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Attending Stonier is an intense, challenging and highly enjoyable experience! Over 8 days, you will be among 700 students and over 70 faculty members, enjoying a rich combination of team-based computer simulations, classroom lectures and interactive sessions. 

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COVID-19 Requirements

ABA Requirements

The American Bankers Association is constantly monitoring guidance and mandates for in-person events made by businesses and federal, state, and local agencies, and incorporating new data surrounding the spread and mitigation of COVID-19 to adjust our policies.

On August 11, the CDC issued an update to its Guidance for Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19. One key takeaway is the CDC’s recognition that the “high population levels of anti–SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence” and that vaccination is no longer a significant differentiator regarding the likelihood of contracting or spreading COVID-19.  Therefore, effective September 1, 2022, we are lifting the vaccine mandate for all ABA events — individuals will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination or take a COVID-19 test to attend an ABA in-person event.

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University of Pennsylvania Requirements

Visitors and conference guests attending any University-sponsored event and/or program must complete a PennOpen Campus pre-screening EVERY day while accessing University classrooms and food & beverage venues. You must present a Green Pass on request. Learn more

Stonier App

The Stonier app is a great resource to help you sync your personal class schedule for the week, look up faculty bios, and stay up to date with announcements during the Stonier session. The app password is shared with students and faculty prior to arriving on campus.

Networking with Fellow Students

An important component of the Stonier experience is developing ongoing professional relationships that can last for years to come. You will meet fellow students from across the country and from over 15 international countries, representing banks, regulatory agencies and industry providers. There is a rich diversity of gender, job title and nature of institution. Team work encourages the exchange of experiences and allows each student to contribute their strengths.

Networking Receptions

Held at the beginning of the school, these receptions provide a casual meet-and-greet atmosphere. Many students continue the conversation at nearby restaurants close to campus.

Attractive Location

Spending a week on an Ivy League campus is an experience in itself! The University of Pennsylvania has sprawling lawns, beautifully tended gardens, quads and informal places to gather and talk. Weather permitting, students take their team assignments outside to enjoy the surroundings.

Stonier is located at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) in Philadelphia where undergraduate and graduate students have received an Ivy League education for more than two centuries. Penn is regularly highly ranked in the category of best colleges and universities in the country. The campus is convenient to the Philadelphia International Airport, trains, and buses as well as many shops and restaurants in one of the city’s most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods.


No dorm rooms! Stonier students stay in hotels that are accessible to campus.  Some hotels are located closer to the downtown area in Philadelphia, allowing for easy exploration of the city, and other hotels are closer to the University. Rooms fill quickly, so the earlier students submit applications to Stonier, the better chance of securing preferred lodging.

Meals and Refreshments

A hot breakfast buffet is provided each morning, and students receive a pre-loaded meal card for lunches throughout the week, which can be used at several locations.  Morning and afternoon refreshments are also provided. Vegetarian options are available, and we will cater to special dietary needs.

Stonier Apparel

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What People Are Saying

"I look back at my time at Stonier as a wonderful learning experience. I was surrounded by other banking professionals who also thirsted to learn more and expand their capabilities. I made friends I am still in regular contact with. I wish I could adequately convey the wonderful overall experience that Stonier provided me."

William Gunderman

President and CEO

John Deere Savings Bank

"The Stonier Wharton experience was simply fantastic! Not only did I meet great people, but the program itself enabled me to think beyond my comfort zone. As a result, I am a more enlightened banker."

Michael Hillstrom

Vice President

Whitney Bank

"Stonier provided a great setting for team-building and networking among students and instructors – providing a life-long pool of resources for graduates."

Daniel Silva

Director of Technology

Union Savings Bank