Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus
Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus
Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus
Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus
Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus
Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus
Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus
Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus
Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus
Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus
Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus
Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus
Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus

From the School

WPI's innovative curriculum has been widely recognized for its ability to prepare students for success. Small classes, a flexible curriculum, and hands-on project experience are hallmarks of the WPI education.

You want to be on the first Mars mission, find alternative energy sources, or cure cancer. WPI wants to help you make an impact. Our students do much more than study science and technology. They delve into the arts and humanities. They complete projects on campus and around the globe, connecting what they've learned in the classroom with pressing real-life challenges—from health to the environment to global competitiveness. Students grow personally, professionally, and intellectually as they discover how to apply their talents and turn ideas into tangible solutions.

WPI's aim is to educate students broadly, so they achieve greatly. Though WPI has been around for more than 145 years, our approach to education, like our students, is innovative and practical. Small classes, a flexible curriculum, and one-on-one interaction with professors at the top of their fields make learning at WPI an experience unlike any other.

WPI has been widely recognized for its quality. It was the only technological university out of 16 national Leadership Institutions selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to serve as models of outstanding practices in liberal education. WPI consistently ranks among the top national universities by U.S. News & World Report and was recently ranked in the top 20 in the nation for Best Career Services, Most Popular Study Abroad, and for Happiest Students by the Princeton Review.


From The School

WPI Admissions offers a variety of application options. Students can apply using the Common Application (paper or on-line). A $65 application fee is required for all applicants. (WPI endorses the fee waiver policy of the College Board, as well as accepts fee waivers from guidance or college counselors.)

Academic Requirements
four years of math (including pre-calculus)
four years of English
two years of lab science

Other requirements include:
High school transcript
Science or math recommendation
Guidance counselor's recommendation
Personal essay
SAT I or ACT scores or alternate materials through WPI's "Flex Path" TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Exam scores for international students whose first language is not English.

While interviews are optional, this is your chance to meet one-on-one with an Admissions staff member or a trained Admissions intern. We'll have the chance to learn more about you, and can answer specific questions you may have. Seniors in high school should interview before December 15th of their senior year if they are interested in an interview.

Early Action (Round 1) Nov. 1
Early Action (Round 2) Jan. 1
Regular Decision Feb. 1

January Admission Transfer Students Only Nov. 15 (Rolling notification) Fall Admission Transfer Students Apr. 15* (Rolling notification)


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 740
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 670
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 32


Early Action
November 10

February 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

At WPI, learning is about more than just theories and ideas. Students put what they learn into practice through a unique project-enriched curriculum. Each undergraduate complete two projects: one directly related to their major and one in which they work with a team of students to solve a problem at the intersection of society and technology. Students gain valuable professional skills, a talent for teamwork, and the confidence to dive right in-no matter what the challenge.

WPI's academic program is built to be flexible. Students take the equivalent of three courses (as courses or project work) during each of four 7-week terms (two in the fall and two in the spring). It is also designed to encourage collaboration, not competition. Students work closely on projects and in project-oriented classes. Learning to work in teams prepares students to get results and become leaders, no matter what path they take in life.

WPI's award-winning Global Perspective Program, with more than 30 project centers on five continents, is one of the most comprehensive and highly regarded global studies programs in the nation. Most WPI students complete projects off campus; over half complete project work outside the United States in places like Thailand, Namibia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, and Italy. Global project experiences not only give students the chance to work in teams to solve meaningful real-life problems for people around the world, they immerse students in other cultures and give them a powerful sense of self-confidence.

Top-tier employers seek out WPI graduates for their real-world experience and ability to work collaboratively. With a placement rate of over 90 percent, students are recruited by leading organizations such as Pfizer, General Electric, Fidelity Investments, IBM and Google. Not surprisingly, WPI graduates' starting salaries are higher than those of many other college graduates, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Each year, WPI graduates are accepted at many prestigious graduate schools, including MIT, Yale University, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University and Tufts University Medical School.

Majors and Degrees Offered

WPI offers over 36 areas of study in engineering, science, management, and the liberal arts leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Exciting new interdisciplinary programs, driven by real-world demand, include interactive media and game development, environmental engineering, architectural engineering, and the nation's first undergraduate program in robotics engineering.

