FAQs

Common Questions About Applying To Graduate School At WPI

Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions.  If your question is not addressed below, you can email us at grad@wpi.edu.  Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, it may take up to five working days to hear from us (longer during the peak period of mid-December through early February).

  1. What is the application deadline?
  2. Where should I send my credentials? 
  3. Did you receive my application?
  4. Have you received my transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, or other support materials?
  5. Do I need a departmental code for the TOEFL or GRE?
  6. Do you accept letters of recommendation via email?  Do you accept paper letters of recommendation?
  7. My recommender did not get (or lost) my electronic invitation.  Can you send my recommender another? 
  8. How do I apply for funding?
  9. Can the application fee be waived?
  10. Do you accept copies of official TOEFL or GRE scores?
  11. What happens if my support materials for Fall admission don't arrive by January 1st?
  12. Where is my transcript? It was received at the processing center yesterday. 
  13. I tried to pay with a credit card, but the program won't process the payment.  What should I do?
  14. When will I receive a decision?

1.  What is the application deadline?

Most programs admit students year round, but some have strict deadlines (see below). Applications for the spring semester should be submitted by October 1st to guarantee consideration, and applications for the fall semester should be submitted by January 1st if you are seeking financial aid.

International students should complete their applications no later than October 31st for spring admission and March 31st for fall admission.

Program deadlines

Program Application submitted online Application complete-all credentials received
Biomedical Engineering May 15 for fall May 31 for fall
Electrical Engineering January 15th for fall February 15 for fall

Mathematics
(except MME program)

March 31 for fall and October 31 for spring April 30 for fall and November 30 for spring
Robotics Engineering January 1 for fall and October 2 for spring January 31 for fall and October 31 for spring

2.  Where should I send my credentials?

All statements of purpose and letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically through our online application---this will expedite the processing of your application.  Paper copies of transcripts, letters of recommendation, or statements of purpose should be sent to:

WPI Graduate Application Processing Center
P. O. Box 840
Randolph, MA 02368-0840

or

DataBank
15 Dan Road, Suite 102
Canton, MA 02021
Attn: Donna Morrison, WPI Graduate Application Processing Center
+1 508-831-5301  

All support materials must be accompanied by the cover sheet you receive via email after you have submitted your application.  

Please DO NOT send us bank statements, publications, certificates unrelated to your degree, or other materials not specifically requested.  They will not be forwarded to the departmental review committee.

IMPORTANT: If you are an international student and cannot obtain multiple official copies of your academic record, please contact WPI's Office of Graduate Admissions at grad@wpi.edu. Do not send unique original copies.  Beginning with the Fall 2011 application cycle, all paper documents we receive will be scanned and destroyed.

3.  Did you receive my application?

If you clicked the "submit" button at the end of your application and received a confirmation email, the answer is "yes". 

A few business days after you submit your application you will receive an email from us with instructions on checking the status of your application online.  You will then be able to view its status anytime you want.

4.  Have you received my transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, or other support material?

Probably, but it does take several days before these documents are added to your application file and updated in our database.  If you are sure that more than one week has passed since the WPI Office of Graduate Admissions received a letter or a transcript for your application, please call the delay to our attention by emailing grad@wpi.edu

Before you contact us, we recommend that you contact the registrar of the institution providing your transcript or the person writing your letters of recommendation to verify that your materials have been sent.

5.  Do I need a departmental code for the TOEFL or GRE? 

Our departments do not have their own codes. We only use the institutional code of 3969.

6.  Do you accept letters of recommendation via email?  Do you accept paper letters of recommendation?

Yes, but we strongly urge you to ask your recommenders to submit your letters through our online system because these are processed faster.  You can invite people to write letters of support when you fill out your application.  

7.  My recommender did not get (or lost) my electronic invitation.  Can you send my recommender another?

Only the applicant can request letters from a referee, and the invitation must be sent from within the application.  You can send multiple invitations to the same professor, and you can check the status of the letter from within your application.

8.  How do I apply for funding?

Funding is disbursed by the admissions committees in each of the academic departments.  These decisions are made in tandem with the admissions decision, so there is no separate application for assistantships or fellowships. 

You do have to indicate that you want to be considered for funding when you apply for admission, and your application should be complete by the end of January to ensure consideration.   

With each passing month the availability of funds decreases, so it is in your best interest to complete your application as early as possible.

If you are interested in securing a student loan, please contact the WPI Office of Financial Aid after you have accepted your offer of admission.

9.  Can the application fee be waived?

Current WPI students and WPI alumni are not required to pay the application fee.  No other waivers are available.

10.  Do you accept photocopies of TOEFL or GRE scores?

No.  The faculty won't have access to your application until we have received official test scores from the ETS.  TOEFL scores must be less than two years old, GRE scores must be less than five years old.

11.  What are the minimum TOEFL and GRE scores?

All applicants must score at least an 84 on the TOEFL to be considered for admission. We recommend a score of at least 21 on all sub-sections. Some departments have higher minimums. Funded students typically score around 100.

We have no GRE minimum score but admission is highly competitive.

12.  Where is my transript? It was received at the processing center yesterday.

Our processing center handles millions of documents. It takes three business days for the center to process the credentials it receives. Generally your application will be updated four days after the package is delivered. If the cover sheet is not included, it will take longer.

13.  I tried to pay with a credit card but the program won't process the payment.  What should I do?

If you can't submit your credit card payment online, you can always call the WPI Office of Financial Services at 508-831-5203, or you can mail a check or money order to the Office of Graduate Admissions, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609.  Never send your credit card information via email.

14.  When will I receive a decision?

Once your application is complete, it is forwarded to the department for review within 24 hours.  It typically takes 6-8 weeks for a decision to be made.  The Office of Graduate Admissions will notify you by email as soon as it receives a decision from the department. 

 
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