Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

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Tuition & Fees

$54,146

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
9%
400-499
0
700-800
62%
600-699
34%
500-599
2%
30-36
69%
24-29
28%
18-23
1%
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undergraduateRatios

60%

male

40%

female

1

teacher

13.6

students

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Selective

49%

acceptance rate

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

4,761

undergraduate students

2,133

graduate students

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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.

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Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 6,894
Established in 1865
Coeducational Coeducational

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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.

  • Metropolitan area: Boston
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: Worcester Regional

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester
01609-2280

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
60%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students through freshman year required to live on campus
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Disabled student housing

Top Organizations

  • Student Government Association
  • Panhellenic
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Intramural and Club Sports
  • Music Association

Top Events

  • Relay for Life
  • Spring Concert
  • Black Student Union Fashion Show

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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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Choral groups
  • National fraternities on campus
  • National soroities on campus

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Student patrols
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

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

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
33%
600-699
57%
500-599
9%
400-499
0
700-800
62%
600-699
34%
500-599
2%
30-36
69%
24-29
28%
18-23
1%

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $65
Application deadline January 15
Has early decision program yes
School has early action program yes
Average Freshman GPA (4.0 scale) 3.9

Selective

49%

acceptance rate

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

Admissions Factors

Very Important

academic GPA
rigor of secondary school record

Important

extracurricular activities
character/personal qualities
class rank
recommendation(s)
standardized test scores

Considered

alumni/ae relation
level of applicant's interest
application essay
first generation
geographical residence
interview
racial/ethnic status
talent/ability
volunteer work
work experience

Not Considered

religious affiliation/commitment
state residency

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International Facts

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 62
Accepts International Baccalaureate no
Offers English as a second language yes
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Financial Facts

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Tuition prepayment plan yes
Installment payment plan yes
Tuition waiver for employees (and children) yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-country running
Field hockey
Football
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Track and field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Club Sports Men

Badminton, Cheerleading, Fencing, Golf, Ice hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Sailing, Skiing (downhill), Squash, Table tennis, Tennis, Ultimate frisbee, Water polo

Club Sports Women

Badminton, Cheerleading, Fencing, Golf, Ice hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Sailing, Skiing (downhill), Squash, Table tennis, Tennis, Ultimate frisbee, Water polo

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Division 3

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
Architectural Engineering
Biochemistry
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry, General
Civil Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
Economics, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Game and Interactive Media Design
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Industrial Engineering
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Management Information Systems, General
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Engineering
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
Physics, General
Psychology, General
Science, Technology and Society
Sustainability Studies
Technical and Scientific Communication
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Programs Offered

  • English as a second language
  • Distance learning
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Accelerated degree
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Cooporative programs
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air force ROTC

Other Programs

  • Post-bachelors certificate
  • Doctoral degree research/scholarship

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 Facts

Freshman retention rate 95%
Student 4 year graduation rate 82%
Student 5 year graduation rate 6%
Student 6 year graduation rate 1%

Student Break-down

8%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
8%
Hispanic/Latino
62%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
7%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
2%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

36

Transfer students enrolled

1%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment no
Summer transfer enrollment no
Accepts CLEP subject tests no
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES no
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred yes

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: May 15

Transfer difficulty

Moderately difficult

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Counseling services

  • Group career
  • Individual career
  • Learning disability
  • Personal/Psychological

Remedial services offered

Not reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni Network
  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Other career services
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Computer training or assistance
  • Health clinic
  • Library reserved study rooms

Special programs for physically disabled students

Not Reported

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