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SPIKE Student Portal

SPIKE is your one-stop site for accessing Wharton resources, information, and online services. Check email, view events, find classmates in Wharton's Online Community, reserve group study rooms, view Wharton's integrated calendar of your class schedule and Wharton events, and much more from the web or your mobile browser. Look here first for any online resources you need at Wharton or Penn.

Top 5 Things You Can Do in SPIKE

  1. Quick Access - Login to the SPIKE home page to access links to email, myWhartonDrive, and print account information. You also have a quick view of your calendar.
    SPIKE Home Account
  2. Reserve Group Study Rooms - Login to reserve group study rooms from the home page or from the mobile version of SPIKE. View a list of quiet study rooms available in Huntsman Hall under the GSR reservations.
    Group Study Room Reservations
  3. Download Course and Event Calendar Feeds - From the Calendar tab in SPIKE, navigate to Calendar Feeds. Choose Course Feeds or Calendar Feeds to subscribe to the calendar of your choice.
    Spike Calendar Options
  4. View Course Information - Click the Courses tab in SPIKE to view your registered courses as well as links to course information, such as direct links to your Canvas course sites.
    Spike Courses
  5. Manage Passwords, Email, and Mailing Lists - In the My Account tab in SPIKE, you can change or reset your password, forward or unforward your email, and manage your subscriptions to mailing lists.
    Spike My Account

For more about SPIKE, visit SPIKE Student Portal.




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Community in SPIKE

The Wharton Online Community is a great place to network with your classmates and professors. Browse through your classmates by cohort, groups, country, education, employment, hometown, interests, and more.

Wharton Online Community

Join the Wharton Online Community in Spike

  1. Make sure you are logged into Spike.
  2. Click on the Community tab.
  3. You will be prompted to accept a FERPA disclaimer. As soon as you accept this, you will be part of the Wharton Online Community.
  4. Share as much or as little information as you would like.

Note: You can also access the Community through the Wharton Connect mobile app

Other Networking Opportunities

Here are some other ways to stay connected with Wharton online:

For more about the Wharton Online Community, visit Community in SPIKE.




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Joining & Managing Mailing Lists

Using Wharton's mailing list interface, Listerve, you can:

  • View the mailing lists you are already on
  • Subscribe to or unsubscribe from mailing lists
  • List owners can easily add other administrators or moderators
  • List owners can change owners and manage list subscribers

The interface is integrated into the My Account section of SPIKE.

Subscribing (and Unsubscribing) to a Mailing List

  1. Log into SPIKE.
  2. Click on the My Account tab at the top right of the page.
  3. In the Mailing List section, choose the Find a Wharton List link on the left.
  4. Find your list, and click the Subscribe or Unsubscribe link depending on what you would like to do.

If a list's membership is managed by its owner, choose the Email Owner option.

Creating a Mailing List

  1. Log into SPIKE.
  2. Click on the My Account tab at the top right of the page.
  3. In the Mailing List section choose the Create a New Mailing List tab.
  4. Follow the onscreen directions to fill in the fields.
  5. Click Submit. (Allow one business day for the list to be created)

Remember, if you make the list moderated, you'll need to log in regularly to approve the messages sent to the list.

Additional Resources

For additional tasks that you can do with mailing lists see the following articles:

For more about mailing lists, visit our Mailing Lists articles.




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Canvas Overview and Top 5 Tips

Most Wharton courses have a site on the courseware platform Canvas. You can access your course's Canvas site using the Courses tab in SPIKE. Visit Canvas to find slide decks, syllabi, and other non-copyrighted materials, or to turn in any online assignments. Course sites are also used for activity sign-ups, online discussions, faculty communication and group projects.

1. Find your Courses

Use your Wharton Account and log in with the URLs below. Then click on the Courses link to see a list of the courses you have in Wharton Canvas. If you're having trouble finding a course, note that the Law School uses a different Canvas URL.

2. Sign up for Groups or Teams

If the course you are taking offers groups for signup:

  1. Click on the People link in the course navigation on the left.
  2. Click on the Groups tab.
  3. Choose the team you want to join.

3. Adjust your Notification Settings

Use Notification Preferences to set how Canvas notifies you of course events -- ASAP, daily, weekly, or never. By default, all types of notifications will go to your University email address, but you may also receive notifications via other email addresses, text messaging, or other web services.

Note that the Grading notification preference which allows you to "Include scores when alerting about grade changes" will not work at Penn. To comply with University privacy guidelines, grade information will not be sent through insecure channels like email.

Many Wharton faculty expect that you will receive certain notifications immediately. It's suggested that you consider implementing the following settings. You can always adjust your notifications later if you find the frequency is not working for you.

