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 provides a brief introduction to the fundamentals of finance, including the time value of money, stocks and bonds, investment strategies, risk and return, and fundamental financial analysis.

Program Information

Program Dates:    June 6 – June 19, 2021  /  June 20 – July 3, 2021  /  July 11 – July 24, 2021  /  July 25 –August 7, 2021

Priority Application Deadline: February 26, 2021

Final Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

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, though not required. International applicants are welcome.

Applications for summer 2021 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 of Finance students:

  • Attend lectures and presentations from notable Wharton faculty, lecturers and PhD students in Huntsman Hall
  • Learn fundamentals of finance with real-world applications
  • Work in teams to practice trading on the Wharton Investment Simulator (WInS), develop an investment strategy, and present to a panel of judges
  • Explore historic Philadelphia and experience college life on Penn’s 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.

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

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