We offer pre-professional programs (law, medicine, dentistry, and veterinary) and a five-year BS/MS program. You can even create your own major or minor program. Not surprisingly, over 40 percent of students change their major at least once. A comprehensive academic advising program and a wide array of academic support services help students make the right choices and reach their goals.

WPI students have received some of the nation's highest academic honors. Over just the last decade, two students have received the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, 14 have been awarded Goldwater scholarships, five have received the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, three have won National Science Foundation Fellowships, two have been named to the USA Today All-USA College Academic Team, and one has been named an NIH-Oxford/Cambridge Biomedical Research Scholar.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Management Information Systems and Services, Other
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Management Science, General
  • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Software and Media Applications, Other

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Civil Engineering, Other
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering, General
  • Engineering, Other
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Science, Technology and Society

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC, ROTC)

  • Air Force JROTC/ROTC
  • Navy/Marine Corps JROTC/ROTC

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Fire Protection, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Students Say

The reputation of Worcester Polytechnic Institute amongst engineers around the country is impeccable, and rightfully so: this highly hands-on university in central Massachusetts has a “rigorous academic environment” and is focused on “creative collaboration in a non-competitive environment with a common goal of innovation.” The campus “has a real excitement regarding knowledge,” and while the majority of students choose to do engineering and math here, “there are opportunities to do humanities and business course as well.”
One of the more unique aspects of the WPI curriculum is the project activity, which includes the Major Qualifying Project (MQP) and the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) for juniors and seniors, both of which are done with an advisor and often involve off-campus sponsorship. This, along with the grading system (students are awarded a grade of A, B, C, or No Record) “encourages cooperation among students rather than cut-throat competition.” Classes run in a quarter system (three classes for each of the four seven-week terms), which means faculty is “forced to only teach us the most important material, without material that may be considered ‘filler material.’”
The majority of professors are “very engaging” and “present material in better ways then just showing Powerpoint slides one after the other.” As you get into higher level classes the subjects are more focused, and “almost all classes have a lab component.” Students are “always helping one another, [and] everyone (including the professors) wants the students to succeed.” The project-based learning and reputation of WPI gives students “the ability to work on real engineering projects around the world.” As one sophomore puts it: “WPI won’t teach you everything you need to know to be a good engineer, but they’ll teach you where to find all the information you need to face any obstacle.”


Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Robert Goddard
Father of modern rocketry

Joseph Dzialo
President of Lee Jeans Co. (former)

Dean Kamen
Inventor of IBOT and Segway Human Transporter

Michael J. Dolan
President ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Ronald Zarrella
Chairman and CEO Bausch and Lomb

Chartsiri Sophonpanich
President, Bangkok Bank Limited

Maria Elisa Carvajal
Marketing Director, Colgate Palmolive

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

Due to WPI’s emphasis on real-world experience and applied science and technology, it’s not surprising that the students are a career-focused bunch. All students participate in two projects, with external sponsors, before graduation. The Career Development Center is generally well regarded, offering career fairs and company presentations, services like résumé building and interview prep, and advice for students on how to use networking and social media to their advantage. A WPI education is “about preparing students for successful careers in their respective fields upon graduation through practical applications of the knowledge and skills that are taught,” and “a large percentage of the student body will leave WPI with a fairly good job when they graduate.” Evidence seems to bear out that observation, as WPI has been frequently cited for graduating their students into high-paying careers. Beyond the finances, 43 percent WPI alumni visiting Payscale.com report feeling as though their job has a high level of meaning.

