Teachers & Counselors
Do you have top students who are curious and creative? Who love science and math? Who want to make the world a better place? WPI might be a good fit for them. Here is some information that will help you understand us better.
The WPI Class of 2016 arrived in late August. We were excited to welcome just over 950 young men and women from around the world. This class consists of 33 percent women, 11 percent students of color, and 13 percent international students. This talented class represents an all-time high for women at WPI, with over 300 women in this class. Our first year students have a most impressive academic profile: 53 valedictorians and 50 salutatorians, an average class rank in the top 11 percent, and an average GPA of 3.8. Again this year nearly 40 percent of the entering class is from outside New England.
As you may recall WPI was the first technological university to go test-optional in 2007. Since then, over 1,200 students have chosen to take advantage of our Flex Path option to not submit test scores as part of the admissions process, and 63 of them were recently welcomed to campus as part of the Class of 2016. Students choosing WPI's Flex Path option are asked to submit alternative materials in lieu of SAT or ACT scores. Submissions should reflect a high level of organization, innovation, creativity, and problem solving ability.
With over 40 undergraduate programs of study we are certain to have options for many of your students. Whether they are looking for Biology, Interactive Media and Game Design, Engineering, Pre-Law, or our newest program in Architectural Engineering, we hope to see your students during our visits across the country throughout the year.
We're a top university
WPI was founded in 1865, the third-oldest technological university in the country. We were ranked 64 among national colleges and universities in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges issue. U.S. News also ranked us 24th for most classes under 20 students and 30th for faculty resources. The Princeton Review also recognized WPI, naming us to their top 20 lists for "Career Services" and "Happiest Students".
Location and environment
WPI is located in a residential neighborhood in Worcester, Mass. (New England's second-largest city, about 35 miles west of Boston). The 80-acre campus has a traditional school feel, but is equipped with the latest technology, including high-speed Internet access in all academic and residential buildings. Students are within walking distance to shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Take the virtual tour
- 3,746 undergraduates
- 31 percent women; 69 percent men
- From 45 states and 70 countries
We have a unique project-enriched curriculum
Our curriculum teaches students to put what they learn in the classroom to work by solving real-world problems before they graduate. During their four years at WPI, students complete two projects in addition to their course work. Projects are completed in teams with faculty advisors on campus or at one of over 30 global projects centers.
To accommodate project work, WPI has four seven-week terms during the academic year (August – May). Students design their own academic plan with the help of an academic advisor; there are no required courses or course prerequisites. Since we want students to feel free to explore areas that interest them, without worrying about ruining their transcript, we don't have a failing grade. If students don't get an A, B or C, they don't receive credit, and the course doesn't go on their transcript. More on academics...
Majors and minors
WPI offers more than 40 majors in science, technology, math, engineering, management, and the humanities and arts. You may be surprised to know that we have a vibrant humanities and arts department.
Selected Admissions Information
Students must have taken four years of high school math, including precalculus, and at least two years of a lab science.
Admitted student profile
Average SAT score: 1325
Average ACT: 30
Average class rank in top 10 percent of their high school class
What we look for
Admission to WPI is competitive; we seek top students in science and math. But we look beyond academic performance. Since the educational approach here is different from that of other universities, we look for students who will thrive in our unique academic environment.
Projects are an important part of the curriculum at WPI. To do well, students must be self-motivated, be able to work well with others, and be able to think creatively. They should be interested in how science, technology, math and engineering can be used to make the world a better place.
We deliver a well-rounded education with a significant requirement in the humanities and arts and an emphasis on exploring the impact of science and technology on society. We find that students who have a passion for something besides science and math, such as music, drama or art, are particularly well-suited to our approach to education. More on admissions...