FAQs

What is the Management and Technology Summer Institute?

M&TSI is a rigorous, fast-paced for-credit summer program for rising high school seniors and select juniors interested in exploring the integration of technological concepts and management principles. M&TSI provides insight into both an engineering and a business undergraduate education.

How do I apply?

The application is completed entirely online and is available here starting November 1.  Submitted applications and all supporting materials (transcripts, recommendations, essays, and standardized test scores) are due by February 1. Application instructions and requirements are available here.

Can international students apply?

Absolutely! Each year a diverse group of students from around the globe attend M&TSI. If accepted, international students will obtain an F-1 visa with the help of the M&T Program and Penn Global’s International Student and Scholar Services office. Accepted international students will receive further details on this process.

How do I send my test scores?

Copies of score reports may be uploaded directly to the online application system or emailed to Wharton@summerdiscovery.com.

What does ‘for-credit’ mean?

M&TSI students who successfully complete the program will earn one Penn credit unit (equivalent to one college course). Typically, this credit has been used at Penn and other institutions as a technical elective or general elective. If you have questions about how this credit will transfer to a specific college or university, please contact the Registrar’s Office of that institution.

Is there a standard form for teacher recommendations?

Yes. Simply enter the contact email of your recommenders into the application system and they will be notified to complete a series of questions relevant to your academic performance and potential. Please note, two recommendations are required for application and at least one should come from a high school teacher in a STEM-focused field.

Who do I contact if I have a question about my application materials?

All application questions should be directed to Wharton@summerdiscovery.com .

Programming and admitted student questions can be directed to the M&T Office by phone (215-898-4145) or email.

What is the total cost of the summer program? Will I need any extra spending money?

The summer 2020 program fee for M&TSI is $7,500 . This fee covers room, meals, lab fees, course materials, field trips, and weekend activities. The amount of additional money needed during the program is at the discretion of the student. We usually suggest approximately $75-$125 per week for incidentals like laundry, snacks, off-campus meals, and personal expenses.

What will we be doing during the three weeks of the program? Are there any sample schedules I can see?

Completing a college course in three weeks is no mean feat. Most days are spent in lectures and labs. Classes are taught in either a seminar or lecture format. Students will also conduct lab work. To further demonstrate the connections between management and technology, M&TSI takes several field trips to regional companies that emphasize this intersection. A final team project and presentation are the culminating pieces of M&TSI. Click here for last summer’s schedule.

Do I need to wait until I have all of my application materials ready before I can apply online?

No, students may start their online application at any time and save their progress along the way. In order to officially submit the application, however, students must upload all required application materials to the system. If additional application materials become available after submission, students may email documents to Wharton@summerdiscovery.com.

Who are the instructors for the summer program?

The principal instructors for M&TSI are Penn professors Jeffrey Babin and Sid Deliwala. Other faculty members from both the Wharton School and Penn Engineering also participate in M&TSI. Students will hear from the Dean of Penn Engineering and the Vice Dean of the Wharton School as well as the Director of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology. Penn and M&T alumni are also guest speakers throughout the program.

Where do M&TSI students live and eat?

Students live in Penn dormitories and are provided a meal plan within the undergraduate dining halls during their stay on Penn’s campus. Learn more about the residential experience.

How will participating in M&TSI affect my admissions to Penn?

There is no relationship between M&TSI and the undergraduate admissions process. Attending M&TSI does not guarantee acceptance to the M&T undergraduate program.

Can I arrive late or leave before the end of the program?

No. You are required to attend M&TSI from the first to last day. Since college course credit is awarded in a mere three weeks, it is imperative a student participate in the duration of the program.

Are scholarships or financial aid available for the program?

Yes. Scholarships are available for domestic and international students in the form of financial aid. There is an opportunity for partial or full funding based on need.