International (nonimmigrant) students must meet certain standards to ensure that they are prepared to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by WPI and contribute to the academic life on campus. Undergraduate applicants must show high scholastic achievement, with above-average academic performance in their secondary or high school studies and on national examinations where such examinations are administered. Students transferring from a university or other institutions of higher education should have above-average grades in their postsecondary studies.
Transfer applicants must follow the same guidelines as those set for first-year students. They also must forward official transcripts, with word-for-word English translations (if applicable), to the Admissions Office. All international students must provide proof of financial ability and availability of funds for their total educational and living expenses before the I-20 can be issued (see Admissions and Costs).
Application Procedures and Requirements for Admissions
All applicants must submit the following:
- Common Application via http://www.commonapp.org.
- Application fee of $65 USD.
- Transcripts (records) of all courses and grades (marks) in secondary (post-elementary) and post-secondary education completed at the time of application, and word-for-word English translations of all documents and other materials. Please note:
- Applicants whose records include at least one year of post-secondary (higher) education completed at the time of application need only submit the final-year record of secondary education and external examination results, along with records of all post-secondary (higher) education.
- Photocopies of school records, diplomas, external national exam results, and certificates of education are acceptable during the application process. The records must be in the original language and accompanied by official word-for-word translations into English by the school or other official agency.
- Applicants will be considered for admission prior to completion of their final semester or half-year of current education and final exams, but must provide WPI with a final transcript within one month after the end of the school year.
- Proof of English language proficiency. Students must have an adequate command of the English language to enroll in a degree program. An applicant's English proficiency level may be demonstrated by means of score reports of such exams as...
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||79 (iBT) or 550 (PBT)|
|MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)||80|
|GCSE (British General Certificate of Secondary Education)||A or B|
|IELTS (International English Language Testing System)||
6.5 or higher (with no band < 6.0)
|Pearson's Test of English||53|
Students who are citizens of an English speaking country, who also attended an English speaking high school for 4 years, may be exempt from an English proficiency exam. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more details about a waiver for this exam.
Candidates selecting other examinations as proof of English language ability must achieve a comparable result. Conditional admission to a degree program may be offered to students whose academic background is strong, but who are lacking ability in English. In such cases, admission is contingent upon enrollment in the ESL Summer Institute.
- Other standardized examinations or WPI Flex Path. All candidates must take the SAT I (verbal and math) or ACT (American College Test) or submit alternative materials through WPI’s Flex Path.
Students who choose WPI’s Flex Path may submit alternative materials that they believe will better reflect their potential for success at WPI in lieu of standardized test scores. Students who choose the Flex Path are encouraged to submit examples of academic work or extracurricular projects that reflect and demonstrate a high level of organization, motivation, creativity and problem-solving ability.
Some examples include:
- Written descriptions of science projects
- Research papers
- Overview of leadership experiences
- Entrepreneurial activities
- Robotics or other mechanical design concepts
- Eagle Scout projects
- Summer program experiences
Any other significant work undertaken independently or in school that the applicant believes is an appropriate reflection of his or her academic potential will be an appropriate submission.
Submissions will be evaluated for one or more of the following: creativity, problem solving ability, initiative, motivation, leadership, academic ability, technical skill, team work and social commitment. Flex Path submissions should be fully translated to English.
Frequently asked questions about the Flex Path option and WPI's test-optional policy.
- Two letters of recommendation, one from a math or science teacher attesting to the candidate's academic abilities and personal character, and one from a guidance counselor, college counselor or other administrator at the school most recently attended by the candidate. We accept additional letters of recommendation, but in order to have a complete application file the two from a counselor and math or science teacher must be received.
- The WPI Certification of Finances document (with appropriate signatures, and bank and/or sponsor verification) is required from all students who are not applying for financial aid. Those students applying for financial aid should submit only the International Student Financial Aid Application at the time of application.
- Personal interview. Personal admission interviews are available on-campus and in a limited number of cities away from campus. Interview opportunities for Chinese applicants are limited, so we encourage Chinese applicants to conduct an interview through the CIEE Applicant Interview Program. Note: a personal interview is NOT required for admission to WPI, but can be helpful in the admissions review.
- Personal statement/essay. Completion of an essay topic included on the Common Application meets the WPI requirement for a personal statement/essay.
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