Students are expected to attend
all classes. In all courses, the faculty member in
charge of the course will determine the number of
absences permitted without incurring a penalty.
Non-attendance for a course may result in a grade
of F at the end of the term.
Changing Grade Type
The registration system asks
students to choose a grade type (grade or pass/fail)
when they register for a course. A course’s grade
type may be changed until the end of the drop period.
There are certain restrictions on the use of pass/fail
courses in the curriculum; see the section on pass/fail
in this handbook. Students are responsible to ensure
that their enrollment accurately reflects their chosen
grade type for a course. You may do so by
checking Penn InTouch at https://sentry.isc.upenn.edu/ intouch.
College of General Studies Course
Wharton students may take courses
in the College of General Studies, whether day or
evening classes, for full credit and may count them
toward the curriculum requirements.
Transfer Credit after
Once a student matriculates at
the University, he or she must take all business
courses at the University. However, in Wharton
faculty-approved study abroad programs, students may
receive business breadth course credits.
If students enter Penn as
first-year students, they may take up to four courses
outside the University during their time at Penn. These
courses must be taken during the summer and may only be
taken in non-Wharton subjects. To receive credit,
students must earn a grade of C or better and have
departmental approval for each course. Courses from
outside Penn that were taken pass/fail may not be
Credit away is granted only on
the basis of regular college classroom instruction.
The institution where the course is
taken must be a four-year, degree-granting institution, not
a community or junior college. None of the grades from
these courses will be included in Penn’s grade point
average. External transfer students may take no additional
courses outside the University for transfer credit once
they have matriculated at Penn.
Students may request additional
courses until the end of the second week of classes
accessing Penn InTouch. After the first two weeks,
students may request additional courses only with the
permission of the instructors.
Courses may be dropped until the
end of the fifth week of classes. If receiving
financial aid, students should check with their
financial aid counselor before dropping a course, since
some aid packages require a minimum number of credits
Courses may not be dropped after
the drop period. Students may, however, withdraw until
the end of the 10th week of class; see the section on
withdrawals below. It is the student’s
responbility to make sure that he or she is properly
enrolled, which may be done by accessing PennInTouch or
by checking with an advisor in the Undergraduate
Some academic departments have
differing rules governing their drop/request and
withdrawal policies, such as the Finance Department.
Consult the department websites for more information.
Midterm Examinations: If students miss a stated midterm
examination, they may take a postponed exam only with
the approval of the instructor in charge of the course.
Final Examinations: If final exams are given at the
end of the term, they must be given at times published
in the University Course Roster. Students may not take
final exams at times other than those specified. For