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), Hauntsman Halloween, Winter Whartonland, 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. In July, you will learn more about your cohort and your cohort leaders will connect with you to welcome you to Penn and Wharton and answer any questions you might have.

Elliot Ginzburg Abt Executive Director
Aarav Jilka Director
Avery Chen Director
Sharon Kim Director
Katie Oh Executive Director
Amanda Kossoff Director
Anish Nadella Director
Cristobal Ruiz Director
Daniel Palma Executive Director
Chance Padlo Director
Ellie Nguyen Director
Malaika Jiotsa Director
Reed Nerlino Executive Director
Alina Markutsya Director
Arnav Dhingra Director
Kaili Huang Director
Aarsha Shah Executive Director
Channing Ware Director
Matthew Spivey Director
Gigi Fine Director
Nina Saluja Executive Director
Daisy Dai Director
Victoria Zhu Director
Mario Paez Director
Cassidy Casabona Executive Director
Anne Liu (Annie) Director
William Dalton Director
Amiel Shah Director
Mackenzie Coultoff Executive Director
Sara Memon Director
Daniel Camacho Director
Vidit Goel Director
Sarai Adams Executive Director
Byriana Kelly Director
Landon Greenwood Director
Sakyo Maeda Director
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