Wharton Summer High School Programs

Wharton Essentials of Finance

Wharton Essentials of Finance (formerly the Global Young Leaders Academy-Finance) is an intensive two-week summer opportunity for a select group of high school students currently enrolled in 9th to 11th grades. This exploratory program dissects all aspects of finance –from the time value of money and corporate finance to ethics and decision-making.

Program Dates:    May 31-June 13, 2020  /  June 14-June 27, 2020  /  June 28-July 11, 2020  /  July 12-July 25, 2020  /  July 26-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 9-11 eager to gain valuable knowledge of finance, investing and accounting. Previous understanding of economics or business is preferred. International applicants are welcome.

Applications for summer 2020 programs are now open.

About Wharton Essentials of Finance

Launched in 2019, Wharton Essentials of Finance (formerly the Global Young Leaders Academy-Finance) has already become a staple of Wharton Summer High School Programs. Inspired by the undergraduate finance program at the Wharton School, this program merges real-world understanding of finance with online stock simulations.

Each summer, Wharton Essentials Students:

  • Attend lectures and presentations from notable Wharton faculty, lecturers and PhD students in Huntsman Hall
  • Work in teams to create and present an original final project, which is judged by Wharton faculty and business professionals
  • Advance their understanding of business through lectures, recitations and simulations
  • Explore historic Philadelphia and experience life in a college dormitory on an Ivy League campus

Admission and Eligibility

Admission to Wharton Essentials of Finance is selective. Each year the admissions committee receives many more applications than there are available places. Selections are based on a record of academic excellence and a genuine interest in developing finance skills. Interested students are strongly encouraged to submit an application by the priority deadline.

For more information, please contact Wharton@summerdiscovery.com or call +1-516-621-3939.

Please note that participation in Wharton Essentials of Finance does not guarantee admission into Penn.