STEP Pre-Orientation

The Successful Transition and Empowerment Program (STEP) pre-orientation is intended to help historically underrepresented students successfully acclimate to college life, and specifically the Wharton environment. Programming introduces incoming first-years to important resources and helps them build skills to effectively navigate Wharton and Penn academically and socially.

Through STEP pre-orientation, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with current-student mentors, who provide guidance, encouragement, and support
  • Meet academic advisors, cultural center leaders, academic support services staff, and faculty
  • Learn more about available resources and get a better sense of all that Wharton and Penn have to offer
  • Participate in small-group discussions, case studies, icebreakers, and team-building activities that explore concepts such as stereotype threat, imposter syndrome, and other topics that most impact historically underrepresented students
  • Develop a personal “board of mentors” and build community with peers
  • Gain early access to fall housing

There is no fee to participate in STEP’s pre-orientation.

The fall 2024 program will be held August 18 – 21 (participants will be able to move in on August 17).

The application is now open and the deadline is Thursday, June 20, 2024.


For more information about STEP’s pre-orientation program, please review the FAQ. If you still have questions, please contact Teran Tadal, Director, Equity and Inclusion, at