Participation in activities outside the classroom is considered a significant element of the student experience at WPI. More than 200 student organizations provide the campus community with activities, programs, and resources that enhance the quality of student life and provide opportunities for developing leadership and life skills. Please plan to attend the Student Activities Fair as part of New Student Orientation, to hear from students who participate in these groups.
WPI provides support, advocacy, developmental, and educational services, in addition to outstanding research and networking opportunities. This structure supports and advocates for our underrepresented populations, while upholding our mission of inclusion and pluralism for all populations across the WPI community. In an atmosphere of cultural acceptance, competency, respect, and civility, you will find programs through the Office of Multicultural Affairs that touch on academic support, social issues, health, empowerment, career advancement, and more.
Making the Most of Your College Career
Through network opportunities, advising, clubs, and special events, our students forge strong connections with each other, the broader WPI community, including administrators, faculty, and external professional mentors. This commitment to your success begins with your first steps onto campus.
- Welcome reception for Class of 2019 women—Our programs for women touch on academic support, social issues, health maintenance or improvement, empowerment, safety, career advancement, mentoring, and more.
- Underrepresented students will receive an invitation during the summer to join the Connections Program, a Pre-Orientation community-building, leadership development program that runs for a week prior to New Student Orientation.
- Varsity Athletics--If you are interested in trying out for a varsity sports team, please contact the coach directly well in advance of the start of the sport season in order to discuss timing and requirements. Any students interested in trying out for varsity sports must be medically cleared prior to the tryout. Some students participating in fall varsity sports may need to arrive before the start of New Student Orientation.
- Club of Intramural Sports--Many club sports and intramural sports are offered at WPI, and little to no experience is necessary to participate. You can learn more about club sports or intramurals during New Student Orientation.
- Music Programs--For many students, the chance to pursue their passion for music sets WPI apart. Visit wpi.edu/+music to learn more about all the instrumental and vocal ensembles. If you want to play an instrument in one of our varied groups, plan to bring it with you to campus. We also have a Pep Band. There’s no experience necessary to join and perform at all football and basketball games. If you’re interested, contact the Pep Band before July 15. You will need to arrive a few days before New Student Orientation.