Wharton Global Youth Program

Wharton Pre-Baccalaureate Program

The Wharton Pre-Baccalaureate Program is an academically-intensive opportunity for exceptional high school juniors and seniors to enroll in Wharton online courses. Participants will learn from Wharton instructors, earn a Wharton transcript, and accrue college credit for each course completed. With six sessions to choose from and built-in academic support, students are encouraged to explore the depth and breadth of Wharton’s business education curriculum with maximum flexibility and the guidance and resources to succeed.

Academic Year Sessions

Fall 2, 2021: October 25 – December 10
             Application Deadline: September 24, 2021

Spring 1, 2022: January 18 –March 2
             Application Deadline: December 8, 2021

Spring 2, 2022: March 14 –April 26
             Application Deadline: February 4, 2022

Summer Sessions

Summer 1, 2022: May 23 – June 29
            Application Deadline: TBD

Summer 2, 2022: June 30 – August 5
            Application Deadline: TBD

Wharton Global Youth Meetup access: May 31 – August 5, 2022

Location: Online (Course meeting days and times vary.)

Eligibility: High-achieving high school juniors and seniors with a record of academic excellence. International applicants are welcome.

Applications for Spring and Summer sessions will open November 1, 2021!

What is the Pre-Baccalaureate Program?

Wharton’s Pre-Baccalaureate Program is a selective opportunity for students to undertake the academic challenges of credit-bearing coursework at the Wharton School. Courses are developed by Wharton departments and span the breadth of our business education curriculum, from business analytics and management, to marketing and global finance. Through a mix of live and independent coursework; engaging, real-world activities; and robust university resources, students will experience a world-class education recognized globally for intellectual leadership and innovation.

Program Highlights

  • Earn college credits from any time zone with flexible online courses
  • Learn directly from Wharton instructors through weekly live class meetings
  • Explore business topics and themes not available at the high school level
  • Gain insights into the college academic experience
  • Opportunity to enroll in subsequent terms and accrue additional credits
  • Prepare for the challenges of highly selective colleges
  • Forge friendships and network with a diverse student body hailing from around the globe
  • Access to university learning resources and academic advising

“This class really opened my eyes to a world of determined individuals and multi-faceted business ventures. I met so many accomplished professors and students who helped diversify my world view.”

–Sydney C

Program Details

Rigorous Coursework

Pre-Bacc courses are selected from across Wharton’s academic departments and are designed to instill a deep understanding of how business works. Courses are offered at the introductory level and convey the rigor and relevance of a Wharton undergraduate education. Students may enroll in a maximum of two courses per session, and may continue to enroll in courses in subsequent sessions if they maintain good academic standing.

Small Class Environment

All courses are taught by Wharton instructors and class sizes are small to facilitate student engagement and foster dynamic conversations. Pre-Bacc courses meet on a live, synchronous basis; students must log in during published class meeting times for lectures, discussions, and assignments. Class attendance is mandatory and each course requires a total of 3-5 hours of work per week outside of live class sessions. Many courses also include asynchronous content, including pre-recorded faculty lectures, business simulations, case studies, or readings.

Undergraduate-Level Assessment

Pre-Bacc students are graded and assessed within each course. Attendance at live class meetings is mandatory, as is the completion of all assigned coursework, which may include readings, research papers or other writing assignments, and formal assessments such as midterms and final exams.

College Credits

Upon successful completion of the program and all coursework included therein, Pre-Bacc students will generate official University of Pennsylvania/Wharton transcripts outlining courses completed, grades earned, and college credits received, which are transferable to most universities and colleges. Each course awards a half Penn course unit (CU), or the equivalent of two college credits at most other institutions.

Academic Support

To assist in academic studies, Pre-Bacc students are granted access to university learning resources, including research catalogs, library services, instructor office hours, and academic advising. Advisors serve as the student’s guide, assisting them in navigating resources, adopting university policies, and selecting courses best fitting their academic interests and level.

