Admissions Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • four years of math (including pre-calculus)
  • four years of English
  • two years of lab science

Freshman Application Requirements

WPI is a member of the Common Application, and the Common Application is the exclusive method by which to apply to WPI. We accept the electronic version of the Common Application. WPI endorses the fee waiver policy of the College Entrance Examination Board, as well as accepts fee waivers from high school guidance or college counselors. More information and links to the application are available on the Apply Now section of our Web site.

Other application requirements include:

  • high school transcript (including senior year grades or progress at the time of application)
  • science or math teacher's recommendation
  • guidance counselor's recommendation
  • personal essay
  • SAT I or ACT scores or alternative submission if taking the Flex Path Option
  • TOEFL or IELTS Exam for international students whose first language is not English

Flex Path

Students who choose WPI's Flex Path may submit alternative materials that they believe will better reflect their potential for academic 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 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
  • Portfolios
  • Inventions

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.

Interviews

While interviews are optional, this is your chance to meet one-on-one with an Admissions staff member or a trained Admissions intern. We'll have the chance to learn more about you, and can answer specific questions you may have regarding the admissions process or WPI in general. Interviews are designed to be informational, however information that is gathered through an interview will be added to a student's application, and it will be considered during the application review process. If you would like an interview, please visit the interview details page. Interview opportunities for international applicants are limited, so we encourage Chinese, Taiwanese, and Korean applicants to conduct an interview through the CIEE Applicant Interview Program.

Homeschooled and Early Admission Requirements

If you are applying to WPI as a high school junior, please plan to schedule a personal interview with the Dean of Admissions prior to the application deadline. If you are applying as a home school student, interviews are not required, but strongly recommended with a member of the admissions staff (not a student interviewer). Please refer to either the Home School or Early Admission sections specifically, to find more details regarding application requirements.

International & Transfer Application Requirements

Requirements for international and transfer applicants will vary. Please refer to either the international or transfer sections, specifically, to find a more accurate list of the respective application requirements.

If you have questions about these requirements or any application procedure, please contact the Admissions Office at 508-831-5286 or admissions@wpi.edu for assistance.

Submission Instructions for Additional Forms and Documents

WPI accepts electronic submissions of application support materials from secondary school counselors and teachers. Schools equipped to send electronic documents should upload them through the appropriate channel, and they will be matched with your application record.

Documents sent via UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS Express Mail, and other courier services should be addressed to:
    WPI Undergraduate Admissions
    Bartlett Center
    100 Institute Road
    Worcester, MA 01609-2280

All other documents, including all first class and priority USPS mail, should be addressed to:
    WPI Undergraduate Admissions
    Application Processing Center
    PO Box 9603
    Portsmouth, NH 03802