First Year Experience
Engaging Students from the Start
Keeping students engaged and motivated in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields is the cornerstone of a WPI education. That engagement starts in the First Year with the WPI Insight Program and Great Problems Seminar. Through the Insight Program, you’ll have a team of professionals focused on your success—a faculty advisor, a community advisor, and resident hall advisor, each working together to answer your questions and provide the guidance and support you need to make the most of your first year at WPI. The Great Problems Seminar is an opportunity to jump start your WPI project experience. You’ll work in teams focused on themes of global importance. Whether you want to heal, power, educate, or feed the world, you will find a project that inspires you to learn more.
First Year Students Focus on Solving the World's Great Problems
Through the Great Problems Seminars, small teams of first year students and faculty step outside their disciplines to solve problems in the areas of food, energy, health, and engineering for sustainability. It's an invigorating immersion into university-level research and the project-based curriculum at WPI.
Get More Insight Day--Monday, October 27, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
A day of information and activity, specifically to help First Year students prepare for the rest of the academic year with more academic advising and support. Students will:
Reconnect with their Insight group
Meet faculty in their anticipated major
Determine C and D term courses
Plan out their Humanities and Arts requirement
Explore majors, careers and internships
Recap what went well in A-term
Learn about important deadlines
Set goals and create a plan for B term
The agenda for the day will be available soon. Have questions? Ask your Insight team or contact academic advising at 508-831-5381 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outstanding Students of the Class of 2018
Each year we recognize students with excellent academic performance with the title of Charles O Thompson Scholars, in honor of our first president here at WPI. These students are encouraged to write an essay to compete for a scholarship and the title of Outstanding Scholar of the Class.
We are pleased to announce that Richard O'Brien has been designated as the Outstanding Member of the Class of 2017. Richard is from New Hampshire and is majoring in mathematical sciences and management. In his first year, in addition to an outstanding academic record, he has played varsity basketball, participated in Student Government and Residence Hall Council. He is also involved Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Student Support Network.
The review committee is also pleased to recognize four more first-year students: Christopher Bove, Erica Bowden, John Mastroianni, Huilin Yang and Shao Zhou with an Honorable Mention. All have excelled in coursework and made significant contributions to WPI and the broader community.