Facts & Figures

Facts and Figures

The 2014 WPI Student Fact Book (pdf)


  • Worcester, Massachusetts (New England's third-largest city, about 35 miles west of Boston)
  • Campus:  35 major buildings on 80 acres in a residential neighborhood


  • Undergraduate
    • 4,123 undergraduates
    • 32% women; 68% men
    • States represented:  47
    • United States Territories: 3  
    • Countries represented: 71
  • Graduate
    • 1,934 full and part-time graduates
    • 29% women; 71% men
    • States represented: 42
    • Countries represented 50

Includes U.S. Territories

Academic Program

  • A project-based undergraduate curriculum
  • Close student-faculty interaction
  • Percent of undergraduate classes with 20 or fewer students: 54%
  • Four seven-week terms (three classes per term)
  • Grades awarded: A, B, C, NR (no record)
  • Global Projects Program featuring 31 project centers on five continents.
  • Two-thirds of students completing one or more projects off campus and overseas

Recognition for WPI

  • A study by Payscale.com on “Colleges Worth Your Investment” ranked Worcester Polytechnic Institute as one of the top 20 schools in the nation when comparing the cost of attendance with how much its graduates earn.
  • BusinessWeek has ranked Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) number one in the nation for its part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, and number one in the nation for student satisfaction in the program.
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute's major in Interactive Media & Game Development (IMGD) is one of the top eight game design programs in the United States and Canada, according to a new survey by The Princeton Review.
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute is one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review.
  • A recent ranking compiled by Forbes.com recognizing the “Top Colleges for Getting Rich” rated Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) ninth in the nation.
  • Selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as one of 16 national Leadership Institutions that will define the future of liberal education.
  • Received a 2003 Theodore M. Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence for its program to prepare faculty to be overseas project advisors.
  • Named the 22nd "Most Connected Campus" by The Princeton Review for 2006.
  • In the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), ranked No. 1 out of 33 doctoral-intensive universities for "student-faculty interactions," a measure of the quality and quantity of time faculty spend with undergraduate students.

The Faculty

  • 485 full- and part-time
  • 93% full-time faculty have highest degree
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13.9:1 

Graduation Requirements

  • Humanities and Arts Project: completion of depth and breadth component with six courses of work
  • Interactive Qualifying Project (equivalent to three courses): project that examines the impact of science and technology on society (often done at an off-campus project center)
  • Major Qualifying Project (equivalent to three courses): research or design experience in the major field of study
  • 2 courses in the social sciences
  • Completion of 4 courses in physical education
  • Completion of at least 24 courses in residence at WPI
  • Completion of 45 courses of work.

Areas of Study

Engineering & Computer Science

Liberal Arts



Pre-Professional Studies

Other Options

  • Joint Law Program
  • Individually Designed Programs
  • Undecided (Engineering)
  • Undecided (Science)
  • Undeclared

Research Facilities Include*

  • Aerospace Laboratories
  • Atomic Force Microscopes
  • Biomaterials Laboratory
  • Bioprocess Laboratory
  • Computer Music Laboratories
  • Fire Science Laboratory
  • George C. Gordon Library 
  • IBM RS/6000 SP Supercomputer
  • Haas Technical Center (computer-controlled machining)
  • Laser Holography Laboratories
  • Medical Imaging Laboratories
  • Satellite Navigation Laboratory

*All are available for use in student projects

Residential Life

  • 97% of first-year students live in college-owned housing (housing is guaranteed for all freshmen)
  • 49% of all undergraduates live in college-owned housing
  • All residence halls are smoke-free; all have sprinklers and smoke/heat detectors
  • High-speed Internet, cable TV and telephone connections in all rooms
  • Two residence halls constructed to LEED Gold standards


  • 18 NCAA Division III men's and women's teams
  • 31 clubs and 7 intramural activities
  • 19% participate in varsity athletics
  • 85% participate in recreational sports at WPI (36% clubs and 49% intramurals)



Dozens of clubs and organizations, including:

