Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

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Undergrad Science & Engineering

Tuition & Fees

$54,416

not including housing and food

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Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

Not Reported

Not Reported

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undergraduateRatios

60%

male

40%

female

14

students

1

faculty

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Selective

59%

acceptance rate

Accepted 6,654
Declined 4,615
Total Received 11,269
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Private

5,165

undergraduate students

2,489

graduate students

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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.

Official website Visit website
Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 7,654
Established in 1865
Coeducational Coeducational

Social Networks

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.

  • Campus Setting: Small-medium city

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

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
60%
of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
94%
of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
no
Students are not required to live in school housing
no
Students may not have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

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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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

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

Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

Not Reported

Not Reported

Admissions Facts

Application fee $65
Admissions interview (required or recommended) Neither
Common application accepted Yes
Application deadline (final 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
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Considered if submitted SAT Subject Tests Considered if submitted

Selective

59%

acceptance rate

Accepted 6,654
Declined 4,615
Total Received 11,269

Admissions Factors

Required

Recommendations
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Completion of college-preparatory program
Secondary School Record

Neither required nor recommended

Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
Admission test scores
Formal demonstration of competencies

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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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Financial Aid

94%

Of undergraduate students
receiving financial aid

$22,993

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $53,100
Housing $8,990
Food $6,830
Additional fees $1,316
Books & supplies $1,200
Total $71,436
Average Financial Aid - $22,993
Total with Avg. Aid $48,443

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Financial Facts

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Financial Aid Office


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

Varsity Sports

M W
All track combined yes yes
Baseball yes
Basketball yes yes
Field hockey yes
Football yes
Rowing yes yes
Soccer yes yes
Softball yes
Swimming and diving yes yes
Volleyball yes
Wrestling yes

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 Facts

Athletic conference memberships
New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference, New England Wrestling Association

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering, General. yes yes yes
Applied Mathematics, General. yes
Applied Mathematics, Other. yes
Architectural Engineering. yes
Biochemistry. yes yes yes
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering. yes yes yes
Biology/Biological Sciences, General. yes yes yes
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other. yes yes yes
Biotechnology. yes
Business Administration and Management, General. yes yes
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other. yes
Business/Commerce, General. yes yes
Chemical Engineering. yes yes yes
Chemistry, General. yes yes yes
Civil Engineering, General. yes yes yes
Civil Engineering, Other. yes
Computer Science. yes yes yes
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other. yes yes yes
Economics, General. yes
Educational/Instructional Technology. yes yes
Electrical and Electronics Engineering. yes yes yes
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics. yes yes
Engineering, Other. yes yes
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering. yes yes
Financial Mathematics. yes
Game and Interactive Media Design. yes
Human Computer Interaction. yes
Humanities/Humanistic Studies. yes
Industrial Engineering. yes
Information Technology. yes
International Relations and Affairs. yes
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other. yes
Management Information Systems, General. yes
Management Science. yes
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other. yes
Manufacturing Engineering. yes yes yes
Marketing, Other. yes
Materials Engineering. yes yes
Mathematics and Computer Science. yes yes yes
Mathematics and Statistics, Other. yes
Mathematics, General. yes yes
Mathematics, Other. yes
Mechanical Engineering. yes yes yes
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering. yes yes yes
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. yes yes yes
Neuroscience. yes
Physics, General. yes yes yes
Physics, Other. yes
Psychology, General. yes
Science, Technology and Society. yes
Statistics, General. yes yes
Sustainability Studies. yes
Systems Engineering. yes yes
Systems Science and Theory. yes yes yes
Technical and Scientific Communication. yes

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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

7,654

total students

47%

in-state

53%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

67%

5,165
students

Female
40%
2,059

Male
60%
3,106

33%

2,489
students

Female
30%
753

Male
70%
1,736

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

92%

4,767
students

Female
40%
1,886

Male
60%
2,881

8%

398
students

Female
43%
173

Male
57%
225

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Student Break-down

8%
Nonresident aliens
2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
7%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
8%
Hispanic/Latino
60%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
9%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
2%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Enrollment

164

Transfer applicants enrolled

3%

Students are transfer students

Transfer Requirements

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

Transfer Application Deadline

Fall: May 15

Transfer Credits

Minimum transfers must complete

72

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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

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