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Create Your PennKey Account


Complete the PennKey setup process prior to registering for a Wharton account. If you haven't already chosen your PennKey and password:

  1. Locate the PennKey setup code you received by email from Penn.
  2. Visit the "Register my PennKey" link at http://www.upenn.edu/computing/pennkey/.

Use the PennKey website to manage your username and password. If you experience any problems with your PennKey, please email pennkey@isc.upenn.edu.

What Does PennKey Access Include?

  • PennInTouch (transcripts, tuition bill)
  • Campus Express (PennCash, PennCard)
  • AirPennNet wireless network
  • Library databases and resources
  • Public Penn computers and study rooms
  • Course materials (Canvas, Study.Net)
  • Public Wharton computers, workstations, and group study rooms
  • Printing on campus

For more about creating your PennKey, visit Create Your PennKey.

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Create Your Wharton Account

Now that you have a PennKey, let's setup your Wharton account for access to Wharton email, calendars, and your Alumni forwarding email. If you are a Penn student taking a Wharton class, please see Creating a Wharton CLASS Account.

New Undergraduate or MBA/WEMBA Students

  • Create your Wharton account
  • Your Wharton account includes an email account hosted by Google and an Alumni email forwarding address that can be used after graduation.

Transfer/Dual Degree/PhD Students

  • Accounts will be available several days after your program office notifies you of admission. PhD students should contact the IT Support representatives from their department to obtain an account.
  • Your Wharton account includes an email account hosted by Google and an Alumni email forwarding address that can be used after graduation.

International Exchange Students

Problems Creating Your Account?

If you have any problems creating your Wharton account, check out our article with common problems and solutions. If you continue to have problems, please contact us or visit us in person. 

For more about creating your Wharton account, visit Create Your Wharton Account.




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Wharton Email Account

Your Wharton email address is your username@wharton.upenn.edu while you are a student and Google@Wharton is the service platform.


Note: Your Wharton email address is not a permanent address, and access to this email account will close about 1 year after you graduate. You will be reminded to save your important emails/contacts and to transition to using your Alumni forwarding email address.

  • Web Browser: Log into SPIKE and click the Webmail link under the My Account section on the left OR navigate directly to https://gmail.wharton.upenn.edu/ and log in with your full email address and password.
  • External Mail Clients: Wharton Computing does not recommend configuring other email clients for use with Google@wharton accounts. Google Mail is optimized for web browsers, specifically Chrome. However, it is possible to setup Outlook for Windows and Mac systems.
  • Mobile Device: Access email, calendar, and contacts from your iPhone, Android, or oother devices Click through the Whartonize Your Mobile Device(s) section for Google@Wharton mobile configuration.

For more about your Google@Wharton email account, visit Overview and Getting Started with Google@Wharton.




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Wharton Alumni Forwarding Address

Since your Wharton account closes about 6 months after you graduate, we provide full-time students with an Alumni forwarding address to give to your business contacts. It's also separate from your Penn Alumni address. (For information on your Penn Alumni address, see the Penn Alumni Home Page)

It is a forwarding address, not an account.

  • The Alumni Forwarding Address is not an "Account" -- it is a forwarding address only. You cannot log into it as you would with a regular email account. After you graduate you must choose a new destination account (e.g.: youraccount@gmail.com)
  • The Alumni Forwarding Address is linked to your Wharton student email while you are a student. If you forward your student email to another account such as Gmail, the Alumni address will forward there as well.
  • After you graduate, you should begin using your Alumni Forwarding address exclusively. Many students begin using it long before they graduate to ease the transition at graduation.

Use your Alumni forwarding address for business cards and contacts.

Because your username@wharton.upenn.edu email account will go away when you graduate, we recommend using your Alumni forwarding address for business cards and contacts.

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Alumni forwarding address format

Alumni forwarding addresses include your First and Last name and must include your graduation year.

  • MBA Students: Josephina.Wharton.WG15@wharton.upenn.edu
  • Undergraduate Students: Joseph.Wharton.WH17@wharton.upenn.edu

Changes to your Alumni forwarding address are permitted under certain circumstances as long as the basic format (first_name.last_name.grad_year@wharton.upenn.edu) is maintained. You may request appropriate changes by contacting the Student Computing Team.

Additional Tips for New Students

  • To find your Alumni forwarding address, go to the Wharton Online Community in SPIKE and look up your name in My Profile. Your Alumni forwarding address is listed in your Contact Info.
  • To change the destination of your Alumni forwarding address while you are a student, use the My Accounts tab in SPIKE , and select Forward or Unforward my Email. Remember that your Alumni forwarding address and Wharton email address are linked while you are a student and will point to the same forwarding destination.

For more about your Alumni forwarding address, visit Alumni Address.




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