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
Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus
Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus

From the School

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 private college with a unique and innovative curriculum 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.

WPI's renowned 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. In 1970, the WPI Plan was a bold experiment. Today, it's a proven and highly effective model for undergraduate learning that's both adaptable and rigorous. 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.

Projects are the core of the WPI Plan. 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.

At WPI, students go above and beyond traditional classroom education. 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.

WPI 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. These results are typical at WPI. The education you get here is anything but. Find out more at wpi.edu/+formula.

Overall

From The School



WPI is a member of the Common Application, the exclusive method by which to apply to WPI. 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.)

The regular decision deadline is Feb. 1, while the two early-action deadlines are Nov. 1 and Jan. 1, respectively. The deadline for transfer students to apply for fall admission is Apr. 15 on a rolling notification.

Academic requirements include four years of math (including pre-calculus), four years of English, and two years of lab science.

Other requirements include:
  • High school transcript including most recent senior grades
  • Teacher recommendation (preferably in math or science)
  • Guidance counselor recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • SAT/ACT scores or materials through WPI’s test-optional path
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Exam scores for international students whose first language is not English
Interviews
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.

Overview

Applicants
10,172
Acceptance Rate
49%
Average HS GPA
3.80

GPA Breakdown

73%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
6%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

Learn about new SAT scores and college admission here
SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 740
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 670
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 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 10

Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Overall

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 strategically manage projects, collaborate with others, and 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). As part of the WPI Plan, you have the freedom and the responsibility to choose the courses and experiences that best suit your goals and interests. In addition, WPI eliminated failing grades. We want the focus to be on learning, teamwork, and collaboration, not on competing. You earn A, B, C, or NR (No Record). This unique grading system encourages you to branch out, experiment, and cross disciplinesthat's where amazing things happen at WPI, and ultimately, in your career.

Our Global Projects Program is not an ordinary study abroad program like everything else at WPI, it's distinctive. Students make a difference to communities and organizations around the globe by bringing ingenious approaches to an astounding array of societal and technological challenges. The global immersion experience is often the component of the project work that students' reflect on as "life changing."

Ranked the best study abroad program by Princeton Review in 2016, over 65 percent of WPI students travel to more than 40 off-campus locations. Immersed in new cultures, they tackle unstructured problems in ways that are meaningful to local communities. Past projects have included the creation of an ambulance dispatch system for the city of Venice and improvements on earthquake mitigation and recovery efforts in Taipei.

Top-tier employers seek out WPI graduates for their real-world experience and ability to work collaboratively. With more than 92 percent of graduates in jobs or attending graduate school within several months of graduation, students are recruited by leading organizations such as Pfizer, General Electric, Fidelity Investments, Tesla, and Google. Not surprisingly, WPI graduates' starting salaries are 32% higher than the national average, 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 50 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 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 fourplus five-year BS/MS program. You can even create your own major or minor program and go out on co-op. A comprehensive academic advising program and a wide array of academic support services help students make the right choices and reach their goals.


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13.4:1
Total Faculty
514
with Terminal Degree
408

379
Men
135
Women
76
Minority
54
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
83%
Graduate in 6 years
85%

Majors

  • 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
  • Army 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."


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


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
76%
Graduate in 5 years
83%
Graduate in 6 years
85%

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)
$62,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$110,500

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$63,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$110,300

Percent High Job Meaning
53%

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, 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.

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees



A great education costs a lot of money – so you should make sure to attend a university that delivers 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. WPI graduates have 32% higher starting salaries than the national average, and graduates are able to move quickly up the ranks to positions of influence as a result of WPI’s real-world training. WPI also boasts a 98.1% loan repayment rate, far above the national average of 88.7% – showing that graduates are making more than enough money to pay off their loans and live the life they want.

Financial Aid



All admitted applicants are considered for academic scholarships based upon academic performance, leadership, extracurricular involvement and community service and there is no separate application required. Students can also indicate they wish to be considered for need-based aid. Around 97 percent of WPI students receive meritor need-based aid to attend the university, not including federal aid.

Students are required to file the FAFSA and CSS Profile no later than February 1. It is best to file on or near the application deadline. By filing early, you will receive notification of your aid much sooner, allowing you to make informed decisions.

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.

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 enrollment deadline (May 1) to either accept or decline the offer.


Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Tuition and fees for a year at WPI are listed as just over $43,612, 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
$23,869

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,103

Average Need-Based Loan
$2,542

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,869

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,364
Required Fees
$630
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,756
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,736
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
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

From The School



The student community of innovators and explorers that thrive here make their own decisions and set their own course, want to be leaders and not followers, are eager to tackle the issues that will make the world a better place, work in teams to get things done and love math and science but feel just as passionate about other subjects.

There's lots to do here at WPI and in the surrounding Worcester area to complement the skills you gain from the classroom with many different academic, professional, social, and athletic organizations. You can volunteer your time at a number of local nonprofit organizations, join a fraternity or sorority, offer your talents to over 200 student life groups, such as an a cappella group or theatre production, or channel your inner Saturday Night Live performer and participate in a sketch comedy group, and that's just the beginning.

WPI recognizes leadership ability in our students and provides programming to nurture new leaders and help existing leaders grow their skill set. Open to all WPI students from aspiring to experienced student leaders WPI's range of innovative leadership development programs gives student the tools they need to succeed.

Twenty varsity sports, and 44 club sports and intramural teams are sponsored by WPI, supporting a wide range of athletic interests and abilities. In addition, WPI's Sports & Recreation Center, opened in 2013, is one of the finest higher education athletic facilities in the Northeast, as well as one of the greenest sports centers in the nation.

You'll become a member of a close-knit, inclusive, and safe community at WPI with a robust support system ready to help academically, emotionally, physically, and culturally. Along the way, you'll learn more about yourself and others, connect with new people, pursue both long-term passions and new interests, hone leadership skills, give back to the community, gain real-world experience and have fun.


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,299
Foreign Countries Represented
74

Demographics

4.57%
Asian
2.32%
African-American
8.43%
Hispanic
62.94%
Caucasian
6.25%
Unknown
12.26%
International

33% female
67% male
57% 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.

Overview

From The School


Location



Founded in 1865, WPI's 95-acre campus is located in a residential area of Worcester (Wus-tah), Massachusetts, the second largest city in New England behind only Boston. With its beautiful architecture, green spaces and ivy-covered walls, WPI has a classic New England feel. Ranked ninth on Forbes' "America's Most Livable Cities," the up-and-coming city offers the charm and ease of a college town with the convenience of urban living.

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.

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.

WPI’s Sports and Recreation Center is one of the greenest in the nation and includes 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



Worcester boasts over 38,000 college students attending nine universities Boston. Along with a robust college population, Worcester offers world-class restaurants, cultural sights, concerts and sporting events, beautiful parks and affordable cost of living. The city also has easy access for area transportation to regional amenities such as skiing, plus quick travel to Boston, Cape Cod, and New York City.


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
49%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other

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
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
231
Number of Honor Societies
14

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
7

31% join a fraternity
49% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

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: 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

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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
29%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
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 Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

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

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
28

Average Number of PC's per Lab
18

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
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Barbara Hassett
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
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
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
9:00am and 1:00pm when offered

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 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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