Course List

FNCE 001Introduction to Financial Markets and the Global Economy Summer 1, Summer 2, Fall 2
FNCE 002Essentials of Personal FinanceSummer 1
HCMG 001Introduction to Health EconomicsSummer 1, Summer 2
MGMT 004Work, Power and InequalitySummer 2
MKTG 001Viral MarketingSummer 1, Summer 2
OIDD 001Prescriptive AnalyticsSummer 1, Summer 2, Fall 2
STAT 001Introduction to Statistics and Data ScienceSummer 1, Summer 2

All courses include live weekly, synchronous class sessions; be sure to review full course details for meetings days and times.

All course times are based on the time in Philadelphia (Eastern Standard/Daylight Time.)


Admission and Eligibility

Admission to Wharton’s Pre-Baccalaureate Program is highly selective. Selections are based on a record of academic excellence, willingness to take on a challenge, and demonstrated intellectual curiosity. Additionally, students must:

  • Not graduate high school in advance of the intended entry term. (Graduated seniors are not eligible.)
  • Not be matriculating into the University of Pennsylvania as a freshman.
  • Demonstrate strong written communication skills.
  • INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Be able to verify English language proficiency.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is charged per course and a materials fee is assessed for certain courses requiring the use of exclusive content or materials. Courses requiring a materials fee are clearly labeled as such. Pre-Baccalaureate students are billed directly by the University Bursar and payment may be made electronically through the PennPay billing system.

Tuition waived for City of Philadelphia public or charter high school students

Students attending a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school are eligible to attend one course per term on a tuition-free basis. Please use referral code PHILLY within the Referral Code section of the application.

In addition to tuition and fees, all students are financially responsible for any other fees associated with attending courses, which may include textbooks or readings, technology requirements, additional course materials, etc.

TuitionOnline Service FeeMaterials Fee
Pre-Baccalaureate course tuition$4,230/course$70 per course$76 per applicable course*

*Some courses incur a materials fee to cover exclusive content, simulations, or case studies utilized within the course. 

Technical Requirements

In order to fully participate in Pre-Baccalaureate coursework, students will need a computer that meets the minimum system requirements for both Canvas LMS and Zoom Videoconferencing.

All courses include live weekly, synchronous class sessions; be sure to review full course details for meetings days and times. All course times are based on the time in Philadelphia (Eastern Standard/Daylight Time.)

Program FAQs

What does coursework include?

Each course varies in specifics, though all courses include live, weekly class meetings offered on a synchronous basis. During live classes students will participate in instructor-led lectures and course discussions. Additionally, live meetings may include business simulations, case studies, group projects or individual assignments. Courses also incorporate some level of asynchronous content, which may include pre-recorded faculty lectures, readings, or assignments. Students will be graded upon attendance and course participation, quality of assignments, and formal assessments such as quizzes, midterms, and final papers or exams. Students should allocate 3-5 hours weekly for assignments and asynchronous work.

Who are my fellow students in these courses?

Wharton has set up separate sections of these courses made up entirely of high school students. The pre-baccalaureate program is a chance to meet intellectual peers and connect with them in the classroom.

How many credits will I receive?

Each Wharton Pre-Baccalaureate course awards .5 University of Pennsylvania course units, which is equivalent to 2 college credits at most post-secondary institutions. Students may enroll in a maximum of two courses per session. If students maintain good academic standing, they may continue in the program until they graduate from high school, thereby continuing to accrue college credits with each course completed.

Will I receive a letter grade or can I take the course pass/fail?

Each student is initially registered to receive a traditional letter grade (A-F) for coursework. Upon consultation with an academic advisor, and in accordance with academic policies and deadlines, students may change to a Pass/Fail grading status if deemed necessary.

What is the role of an academic advisor?

Every Pre-Bacc student is assigned an academic advisor upon admission. This individual will serve as the student’s primary program contact, and will assist students in navigating university resources, adhering to academic policies and deadlines, and identifying suitable courses. All students will receive an introductory email from their advisor prior to the start of the program and will be invited to attend an introductory advising session, as well as new student orientation, via video conference. Advisors are here to support students throughout their Pre-Baccalaureate journey, so feel free to meet with them as often as needed.

Please note that participation in Wharton’s Pre-Baccalaureate Program does not guarantee admission into Penn.

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