Academic

Placement Exams

We highly recommend placement exams for our Calculus (math), Spanish, and German sequences. Take the math placement exam online before you register for classes by visiting the Designs website. Foreign language placement exams are offered during New Student Orientation.

We’d also recommend that you take the optional 3-D visualization diagnostic test through myWPI to gauge your spatial visualization skills. Go to myWPI and login (using your username and password for your WPI accounts).  Then look under the My Community tab for Purdue Spatial Visualization Test.  The test is available on the Content page.  If you want to improve, there is a fun, optional course (FY150X) available in the fall that has great success in increasing student 3D visualization skill.  

Register for Courses from May 19 to July 1

With your computer accounts in place, you can plan your first two terms at WPI. The WPI Designs website will walk you through WPI degree requirements, offer course advice based on your intended major, explain more about our Great Problems Seminar, and help you register for classes. You'll also find information on taking your math placement test.

Register between May 19 and July 1. The registration feature will be disabled on July 1 so that the Office of Academic Advising can review and confirm each student's course selections. An advisor will contact you if there are any issues.


Get More Insight Day

Monday, October 27 -- Receive course advice for C-and D-term selections and learn more about academic requirements, academic resources, and meet faculty within your desired major.

Advanced Placement Credit

Credit is awarded by WPI when you achieve 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement exam, or 6 or 7 on the Higher Level International Baccalaureate exams. Send your AP or IB test scores to the Registrar's Office. In the meantime, you may assume that you'll receive the credit, so go ahead and register for the higher-level WPI courses based on the Designs website recommendations. It's easier to reschedule into lower-level classes than to get into higher-level ones at a later date. We also award credit for Project Lead the Way course work.  Learn more...

Textbooks

Use the campus Bookstore to identify the books you need for your selected courses. You may purchase them online, wait until you arrive on campus, or get them through another source.

 
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Questions about course selection?

If you have questions after you followed the Designs course selection process, contact the Office of Academic Advising academic-advising@wpi.edu or +1-508-831-5381.