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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. 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'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. 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.

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

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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.) Seniors in high school should interview before December 15th of their senior year. Interviews are optional but are highly encouraged.

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.

WPI is test-optional; SAT/ACT scores are accepted, but not required. 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
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Exam scores for international students whose first language is not English


Overview

Applicants
10,268
Acceptance Rate
49%
Average HS GPA
3.84

GPA Breakdown

74%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
6%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 720
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 660

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
660 - 760

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 10

Regular — February 1


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Academic Programs


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 does not have failing grades, in order for 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.

Ranked No. 1 as the best study abroad program by Princeton Review in 2016 and referred to as “life changing,” over 65 percent of WPI students travel to more than 40 off-campus locations. Students make a difference to communities and organizations around the globe by bringing ingenious approaches to an astounding array of societal and technological challenges. 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.

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.

WPI offers pre-professional programs (law, medicine, dentistry, and veterinary) and a four plus 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
13.3:1
Total Faculty
534
with Terminal Degree
420

389
Men
145
Women
69
Minority
63
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
80%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
86%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

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

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • 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 Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering 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


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 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

Edward Cheung
NASA Robotics Refueling Mission team and former chief engineer for Hubble

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
80%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
86%

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)
$63,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$112,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$64,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$114,000

Percent High Job Meaning
52%

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.

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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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. 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.

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. 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.

Financial Aid


All admitted applicants are considered for merit-based 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 merit or need-based aid to attend the university, not including federal aid. Most applicants will receive a financial aid package within two weeks of their acceptance.

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.

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.

WPI boasts a 98.1% loan repayment rate, far above the national average of 88.7% – showing that WPI graduates earn strong salaries and are able to pay off their loans and live the life they want.


Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,865

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,934

Average Need-Based Loan
$2,584

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

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,988
Required Fees
$840
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,890
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,218
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 WPI community is welcoming, close-knit, with a robust support system ready to help academically, emotionally, physically, and culturally. The university prioritizes inclusiveness and acceptance.

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.

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.

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.


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,432
Foreign Countries Represented
69

Demographics

4.07%
Asian
2.71%
African-American
9.12%
Hispanic
62.55%
Caucasian
7.38%
Unknown
11.18%
International

34% female
66% male
57% are out of state
96% are full time
4% 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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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.

Worcester boasts over 38,000 college students attending nine universities. 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 and hiking, plus quick travel to Boston, Cape Cod, and New York City.

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
57%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

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


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Laura Rosen

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
216
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
7

28% join a fraternity
45% 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
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.

94/99
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

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, 2017.

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
Apple, Dell, Lenovo

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
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
State-of-the-art specialized laboratories in all science and engineering research departments, including: two atomic-force microscopes, medical imaging lab, fire science lab, laser holography lab, computer music lab; Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Worcester Art Museum
Hanover Theatre
DCU Center
Worcester Consortium Colleges
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

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 is located less than 5 minutes from campus (508-363-0300).


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