Cohort Experience

We work hard to make students feel part of an energetic and fun community.

Transitioning to college can be daunting, but the Wharton cohort system provides you with a supportive, small community of students that you get to know through a variety of shared experiences.


60 students per cohort  &  9 cohorts

Freshman and Sophomore Years

During freshman year, each cohort of approximately 60 students is led by two sophomore cohort directors, who plan activities for the group and encourage members to get to know one another.

Each cohort takes Management 100 together in the fall semester. Freshmen also participate in cohort activities, such as the Cohort Cup competition, a scavenger hunt, the Winter Whartonland gingerbread house competition, a bowling tournament, and movie nights.

In addition to your cohort directors, all freshmen have the opportunity to be paired with a cohort mentor, an upperclassman who serves as a peer mentor and friend.

Planned activities continue into sophomore year, which enables students to meet cohort members from other class years and expand their personal networks.


Meet our students


“Penn has the perfect number of undergraduates — it’s relatively big but at the same time you can’t take a few steps down Locust Walk without seeing a friendly face.”

Chad Payne
Vancouver, Canada