From the School

Founded in 1904, Wentworth Institute of Technology is an independent, co-educational, nationally-ranked institution offering career-focused education through 19 bachelor's degree programs in areas such as applied mathematics, architecture, business management, computer science and networking, construction management, design, engineering, and engineering technology. The Institute also offers master's degrees in architecture, construction management, and facility management.

A leader in engineering, technology, design and management education, Wentworth's unique three-part experiential learning model combines class work, laboratory/studio work, and cooperative education (co-op) experience to provide students with a hands-on approach to learning. The co-op program, one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the nation, has been active for more than 35 years and provides Wentworth students the ability to gain the professional work experience needed to succeed in their field. Wentworth is well-known for its academic excellence, community service, and support for the economic growth of the region. For more information, please visit www.wit.edu.

Additionally, Wentworth is a member of one of Boston's largest academic collaborations, the Colleges of the Fenway consortium, which is an association of six Fenway area institutions including Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Simmons College, Wentworth, and Wheelock College.

Overview

Applicants
5,316
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average HS GPA
3.05

GPA Breakdown

8%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
25%
3.00 - 3.24
28%
2.50 - 2.99
11%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
480 - 590
SAT Math
530 - 630
ACT Composite
22 - 27

Other Admission Factors

Overall

From The School

A leader in technology education for over a century, Wentworth offers bachelor's degrees in 19 practical, career-oriented majors. All programs center on Wentworth's distinctive three part experiential learning model, which incorporates classes, labs and studios, and co-op.

As Wentworth is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway, students can cross-register for one course each semester at the participating colleges (Emmanuel, Simmons, and Wheelock Colleges, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences).

Students Say

Wentworth Institute of Technology excels at “preparing students for the work force” through a range of rigorous, “hands-on” programs in engineering, architecture, design, and computer science. The school’s technical and “career-focused” degrees combine “challenging academics” with lots of “project and team-based learning,” which means all undergrads log serious hours in the studio or lab. Wentworth “professors have experience from the real working world,” and many even discuss “how to deal with certain jobs and situations” in their lectures. In addition, “WIT has partnerships with lots of local high-tech companies” and “requires two semesters of co-op” before graduation, which means every student gets invaluable experience at a Boston company before they complete their degree. The faculty and coursework “vary according to major,” and students note that the quality of the teaching staff isn’t consistent: “Some professors are very serious about their job and teach very well, but some don’t seem to put much effort in.” Fortunately, “class sizes are small,” and the majority of “professors make themselves approachable and accessible.” Come senior year, students are pleased with Wenthworth’s “excellent job placement,” with “over 90% of graduates get a job in their field within six months of graduating.” Icing on the cake, “The tuition is reasonable,” especially for an engineering school; by all accounts, “you get an excellent education for what you’re paying.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
355
with Terminal Degree
85

242
Men
113
Women
44
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
78%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop

Prominent Alumni


John A. Volpe
Former Massachusetts Govenor

Frederick "Ted" Hood
Innovator in Sailing Industry

Stephen Lynch
Current US Congressman

Overview

From The School

Tuition for full-time students (12-20 credits) for 2013-2014 is $27,950 per year. Tuition includes the cost of a laptop computer. Laptops are provided to each student along with the specific software required for their major.

The per credit charge (less than 12 and over 20) is $875 per credit.

Room and Board is approximately $12,550 per year.

Health Insurance, required by Commonwealth of Massachusetts is $1,250 per year (can be waived if student is covered by parent's health insurance).

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
65
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,332

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,121

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,796

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$49,073

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
81%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,105

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$29,320
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,990
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

Wentworth participates in 15 NCAA-sponsored varsity sports. More than twenty professional organizations operate on campus, offering unbeatable networking opportunities to students in every field. In addition, there are more than a forty clubs and organizations to help students make productive and fun use of their hours outside the classroom. And if students can't find what they're looking for on the Wentworth campus, they simply visit one of the five neighboring Colleges of the Fenway institutions with which the Institute is affiliated. In addition to Wentworth, the Colleges of the Fenway consist of the Massachusetts College of Art, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, and Emmanuel, Simmons, and Wheelock Colleges.

