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Any advice with course registration? (ex. should I make my preferred math class my first choice?)


Honesty, it's such a crapshoot, and there is usually so much time to gain entrance into classes that you didn't get during advanced reg, that i wouldn't recommend sweating your preferences too hard. Math classes are p popular, and it wouldn't be a bad idea to put your ideal math class high up on the list, but like I said before it really is up to chance. Just pray to the algorithm gods.

Zesty Zebra, 2/22/2020 6:48 PM

Can anyone compile a list of the easiest/most interesting course that fulfill foundation/sector requirements? I'm a STEM student specifically interested in the history and arts/letters sectors but I feel like other students reading this can benefit from your responses.


As a Bio major in the College, I highly recommend looking for small classes/seminars to fulfill your non-STEM requirements for a few reasons: it's easier to get one-on-one time with your professor, it'll be a nice divergence from your larger STEM lectures, and most of the work is done in class.

Here are some of the requirement-fulfilling courses I've taken:

  • Arts & Letters Sector: World Music and Cultures (MUSC 050/ANTH 022)
  • Humanities and Social Science: Art, Design, and Digital Culture (FNAR 264/DSGN264)
  • Society Sector: Social Psychology (PSYC 170)
  • Cross-Cultural Analysis: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH002)
Dynamic Dino, January 27, 2020, 12:33 PM

Is Wharton hard? How are the lectures? Is it difficult to “stand out”? And if you need help - how do you go about that? Is there a big focus on Math?


Difficulty of Wharton classes really depends on who you're talking talk to/what classes you're thinking of. Lectures I'd say vary between large, presentation-style lectures and smaller, discussion-based lectures. I've found that a lot of the Business Fundamental classes or introductory level Wharton courses are more often than not like the first of the two types.

In terms of "standing out" in a Wharton classroom setting, I would say the best thing you can do is show up (which is already a big step!) and actively participate or make an effort to get to know your professor or TAs outside of class. This advice is pretty applicable to any of the four schools, I wouldn't say there is a stark difference in the way Wharton lectures operate and that of other schools (aside from content).

If you're looking for help in your classes, there are a bajillion resources out there. Go to office hours, pick up a tutor (available for a lot of introductory Wharton courses like ACCT 101), find a study partner in your class to ask for guidance, or reach out directly to your professor for some advice. Faculty in Wharton, also similarly to the other schools, are always open to helping and are more than willing to provide you with any additional academic support you need.

Finally, the focus on math is more noticeable in classes within BEPP, Finance, OIDD, or Accounting departments, but more often than not, its no higher than Calculus level and wouldn't require a lot more math knowledge than is already required by school requirements. Hope that all helps!

Dopey Dragon, January 26, 2020, 6:47 PM

How is the nursing curriculum structured? Do they give you a 4 year learning plan or is it more choose what you want to focus on?


Hi! I asked my Nursing friend, and here's her response.

"Check out this link! You can choose whatever you want for language, sectors, electivesCore classes cover most specialties (if briefly). And hospital rotations go: obgyn (labor and delivery, post partum, NICU/ICN) in sophomore spring. Medical surgical junior fall (this covers a lot, e.g. oncology, surgical floors like transplant bariatric, trauma stepdown). It changes halfway, so you choose one medical floor and one surgical floor. Junior spring is psych/peds. Same deal with splitting in half. A lot of different psych sites, all pediatric sites are at CHOP. OB sites are various too, but medsurg sites are all at HUP or Presbyterian. Senior fall is Community Health, also various sites. I did the jails/Philadelphia department of prisons. And senior spring is leadership where you choose top 4 sites, and they try to match you. That's pretty much it though! Very structured for core classes that you'll take with the same cohort."

Wallowing Whale, January 26, 2020 6:20pm

How do the language placement exams work in relation to the foreign language requirement?

Will doing well in the placement exam (let's say Chinese) force me to take the intermediate/hard classes? If that's the case, will purposely doing poorly allow me to take the beginner courses throughout my four semesters?

In other words as well, what's the benefit of doing well in the language placement exam versus doing poorly?

I apologize for the long post, the college/class system is extremely different in my country.


When I took the placement exam at the beginning of freshmen year, my impression was that they wanted to put you in a class you'd be comfortable in and wouldn't be super stressed in. For me, after the written part of the exam, where they'd gauge your reading and writing skills, there were professors who talked to you for 5-10 minutes to gauge your listening and speaking skills. The professor gave me a sample passage to read, asked me about my background in the language, and gave her honest thoughts on where I could be placed. For Chinese specifically, I know there's a heritage track where the classes are catered to who grew up in a Chinese household so their listening/speaking might be better than reading/writing.

