Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is the third oldest private technological university in the United States. Worcester Polytechnic Institute was founded in 1865 by New England industrialists Ichabod Washburn, John Boynton, and their associates as America was witnessing massive industrial growth and technological innovation. The institute continues to advocate the educational philosophy of balancing theory with practice to this day.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers more than 50 graduate and undergraduate programs. The institute was ranked as one of the best colleges in the Northeast by the Princeton Review’s 2011 Best Colleges.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute is located on an 80-acre hill-top campus in Worcester, Massachusetts and has a total enrollment of 3,700 students. The WPI campus features include Boynton Hall, Magnetic Laboratory, Salisbury Laboratories, Stratton Hall, Higgins House, Gordon Library, and the Stoddard Residence Center.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees, as well as various diplomas and certificates.
The undergraduate programs offered by Worcester Polytechnic Institute include both Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree programs. Bachelor of Science candidates can major in areas such as Actuarial Mathematics, Biology/Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Economic Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Engineering Physics. Bachelor of Arts candidates can major in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Liberal Arts and Engineering disciplines. Students can also opt for double majors in areas such as Actuarial Mathematics and Mathematics, Computer Science and Computers with Applications, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and Physics and Engineering Physics.
Undergraduate students are required to complete two types of qualifying projects to enrich their educational experience.
The graduate programs offered by Worcester Polytechnic Institute include the Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Engineering (M.E.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), and Master of Mathematics for Educators (M.M.E.) degree programs. Graduate degrees are offered in areas such as Biochemistry, Fire Protection Engineering, Learning Sciences and Technologies, Mathematical Sciences, and Biomedical Engineering.
Diplomas and Certificates
WPI also offers various career-oriented diplomas and certificates for students who want to prepare for specific occupations and those who want to upgrade their skills.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Admissions to Worcester Polytechnic Institute are based on each student’s secondary school record, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, work experience, and the recommendations of teachers and counsellors. Prospective students are actively encouraged to visit the campus to determine if it is a good match for them.
To apply for undergraduate admissions to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, students are required to submit either the Common Application form with the WPI supplement or WPI’s own application. Students that want their test scores to be considered for admission are required to submit their SAT or ACT scores. Other admissions requirements include a school transcript and four years of math including pre-calculus, four years of English, and two years of lab science.
International applicants seeking admission to Worcester Polytechnic Institute are required to submit the international student application form as well as transcripts from all high schools, colleges, or universities previously attended. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS scores.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute provides financial aid to eligible students to help them meet their educational expenses. The basic objective of financial aid is to help bridge the gap between family resources and the annual educational expenses of attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Different financial aid programs available for the students include grants, work-study opportunities, scholarships, and student loans.
Scholarships, Grants, and Loans
Merit-based scholarships and awards include Presidential Scholarships, Marshall/Chavez/Means Scholarship, Chemistry and Biochemistry Scholars program, Pre-Medical Scholars program, University awards, Exxonmobil Scholars program, and NCSSSMST Scholarship program. Need-based types of financial aid include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG), MASSGrant (for Massachusetts residents), and Massachusetts Gilbert Matching Grants programs. Students may be eligible for various student loan options such as the Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford loans and Federal Perkins loans. Students can also apply for different on-campus jobs–both regular and work-study positions.
To apply for financial aid from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. Worcester Polytechnic Institute recommends a priority deadline of February 1 to apply for the financial aid. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens.
Student Financial Aid Details
Worcester Polytechnic Institute has the philosophy that learning occurs both within and outside the classroom, and therefore provides numerous opportunities for students to explore their potential.
Student Services and Campus Amenities
The Career Development Center provides assistance that allows students to gain a better perspective of their career goals. It provides guidance related to major selection, career guidance, resume writing, interviewing, and job searching. WPI encourages students to get involved in community and volunteering service. There are numerous opportunities available for students to hone their leadership skills.
The campus center provides a connection between academic and social life on campus. The center consists of game room, student lounges and TV room, and it also houses the Social Committee and Student Activities offices. There are more than 200 student groups at WPI, including Active Minds, Alpha Phi, Badminton Club, Billiards Club, Cricket Club, and the Green Team.
The Student Government Association (SGA) represents the voice of the students. The Towers and Peddler are student publications.
Housing and Dining
Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers numerous on-campus and off-campus housing options for its students. The residence halls offer single, double, and triple occupancy rooms and suites for four to six students. Students can also opt for off-campus options such as rooms in private homes, apartments, and fraternity/sorority living.
Dining facilities are available for WPI students at Morgan Commons, Quiznos, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Goat’s Head. The food options include buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner, entree choices, vegetarian options, and soups, salads and burgers.
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Student Graduation Demographics
Worcester Polytechnic Institute encourages students to participate in sports. There are 20 varsity sports and the teams participate in various regional and national tournaments. The varsity sports include Baseball, Softball, Field Hockey, Football, men’s and women’s Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, and Swimming & Diving.
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute. About WPI. Web. 11 December 2011.
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Academics. Web. 11 December 2011.
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Undergraduate Catalog 2011-12. 2011. Print.