and competitions.

What is the Wharton Global Youth Meetup (GYM)?

The Global Youth Meetup (GYM) is an extracurricular, virtual community designed to supplement academic programming for Wharton Summer High School students. GYM access will be available from June 7-August 17, 2021 and will provide additional programming opportunities for students to engage with the Wharton community outside of their academic program. Programming will include a combination of live events and opportunities to interact on any schedule that suits the student. Some things to look forward to in the GYM are: a summer long Stock Market Challenge, business communications workshops, individual and group challenges and talks from notable Wharton alumni. For more information, please visit the Wharton GYM page.

What are the technical or browser requirements for online programs?

All online programming requires a computer that meets the minimum system requirements for Canvas LMS and Zoom videoconferencing, as well as reliable internet access and a webcam with microphone. We use Canvas as our Learning Management System and Zoom for live sessions. Our courseware works best with current versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 9 and above. For the best possible experience, we recommend switching to an up-to-date version of Google Chrome. If you do not have Chrome installed you can get it for free here:

At this time, our system does not fully support access with mobile devices. While many components of this course will function on a mobile device, some may not.

If you experience any technical difficulties with the course site, including problems viewing videos or other features, please email wgyp-online@wharton.upenn.edu.

Program Details

Will program dates remain the same?

Yes! Online programs meet Monday through Friday with the original program and session dates. You may view program-specific webpages for further details.

Who leads/teaches in these programs? Who are the instructors? 

Each program is led by an instructional team made up of a combination of Wharton faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants. Many programs also bring in industry professionals and/or alumni to present as guest speakers or to evaluate final projects/presentations.

Will I earn a certificate?

Yes! Every student who successfully completes a non-credit program will receive a Wharton Global Youth Program Certificate of Completion. Completion is obtained through meaningful participation and completion of all assignments as determined by the program leader. Students enrolled in for-credit programming or courses will earn a transcript outlining grades earned and credits accrued.

Can I attend more than one program?

Yes! If admitted into multiple programs for the summer you may attend more than one. Please note, it is highly discouraged to enroll in academic programs with overlapping dates due to the rigorous demands of each program.

Are the program fees different for online programs?

Yes. Program fees for online programs have been revised and may be viewed on our Program Fees page.

Where can I find further details about each program?

Program webpages are currently being revised to include further details about the transition to online programming, including how the curriculum is being adapted, live meeting hours, and any other changes that may impact the overall program experience or content. Please check back periodically for updates.

Applications & Admissions

Is my current application still being reviewed? When will I learn of my admissions decision?

Yes; all priority deadline applications received for residential programs are currently under review by the admissions committee. Priority decisions will be released on March 26, 2021.

If admitted, what are my options? 

Students who submitted a completed application by the priority deadline and were deemed admissible will be provided flexible options for programming, which include:

  • the option to enroll in the equivalent online program for summer 2021
  • the option to rollover their residential program admission to summer 2022, if age-eligible
  • the option to enroll in the Future of the Business World online program for summer 2021; this program provides the greatest flexibility for students, especially those with considerable time zone considerations

Depending upon your age and initial program, additional opportunities may also be made available to you. Please refer to your program update email for applicable options.

Can I apply to another program if my initial program is not transitioning online? Will you consider my application for another program?

As the academic prerequisites, application requirements, and eligibility criteria vary by program, we strongly encourage you to submit a new application that is tailored to your new program of interest. Applications for our online summer programs are currently open. Application criteria and deadlines are outlined on our Application Information page.

I applied to Future of the Business World because it was one of the only online programs available at the time. Can I now change my application or be considered for another program?

As the academic prerequisites, application requirements, and eligibility criteria vary by program, we strongly encourage you to submit a new application that is tailored to your new program of interest. Applications for our online summer programs are currently open. Application criteria and deadlines are outlined on our Application Information page.

Can I apply to the new Wharton Business Leadership Academy?

Students admitted into Wharton’s Leadership in the Business World program for summer 2021 are granted first access to this exclusive new offering. If space remains available, an application will open later in the spring to new applicants. Eligible candidates should demonstrate a record of academic excellence, formal and informal leadership roles, and a genuine interest in developing leadership skills.

For further details, please visit the Wharton Business Leadership Academy page.

Can I cancel my application if I am not interested in online programs? Is my application fee refundable?

If you would not like to be considered for admission for a summer 2021 online program, feel free to contact wharton@summerdiscovery.com to officially cancel your application. Unfortunately application fees are non-refundable, as they support the application system technology and administration required to process applications. 

Rollover Students

I rolled over my admission from summer 2020. What are my options for this summer?

We aim to provide as much flexibility as possible for our rollover students. As such, we intend to the offer the following options:

  • the option to enroll in the equivalent online program for summer 2021
  • the option to rollover residential program admission to summer 2022, if age-eligible
  • the option to enroll in the Future of the Business World online program for summer 2021; this program provides the greatest flexibility for students, especially those with considerable time zone considerations
  • the option to withdraw your enrollment for a full refund of program fees

Depending upon your age and initial program, additional opportunities may be made available to you. Please refer to your program update email for applicable options. Additional communication will be sent to our rollover students outlining their full options and next steps for making selections.

I rolled over for one program but now prefer a different program. Can I change my enrollment? 

As the academic prerequisites and eligibility criteria vary by program, we cannot guarantee the possibility of changing programs. However, on a case by case basis this may be possible. Please contact us at wharton@summerdiscovery.com to explore your options further.

Prospective Students

I started an application for a program that is not transitioning online. What are my options?

You may navigate to your online application account and start a new application for any of our online offerings that are still accepting applications for this summer.

What is the new Wharton Business Leadership Academy? Can I apply? 

The Wharton Business Leadership Academy is an intensive two-week online summer opportunity for a select group of exceptional rising high school juniors and seniors who want an introduction to business education. Participants will get the chance to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills, while learning from and collaborating with Wharton faculty, guest speakers and other talented high school students from around the world. This new online experience involves case competitions and interactive digital simulations, including the Saturn Parable, an advanced leadership simulation from Wharton Interactive.

Students admitted into Wharton’s Leadership in the Business World program are granted first access to this exclusive new offering. If space remains available, an application will open later in the spring to new applicants. Eligible candidates should demonstrate a record of academic excellence, formal and informal leadership roles, and a genuine interest in developing leadership skills.

For further details, please visit the Wharton Business Leadership Academy page.

Can I change my session selection after I submit my application?

This may be possible on a case by case basis depending upon the program and dates requested. Please contact us at wharton@summerdiscovery.com to explore your options further.

For more information, please contact Wharton@summerdiscovery.com or call +1.516.414.5555.