Undergraduate P3 Program FAQs

What is P3?

P3: Purpose, Passion, and Principles is a program that started in 2013 by a group of MBA students, who recognized the need for space to discuss what they see as meaningful in their life and how they defined success in thinking about the future. P3 for undergraduates is based on the success from the MBA program. For the pilot, students will participate in four-week program designed to provide a structured way to gain a deeper understanding of their own definitions of success and happiness and how these relate to their professional and personal goals.

Learn more about how P3 started in Wharton Stories.

How many members in a P3 group?

P3 groups typically consist of 5-6 participants and one facilitator. In the pilot of the P3 program, we are opening the participation to freshmen and sophomores. The groups will facilitated by an upperclassman.

What is the time commitment?

Participants can expect to spend only one additional hour per week for reading and completing prework. This semester, P3 sessions will run for four meetings starting the week of March 1st and finishing the week of March 29th. The sessions run about 90 minutes to two hours per meeting.

Meetings will held during the following weeks:

  • Week One: March 1-7
  • Week Two: March 15-21
  • Week Three: March 22-28
  • Week Four: March 29-April 4

What will the participants discuss in the P3 groups?

Students will be guided through a curriculum that will include both structured group discussion and exercises. The work of P3 will be broken into topics for discussion that may include but are not limited to: acknowledging their values, defining success, capabilities and confidence, and creating commitments to help them reach their goals. Students may address the following types of questions along the way:

  • How will I lead a meaningful life?
  • How do I define success during my time in school?
  • What are my strengths and what do I want to work on while in school?
  • What does it take for me to be the person I want to be?
  • What steps can I take to achieve the most out of the next three years?

How do I become a successful participant?

P3 is a commitment to yourself and to your group. In addition to the time commitment of P3, applicants should be prepared to enter P3 with:

  • Full commitment to attend each session
  • A willingness to share and be vulnerable – a sincere effort to engage with your peers
  • Openness to listen to others attentively and without judgement
  • Inquiry over advocacy

How do I apply?

Please complete the application here by February 17th

More Questions?

Please contact the P3 Program team at P3Program@wharton.upenn.edu.