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Founded on April 5, 1904 as a school to provide education in the mechanical arts; Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) became a master’s degree-awarding institution in 2009. It is an independent, co-educational, technical design and engineering institute situated in Boston, Massachusetts. The founders established WIT with the vision to create a student-centered institution of academic excellence, offering high quality undergraduate, graduate, and lifelong learning programs. Wentworth is one of six institutions of higher learning, collectively known as the Colleges of the Fenway.


Wentworth Institute of Technology is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC). The institution also holds other discipline-based accreditations such as Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET), the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Wentworth is a member of the American Council on Education, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the National Commission for Cooperative Education. WIT offers career-focused education through 15 bachelor’s degree programs in diverse areas of study such as architecture, computer science, design, engineering, engineering technology, and management. It also offers master’s degrees in architecture and construction management.

Wentworth is comprised of seven academic departments: the Department of Applied Mathematics and Sciences; the Department of Architecture; the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering; the Department of Computer Science and Systems; the Department of Design and Facilities; the Department of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering; and the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management.

Wentworth also offers a co-op program, which starts during a student’s junior year. It prepares students to enter the workforce through studios, practical laboratory experiments, and co-op working experience.

Schools and colleges

Wentworth Institute of Technology grants bachelor’s and master’s degrees through the following academic schools and colleges: College of Architecture, Design and Construction Management; College of Engineering and Technology; College of Arts and Sciences; and College of Professional and Continuing Education.

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Students seeking admission to Wentworth Institute of Technology must send the completed application form along with official high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, a personal statement or essay, as well as a letter of recommendation from a counselor or a teacher. Students applying to Computer Science and for Biomedical, Electromechanical, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, or Precalculus must take a Precalculus/Trigonometry test.

International students are encouraged to apply for admission. Students from non-English speaking countries must submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score or provide any other recognized demonstration of English proficiency.

Financial Aid

Wentworth offers a variety of financial aid programs to help students who are unable to afford higher education due to financial constraints. Students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). WIT offers financial assistance through there mediums: grants, loans and work-study programs. Grants, like scholarships, are a type of gift aid that does not have to be repaid. However, student loans must be repaid with interest. The institution participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program.

WIT work study programs help students find a suitable job in their field of interest. This enables students to take on part-time jobs to earn money and finance their own education. The institution also offers special scholarships for eligible international students.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1050th for the average student loan amount.
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Wentworth’s student body mainly comprises U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The institution also admits international students from countries like Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Wentworth Student Government (WSG) acts like the voice of the students and forms the link between students and the management. It also organizes several activities and events in the campus. Students are encouraged to participate in the diverse on-campus clubs and organizations.

Students can either join a club or start a new one. Some of the clubs and organizations are National Society of Black Engineers, Wentworth Internet Radio Experience, Wentworth Events Board, American Institute of Architecture Students WIT Chapter, Wentworth Architecture Club, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Wentworth Architecture Review, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers WIT Chapter, Wentworth Environmental Club, American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers WIT Chapter, and Wentworth Alliance.


Wentworth offers housing facilities for its students. There are several on-campus residence halls and apartments, equipped with modern conveniences such as cable, phone, and wireless Internet. The campus also houses a student center, a well-stocked library consisting 75,000 volumes, athletics field, gymnasium, bookstore, fitness center, convenience store, and food-court cafeteria.

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Wentworth’s athletics department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports such as basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, volleyball, soccer, and tennis. WIT athletic teams are nicknamed the Leopards. Their colors are Black, Gold, and Cardinal Red. They participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III sports and hold membership in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference. Since 1989, the Leopards have won more than 15 conference championships in men’s basketball, baseball, golf, hockey, men’s soccer, and men’s tennis.

Local Community

Boston is an exciting city with some amazing venues and scenic wonders. The region’s transit system connects to the liveliness of Harvard Square, the Charles River, Beacon Hill, the theater district, the North End, and the waterfront. Some of the interesting places to see include the Museum of Fine Arts, Symphony Hall, Copley Place Mall, and Newbury Street. The city is dotted with several recreational areas and quiet parks.


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  • Russell Colley, Renowned inventor and NASA engineer
  • Joe Lauzon, Noted mixed martial artist
  • David Lovering, Noted musician and drummer for the Pixies

Additional School Information

The Counseling Center at Wentworth Institute of Technology offers free and confidential services for all Wentworth students. The specially trained professionals provide counseling to students on diverse career-related and personal topics to provide mental and emotional support during their time at Wentworth.

The Disabilities Services Center provides support to the students having documented physical, psychological, medical, and learning disabilities. The staff arrange for reasonable accommodations. Students are encouraged to schedule ongoing meetings for assistance with advocacy, support, and meetings with faculty.


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  • Clifford, Joseph P. A century of honesty, energy, economy, system: Wentworth Institute of Technology, 1904-2004. Wentworth Institute of Technology, 2003. Print.

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Ranks 41st in Massachusetts and 843rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3,014 0.49
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 63 0.01
Forcible Rape 271 0.04
Robbery 1,904 0.31
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,482 0.56
Larceny 14,064 2.26
Vehicle theft 1,899 0.31

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Boston, MA 02115
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population25,486 (25,486 urban / N/A rural)
Households10,365 (1.70 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,244
Families2,199 (2.56 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions focus, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2507

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 361st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $27,950 $27,950 $27,950
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,250 $1,250 $1,250
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $440 $440 $440
FT Graduate Tuition $33,100 $33,100 $33,100
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,250 $1,250 $1,250
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $920 $920 $920
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $46,750 $46,750 $46,750
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $49,776 $49,776 $49,776
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $39,690 $39,690 $39,690

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $25,025 $27,108 $25,025 $27,108 $25,025 $27,108
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200 $1,500
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,300 $11,900
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,500 $3,750
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $13,230(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,708(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $10,028(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 6,146 (4,575 male / 1,571 female)
Admitted 3,541 (2,688 male / 853 female)
Admission rate 58%
First-time Enrollment 900 (728 male / 172 female)
FT Enrollment 877 (709 male / 168 female)
PT Enrollment 23 (19 male / 4 female)
Total Enrollment4,179

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Commonwealth Coast Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Commonwealth Coast Conference

ACT Test Admission

343rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 14%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27

SAT Test Admission

416th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 89%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 580
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 530 / 630
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1010 / 1210

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,994
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1176th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $72,348 ($74,416 male / $70,223 female)
Number of FT Faculty 147 (106 male / 41 female)
Number of PT Faculty 362
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $5,278,298

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