Colleges that Create Futures

Hands-on Coursework

WPI’s founding motto of “theory and practice” continues to drive its educational philosophy 150 years after the school’s founding in 1865. All students at WPI, regardless of their majors, participate in project-based learning. This gives them unique professional and social advantages when it comes to applying the skills they learn at WPI to careers in the real world, in whatever discipline they might choose. Integrative projects, which students engage in throughout all four years, are an integral part of the undergraduate curriculum at WPI. As one robotics engineering major (a self-described “hands-on learner,” who finds it “much easier . . . to understand something if I can visualize it”) puts it, “WPI has an amazing project system that really sets it apart from any other school. Early in my freshman year I was working on projects my friends at other schools didn’t even hear about until their junior year.”
The Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) is a nine credit-hour requirement that most students complete during their junior year. Since it’s not a course, the IQP is not related to a student’s particular major; instead, students are organized into small teams, guided by various faculty members, and tasked with conducting research to solve a particular problem or need. Results are presented through oral reports and formal presentations to faculty advisers and project sponsors, which often include nonprofits and local or national government agencies. With WPI’s focus on global issues, many of the IQPs are completed off campus at one of the numerous project centers around the world through the university’s Global Perspective Program. This program gives students the opportunity to experience a new culture while helping to solve real-world problems in the field rather than in the classroom. One common theme that unites many IQPs is the idea of sustainability, which can be addressed through the lens of education, environmental studies, technology, energy, cultural preservation, or any number of combinations of those fields.
For their senior year, WPI students work on the equivalent of a senior capstone project known as the Major Qualifying Project (MQP). These are high-level design or research-based projects that students complete in their chosen field of study; just as in the IQP, many students work in small teams to complete their MQP, under the advisement of a faculty member. One industrial engineering major notes that working in teams “encourages cooperation among students rather than cut-throat competition.” In keeping with WPI’s emphasis on hands-on learning and the fact that MQPs are focused on design and research, students often get the opportunity to work alongside faculty members in these advisers’ state-of-the-art research labs. It’s not uncommon for students to complete their MQP at one of WPI’s many centers away from the main Massachusetts campus and, because of the students’ reputation for exemplary performance on-the-job, a good number of these projects are completed with corporate sponsorship. One alumna from the class of 1992 told us that her major qualifying project on grinding wheels, sponsored by Norton Manufacturing, made for excellent fodder during interviews for her first job post-college. She laughs, “My first boss used to kid me about that fact that I had a grinding wheel in my purse during the interview (note: I used to run labs in between WPI classes to get more test results.) It was a quirky but compelling trait during the interview for certain!”
Practical Experience

With all the hands-on experience WPI students gain in the classroom and alongside their professors in labs and at various WPI centers across the globe, the university also stresses the importance of getting work experience. One way to do this is through the myriad summer internships the university helps set up through its Career Development Center, the place to go to polish your résumé, look for job and internship openings, and ask all manner of questions about interview techniques and even what career trajectory might be right for you. As one 1988 business management/industrial engineering graduate puts it, after struggling through a difficult class and being unsure of how to proceed academically, “The Career Counseling Office had all sorts of aptitude tests available that helped me identify where my academic focus should be, and I never looked back except to appreciate the life lessons.” High students ratings of the Career Development Center earned WPI a spot on the Best Career Placement list in the 2015 edition of our book Colleges That Pay You Back.
Another popular option for students looking to gain valuable experience is the Cooperative Education Program. In Co-op, which is non-credit, paid work experience, students get a chance to put the skills they’ve been developing in the classroom, along with their growing technical skills, to use in the business world. Students learn valuable lessons about how the concepts and practices that they’re reading about and carrying out in a laboratory environment work in the day-to-day world of their chosen industry. There are several Massachusetts-specific opportunities that WPI students can take advantage of, including the Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program, for students interested in a career involving clean and sustainable energy; the Mass Life Science Intern Program, where students interested in life sciences are placed with institutions matching their particular interests around the state; the MassTech Internship Partnership, which matches students who are interested in careers in high-tech with various companies around Massachusetts; the MassDiGI Summer Innovation Program (SIP), a digital games institute that gives aspiring video game designers a chance to help design the next big game; and the Tech Generation, which hooks students up with tech start-ups in Boston that might not otherwise have the resources to find and hire interns.
Alumni Network

