4,435
Students
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35,614
Avg. Financial Aid
Very Selective
Admission Difficulty
48
5009/10331
Acceptance Rate
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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 consistently receives high rankings as one of America's Best Colleges, according to the U.S. News & World Report. The university has earned praise for its project-based curriculum, small class sizes, robust career services, and study-abroad opportunities.

The Princeton Review ranks WPI as one of the 50 "Colleges that Create Futures", and "Colleges that Pay You Back." Discover our formula for success.

The Revolutionary WPI Plan Sets You Apart

WPI’s distinctive approach to education, the WPI Plan, balances rigorous academics with hands-on learning. The renowned project-based education converts your classroom learning into real-world impact – from improving access to clean water in rural communities to developing robots for underwater research.

All WPI students complete 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.

WPI’s study abroad program – Top 10 in the Princeton Review five years running – is not typical, either. Rather than simply study elsewhere for a few weeks, projects are completed abroad. 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." Immersed in new cultures, students tackle unstructured problems in real communities.

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 $66,983 – 32 percent higher than the national average (NACE).

WPI is ranked No. 5 in The Princeton Review for “Best Job and Career Placement Services”, due to its internship and co-op opportunities, plus the Career Development Center (CDC). The CDC 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.

Find Your People at WPI

WPI students are creative and curious, enjoy working in teams, want to make the world a better place, and love math and science, but are passionate about much more.

WPI is a close-knit, inclusive, diverse, and safe community with a robust support system ready to help. There’s lots to do on campus with over 250 academic, professional, social, and athletic organizations, 20 varsity sports, and over 40 club sports and intramural teams.

WPI's 95-acre campus is located in a residential area of Worcester (Wus-tah), Massachusetts, the second-largest city in New England within easy travel distance to major cities in the region. 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.

Location & Contact

Address 100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA  01609-2280
United States
Contact Jennifer Cluett
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Email: admissions@wpi.edu
Phone: 508-831-5286
Fax: 508-831-5875

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, And Computational Biology Related Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Management Information Systems Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
Technical And Scientific Communication Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Computer Software And Media Applications Related Checkmark
Engineering Associate Bachelors
Aerospace, Aeronautical And Astronautical/space Engineering Checkmark
Architectural Engineering Checkmark
Bioengineering And Biomedical Engineering Checkmark
Chemical Engineering Checkmark
Civil Engineering Checkmark
Electrical And Electronics Engineering Checkmark
Engineering Physics/applied Physics Checkmark
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering Checkmark
Industrial Engineering Checkmark
Mechanical Engineering Checkmark
Mechatronics, Robotics, And Automation Engineering Checkmark
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Sustainability Studies Checkmark
Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Game And Interactive Media Design Checkmark

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

10,331
Applied
5,009
Accepted
4,435
Enrolled
48%
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Female Admissions

2,631
Females Applied
1,694
Females Accepted
64%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

7,700
Males Applied
3,315
Males Accepted
43%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

65
Application Fee
3.86
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
2 recommendations
Required for some programs Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen February 1st April 1st
Other early decision plan November 1st December 20th
Transfer April 15th Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 620 710
SAT Math 660 730
ACT Composite 28 32

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

49,860
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Fees

670
Full-time student fees
14,774
Room & board
8,440
Room only
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan Yes
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Tuition deferred payment Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

35,614
Avg. Financial Aid Package
34,841
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
19,818
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
2,267
Avg. Loan Aid
15,800
Avg. Grant Aid
22,942
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
81%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
47%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

4,435
Total undergrad students
11%
International Students
57%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 9.32%
Black or African American 2.93%
White or Caucasian 63.5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.44%
Asian 3.3%
Two or more races 2.03%
Other 7.56%

Gender

Male (63.83%)
Female (36.17%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 59%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Relay for Life, Spring Concert and Black Student Union Fashion Show

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Student Government Association, Panhellenic, Interfraternity Council, Intramural and Club Sports and Music Association

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
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Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Crew No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Fencing Checkmark No No
Field Hockey No No No
Football Checkmark Division 3 No
Golf Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball No No No
Squash Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Wrestling Checkmark Division 3 No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Crew No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Fencing Checkmark No No
Field Hockey No Division 3 No
Football No No No
Golf Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball No Division 3 No
Squash Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 3 No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Wrestling No No No

Faculty

516
Total Faculty
13:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 389
Part-time - 127
Male - 364
Female - 152
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