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Here, you don't just learn – you do. Everything about WPI is designed to stimulate your curiosity, challenge you, and support you so that you can imagine anything and innovate everything.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is a nationally renowned, private research university college focused on science, technology, engineering, and math. WPI's founding motto of "Theory and Practice" provides a distinctive approach to education by balancing rigorous academics with hands-on learning. At WPI, students go above and beyond traditional classroom education.

WPI's unique project-based education converts classroom concepts into real-world impact. The WPI Plan (wpi.edu/wpi-plan) will set you apart in the world first as a student, then as a sought-after young professional, and ultimately across your career and life.

All WPI students complete two projects that allow them to tackle issues they feel passionate about and make a lasting difference on the world around us from improving access to clean water in rural communities to developing robots for underwater research. Through the Plan, you learn how to learn by applying your classroom experiences to projects that challenge you from a proficiency, social, and global perspective.

WPI was recently ranked No. 1 by the Wall Street Journal for "The Top Faculties; Schools that do the Best in Combining Scholarly Research with Classroom Instruction" and consistently receives high rankings as one of America's Best Colleges, according to the U.S. News & World Report. The university has earned praise and attention for its project-based curriculum, small class sizes, robust career services, study-abroad opportunities, return on investment, and ability to create futures. Find out more at wpi.edu/+formula.

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Overview

Applicants
10,331
Acceptance Rate
48%
Average HS GPA
3.86

GPA Breakdown

77%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
5%
3.25 - 3.49
2%
3.00 - 3.24

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
660 - 730
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13.1:1
Total Faculty
516
with Terminal Degree
413

364
Men
152
Women
73
Minority
45
International

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
87%
Graduate in 6 years
89%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Management Information Systems, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Technical and Scientific Communication.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.
  • Computer Software and Media Applications, Other.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering.
  • Architectural Engineering.
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics.
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

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

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Science, Technology and Society.
  • Sustainability Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Game and Interactive Media Design.


Students Say

The reputation of Worcester Polytechnic Institute amongst engineers around the country is impeccable, and rightfully so: this highly hands-on research 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... projects around the world.” As one sophomore in engineering 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.”


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Dean Kamen
Serial Entrepreneur; founded FIRST Robotics to inspire students in science and technology

Edward Cheung
NASA Robotics Refueling Mission team and former chief engineer on the Hubble Space Telescope

Nancy Pimental
Award-winning screenwriter for South Park and the movie The Sweetest Thing

Robert Goddard
Father of modern rocketry

Michael J. Dolan
President, ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Chartsiri Sophonpanich
President, Bangkok Bank Limited

Maria Elisa Carvajal
Marketing Director, Colgate Palmolive

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
87%
Graduate in 6 years
89%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$69,200

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$129,400

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$70,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$134,700

Percent High Job Meaning
46%

Percent STEM
87%


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, 46 percent WPI alumni visiting PayScale.com report feeling as though their job has a high level of meaning.

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. 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 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 WPI's reputation for exemplary performance on-the-job, a good number of these projects are completed with corporate sponsorship. 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 rate upon graduation with students receiving job offers from Amazon, Microsoft, Bose, Dow Chemical, Google, Pfizer, Sikorsky, EMC Corporation, and ExxonMobil, to name a few.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,795

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,942

Average Need-Based Loan
$2,267

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$20,958

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$49,860
Required Fees
$670
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$6,096
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,774
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,435
Foreign Countries Represented
69

Demographics

3.30%
Asian
2.93%
African-American
9.32%
Hispanic
63.50%
Caucasian
7.56%
Unknown
10.93%
International

36% female
64% male
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. Fraternities, sororities, and sports are popular, and all students 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.

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
59%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Wellness Housing

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


Director
Laura Rosen

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
2

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
2

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
220
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
7

27% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

60% participate in intramural sports
15% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Engineers)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Soccer
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Engineers)
11 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: College of the Holy Cross
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

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.

91/99
AASHE STARS® rating
GOLD
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

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

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, Lenovo

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Barbara Hassett
Campus Visit Coordinator

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

Phone
508-831-5286

Email
admissions@wpi.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Quadrangle
Campus Center
The Goat's Head Restaurant
Gordon Library
Sports & Recreation Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Worcester Art Museum
Hanover Theater
DCU Center
Worcester Consortium Colleges
Worcester Ecotarium
Students can catch a train or bus into Boston which is 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

508-831-5286

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@wpi.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Admitted students only

Transportation

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 North: Take I-495 south to I-290. Follow directions from east. From the East: Take Mass. Turnpike (I-90) to Exit 11A (I-495). Proceed north to exit 25B (I-290), then west into Worcester. Take Exit 18 (Lincoln Sq., Rte. 9), turn right at end of ramp, then an immediate right before next traffic light. At next light, proceed straight through, bearing to the right on Salisbury St. At the WPI sign, turn left onto Boynton St., then right onto Institute Rd. Take your first right (Private Way). From the South and West: Take Mass. Turnpike (I-90) to Exit 10 (Auburn). Proceed east on I-290 into Worcester. Take Exit 17 (Lincoln Sq., Rte. 9), turn left at end of ramp, follow Rte. 9 west through Lincoln Sq., straight onto Highland St., then right at light onto West St. Travel one block and cross Institute Road (onto Private Way).

Local Accommodations
The Courtyard Marriott Worcester hotel and Hampton Inn & Suites hotel are located less than 5 minutes from campus (508-363-0300).


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