It should be no surprise that alums have found that WPI has a terrific reputation in the working world. A 1988 alumnus, who double majored in biology and biotechnology, tells us: “WPI students are well-known for being exceptionally prepared, motivated and ready to perform impactful work in the real world. I am happy to report that I recently hired a WPI graduate into my group. As expected for a WPI grad, he is a wonderful member of the team, has the skills to run with complex projects, and has already been tagged as a strong scientist with leadership potential.” From the faculty perspective, an associate professor of mechanical engineering tells us, “We hear from so many employers that our graduates are self-starters.” She explains, “During four years at WPI they not only become highly knowledgeable in a discipline, they develop skills and competencies related to teamwork (they work in a variety of teams and most learn to identify and manage conflict in teams); problem solving (they’re able to ask the right questions, scope problems, manage complex projects and get things done); and ‘learning to learn’—figuring out what they need to learn and jumping right in.” The schools says that it consistently has a 90 percent job and/or graduate school placement upon graduation with students receiving job offers from Amazon, Microsoft, Bose, Dow Chemical, Google, Pfizer, Sikorsky, EMC Corporation, and ExxonMobil, to name a few.


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees


Tuition: $42,178.00
Social Fee: $260.00
Health Fee: $340.00
Total: $42,778.00

Typical Room: $7,466.00
Typical Board Plan: $5,616.00
Books and Supplies: $1,000.00
Personal Expenses: $1,200.00

Total: $58,060.00

Financial Aid

It's no secret. A great education costs a lot of money, but think about the return on your investment. College graduates in general earn over the course of their careers at least $1 million more than those without a degree. For WPI graduates, starting salaries frequently exceed the national averages and graduates are able to move quickly up the ranks to positions of influence as a result of their excellent preparation. In fact, WPI was recently ranked No. 4 for the highest average starting salaries among all national universities.

Applying for Financial Aid
Students should file the FAFSA and CSS Profile on or near their admissions application deadline. WPI should receive all financial aid materials by February 1. Applications after this date will be reviewed subject to funds available.

Most applicants (including early applicants) will receive a financial aid package within two weeks of their acceptance. We'll inform you of the Financial Aid Committee's decision no later than April 15 for regular decision admissions, and you'll have until the Candidates Common Reply Date (May 1) to either accept or decline the offer.

Academic Scholarships
WPI offers academic scholarships to freshman applicants based upon academic performance, standardized test scores, leadership, extracurricular involvement and community service. All admitted applicants are considered and there is no separate application required.

Scholarships vary in amounts, but typically range between $10,000 and $25,000, and are renewable for four years. Valedictorians and Salutatorians are guaranteed a minimum scholarship of $20,000. National Merit, National Achievement, and National Hispanic Recognition Finalists are guaranteed a minimum of $20,000.


Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Tuition and fees for a year at WPI are listed as just over $42,100, with room and board totaling an additional $13,000. Combined with books, supplies, and fees, students can expect to spend approximately $56,860 per year to attend Worcester Polytechnic. In addition to many merit-based scholarships WPI offers a numerous need-based programs, with 99 percent of freshmen receiving some form of financial aid. Between robust aid packages and lucrative career prospects for graduating students, Worcester Polytechnic could be a great investment for those interested in the science, technology, and engineering fields.

Bang For Your Buck

WPI offers several financial aid options in the form of scholarships and grants, loans, and work-study. Need-based aid comes from a variety of State and Federal programs, such as the Pell Grant, as well as institutional scholarships. The school also offers an extremely high number of merit-based scholarships for which students are automatically considered upon application, with several awards that average $12,500 to $25,000. There are special merit scholarships available to students of color, and to students studying in specific disciplines such as chemistry or pre-med. Ninety-five percent of students are receiving need-based aid, and many students cite financial assistance as a determining factor in their decision to attend WPI.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

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

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

WPI has 20 varsity (NCAA Division III) athletics teams and 34 club and intramural athletics. WPI won the "Worcester Cup" for the sixth time in seven years, recognizing it as the top collegiate program in Worcester County. WPI has 14 fraternities and five sororities, 20 music and performing arts group, dozens of academic clubs, international organizations, religious groups and other organizations. Overall, there are more than 200 student clubs and activities.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


32% female
68% male
58% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Students Say

“It’s nice to know that no matter what you like, you’re going to find a kindred spirit at WPI,” says a student of the “rather smart,” “open and friendly” crowd. The school is around 70 percent guys (and almost all of the student body is here for a STEM major) so fraternities and sports are popular (sororities and sports for girls, too), and all have a “nerdy side” that “brings us together.” Still, don’t get it wrong: WPI “is not a school full of Poindexters who never leave their rooms.” “We have athletes, Greek life, theatre, and anything else you can find at any other school. However, we all have a common bond because of our love of math, science, and all things logical,” says a student.


