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Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • Worcester, MA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 33%67%
    student ratio
  • 4,134
    total students
  • $42,178 | $42,178
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 1
    fall application deadline
  • 51%
    acceptance rate
  • Very Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 695
    sat math
  • 620
    sat reading
  • 620
    sat writing
  • 30
    act composite

Overview

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Is a Small Technical University in a New England Setting

Founded in 1865, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), located in the lively city of Worcester, Massachusetts, is a small, private college with a unique, focus on science and technology education. Worcester Polytechnic Institute's traditional New England campus spans more than 80 acres of a private, quiet hilltop area of the city of Worcester. With just over 5,000 undergraduates and graduates comprising the student population, the campus functions as a close-knit community more so than a traditional large technological university.

WPI Is a Top-Ranked School, One of America's Best Colleges

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has consistently received high rankings as one of America's Best Colleges, according to "U.S. News & World Report." The university has also earned praise and attention for its project-based curriculum, small class sizes, and study-abroad opportunities.

Of special note is the school's M.B.A program, which was ranked number 1 in the country by Business Week for Best Part-Time M.B.A. Program.

Undergraduate Programs Are Offered in a Variety of Disciplines

Undergraduate programs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are designed to prepare students for both academic challenges and global problem solving. Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers degrees in engineering and computer science, liberal arts and humanities, sciences, business, and pre-professional studies.

Students may also choose an individually designed (ID) major, administered by the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division (IGSD). The IGSD primarily oversees the university's main multidisciplinary programs: the ID Major, the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP), and the Global Perspectives Program.

The Individually Designed (ID) Major Is Ideal for Students with a Specific Career Focus in Mind

Individually designed (ID) majors combine technical and nontechnical areas of study already offered by Worcester Polytechnic Institute to construct a unique major with a specific career focus in mind. Students interested in pursuing ID majors work with their advisers and with the dean of the IGSD to design a feasible program that can be carried out with the resources available at the university.

The Global Perspectives Program Moves Students Beyond the Campus

Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Global Perspectives Program encourages students to move beyond campus to witness social and technological problems in different areas around the world. Students travel to one of the institution's more than 35 project centers, located within the United States and at international sites such as Bangkok, Thailand, and Cape Town, South Africa, to observe regional problems and develop technological solutions.

The Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) Tackles Real-World Problems

One of Worcester Polytechnic Institute's most unique features is its Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP), an academic requirement that challenges students to tackle real-world problems involving science and technology as well as social issues. More than half of all Worcester Polytechnic Institute students complete the IQP outside the country through the Global Perspectives Program.

IQPs typically span 7 weeks (one term) and are not always related to a student's major field of study, but are intended to help students understand their personal roles in society as they prepare to enter technological careers.

As juniors, students team up to analyze a technological issue and its impact on society. 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.

Students work with universities and other institutions at their overseas destination to observe the current state of the problem and its impact on citizens. Students then propose and test possible solutions with the help of overseas organizations. Upon returning to Worcester, students complete a final report for the registrar. All students pursuing a B.S. or a B.A. at WPI must complete an IQP.

The Liberal Arts and Engineering (LAE) Program Broadens Engineering Degrees

Students interested in both liberal arts and engineering may choose to enter the unique Liberal Arts and Engineering (LAE) program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The program is for students with possible interests in the performing arts, law, business, or a related field, but wanting degree strong technological background rooted in engineering concepts. The program includes a traditional engineering-based focus on physics, chemistry, and math while simultaneously incorporating a humanities-based examination of social issues, environmental studies, ethics, economics, communications, and other topics.

The program also creates an easy transition to an engineering B.S. program for students who decide to switch focus.

The Major Qualifying Project (MQP)

All undergraduate students must complete a major qualifying project (MQP), in which students go beyond the classroom and tackle open-ended problems they might encounter on the job. For instance, a computer science major might complete an MQP on "network congestion control," while a mathematical sciences major might complete an MQP on "insurance product development."

In their senior year students first work with an adviser to settle on a topic of study that represents the student's total educational program. Students must then conduct research and demonstrate development and application of the skills, methods, and knowledge of the discipline. The goal of this project is to provide students nearing graduation the opportunity to gain real-world design or research experience within their major field -- and for them to develop skills along the way that employers and graduate schools require.

Student Organizations at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Undergraduate students attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute belong to many different academic, professional, social, and athletic organizations. Honorary societies and professional clubs allow students with specialized academic interests to meet, socialize, and collaborate on related activities.

Twenty varsity sports, 31 club sports and numerous intramural opportunities are sponsored by WPI, supporting a wide range of athletic interests and abilities.

Over 30% of WPI student are involved in the performing arts, including music and theatre. There are numerous opportunities for students with 12 music ensembles and 5 theatre groups on campus.

Scientific and technological clubs such as the Game Development Club, Lens and Lights and the Wireless Association provide forums for technological development in a social atmosphere. Members of Engineers Without Borders work to develop environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects on local and global levels.


Location & Contact

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609-2280
USA

Mr.Edward Connor

Dean of Admissions

Phone: 508-831-5286
Fax: 508-831-5875
Email: admissions@wpi.edu

Contact school now

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Artificial Intelligence
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Science/Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Architectural Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering Mechanics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Materials Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Nuclear Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Engineering/Industrial Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biomedical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cell Biology and Histology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Animal Genetics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Science, Technology and Society
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Materials Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Science technologies
    • Biology/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Intermedia/Multimedia
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Actuarial Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

51% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied8,578
    • Accepted4,425
    • Acceptance Rate51%
    • Enrolled4,134
    • Female Applicants2,153
    • Females Accepted1,362
    • Female Acceptance Rate63%
    • Male Applicants6,425
    • Males Accepted3,063
    • Male Acceptance Rate47%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.70
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 1st April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer April 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 620 570 670
    • SAT Math 695 650 740
    • SAT Writing 620 570 670
    • ACT Composite 30 27 32
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$42,178
    • Out-of-state tuition *$42,178
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$600.00
    • Room and board *$13,082.00
    • Room only *$7,466.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planYes
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students4,134
    • Male Student Percentage67%
    • Female Student Percentage33%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino7.01%
    • Black or African American2.47%
    • White or Caucasian62.6%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.19%
    • Asian4.77%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races2.93%
    • Unknown4.81%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout12.64% representing 68 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students55% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 49%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, Social Committee (Student Events Programming Board), Music Association (all music-performing groups), intramural and club sports, International Student Council
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball Yes Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Crew No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 3 No
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football No Division 3 No
    • Golf Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Squash Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track Yes Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes Division C No
    • Wrestling Yes Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Crew No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 3 No
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Squash Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track Yes Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Water polo Yes Division C No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty478
    • Full-time Percentage69%
    • Part-time Percentage31%
    • Female Percentage25%
    • Male Percentage75%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio14:1 or 5,244 students to 380 faculty


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