Wharton Summer High School Programs

Wharton Data Science Academy

The Wharton Data Science Academy will bring state-of-the-art machine learning and data science tools to high school students. We aim to stimulate curiosity in the fast-moving field of machine learning through this rigorous yet approachable program. Building up statistical foundations together with empirical and critical thinking skills will be the main theme throughout. By the end of the program, students will not only be equipped with essential data science techniques such as data visualization and data wrangling but will also be exposed to modern machine learning methodologies, which are all building blocks for today’s AI field. Along the way, students will develop a working proficiency with the R language, which is among the most widely used by professional data scientists in both academia and industry.
We believe data science is not just a collection of techniques; it is foremost motivated by real world problems. The data scientist of the 21st century must be able to identify relevant problems, provide sensible analyses, and ultimately communicate their findings in meaningful ways. All learning modules are based on real life case studies.

Program Dates:    July 19–August 8, 2020

Priority Application Deadline: January 22, 2020

Final Application Deadline:

International: April 1, 2020

Domestic: May 1, 2020

Applications will be accepted until the final deadline, or until each session fills.

Location: The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Eligibility: High school students currently enrolled in grades 10-11 with a strong background in math and interest in data analytics. Previous understanding of statistics is preferred. Students must be open to the challenge of a rigorous curriculum similar to that of an intermediate Wharton undergraduate course. International applicants are welcome.

Applications for summer 2020 programs are now open.

About Data Science Academy

Headed by machine learning expert and Wharton professor of statistics, Linda Zhao, the Wharton Data Science Academy will premiere in summer 2020.

What students can expect:

  • Wharton professors who are data science experts will lead the lectures and will also be available to students outside of class.
  • Students will advance their skills with data from real world cases and will be challenged to articulate their findings with a final project.
  • Wharton undergraduate TAs will engage with students and share their experiences in studying data science.
  • Guest speakers who will share their wisdom of data science as a career.
  • Students will work in teams to complete a final project and present to their peers at the end of the program.

Admission and Eligibility

Wharton will select 75 students for the 2020 Wharton Data Science Academy. Admission to Data Science is selective. Selections are based on a record of academic excellence and a demonstrated background in mathematics and/or statistics. Interested students are strongly encouraged to submit an application by the priority deadline.

For more information, please contact Wharton@summerdiscovery.com or call 516-621-3939.

Please note that participation in Wharton Data Science Academy does not guarantee admission into Penn.