Just The Facts

History

WPI, the nation's third oldest private technological university, established in 1865 by New England industrialists John Boynton and Ichabod Washburn

Location

95-acre campus, situated 40 miles west of Boston in a residential section of Worcester, Massachusetts—the second largest city in New England and home to 9 colleges and universities

Student Population

  • 4,012 undergraduate students
  • 1,916 full- and part-time graduate students
  • 67% male, 33% female
  • 18% multicultural, 13% international

Faculty

  • 478 full- and part-time
  • 91 percent of full-time faculty have a PhD or terminal degree
  • 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio

Motto

Lehr und Kunst (Theory and Practice)

Colors

Crimson and Gray

Mascot

Gompei the Goat...it all dates back to the class mascot of 1893: a goat! A japanese student, Gompei Kuwada, was selected as the original goat keeper—simply because his initials fit the title. The traditions continue today with the Goat's Head Rivalry and other events.

Outcomes

  • 90+ percent job/grad school success rate within six months of graduation
  • WPI ranks #5 among all national universities for average starting salary by Payscale.com
  • The Princeton Review ranked WPI #17 for Best Career Services

Academics

  • Over 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs (BS, BA, MS, MEng, MBA, PhD)
  • Four 7-week terms
  • Three classes per term
  • Average class size: 15-25
  • Grading Policy: A, B, C, or NR (No Record)
  • Over 90 percent job/grad school placement rate
  • First university to offer a BS, MS, and PhD in Robotics Engineering
  • 350 master's and 25 doctorate degrees typically awarded each year

Project Program

  • Great Problems Seminar: Team-based research and project work focused on themes of global importance
  • Humanities and Arts: Self-selected exploration of the breadth, diversity, and creativity of the human experience
  • Interactive Project: Team-based project that examines the impact of science and technology on society (often done at an off-campus project center)
  • Major Project: Team-based project in major field of study that focuses on the synthesis of previous study

Global Immersion

  • 39 global project center locations on 6 continents
  • 50+ percent of students go abroad for at least one project

Rankings

  • The National Survey of Student Engagement ranks WPI #1 for student-faculty interaction.
  • BusinessWeek ranks WPI's part-time MBA program #1 in the Northeast since 2007
  • The Princeton Review has ranked WPI #2 for Most Popular Study Abroad Program
  • Worcester ranks #9 on Forbes' list of "America's Most Livable Cities"

Student Activities

  • 200+ clubs and organizations, including...
    • 40 professional and honor societies
    • 22 societal issues and awareness groups
    • 21 programming and community service clubs
    • 19 fraternities and sororities
    • 18 cultural and religious organizations
    • 14 musical ensembles and theatrical groups
    • 13 science and technology groups
    • 7 fitness and outdoor clubs
    • 1 FIRST Robotics team

Sports and Recreation

  • NCAA Division III Varsity Sports
    • 20 teams (10 Men's, 10 Women's)
    • NEWMAC, ECAC, NECCWA, Liberty League conferences
  • Club Sports
    • 35 intercollegiate teams ranging from fencing to rugby to frisbee to snowboarding
  • Intramural Sports
    • Intracampus competition in 6 sports

Student Awards

  • Fulbright Scholars (2), Marshall Scholars (2), and Goldwater Scholars (20)
  • National Institutes of Health-Oxford/Cambridge Biomedical Research Scholarship
  • USA Today All-USA College Academic Team Members
  • National Science Foundation Fellowships
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships
  • Society of Women Engineers Scholarships
  • NASA robotics competition awards (2)

Faculty Awards

  • 14 members of the current faculty have received Fulbright Scholarships
  • 23 current faculty members have won the CAREER Award, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious honor for young faculty members

Admissions Requirements

  • High school transcript with four years of English, four years of math (including pre-calculus), two years of lab sciences
  • SAT or ACT scores or alternative materials through the Flex Path
    • Applicants have the option of choosing WPI's Flex Path, which allows applicants to submit alternative materials in lieu of test scores
  • Recommendation from math or science teacher and guidance counselor
  • Personal essay
  • TOEFL or IELTS if English is not first language

Admissions Profile

  • Average GPA: 3.85
  • Average class rank: top 10 percent
  • SAT Range (middle 50%):
    • 1240-1410 (CR + MA)
    • 1820-2080 (CR, MA, WR)
  • ACT Range (middle 50%): 28-32

Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • FAFSA and CSS PROFILE required
  • All applicants are considered for academic merit scholarships
  • Over 90% of students receive financial assistance
  • Academic scholarships are guaranteed to valedictorians and salutatorians, National Merit, National Achievement, and National Hispanic Recognition finalists

Cost of Attendance (2014-15)

  • Tuition and fees: $44,422
  • Room and board: $13,082

Areas of Study

Engineering & Computer Science

Liberal Arts

School of Business

Sciences

Pre-Professional Studies

Other Options