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Tuition & Fees

$46,994

$46,994

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
17%
600-699
48%
500-599
28%
400-499
7%
700-800
47%
600-699
44%
500-599
9%
700-800
15%
600-699
47%
500-599
32%
400-499
5%
300-399
1%
30-36
54%
24-29
42%
18-23
4%
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undergraduateRatios

67%

33%

male

female

1
13

teacher

students

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Selective

48%

acceptance rate

Accepted 4,938
Declined + 5,234
Total Received 10,172
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Private (nonprofit)

4,299

undergraduate students

2,274

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Mechanical Engineering
  2. Electrical/computer Engineering
  3. Computer Science
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Codes

SAT 3969
ACT 1942

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Fun Facts

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute received the little black goat that became its mascot in 1893, a gift from the sophomore class. The goat was named Gompei after the Japanese student, Gompei Kuwada, who was chosen to take care of him, allegedly because his initials stood for "goat keeper."
  • Students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are careful not to step on The Seal found in the middle of the school's Quad--legend says students that do won't graduate on time!

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School Facts

Founded in 1865, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is a highly selective independent technological university. Its 80-acre campus is located in Worcester, 40 miles from Boston.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 6,573
Established in 1865
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  NEASC (New England Assn. of Schools and Colleges)

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Worcester, MA

80-acre, suburban campus in Worcester (population: 183,016), 40 miles from Boston. Served by air, bus, and train; major airport serves Boston. School operates transportation to consortium schools and downtown Worcester. Public transportation serves campus.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
49%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
97%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
14 fraternities 31% of male students
 
5 sororities 49% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
65%
Top 1/4
91%
Top 1/2
98%
Bottom 1/2
2%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
17%
600-699
48%
500-599
28%
400-499
7%
700-800
47%
600-699
44%
500-599
9%
700-800
15%
600-699
47%
500-599
32%
400-499
5%
300-399
1%
30-36
54%
24-29
42%
18-23
4%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $65
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline February 1
School has early decision program no
School has early action program yes
Early action program application deadline November 1 and January 1
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Required of some
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Not used
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted

Selective

48%

acceptance rate

Accepted 4,938
Declined + 5,234
Total Received 10,172

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Extracurricular activities
Recommendations
Standardized test scores

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Essay
Geographical residence
Interview
Particular talent/ability
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Jennifer Cluett
Director of Admissions
P: 508 831-5286
F: 508 831-5875
admissions@wpi.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $2,874,682
State $859,562
Institutional $51,963,592
Other external $3,685,870
Total $59,383,706

Non-need-based

Federal
State
Institutional $19,773,085
Other external $4,528,450
Total $24,301,535

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
crew
cross-country
field hockey
football
soccer
softball
swimming
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
wrestling

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Liberty League (Division III), New England College Wrestling Association (Division III), New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (Division III)
Mascot
Goat
School colors
crimson and silver
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Actuarial Mathematics
Aerospace Engineering
Applied Mathematics
Applied Statistics
Architectural Engineering
Biochemistry
Bioinformatics
Biology
Biology/Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineering
Bioscience Administration
Biotechnology
Business Administration
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Construction Management
Construction Project Management
Economic Science
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Physics
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Science
Financial Mathematics
Fire Protection Engineering
Humanities/Arts
Industrial Engineering
Industrial Mathematics
Information Technology
Interactive Media/Game Development
Interdisciplinary Studies
Liberal Arts/Engineering
Management
Management Engineering
Management Information Systems
Management/Computer Applications
Manufacturing Engineering
Marketing/Technological Innovation
Materials Processing Engineering
Materials Science/Engineering
Mathematical Science
Mathematical Sciences
Mechanical Engineering
Operations Design/Leadership
Physics
Professional Writing
Psychological Science
Robotics Engineering
Social Science
Society/Technology/Policy
System Dynamics
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Undergraduate

65%

4,299
students

Female
33%
1,436

Male
67%
2,863

Graduate

35%

2,274
students

Female
28%
645

Male
72%
1,629

undergraduateFull-time

96%

4,158
students

Female
34%
1,398

Male
66%
2,760

undergraduatePart-time

4%

141
students

Female
27%
38

Male
73%
103

Student Break-down

12%
Nonresident aliens
2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
8%
Hispanic/Latino
50%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

32%

Transfer applicants accepted

44%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 3.00
High school transcript Required of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Not Required/Recommended
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: July 1

Spring: December 15

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

2

years

Minimum transfers must complete

72

quarter hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Other
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

Not Reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

90%

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Other
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 74
Countries most often represented China
Greece
India
Saudi Arabia
Thailand
Vietnam
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Julie Loveless
Coordinator of International Admissions
508 831-5286
intl_admissions@wpi.edu

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