Wharton Peer Advising Program

The Wharton Peer Advising Program features a group of peer advising fellows, Wharton seniors, who can provide advice regarding academic, extracurricular, and professional concerns to their undergraduate peers.

The fellows draw from their academic and professional backgrounds and offer advice based on their personal experiences. Fellows will not discuss an advisee’s grades or personal worksheet and are not meant to replace the professional advisors or any other resource at Penn (e.g., Career Services, CAPS).

The peer advising fellows can give advice on:

  • What academic options they found most rewarding
  • How they decided what concentration to pursue
  • How they got the most out of their abroad experience
  • What courses they think prepared them for an internship
  • Which extracurriculars added the most to their education

The peer advising fellows are selected for the program through a competitive application process in the spring semester.

The new team of peer advising fellows will be available for quick questions in JMHH G95 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm August 29-31 and September 4-7.

Advisee Testimonials

“Loved my peer advisor. Both helpful and insightful and very truthful about her experiences. Took the time to walk me through how to do a case study even!”

“She was extremely warm, friendly, and honest. She gave concrete, helpful advice about concentrations, internships, and developing my interests outside the classroom.”

“He gave very detailed help and suggestions that were actionable.”

Eligibility

Students seeking to be peer advising fellows must be:

  • Rising seniors at Wharton
  • In good academic standing
  • Willing to work with a diverse range of students and speak candidly and tactfully about their personal experiences and the challenges they have encountered
  • Passionate about the Wharton undergraduate program

Responsibilities and Expectations

Peer advising fellows are expected to:

  • Attend an introductory training Friday, April 20, 2018, 12–2:30 PM.
  • Attend fall training on Thursday, August 23 (evening), and Friday, August 24, 9 AM – 5 PM.  This requires early arrival on campus.
  • Participate in New Student Orientation on Monday, August 27, 2018, for the entire day.
  • Be available 1-2 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters for advising appointments.
  • Meet with academic advising staff and other Wharton Peer Advising Fellows for group meetings on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Assist academic advising staff with occasional presentations and student panels.
  • Be familiar with advising services, degree requirements, policies, and procedures.
  • Be able to identify and refer students to appropriate University and School resources.

The 2018-2019 application deadline has passed.

Contacts

If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Tesauro, Associate Director, Academic Advising (215.898.9152).