Cohorts: Information for First-Year Students

All first-years belong to one of nine cohorts of students who share academic and social experiences.

You will take Wharton 1010 with your cohort in the fall semester. Throughout your first year, you will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun cohort events, including the Amazing Cohort Race (a campus-wide scavenger hunt), the Winter Whartonland gingerbread house competition, and much more.

Cohort Executive Directors, Directors, and Mentors

Cohort executive directors, directors, and mentors provide support and help you get acclimated to life at Wharton. Each first-year cohort has one executive director and three directors who are upper-level students. You will also be automatically enrolled in the Cohort Mentorship Program (unless you choose not to participate). Your cohort mentor will be an upper-level student who can provide guidance on co-curricular life at Penn and Wharton.

Below is the list of cohorts and cohort leaders’ names. You will be assigned to a cohort in mid-June and your cohort leaders will contact you over the summer to welcome you to Penn and Wharton and answer any questions you might have.

Dinar (website)
Executive Director Elliot Ginzburg
Director Cassidy Casabona
Director Martina Bulgarelli
Director Will Rubin
Dollar (website)
Executive Director Yazmin Wu
Director Jazlan Haris
Director Katie Oh
Director Mackenzie Coultoff
Euro (website)
Executive Director Annie Arditi
Director Alexandra Vlasenkova
Director Daniel Palma
Director Ellie Nguyen
Peso (website)
Executive Director Mario Paez
Director Anne (Annie) Liu
Director Kaili Huang
Director Yomi Abdi
Rand (website)
Executive Director Gabriella Gibson
Director Aarsha Shah
Director Gabrielle Fine
Director Jake Peralta
Rupee (website)
Executive Director Deepak Kejariwal
Director Chris Li
Director Lizzie Guan
Director Nina Saluja
Shekel (website)
Executive Director Mallory Peters
Director Channing Ware
Director Liz Dubov
Director Victoria Zhu
Yen (website)
Executive Director Ashley Song
Director Arnav Dhingra
Director Ashish Pothireddy
Director Krishi Kothari
Yuan (website)
Executive Director Bonnie Li
Director Michael Lu
Director Sarai Adams
Director Suzanna Wang
cohort leaders

First-Year Advice

Jake Rodin

“Be confident, put yourself out there, and take advantage of the amazing opportunities in front of you. Four years go by way too quickly—don’t waste a minute of it.

It was really hard for me to break away from my home in Arizona and come to Wharton. I remember the mix of nervousness and excitement I felt as I turned out the lights in my room in the Quad for my first night on campus. Now, I live a few doors down from that same room as the RA for my old hall.”

Jake Rodin, W’23, Paradise Valley, Arizona