Here's the makeup of the student body of Wentworth Institute of Technology during the 2012-2013 academic year:
3,948 students (3,513 day, 435 evening & weekend, 144 Graduate)
738 women (18.6%)

Students from Massachusetts63%
Students from other New England states23 %
Students from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania7%
Students from 22 other states and territories2%
Students from 50 other countries5%

1089: mean SAT score of entering class

77% of new students live in on-campus housing

NCAA Sports
Baseball (M)
Basketball (M, W)
Golf (M)
Hockey (M)
Lacrosse (M, W)
Rowing (M)
Soccer (M, W)
Softball (W)
Tennis (M, W)
Volleyball (M, W)

Academic and Professional Organizations
American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Society of Professional Estimators
Association of IT Professional Construction Management Association
Industrial Design Society of America Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA)
National Society of Black Engineers Phi Sigma Pi (Honor Society)
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Society of Women Engineers
Solar-Powered Vehicle Club
Student Association of Facilities Management (SAFM)
Student Association of Interior Designers (SAID)
Wentworth Architecture Club (WAC)
Wentworth Robotics Association

Student Life Organizations (partial list)
Competitive Video Gaming Club
Dance Team
Game Design Club
Longboard Club
Mini Baja Club
Mountain Biking Club
Multicultural Student Association (MSA)
Note-oriety (A Cappella Club)
Outdoors Club
Parkour Club
PEAK (Peer Empowerment Advocacy Krew)
Real Life (Christian Organization)
Road Cycling Club
Rugby (M,F)
Self Defense Club
Ski & Adventure Club
The Green Team (Environmental Club)
Ultimate Frisbee Club
Wentworth Events Board (WEB)
Wentworth Improvisational Theater Club (WITC)
Wentworth International Students Club (WISC)
Wentworth Internet Radio Experience (WIRE)
Wentworth Student Government (WSG)
WIT Alliance (GBLT Organization)

And many more!

Students Say

With a preponderance of tech and engineering majors on campus, the prototypical Wentworth undergrad is a “very smart white male who can fix issues with your computer you didn’t even know you had.” Driven and “tech savvy,” most are “very focused and passionate about what it is they are majoring in,” and they take their studies very seriously. The campus is “mostly male” (about 80 percent), though a current student points out, “The percentage of females in these design and technical majors is rising and we’re almost equal now.” While students (proudly) admit there are “a lot of nerds” at Wentworth, they also say there’s “great mix of people” on campus, from “techies who are shy to extroverts.” “People usually end up hanging out with people in their classes,” so social life is generally divided by major. For example, “Architecture students rarely have engineering friends and so on.” Those who do cross the academic boundaries say “making good friends across majors opens up huge social worlds that you never would have known existed.” No matter what you choose, Wentworth’s is a low-key and accepting campus: “It’s easy to fit in because everyone is so accepting and it’s really easy to talk to people here.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,329
Out of State
36%

International
7%
Foreign Countries Represented
53

Demographics

6.93%
Asian
5.11%
African-American
3.50%
Hispanic
64.82%
Caucasian
13.46%
Unknown
6.65%
International

19% female
81% male
36% are out of state
89% are full time
11% are part time

Overview

From The School

Small school benefits, big city resources.

This private, coeducational college is located on 31 acres in the heart of Boston. With over 3,800 students, it provides the friendliness of a small school, alongside the resources and excitement of the ultimate college town.

When it comes to college towns, there is no place more exciting or full of more opportunities than Boston. The original center of higher education in the U.S., it hosts 50 colleges and universities and draws a quarter of a million students every year, with nearly 20,000 of those students coming from outside the country. Boston is a city with exceptional character. In addition to its rich history, it's also a hub for technology, business and medicine giving Wentworth students access to educational and career opportunities they would not find elsewhere

