Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA
location
Private
type
Suburban
setting
34%
66%
student ratio
4,432
total students
$46,364 | $46,364
in-state | out-of-state tuition
February 1
fall application deadline
48%
acceptance rate
Very Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
678
sat math
623
sat reading
613
sat writing
30
act composite

Overview

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Imagine Anything, 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 - from improving access to clean water in rural communities to developing robots for underwater research. At WPI, students have the freedom to customize their education by choosing the courses and experiences that best suit their goals, all while fulfilling the degree requirements.

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 and within easy travel distance to major cities in the region, including New York City. Ranked ninth on Forbes' "America's Most Livable Cities," the up-and-coming city boasts over 38,000 college students attending nine universities. Worcester offers the charm and ease of a college town with the convenience of urban living.

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

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, and study-abroad opportunities. The Princeton Review ranked WPI as one of the 50 colleges in their 2016 inaugural guide to "Colleges that Create Futures", and in their 2015 list of the top 50 "Colleges that Pay You Back."

Some other rankings WPI excels in are:

- No. 1, Most Popular Study Abroad Program, Princeton Review

- No. 10, Best Career Placement, Princeton Review

- Top 10 Best Colleges for Females in STEM Fields, Best Colleges Online

- No. 11, Best Athletic Facilities, Princeton Review

- No. 12, Best Salary Outcomes, Chronicle of Higher Education

- No. 13, Their Students Love These Colleges, Princeton Review

- No. 14, Best Career Services, Princeton Review

- No. 15, Top Internship Opportunities, Princeton Review

- No. 16, Best Value/Top Return on Investment, Payscale.com (20-year net return on investment of $722,100)

- No. 19, Happiest Students, Princeton Review

These results are typical at WPI. The education you get here is anything but. Discover our formula for success.

The Revolutionary WPI Plan Sets You Apart

The 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, which you will learn about in the next few sections, you learn how to learn. The WPI Plan applies your classroom experiences to projects that challenge you from a proficiency, social, and global perspective.

Does it work? Our 97 percent first-year retention rate (per the New York Times) is among the highest in the nation. Plus, a comprehensive study of our graduates confirmed the professional and personal benefits of learning and living according to the Plan.

Employers believe in the Plan too, consistently citing the value of WPI students having exposure to many different things: working with teams, working on conflict resolution within teams, problem solving - experiences that require they figure things out.

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 disciplines- that's where amazing things happen at WPI, and ultimately, in your career.

At WPI, You Don't Just Learn - You Do

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. Faculty advisors bring the experience. Students bring the imagination.

Recognized as one of the most creative and effective innovations in technological higher education, the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) requires that you, as a junior, delve into a problem that matters to real people. The IQP is intended to help WPI graduates understand, as citizens and professionals, how their careers will affect society at large.

A significant portion of your senior year at WPI is devoted to the Major Qualifying Project (MQP). Often completed in partnership with corporate sponsors, this capstone work in your major field provides you the opportunity to gain real-world design, research, and problem-solving experience within your major field and for you to develop skills along the way that employers and graduate schools require. In turn, you'll be able to prove to employers that you know how to get things done.

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. Thousands of these projects have been completed for hundreds of sponsors, the majority at one of our many project centers across the United States and the globe.

Distinctive Study Abroad Program Where You Make a Difference

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 WPI offers students is a key element of the WPI Plan and 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 across six continents- strategically positioned in locations ranging from large international cities to small mountainside villages. Immersed in new cultures, they tackle unstructured problems in ways that are meaningful to local sponsors in real communities.

You, as a student, come to recognize global and cultural complexities, learn to strategically manage projects, and to communicate clearly with peers, local residents, and sponsors as you become immersed in a problem that really matters to real people. One project done abroad by WPI students involved converting a London borough's waste into energy.

Launch Your Career with Confidence at WPI

Employers are eager to hire WPI graduates - 92 percent of WPI students are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. With an average starting salary of $66,805 - 32 percent higher than the national average, per NACE - students who come to WPI succeed in their career and earn a good living. WPI prepares students for successful careers through rigorous academics, a renowned project-based curriculum, and a co-op program.

The co-op program is a non-credit, paid work experience for undergraduate students that gives them the chance to complement and reinforce skills they've learned in the classroom and can be easily integrated into a student's academic plan, enabling them to still graduate on time in four years.

Co-op increases awareness of the day-to- day operations of career opportunities and will expose you to professional standards and the methods used to accomplish objectives in a business environment. Because of these opportunities, co-op often leads to permanent employment - with a higher starting salary- after graduation.

WPI will also help students find placement after graduation. Voted No. 10 for Career Placement and No. 19 for Top Internship Opportunities by the Princeton Review (2016), WPI's Career Development Center offers personalized service to help students and alumni explore their interests and assess their skills and values to make smart decisions related to their majors and careers.

Join a Vibrant Community at WPI

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.


Location & Contact

100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609-2280
USA

Mrs.Jennifer Cluett

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

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

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business, Management, and Marketing Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Software and Media Applications Related
      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.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      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.
    • Industrial Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Science, Technology and Society
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sustainability Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences and Humanities Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics and Statistics Related
      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.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

48% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied10,468
    • Accepted5,071
    • Acceptance Rate48%
    • Enrolled4,432
    • Female Applicants2,686
    • Females Accepted1,589
    • Female Acceptance Rate59%
    • Male Applicants7,782
    • Males Accepted3,482
    • Male Acceptance Rate44%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$65
    • 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 freshman3.84
  • 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 623 570 680
    • SAT Math 678 630 720
    • SAT Writing 613 570 660
    • ACT Composite 30 28 32
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$46,364
    • Out-of-state tuition *$46,364
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$630
    • Room and board *$13,736
    • Room only *$7,846
    • * 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 Students4,432
    • Male Student Percentage66%
    • Female Student Percentage34%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino9.12%
    • Black or African American2.71%
    • White or Caucasian62.55%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.37%
    • Asian4.07%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races2.62%
    • Unknown or International Student7.38%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout11.18% representing 69 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students57% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 57%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • 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
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Crew No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No 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 No No No
    • Squash Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Wrestling Yes Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Crew No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No 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 No Division 3 No
    • Squash Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Wrestling Yes No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty534
    • Full-time Percentage69%
    • Part-time Percentage31%
    • Female Percentage27%
    • Male Percentage73%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio13:1 or 5,643 students to 423 faculty


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