It's honestly up to you - doing well on the placement exam would indicate the classes you could take, but you don't have to follow the suggestion and can take an easier class. Usually the challenge is if you don't do that well on the placement exam but want to take a higher level course - in that case you'd want to prep a little before the placement exam and reach out to the professors of the language classes you want to take.

Wallowing Whale, January 20, 2020 3:45 pm

Why is it that GPA doesn't matter for jobs and engineering recruiting? Doesn't that represent mastery of material? Funnily enough I'm not doing too well in CIS 120 and CIS 160 because I have such a tough schedule but I really like programming and the problems we do in 160. I just wish I had more time to practice and actually do the work.


I think this is more of a CIS phenomenon more than a general engineering trend. Most of the stuff that we do in the classroom isn't really indicative of what industry is looking for from you, so even if you don't find that you're excelling with classroom material, that doesn't truly represent your potential on the job, and recruiters know that. I was in a similar boat as you, with CIS 160 especially, and if you find yourself enjoying the material then I think you're doing just fine.  

CIS Intro Track first semester is definitely a grind, and you'll have plenty more semesters to continue mastering software engineering. I personally found CIS 121 way more enjoyable than 120 and 160 because the application of the material was built into the core of the course. It gets easier as you go through the system :)

Zesty Zebra, 2:55 PM, November 25th 2019

I'm a senior interested in taking courses outside of my engineering major (DMD)! I was wondering if you have taken any interesting/perspective-widening classes that stuck out out to you? Thanks in advance :*)

Here's a list of courses my friends and I have compiled:

OIDD 245

OIDD 291 (Negotiations)

BEPP 284 (Game theory)

Any creative writing course

URBS 178 (ABCS course that culminates in an implementation project in West Philly)

And any ABCS course! https://www.nettercenter.upenn.edu/what-we-do/courses

Kindred Koala, 11/8/19, 10:45AM

Any advice with course registration? (ex. should I make my preferred math class my first choice?)


This is the general order I tend to follow:

-small, popular classes (ex. major electives, classes w limited spots, classes that you need to take a certain section of)

-larger, required classes in the time sections I prefer

-required classes (this depends on your major - if major students have trouble getting into these classes, you should list higher)

-gen eds that are flexible (usually don't care too much about taking these during this specific semester, or there are alternates that I could take instead)

I'd also say I'll put A as my first choice, then B as my alternate, then B as my second choice, then C as my alternate, then C as my third choice, and so on...

This has worked fairly well for me, but it's definitely not perfect

Kindred Koala, 11/7/19, 9:36PM

I generally don't register for my required courses during advanced registration (since I know I'll get into them during regular registration) and instead rank fun/harder-to-get-into classes first! I wouldn't stress too much about it though, during the first couple weeks of school there's plenty of time to drop and add classes.

Funky Flamingo, 2019 November 07, 10:15 PM

I'm really struggling in Accounting 101 and Finance 101. I just took my first Acct quiz and did below average. I feel like I'm not grasping the material well and am just falling more and more behind. Does anyone have any advice at all on how to study for these two subjects? Is the textbook helpful? A particular YouTube channel that helped explain concepts? I applied for a private tutor but haven't heard back. Any tips at all would be so much appreciated, thanks!


Don't worry, accounting and finance never came naturally to me (and I'm saying this as a senior in Wharton haha...). I'd say one of the biggest steps I took with getting better in these two classes was emailing the TAs and going to the office hours of the TAs or professors. I would go there prepared with all the questions I was confused about and walk them through what I was thinking and what I didn't get (or if it was through email, I'd be very clear about what I didn't get). I also emailed the professors sometimes; lucky for us, we go to an "elite" enough institution where the professors often do answer us! Don't be afraid to follow-up with an email or two if you don't get an answer from the TAs/professors. Also don't be afraid to ask all your questions, whether that's virtually or in-person. They're there for a reason...

So I'm guessing you requested a tutor through here. If there's a delay in response, you could try reaching out to Weingarten to expedite the process. I also think study groups can be helpful after you reviewed all the material and still have these questions/concepts that you just can't wrap your head around - talking it through might help. I just took my ACCT 102 exam, and during the day while studying, I messaged a group of people who were taking the class with me with questions I didn't get. I openly admitted, "I don't have intuition here, so would be super grateful if someone could explain..."

Last, it's definitely best to practice problems that will show up on the exam, so for me that usually means I try to really go through and understand the practice exams professors put up. On cheat sheets, I include how to do each kind of problem in a way I can understand; definitely include examples and note down tricky parts.

Hope that helps, and good luck! You got this.

Wallowing Whale, 11/11/19, 1:03 AM

Anyone know the class recommendations per score range for the online Math diagnostic exam? (Got a 12/25)


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