Information for the Class of 2024

An integral part of your second year is the Wharton Sophomore Experience. Opportunities are planned throughout the year that will help you prepare academically, explore career options, develop leadership skills, and make connections while maintaining your health and well-being. And when you participate, you earn incentives. The more activities completed, the more giveaways and incentives you will receive.

Each Wharton sophomore has an online Guide to Personal Success (GPS) that tracks their individual activities and accomplishments. All students have to do is take part in the activities listed in the categories shown on this page and check that their attendance/participation is registered. The Undergraduate Division will process the attendance information, and the student will earn incentive items.

Incentive levels for this year are as follows:

  • 3 points: Wharton-branded duffel bag
  • 5 points: Wharton-branded water bottle
  • 8 points: Wharton-branded hat
  • Top 5%: reception with alumni

Specific information about qualifying events will be emailed to sophomores on a regular basis.

GPS Categories

Academic Preparation

  • Wharton Undergraduate Division academic advising appointment
  • Global Opportunities Panel
  • Penn Abroad information session and/or meeting with a Penn Abroad staff member
  • Wharton International Program (WIP) Information Session
  • Weingarten Learning Resource Center, Learning Resources Center (WLRC) appointment
  • Wharton Undergraduate Research Information Session
  • Lippincott librarian appointment

Making Connections

Leadership Development

1 Wharton Undergraduate Division staff will work with Wharton-specific clubs to determine this list.  While we recognize there are many leadership positions beyond Wharton, we are currently only able to track those in Wharton-specific clubs.


Career Exploration

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

  • WEDIG Student Forums
  • Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series
  • WEDIG Events/FGLI Programming

Important Dates and Events

Please note that 0.5 CU Wharton courses have different deadlines. More information can be found here.

August 2021

August 31: First Day of Fall Classes

September 2021

September 6: Labor Day (no classes)

September 14: Course Selection Period Ends

October 2021

October 11: Drop Period ends

October 14-17: Fall Break

October 29: Last Day to Change Grade Type

October 29-31: Family Weekend

November 2021

November 1-14: Advance Registration for Spring Term

November 6: Homecoming

November 8: Last Day to Withdraw from a Course¹

November 23: Follow Thursday Class Schedule

November 24: Follow Friday Class Schedule

November 25-28: Thanksgiving Break

December 2021

December 10: Last Day of Classes

December 15-22: Final Examinations

December 22: Fall Term Ends

January 2022

January 12, 2022: First Day of Spring Classes

January 15: Delayed Move-In to Campus Housing

January 17: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observed (no classes)

January 24: First Day of In-Person Classes

January 25: Course Selection (Add) Period Ends

February 2022

February 21: Drop Period Ends

March 2022

March 5-13: Spring Break

March 18: Last Day to Change a Grade Type

March 21 – April 3: Advance Registration for Fall Term and Summer Sessions

March 28: Last Day to Withdraw from a Course¹

April 2022

April 27: Last Day of Classes

April 28-May 1: Reading Days

May 2022

May 2-10: Final Examinations

May 10: Spring Term Ends

May 15: Wharton Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony

May 15: Baccalaureate

May 16Penn Commencement

¹ Please note that some courses have earlier withdrawal deadlines.  Students must abide by deadlines and policies published by faculty.