Impact of 2020 Pass/Fail Grading Policy
For any course taken pass/fail in spring or fall 2020, please be aware of the following:
- The Wharton IT/DD admissions committee will look at the original grade submitted by the course instructor before it was converted to a ‘P.’
- Original grades for courses taken pass/fall in spring or fall 2020 will not be used to recalculate your cumulative GPA for purposes of eligibility.
- Courses taken pass/fail during spring or fall 2020 only will not count toward the one-pass/fail-course-per-academic-year maximum.
- If you receive a ‘P’ in a required course taken in spring or fall 2020, you will be eligible to apply. However, the committee will consider the strength of your performance in required courses taken pass/fail.
Eligibility, Requirements, and Application
Penn undergraduates interested in pursuing a dual degree with Wharton should review the information below and in the FAQ and then attend one of our internal-transfer/dual-degree information sessions. Students should also meet with their home school advising office as soon as possible to discuss their plans.
Wharton academic advisors are not available to meet with prospective students, and any questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are general eligibility requirements for current Penn students seeking a dual degree with the Wharton School:
- Penn students who are at the end of their first year (after two semesters) or in the middle of the sophomore year (after the third semester) at Penn are eligible to apply.
- Students who transferred to Penn from another college or university (external transfers) as sophomores may apply for dual degrees with their home school and Wharton after one semester at Penn.
- Students in Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies are not eligible to apply for a dual degree.
Students must also meet specific academic and course requirements, which are listed below.
In addition to the eligibility requirements, there are specific academic requirements and course prerequisites that all students wishing to get a dual degree with Wharton must meet:
- Students applying for a dual degree must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.40.*
- Applicants must complete at least four (4) course units (CU) per semester at Penn (fall and spring semesters only).
- Students can take required courses over the summer as long as those courses are completed prior to applying for entry into Wharton.
- Classes taken at Penn during summer terms do not count towards the four-CU requirement.
- Only one course can be taken pass/fail during an academic year. Required courses cannot be taken pass/fail.*
- Students must earn a “C” (2.0) or better in required courses to be eligible to apply. Students cannot retake required courses.*
- All open grading issues (Incompletes, NRs, or GRs) should be resolved within two weeks after the official end of the term.
- Course waivers, advanced placement credits, and transfer credits must appear on the student’s transcript before the application is submitted.
* For any course taken pass/fail in spring or fall 2020, please be aware of the following:
– The Wharton IT/DD admissions committee will look at the original grade submitted by the course instructor before it was converted to a ‘P.’
– Original grades for courses taken pass/fall in spring or fall 2020 will not be used to recalculate your cumulative GPA for purposes of eligibility.
– Courses taken pass/fail during spring or fall 2020 only will not count toward the one-pass/fail-course-per-academic-year maximum.
– If you receive a ‘P’ in a required course taken in spring or fall 2020, you will be eligible to apply. However, the committee will consider the strength of an applicant’s performance in required courses taken pass/fail.
May Rising-Sophomore Applicants (August Entry)
The following three (3) prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester.
- MATH 104¹
- ECON 001¹
- ECON 002¹
¹ AP/IB credits and waivers may be used to fulfill the MATH 104, ECON 001, and ECON 002 prerequisites.
December Sophomore Applicants (January Entry)
The following six (6) courses must be completed by the end of the fall semester (rising second-semester sophomore):
- MATH 104¹
- ECON 001¹
- ECON 002¹
- BEPP 250 or ECON 101
- ACCT 101 or STAT 101² or STAT 102³
- MGMT 101 or MKTG 101
¹ AP/IB credits and waivers may be used to fulfill the MATH 104, ECON 001, and ECON 002 prerequisites. Also note that external transfer students seeking a dual degree who have received transfer credit for ECON 010, fulfill the ECON 001 and 002 prerequisite.
² Please note the following:
- ESE 301 or STAT 430 fulfill this requirement (SEAS students cannot take STAT 101).
- Students who have received an AP Statistics waiver from the Statistics Department fulfill the STAT 101 requirement even if it appears on their transcript under “Penn Equivalent Credit” as “STAT 111.”
- Students who have taken STAT 111 fulfill the STAT 101 requirement for admission, but they must take STAT 102 and one additional upper-level statistics course of their choosing to fulfill the Business Fundamentals requirement for statistics.
³ Please note the following:
- Students who have fulfilled the STAT 101 requirement may take STAT 102 (or ESE 302 or ESE 402 or STAT 431).
- ESE 302 or ESE 402 or STAT 431 fulfill this requirement (SEAS students cannot take STAT 102).
The Dual Degree Admissions Committee will also take into account the applicant’s:
- Demonstrated leadership and community engagement in high school and beyond
- Academic rigor while at Penn
- Quality of the answers to the application questions
- Application Deadline: December 15, 11:59 PM
- Decisions: Before the first day of classes in January
- Application Deadline: May 15, 11:59 PM
- Decisions: July
NOTE: The Wharton Undergraduate Division reserves the right to change our dual-degree admissions policies at any time.