President Dennis Berkey welcomed WPI’s Class of 2016 with great enthusiasm on August 19, at which time he commended the incoming students for their great empathy, strong work ethic, and deep commitment to excellence.
On Sunday, August 19, the WPI community welcomed the Class of 2016 (967 strong) with great enthusiasm. "You have great empathy, a strong work ethic, and a deep commitment to excellence in all that you do," President Berkey noted in his opening remarks. "These are defining characteristics of all who study and work at WPI, and they will continue to be important contributing factors in your success at WPI and throughout all your lives."
Selected from a record-breaking pool of candidates to attend WPI, nearly half of the incoming class graduated from high school with perfect 4.0 GPA and more than 100 were ranked #1 or #2 in their senior class. In addition, 20 of them are National Merit Scholars. Coming from 37 states and 43 countries, the incoming freshmen were attracted by WPI’s distinctive academic program and longstanding reputation for success after graduation. WPI is also identified as one of the friendliest and supportive institutions toward females pursuing education and careers in STEM.
The chart below tracks incoming student interest within the engineering disciplines over the last five years.
Graduate student enrollments at WPI have grown significantly as well, especially in engineering. Between 2008 and 2011, new graduate student enrollments in engineering nearly doubled. Factoring in the projections for this fall, new graduate student enrollments in engineering will have tripled in just five years. Mechanical Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering are the largest programs at the graduate level, but more recent additions, Systems Engineering and Robotics Engineering, are of great interest to prospective graduate students and corporate partners alike.
All told, the Class of 2016 is an extraordinarily talented and motivated group of individuals, excited about the many opportunities available to them and enthusiastic about the challenges that lie ahead. Add to that a distinctive academic program and a dedicated and demanding faculty, and there’s no limit to what they can accomplish.
Kristin R. Tichenor
Senior Vice President
Enrollment & Institutional Strategy
*as of October 1, 2011
September 6, 2012