From The School


With its beautiful architecture, grassy quad, and ivy-covered walls, WPI has a traditional New England campus. Students stop and chat with friends and professors on tree-lined paths. They play pool or get a coffee between classes at the Campus Center. They study by the fountain in Reunion Plaza, get a group together an on-campus movie night, stop and smell the roses in the formal English garden behind Higgins House, or see a student play at the Little Theatre.

Home to 12 other colleges and universities and over 35,000 college students, greater Worcester is a great college town. WPI is a member of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, through which WPI students may register for courses at other colleges and take advantage of a wide range of cultural programming offered by consortium members. A shuttle provides free transportation between campuses.

Late-night diners, clubs, museums, concert venues, and theaters are right down the hill from WPI in Worcester's vibrant downtown. Boston is less than an hour away by commuter rail if you want to catch Red Sox fever. There's great skiing and boarding at nearby Wachusett Mountain. If you want to go a bit farther, Worcester is centrally located with easy access to Providence, New York City, the Berkshire and White Mountains, and Cape Cod.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

With all of the amazing things WPI students and faculty do, our outstanding research facilities should come as no surprise.
Our 125,000-square-foot WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park is a state-of-the-art research center housing faculty from four departments. Our two atomic force microscopes let you see individual atoms on a material's surface. The Fire Science Laboratory enables students and faculty to evaluate fire safety measures in actual fire simulations. Laser holography labs, computer music labs, medical imaging labs, a bioprocess lab they're all here, and lots more.

Recent additions to WPI's undergraduate teaching facilities include a newly constructed chemistry laboratory center that facilitates team-based work a new $11 million Undergraduate Life Sciences Laboratory Center that is the focal point for undergraduate teaching and research in biology and biotechnology, biomedical engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, and chemical engineering.

WPI also opened a brand new $53 million Sports and Recreation Center in 2012 including a four-court gymnasium, indoor jogging track, 14,000 sq. ft. of fitness space, racquetball and squash courts, competition pool, workout studios, and rowing tanks.

Off-Campus Opportunities

In Worcester you'll find:

35,000+ college students at 13 colleges and universities

14,800 seats at the DCU Center for arena concerts and sporting events

5,000 years of art and 36 galleries at the Worcester Art Museum

53 parks including the largest urban nature sanctuary in New England and the Olmstead-designed Elm Park

20 ski trails at nearby Wachusett Mountain

1 Gompei the goat (WPI mascot)

Student Organizations & Activities

WPI has 20 varsity (NCAA Division III) athletics teams and 34 club and intramural athletics. WPI won the "Worcester Cup" for the sixth time in seven years, recognizing it as the top collegiate program in Worcester County. WPI has 14 fraternities and five sororities, 20 music and performing arts group, dozens of academic clubs, international organizations, religious groups and other organizations. Overall, there are more than 200 student clubs and activities.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student

Students Say

WPI “does a great job of making sure we all fit in and have an awesome friend group,” says a student. Worcester “isn’t the greatest city,” but “WPI is in a nice area.” There is a great social life on campus as well as off campus, and “there is plenty to do for those eighteen and up as well as twenty-one and up.” “It would literally take hours to describe all the amazing things they take place on campus,” says a junior.
Students are academically engaged during the week “because it’s practically a requirement at WPI,” but know how to let go on weekends and occasional weeknights. With around 200 organizations and “a very active Social Committee” there is always something happening on campus, such as “free movies on weekends (post-theater but pre-DVD release),” “dances, fundraisers, activities, socials, concerts,” LARPing, and robot competitions. “We definitely are a geeky campus,” says a student. Now, “a geeky tech school is not the place someone would expect to find a flourishing Greek community,” says a student. “But in fact the Panhellenic community on campus is excellent.”

