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Wharton Pre-College Program

The Wharton Pre-College Program is an academic opportunity for exceptional rising high school seniors to enroll in Wharton undergraduate courses.  Participants will earn a Wharton undergraduate transcript for each course completed.

Course Calendar

Summer 2020 

Summer Session I: May 26 – July 1

Summer Session II: July 2 – August 7

Most courses meet in live synchronous sessions; be sure to check course meeting days and times carefully. All course times are based on the time in Philadelphia (Eastern Daylight Time.)

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Summer 2020 Tuition: $5,550 per course + $392 University Program Fee

Tuition and fees are charged per course and students are invoiced directly by the University Bursar. Summer Discovery does not collect payments for this program. The tuition does not include a computer, internet connection, webcam with microphone, and any course materials (books, software, etc.) required by the instructor. Students may enroll in one course per summer session. 

Wharton’s Pre-College Program is a highly selective opportunity for rising high school seniors to undertake the academic challenges of credit-bearing, undergraduate coursework at the Wharton School. Courses are carefully selected from the Wharton course catalog and span the breadth of our business education curriculum.

Pre-College Program students are assessed and evaluated as traditional undergraduate students. Upon successful completion of the program and all undergraduate coursework included therein, Wharton Pre-College 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. The Wharton Pre-College Program also provides each student with an academic advisor and university resources to ensure successful completion of all online coursework.

Course Breakdown

Summer Session courses are equivalent to semester-long offerings, compressed into a fast-paced 5.5 week schedule. All courses are offered in a fully-online format for summer 2020. Courses are taught by Wharton instructors and class sizes are small to facilitate student engagement. Courses meet on a synchronous basis; students must log in during published class meeting times for lectures, discussions, and assignments. Class attendance is mandatory and each course requires approximately 5-8 hours of work per week outside of the virtual classroom.

Each course awards one Penn course unit (CU), or the equivalent of four college credits at most other institutions. All courses listed are introductory level courses, though academic prerequisites may be required. All students will work in conjunction with a Wharton-assigned academic advisor to select the course(s) best fitting their academic interests and level.

Course List

Summer Session I: May 26 – July 1, 2020

OIDD 291: Negotiations

Meeting Times: Tues, Thurs: 11AM- 2:30PM EST 

This course examines the art and science of negotiation, with additional emphasis on conflict resolution. Students will engage in a number of simulated negotiations ranging from simple one-issue transactions to multi-party joint ventures. Through these exercises and associated readings, students explore the basic theoretical models of bargaining and have an opportunity to test and improve their negotiation skills.

LGST 100: Ethics & Social Responsibility

Meeting Times: Mon, Wed: 6:40PM-10PM EST  

This course explores business responsibility from rival theoretical and managerial perspectives. Its focus includes theories of ethics and their application to case studies in business. Topics include moral issues in advertising and sales; hiring and promotion; financial management; corporate pollution; product safety; and decision-making across cultures.

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Summer Session II: July 2 – August 7, 2020

STAT 101: Introduction to Business Statistics

Meeting Times: Mon, Wed: 6:40PM-10PM EST  

Data summaries and descriptive statistics; introduction to a statistical computer package; Probability: distributions, expectation, variance, covariance, portfolios, central limit theorem; statistical inference of univariate data; Statistical inference for bivariate data: inference for intrinsically linear simple regression models.
Prerequisites: Calculus experience is recommended, but not required.

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STAT 177: Introduction to Python Data Science

Meeting Times: Tues, Thurs: 6:40PM-10PM EST

The goal of this course is to introduce the Python programming language within the context of the closely related areas of statistics and data science. Students will develop a solid grasp of Python programming basics, as they are exposed to the entire data science workflow, starting from interacting with SQL databases to query and retrieve data, through data wrangling, reshaping, summarizing, analyzing and ultimately reporting their results. Competency in Python is a critical skill for students interested in data science.
Prerequisites: No prior programming experience is expected, but exposure to statistical ideas, though not required, would be helpful.

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LGST 100: Ethics & Social Responsibility

Meeting Times: Mon, Wed: 6:40PM-10PM EST  

This course explores business responsibility from rival theoretical and managerial perspectives. Its focus includes theories of ethics and their application to case studies in business. Topics include moral issues in advertising and sales; hiring and promotion; financial management; corporate pollution; product safety; and decision-making across cultures.

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OIDD 291: Negotiations

Meeting Times: Mon, Wed, Fri: 3:30PM-6PM EST  

This course examines the art and science of negotiation, with additional emphasis on conflict resolution. Students will engage in simulated negotiations ranging from simple one-issue transactions to multi-party joint ventures. Through these exercises and associated readings, students explore the basic theoretical models of bargaining and have an opportunity to test and improve their negotiation skills.

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Admissions

Students who are entering 12th grade in the next academic year and were admitted to a Summer 2020 session of the Leadership in the Business World program are welcome to enroll with no further application.

Rising 12th-grade students with a strong academic record are welcome to apply for the Wharton Pre-College Program. Please use the link below, a complete application requires:

  • Online Application Form
  • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor
  • High School Transcript
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • For students who are not native speakers or do not attend an English medium high school TOFEL or IELTS scores are required.

FAQs

Are these the same courses Wharton undergraduates take?

Yes. These are the same courses and you will be assessed accordingly.  

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-college program is a chance to meet intellectual peers and connect with them in the classroom.  

How many credits will I receive?

Each Wharton undergraduate course is worth 1 University of Pennsylvania course unit, which is typically 4 academic credits at most post-secondary institutions.  

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

Each student is required to be registered to receive a grade in his or her course. Only after consultation with an academic advisor and in rare cases can a student change to Pass/Fail.  

Do I have an academic advisor? What is this person’s role?

Yes, every student will be assigned an academic advisor. This individual is there to assist you with navigating the logistics of your course choice and helping you get support from your instructor during the course. All students will receive an email from their advisor prior to the start of the program and will be asked to meet face-to-face (via video conference) just after the first course meeting. 

Are all the courses online?

Yes, all courses in Summer 2020 will be delivered fully online. Course meeting times are listed with the course descriptions. Students should carefully check the course syllabus for all assignments and other scheduled meetings.