  • 40 professional and honor societies
  • 20 cultural and religious organizations
  • 24 musical ensembles and theatrical groups
  • 18 fraternities and sororities
  • 4 programming and community service clubs
  • 15 science, technology, and gaming groups
  • 7 fitness and outdoor clubs
  • 23 club sports
  • 8 professional/career development groups
  • 6 media, publications, and literature clubs
  • 6 governance organizations
  • 1 FIRST Robotics team
  • 21 societal issues and awareness groups

Job Placement

  • Typically, over 90 percent placement in jobs or graduate programs for students who register with the Career Development Center
  • Co-op Program available to all students (6-8 months of paid work experience)
  • Internships available on and off campus
  • Class of 2009 graduates can be found at over 200 companies and graduate schools.

Top Employers Include:

3M Company Microsoft Corporation
Abbott Laboratory & Bioresearch Center Mide Technology
AECOM Transportation MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Alpha Analytical Monster.com
Analog Devices Nalco
Avery Dennison National Grid
Aware Inc. Naval Surface Warfare Center
BAE Systems Netcracker Technology
Bank of America Northeast Utilities
BBN Technologies Northrop Grumman Corp
Bechtel Novartis
Biogen Inc. Oakleaf Waste Management
Bose Corporation Ora Clinical
Boston Scientific Corporation Pare Corporation
Communication Components Filters Philips
Consigli Construction Proctor & Gamble/Gillette
Cornell University Raytheon
Convidien Rolf Jensen & Associates
EMC Corporation Saint Gobain
ExxonMobil Staples
Fidelity Investments Sturm Ruger & Co., Inc.
Finalsite Sun Life Financial
FM Global Teradyne
Frito Lay Textron
General Dynamics The Hanover Insurance Group
General Electric The MITRE Corporation
Genzyme Tighe & Bond
Hughes Associates, Inc. Tyco Engineered Products & Services
IBM UMASS Medical School
Invensys Sensor Systems UMASS Memorial Health Center
iRobot Corporations United Parcel Service
Johnson & Johnson-Depuy United Technologies
Kiewit Construction Company Unitil
L3 Communications Verizon Wireless
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories VistaPrint
Lockheed Martin Wellington Management Company
Lonza-Biologics Westinghouse
Medical Information Technology WPI
Metrum Research Group  


Graduate Schools Admitting WPI Students

  • Cornell University Veterinary School
  • Dartmouth Medical School
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • MIT
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • Suffolk University
  • Tufts University Medical School
  • Tulane University
  • University of California,Berkeley
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Wake Forest University
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Yale University

Selected Alumni Inventions/Contributions

  • Air-Bag Safety System
  • First Commercial Radio Station
  • Modern Cryptographic Systems
  • Modern Rocketry
  • Negative Feedback Theory
  • Portable Drug Infusion Pump
  • Portable Drug Infusion Pump
  • Principle of Supersonic Flight
  • Segway Human Transporter
  • Stainless Steel
  • Sulfa Drugs (early antibiotics)
  • Traffic Engineering


$389.3 million as of June 30, 2013

Admissions Requirements/Statistics

  • Four years of math required, including precalculus
  • Four years of English
  • Two years of lab sciences required
  • SAT I or ACT optional
  • Personal essay


  • Tuition: $42,178
  • Fees: $600
  • Room & Board: $13,062
  • Estimated personal costs: $2,200
  • Total: $58,040


WPI is accredited as an institution by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition, seven majors at WPI also carry the professional accreditation of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET): biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering and mechanical engineering. The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and its program are approved by the American Chemical Society. The WPI Computer Science Program is accredited by the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board. The bachelor's and master's degree programs in business offered by the Department of Management are accredited by AACSB International -- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

History and Traditions

  • Founded in 1865 as Worcester County Free Institute of Industrial Science
  • Nation's third-oldest private independent technological university
  • Colors: Crimson and Gray
  • Motto: Lehr und Kunst (theory and practice)