Asked Waitlist/Registration Questions (FAQ)
How do I access the Finance Waitlist?
The Waitlist is located through the Finance Department’s
http://finance.wharton.upenn.edu or https://waitlist.wharton.upenn.edu/
Q. What is the purpose of the Waitlist?
The Waitlist System is used to enroll students into undergraduate
are currently closed on Penn-In-Touch.
It was designed to ensure Wharton Finance concentration students are able
to take their required course load.
Q. Do I need to be a Wharton Student to use the Waitlist?
No, any PENN student can request a seat in a Finance Course.
Q. Will I need a Wharton Log-In?
No, the Waitlist uses the PennNet Authentication process.
When prompted, you will enter your University PennKey
and password. For questions regarding your PennKey please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Does the Waitlist encompass all Finance
The Waitlist is only used for Undergraduate Core and Elective
courses, with the exclusion of Honors sections. An
application process is used to determine enrollment in the honors sections.
All MBA courses are closed to non-MBA
students, enrollment is controlled by the Wharton Auction process.
Q. When is a Finance course placed on the Waitlist?
Once a Finance course reaches enrollment capacity and is closed in Penn-In-Touch
it is placed on the Waitlist, and will
then remain closed on Penn-In-Touch. You must then request a seat through
Q. When does the Waitlist open?
The Waitlist will generally open two weeks prior to the start of classes.
At this point you should pick the course [s] you
are most interested in taking. An e-mail is also sent out to all Wharton
Undergraduate students regarding updates. We are
not able to mass mail other schools but if you are interested in receiving
additional information please e-mail –
How does the Waitlist Rank my request?
When the Waitlist opens requests are sorted based on your ranking and
the date and time your request is received. The day
before classes start we will begin the process of registering wait-listed
students should seats become available. The Waitlist
system will assign students to courses based on the following pre-set
1) Finance majors before non-finance majors
2) Seniors before juniors
3) Wharton students before non-Wharton students
4) The date and time you enter your Waitlist request
Q. How does the Waitlist determine
Your priority status is determined from the information in the University
Students Records System (SRS). Therefore, it is your
responsibility to check with your school office regarding your major and
your class status (SR, JR). Your scheduled graduation
date is a factor in our ranking process.
Q. How does the Waitlist work?
Each morning we review the [SRS] Student Registration System to determine
if any seats have become available. If a seat does
open, we go to the first name of the Waitlist for that particular course,
and begin the process of registering that student.
Q. How will I know when I am
given a seat from the Waitlist?
If we are able to register you, you will receive an e-mail alerting you
of the registration. Please double check that the e-mail address
that appears under your name when you log into the waitlist is the correct
address. The address that appears is the one listed in SRS,
and that is the address we will send your e-mail alerts to.
Q. When will I find out if
I have been given a seat?
There is no set answer to this question; seats are given out as they become
available. If there are no drops there will be no movement
on the Waitlist.
Q. How many classes can I ask
The Waitlist system will allow you to pick 4 classes, but please choose
only the classes you are interested in. Remember that there
is no guarantee you will get a seat in your first choice, and we could
end up registering you in anyone of the courses you select
depending on availability.
What is the purpose of prioritizing my requests?
We can’t stress enough how important it is that you prioritize your
requests based on your semester requirements and needs. Your
course preferences will be maintained within the Waitlist system. If a
seat should open at a later date in one of your higher prioritized
courses, you will be notified via e-mail and will be able to register.
The system will also automatically remove your unwanted requests
Q. What happens if I have a
class scheduled at the same time as the class I’m requesting?
If your schedule cannot accommodate your selection because you have a
scheduling conflict, you will receive an e-mail alerting you of
the problem. You will have until 12:00 Noon the following day to resolve
your conflict. At this point we try to register you one additional
time. If registration is still unsuccessful, your name will be dropped,
and that seat will be given to the next person on the Waitlist.
Q. How do I switch to a different
If the section you want is full you will need to place your name on the
Waitlist for the section you want. We cannot move you into a
Q. What do I do if I get a
class I no longer want?
You must go to Penn In Touch and drop the class.
The Finance Department’s Drop and Add Deadlines are different than
the University’s. Should you decide to drop a
Finance course, you must do so through Penn In Touch prior to the Finance
Department’s drop deadline.
If you drop a Finance course after the department deadline you will receive
a “W” on your transcript.
Q. How is my Waitlist rank (or "status")
Your Waitlist rank
(or "status") is determined by a combination of 1) Wharton/non-Wharton
status, Finance/non-Finance concentration,
and graduation date. Wharton Seniors with a Finance Concentration whose
graduation date is May 2009 have the highest ranking.
Note: Wharton Juniors with a Finance Concentration will have priority
over Wharton Seniors without a Finance Concentration.
**However, requests AFTER the initial period above, WILL be date/time
ranked (i.e., those ARE "first-come, first-served" among others
with the same status). **
My waitlist rank is very low, or I was pushed to lower on the list. Why?
Students who have a higher "status" than you, will be placed
higher on the waitlist than you (during both the initial and regular periods).
Even though a "higher-ranked" student may make a request at
a later time than you this new entry would push your rank down as a
natural result. If you signed up AFTER the open period, you were then
put AFTER those of the initial sign-up period, and are
"date-ranked" (i.e., requests of an earlier date have a better
Q. Why do I have to tell
you how many courses I want to register for?
The Waitlist Application uses that number to remove unnecessary
course requests which keeps spaces open for people who need the
courses. Whenever you are registered for a course, the application checks
to see how many courses you said you wanted. If you have
gotten your prefered number of courses, the application deletes all of
your requests that you have ranked below your lowest-ranked
Q. As an undergrad, can
I enroll into MBA sections?
No, seats in MBA sections are controlled by the Wharton MBA / Graduate
Division in their auction process.
Q. My graduation date is May
2011. Why isn’t my waitlist ranking higher?
You may need to verify
that your SRS record is actually what you think it is. The Waitlist checks
your record in the SRS
(Student Registration System) Warehouse that stores your transcript data.
It can only read what is in the system, including your
"expected graduation date" (i.e., the final semester in which
you will take classes). We cannot make changes to student records.
We can check what it is, but if you need to make changes, you will need
to see your Undergraduate Advisor (either Wharton
Undergraduate, or your specific school’s office).
Q. Penn InTouch says I need a permit
to register for this class. Can I have one?
If the course is
closed on Penn In Touch you should request a seat by signing onto the
Q. Am I guaranteed to get the course/section
that I request?
Every effort will
be made to accommodate your preferences, but there is no guarantee a seat
will open in your first or second choice.
You will be enrolled in the first seat that becomes available within your
Q. Should I go to the class that I've requested
on the Waitlist (but not gotten into)?
Yes, but if all seats are occupied by registered students, then those
students have the right to a seat in the course.