Diversity in all of its forms is appreciated and celebrated at WPI. Our student body consists of students from over 48 states, come from over 60 countries and speak well over 36 languages. Multiculturalism at WPI is a multi-faceted reality that is embedded in the very fabric of who we are as an institution. Explore the various aspects of multiculturalism at WPI and see how you can add to the rich cultural experience that exists on our campus every day! Multiculturalism at WPI consists of:
WPI is filled with students from every nook and cranny of the U.S. From the back roads of Clarksdale, Mississippi to the well-known Big Apple of New York City, students hail from major, suburban and rural backgrounds to the WPI campus and all find a comfortable place on campus to call home. Not to be limited to the confines of the U.S., the WPI student body boast an international student population of 12% with students from Albania, Greece, Brazil, China, Jamaica and Ghana just to name a few. The international house is a great resource for our students as it provides many different academic, social and cultural opportunities for students to embrace diversity and encourage social tolerance.
Ethnic and Racial Diversity
Ethnic and racial diversity is a very important attribute of the WPI student body, every year about 18% of our students come from vastly different ethnic and racial backgrounds and become one as they become students at WPI. Some clubs and organizations that celebrate racial and ethnic diversity include the Black Student Union (BSU), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)and the the Hispanic and Caribbean Student Association (HCSA). For a complete listing of all the clubs and organizations, including others that celebrate ethnic and racial diversity, see our list of over a 180 students clubs and organizations.
WPI is committed to attracting students from all backgrounds regardless of their socio-economic status. Every year over $30 million is awarded to students in the form of scholarships and over 15% of students at WPI are the recipients of Pell Grants. Of the students who apply for financial aid, more than 90% of the students receive some form of aid. The Financial Aid Office is a resource for students to receive support and have their questions answered about navigating the process of financing their education.
Many students who attend WPI are the first in their family to attend college, with 16% of the student body representing first-generation students in college. There are a number of resources on campus to support and aid students through their educational career as WPI students. Some of these resources include the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Academic Advising and the Student Development & Counseling Center. For a complete listing of all the avenues of support, please see a complete list of all the offices at WPI.
Religious diversity is celebrated in all its forms at WPI. Whether you’re a Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic, Agnostic or an Atheist, there is a community for you at WPI. Some clubs and organizations that celebrate religious identity and expression on campus include the Christian Bible Fellowship, Muslim Student Association, Hillel and the Buddhist Fellowship. For a complete listing of the many avenues of support for a religious community at WPI, visit the Office of Multicultural Affairs page on religious diversity.
Gender & Identity Diversity
A third of the WPI student body represents women from a wide-range of backgrounds and varied academic interests. There are many avenues of support for women on campus including the Office of Women’s Programs and student-run clubs such as Women in Computer Science (WICS), Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE) and programs like ‘Girls Night Out’ which is run through the Athena Project, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. For more information on women at WPI, see the admissions page that details a number of programs and opportunities for women on our campus.
WPI is supportive of individuality and freedom of expression. The Alliance is a student-run organization that celebrates and supports the LGBTQ community on campus through weekly meetings, celebrations and provides a safe environment for students to discuss issues facing the LGBTQ community at large. Interested in learning more? Contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at email@example.com
While the true definition of multiculturalism can’t be limited to the aspects mentioned above, the above attributes are just some of the forms of multiculturalism you’ll find on the WPI campus. Interested in contributing to the multicultural experience at WPI? Apply and see if there’s a place for you on the WPI campus!