  • Course Activities --> Due Date: Daily or ASAP
  • Course Activities --> Files: Daily
  • Course Activities --> Announcement: ASAP
  • Conversations --> All Categories: ASAP
  • Scheduling --> All Categories: ASAP

4. Use the Calendar

The Canvas Calendar shows you all your assignments and events for all your Canvas courses in one place. Note that this is different information than what is shown in your SPIKE calendar, which contains just your class meeting times.

  • Click on the Calendar link on the left side of the screen.
  • Use the Calendar Feed link to import your calendars into your phone, tablet, or computer’s calendar.
  • Some courses will use the Calendar's Scheduler feature to help you sign up for meals with your professor, office hours or other special meetings. Here are some tips for using Scheduler.

5. Getting Help

  • Click the Help link at the bottom left hand corner of the screen and fill out the form, OR
  • Email courseware@wharton.upenn.edu
  • Contact us using the help channels on the Student Support Site.

For more about Canvas, visit our Using Canvas articles.




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Study.Net Overview

Study.Net is a third-party service that Wharton partnered with to manage royalty streams, ensure compliance with copyright law, and improve the course pack ordering process. Study.Net hosts large course packs and copyrighted course materials for Wharton courses, making them available for download. You can access these resources using the Study.Net link in each course's Canvas site. Choose to read your materials online, directly on your computer, print them on an as-needed basis or have Wharton Printing bulk-print them for you.

Downloading Materials

Once the course materials have been purchased, they will appear in the Study.Net materials section of your course's Canvas site. You can download files individually or in a bulk download either as a zip file or as an eReader PDF file that you can annotate using PDF annotation software. For information on sending bulkpaks to be printed at Wharton Printing, see Printing Options from Study.Net

Access to Materials

Course materials will be available for electronic access, printing and saving for up to 90 days after the course's end date. The extra 90-day period allows for additional time to save any course materials. Course listings on Study.Net will be highlighted in gray and will show you the days remaining for access.

If you are confused about the difference between Study.Net and Canvas, check out our article: Canvas Files Vs. Study.Net Copyrighted Course Materials.

For more about Study.Net, visit our Study.Net articles.




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Office 365 for Wharton Students

The University has partnered with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Office 365 University for all current students.You can download and install the University version of Microsoft Office on up to 5 devices while you are a student at Penn.

Wondering about which account credentials to use?  See our Account Overview.

The download link is available through Campus Express:

We recommend starting with the Penn Office 365 information on the Client Care website. These tips will help you get set up: 
You can also find extensive support and training materials are available on Microsoft's support site. These tips will help you learn to use Office 365:

For information on personal versions of Office 365, see Microsoft Office 365 and 2016

For more about Office 365, visit Office 365 University (Students).




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MBA Career Management Website

The MBA Career Management website can be found at the following URL: https://mbacareers.wharton.upenn.edu/. You can also find a direct link to the website listed under the "Quick Links" on the SPIKE homepage when you are logged in. Log in to Career Management with your Wharton username and password to take advantage of the services described below.

career management

The website offers you numerous tools for helping with every step of the professional experience from the job search, to self assessment of strengths, to career advising, to cover letters and resumes, and tips for successful interviews. The MBA Career Management website also contains a link to CareerPath -- Wharton's integrated online recruiting, event sign-up and offer collection system which allows you to:

  • Share your career interests with MBACM (MBA Career Management)
  • Research companies and contacts
  • Identify and apply for on-and-off campus job opportunities
  • View your interview status and schedule interviews for on-campus opportunities
  • Sign up for employer information sessions and MBACM career education programs
  • Report your job offer(s)

For more about career management, visit MBA Career Management Website Overview.




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Penn Library Electronic Resources

All currently enrolled Penn students have access to the following with their Pennkey at http://www.library.upenn.edu/:

  • Franklin: The library's online catalogy
  • Databases and Selected Reference Sources: (e.g. MEDLINE, Britannica Online, ISI Citation Indexes, PubMed, and a large list of Business-related databases). In order to sign on to a database Penn faculty, staff, and students must have a valid PennKey with the correct authorization. If you are not able to sign on to a restricted database contact your library's circulation desk or call Van Pelt Circulation, (215) 898-7566.




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Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is an industry standard business research database for information on accounting, stocks, bonds, loans, banking, insurance, real estate, economics, and more. It allows for easily standardized searches of this information in an easy to use web-based portal.


All Wharton students have access to WRDS. For information on how to login to WRDS, please visit our help center article. Once you log in, click on Classroom at the top menu to access Classroom Tools to learn how to use WRDS to retrieve data.




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