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Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), founded in 1865 as one of the nation's first engineering and technology universities, is a highly selective, independent technological university. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs on its 80-acre campus is located in Worcester, 40 miles from Boston.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

Tuition & Fees

$52,320

$52,320

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
33%
600-699
57%
500-599
10%
700-800
62%
600-699
35%
500-599
3%
700-800
12%
600-699
49%
500-599
33%
400-499
5%
300-399
1%
200-299
0
30-36
69%
24-29
29%
18-23
2%
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undergraduateRatios

60%

male

40%

female

1

teacher

14

students

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Selective

49%

acceptance rate

Accepted 5,255
Declined + 5,390
Total Received 10,645
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Private (nonprofit)

4,761

undergraduate students

2,133

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

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

SAT 3969
ACT 1942

Social Networks

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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Location

School Facts

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), founded in 1865 as one of the nation's first engineering and technology universities, is a highly selective, independent technological university. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs on its 80-acre campus is located in Worcester, 40 miles from Boston.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 6,894
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)
•  NECHE (New England Commission of Higher Education)

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Worcester, MA

95-acre, suburban campus in Worcester (population: (184,000), 40 miles from Boston. Served by air, bus, and train; major airport serves Boston. School operates transportation to consortium schools and downtown Worcester.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609-2280

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
60%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
94%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
13 fraternities 27% of male students
 
6 sororities 37% of female students
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
63%
Top 1/4
96%
Top 1/2
100%
Bottom 1/2
0%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
33%
600-699
57%
500-599
10%
700-800
62%
600-699
35%
500-599
3%
700-800
12%
600-699
49%
500-599
33%
400-499
5%
300-399
1%
200-299
0
30-36
69%
24-29
29%
18-23
2%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $65
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 15
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 1
School has early action program yes
Early action program application deadline November 1
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Neither
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Considered if submitted
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted

Selective

49%

acceptance rate

Accepted 5,255
Declined + 5,390
Total Received 10,645

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
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

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

Financial Aid

80%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$38,719

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $51,604
Room $8,736
Board $6,566
Additional fees $716
Books & supplies $1,000
Total $68,622
Average Financial Aid - $38,719
Total with Avg. Aid $29,903
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Financial Aid Deadline

FAFSA
February 1

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
February 1

Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement
February 1

Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement

Financial Aid Office

P: 508 831-5469
F: 508 831-5039
finaid@wpi.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Jessica Sabourin
Director of Student Aid and Financial Literacy
finaid@wpi.edu

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

Club Sports - Men's

basketball, flag football, indoor soccer, volleyball

Club Sports - Women's

basketball, flag football, indoor soccer, softball, volleyball

Intramural/Recreational Sports

alpine skiing, badminton, ballroom dance team, billiards, cheerleading, cricket, cycling, dance team, fencing, fitness, freestyle wrestling, golf, ice hockey, inline hockey, karate, lacrosse, motorsports, nordic skiing, rugby, running, sailing, scuba diving, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, spikeball, squash, step team, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, underwater hockey, volleyball, water polo

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Athletic Directors

Dana L. Harmon (men's)
Director Of Physical Education, Recreation, And Athletics
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference, New England Wrestling Association
Mascot
Gompei the Goat
School colors
Crimson and Grey

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Actuarial Mathematics
Aerospace Engineering
Applied Mathematics
Applied Physics
Applied Statistics
Architectural Engineering
Biochemistry
Bioinformatics/Computational Biology
Biology/Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineering
Business
Business Administration
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Computational Biomedical Sciences/Engineering
Computer Science
Construction Project Management
Data Science
Economic Science
Electrical/Computer Engineering
Electrical/Computing Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Environmental/Sustainability Studies
Financial Mathematics
Fire Protection Engineering
Humanities/Arts
Industrial Engineering
Industrial Mathematics
Information Technology
Innovation with User Experience
Interactive Design/Game Development
Interactive Media/Game Development
International/Global Studies
Learning Science/Technologies
Learning Sciences/Technology
Liberal Arts/Engineering
Management
Management Engineering
Management Information Systems
Manufacturing Engineering
Marketing/Innovation
Materials Process Engineering
Materials Science/Engineering
Mathematical Sciences
Mathematics for Educators
Mechanical Engineering
Neuroscience
Operations Analytics/Management
Physics
Physics for Educators
Power Systems Engineering
Power Systems Management
Professional Writing
Psychological Science
Robotics Engineering
Society/Technology/Policy
Statistics
Supply Chain Management
System Dynamics
System Dynamics/Innovation Management
Systems Engineering
Systems Modeling
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Most Popular Majors

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

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Self-designed majors

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science

Pre-professional Programs

  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-veterinary science

6,894

total students

45%

in-state

55%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

69%

4,761
students

Female
40%
1,884

Male
60%
2,877

31%

2,133
students

Female
30%
632

Male
70%
1,501

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

97%

4,642
students

Female
41%
1,857

Male
59%
2,785

3%

119
students

Female
23%
27

Male
77%
92

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Student Break-down

8%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
9%
Hispanic/Latino
61%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
8%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

41%

Transfer applicants accepted

50%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements
High school transcript Required of All
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: May 15

Transfer Credits

Minimum transfers must complete

72

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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
  • Other
  • Resume assistance

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

88%

Additional services

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

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Talking books
  • Tutors
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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 62
Countries most often represented Brazil
China
Greece
India
Saudi Arabia
Vietnam
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

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

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Lists & Rankings

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