Worcester, WPI's Home City
Worcester, with a population of 181,000 (including more than 30,000 college students), is New England's second-largest city. Known for its outstanding educational and cultural institutions, the city is home to the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, which consists of 12 colleges and universities.
The Worcester Art Museum, the second-largest in New England, and the world-renowned American Antiquarian Society are both adjacent to WPI. Also nearby are the historic Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester Historical Museum and the EcoTarium.
Internationally recognized artists perform in the beautifully restored Mechanics Hall, one of the finest concert halls in the United States, the DCU Center, a 15,000-seat arena and conference/expo center, and the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Incorporated in 1722, Worcester has long been known for innovation. At the time of WPI's founding it was a bustling manufacturing hub. Today it is a major center for research, manufacturing and education in medicine and the life sciences, home to more than 60 life science corporations.
The city is within an hour's drive of Boston and Providence; and 75 minutes from Hartford. It is close to many historical sites, cultural centers and recreational facilities, including the following.
- Boston's Freedom Trail
- Old Sturbridge Village (a living museum depicting 1830 rural village life)
- The beaches of Cape Cod, New Hampshire, and Maine
- Top ski resorts in Massachusetts and neighboring states
- Several major metropolitan areas featuring world-class museums and concert halls
- Professional sports teams
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