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

30% join a fraternity
48% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Engineers)
11 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Engineers)
11 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: Support for minority students is provided mainly through the Office of Diversity Programs (wpi.edu/Admin/Diversity/).

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: College of the Holy Cross
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus


Worcester Polytechnic Institute plays a prominent role in the sustainability leadership on campus and in the local and global communities. The university has established the WPI Task Force on Sustainability and has developed a new Campus Sustainability Plan. Sustainability is woven throughout the university’s project-based curriculum. First year students engage in university-level research and project work focusing on themes of global importance, including food sustainability, the world’s water, and powering the world. One of WPI’s most distinctive offerings is its interactive qualifying project, undertaken during the junior year. The majority of these projects are immersed in creating sustainable solutions to social issues through science or technology in one of more than 40 project centers around the globe. Outside of the classroom, students actively engage in activities ranging from hosting fuel efficient vehicle shows and e-waste drives to leading Engineers without Borders projects. The students have formed a “Green Team” and Eco-Reps educate their peers about waste minimization and energy savings. Student Ambassadors engage middle-school aged students in the excitement of STEM fields.Among WPI's most important environmental decisions was its decree that all new construction meet LEED certification standards. Thus far, WPI has four buildings that meet these standards There are ongoing energy efficiency programs which include LED lighting, motion sensors for climate control and lighting, and solar panels heating the Recreation Center’s swimming pool. The campus offers Zip Car memberships, a ride-sharing website, shuttles to areas around campus and beyond, and a WPI student bicycling club. Chartwells, the university’s dining service, promotes sustainable practices, and features locally produced foods, cage-free eggs, grass-fed beef, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat, and sustainability seafood.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

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

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Barbara Hassett
Visit Coordinator

Office of Admissions - Bartlett Center
100 Institute Rd
Worcester, MA 01609



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student invented fountain
Campus Center
Robotics Lab
Wind Tunnels
Fire Protection Engineering Lab
- New biomedical and life sciences research center at Gateway Park - Pub-style restaurant on-campus - New apartment-style residence hall will open in summer 2013 - New Sports and Recreation Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Worcester Art Museum
Hanover Theatre
DCU Center
Worcester Consortium Colleges/Universiti
Worcester Ecotarium
Students can catch a train or bus into Boston about 1 hour away. There is now a weekend shuttle between the consortium colleges and shops and movie theaters.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and selected Saturdays
M-F 8:30am-5pm (summer: 8am-4pm) & 9am-3pm on Sat

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

9:00am and 1:00pm daily

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Admitted students only


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Logan International Airport in Boston is a one-hour drive from campus. Buses, limousines, and rental cars are available at the airport for the trip to campus. For limousine service, call Worcester Airport Limousine at 800-660-0992 (Massachusetts), 800-343-1369 (outside Massachusetts), or 508-756-4834; reservations are recommended. Worcester Airport, a 10-minute ride from the Institute, is served by USAir and Delta; taxis are available for the ride to campus. Amtrak trains (800-872-7245) and Greyhound (508-754-3247) and Peter Pan (508-754-4600) buses provide regular service to Worcester. Train and bus stations are 5-minute taxi rides from campus. TF Green airport in Providence, RI also an hour drive. Bradley International in Hartford, CT an hour and a half drive.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the south and west, take I-90 (the Massachusetts Tpke.) to Exit 10 (Auburn). Proceed east on I-290 into Worcester. Take Exit 17 (Lincoln Square, Rte. 9), and follow Rte. 9 W. straight through Lincoln Square onto Highland St. Turn right at the traffic light onto West St. and proceed 2 blocks to campus. From the east, take I-90 to Exit 11A (Rte. I-495). Take I-495 N. to I-290, and take I-290 W. into Worcester. Take Exit 18 and turn right at the first traffic light; then make an immediate right before the next traffic light. At the third light, proceed straight through, then bear right onto Salisbury Street. Follow Salisbury to Boynton St. and turn left. Turn right at stop sign onto Institute Rd. Turn right at stop sign onto West St./entrance to visitor parking.

Local Accommodations
The Courtyard Marriott Worcester hotel is located less than 5 minutes from campus (508-363-0300).

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