Students Say

At WIT, “Most students focus on school first and foremost.” Engineers say they are “always doing homework or studying,” while “kids in the design majors spend their weekends in studio working on projects.” A current student jokes, “The fact that I have enough time to sleep and eat is astounding at times.” Despite the considerable workload, most WIT undergrads “understand that college is a time to explore being an independent person and have some fun.” In their free time, many can be found “hanging out in the new campus center,” participating in intramural sports or clubs, or playing video games with friends. For first-year students, “There are a lot of events in the freshman dorms that encourage participation,” and the Wentworth Events Board plans activities for Friday and Saturday nights. The “vibrant and diverse” city of Boston “offers a great many things to do,” from parties at neighboring schools to “eating out or catching a show.” On warm days, “there are plenty of parks around Wentworth that are perfect for playing Frisbee or lying in the sun,” and the campus is “5-10 minute walk from Fenway Park,” if you want to catch a game.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
49%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
72
First-Year Students living on campus
77%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
85

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
40
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations
1

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

28% participate in intramural sports
7% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Leopards)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Leopards)
6 Sports

Basketball
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Northeastern University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Boston University

Sustainability

Green Rating
76

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Average Number of PC's per Lab
32

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Amy Dufour
Senior Associate Director

Address
550 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5998

Phone
617-989-4000

Email
admissions@wit.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
525 Huntington Avenue (newest residence hall)
Flanagan Campus Center (cafe, library, student activities)
Computer Info Systems Networking Lab
Design Studios
Center for Science and Biomedical Engineering
Daily tours and info sessions, fall Open Houses, spring Special Events, see website www.wit.edu (under Prospective Students) for details

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Fenway Park, TD Garden
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Symphony
Downtown Boston (Prudential Center, Fanueil Hall)
Cape Cod and the Islands
New England ski resorts

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
athletics@wit.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Public transportation includes the "T" green line (streetcars), orange line (subway), and major bus transfers; Logan International Airport; Amtrak inter-city rail; taxis; local shuttle buses.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the North: Take Routes 1 or 93 to Storrow Drive. Take the Fenway-Kenmore Exit. Proceed on the Fenway Exit overpass and keep to the left. At light, bear left and continue straight on Boylston Street (inbound). Turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue and proceed to Huntington Avenue. Turn right onto Huntington Avenue at Symphony Hall. Drive west on Huntington Avenue (Route 9), to the fourth set of traffic lights and turn left onto Forsyth Way/Parker Street (before Museum of Fine Arts). Take first right onto Ruggles Street and follow to Wentworth. The visitors' parking lot is on the left. From the South: Take Route 3 to the Southeast Expressway (Routes 3 & 93). Take the Massachusetts Avenue-Roxbury Exit , and proceed left at the first set of lights onto Massachusetts Avenue. Continue straight onto Melnea Cass Boulevard. Follow to eighth set of traffic lights and turn left onto Tremont Street. Take right at 2nd traffic light onto Ruggles Street and follow to Wentworth. The visitors' parking lot is on the left. From the West: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to the Prudential Copley Exit (right hand exit). Once on the exit ramp, stay left and follow Prudential sign. Drive west on Huntington Ave. (Route 9). Turn left at seventh traffic light onto Forsyth Way/Parker Street. Take the first right onto Ruggles Street and turn left into the parking lot just before the intersection.

Local Accommodations
Sheraton Boston Hotel 39 Dalton St Boston, MA 02199 Hotel Reservations: 888-627-7054 The Inn at Longwood 342 Longwood Avenue Boston, MA 02115 Toll-free reservations: 1-800-GOT-BEST Fort Hill Inn 3 Centre Place Boston, MA 02119 (617) 312-5925 Boston Hotel Buckminster 645 Beacon St Boston, MA 02215 (617) 236-7050 Hotel Commonwealth 500 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, Massachusetts 02215 617.933.5000 fax 617.266.6888 Reservations 866.784.4000 Eliot Hotel 370 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215 (617) 267-1607 Oasis Guest House‎ 22 Edgerly Road Boston, MA 02115 (617) 267-2262 Hilton Boston Back Bay 40 Dalton Street Boston, MA 02115 (617) 236-1100 The Midtown Hotel 220 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115 (617) 262-1000 The Lenox Hotel 61 Exeter Street Boston, MA 02116 The Shops at the Prudential Center‎ (617) 536-5300
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Key Stats

5,316
Applicants
4,329
Size
83%
Acceptance Rate
1120
SAT Scores

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