Community

WPI is set on a beautiful 80-acre hilltop in Worcester, Massachusetts, a city distinguished by its many colleges and cultural landmarks. The region is known for its concentration of high-technology, healthcare, biotechnology, and biomedical industries – providing many local research and career opportunities for graduate students. 

Location, Location, Location

Easily accessible by air, bus, and rail, Worcester is just 65 km west of Boston and close to beaches, ski slopes, and other outdoor activities. Worcester's weather varies with the seasons; temperatures range from 70-85F (20 to 30C) in the summer and 15-25F (-5 to -10C) in the winter. Spring and autumn are moderate and beautiful.

In the Heart of New England

  • Worcester is the second-largest city in New England with 176,000 residents
  • Home to 13 universities and more than 30,000 college students
  • In top 10 of Forbes.com “Most Livable Cities” and BusinessWeek’s "Best Choices for Generation Y
  • Noted for its low cost of living and cultural amenities
  • 1 hour from Boston and 3.5 hours from New York City
  • Easy access to skiing in the Berkshires and the beaches of Cape Cod, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire

Worcester by the Numbers

  • 35,000+ college students at 13 colleges and universities
  • 14,800 seats at the DCU Center for arena concerts and sporting events
  • 5,000 objects of arms and armor at the Higgins Armory Museum
  • 53 parks including the largest urban nature sanctuary in New England and the Olmstead-designed Elm Park
  • 36 galleries and 35,000 pieces of art at the Worcester Art Museum (a two-minute walk from campus and free to students)
  • 20 ski trails at nearby Wachusett Mountain
  • 2 minor league sports teams (the Tornadoes, baseball; and the Sharks, hockey)