Women

Women at WPI

Since the first two undergraduate women enrolled in 1968, women have been a key part of WPI’s history. Be a part of the next generation of WPI women and join a community of future leaders, engineers, and scientists. A technological degree from WPI will open many doors, enabling you to make significant contributions to the world around you, providing the foundation for a rich and satisfying life.

There are amazing opportunities for women as leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math today. At WPI, you will imagine across boundaries and in all directions to experiment, calculate, engineer, code, lead, innovate, and make the world better. Women now represent more than 33 percent of our student population—slightly more than the average across all technical schools. We provide a strong network and community of women, from alumni to faculty to fellow students, who support, empower, and encourage other women to pursue their passions and achieve their goals.

When I came to visit WPI, I knew I’d found my home the minute I stepped on campus. From the projects to the seven week terms and all the opportunities to get involved—I knew I had to come here. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.

–Athena Casarotto, junior
Newington, Connecticut

Ways to Get Involved

With more than 200 clubs and organizations on campus, there are many ways for WPI women to get involved and have fun. All-women chorus? Musical theater? Fitness and outdoors clubs? Cultural groups? Community service organizations? We’ve got them all…and then some.

Professional groups and associations for women include:

Greek Life

Sororities have been a part of WPI tradition since 1977. The university’s six sororities provide leadership, scholarship, service, and social opportunities while preparing members to make significant contributions beyond the undergraduate experience.

    Women’s Varsity Athletics

    At WPI, we believe having fun––both on the field and in the classroom––is an important part of a well-rounded college experience. Women’s varsity opportunities include:

    Help encourage the next generation of women engineers and scientists

    What were the experiences that led to your interest in science and engineering? Who were the people who nurtured that passion? Perhaps you could be a role model to girls interested in math, science, technology, and the humanities.

    WPI is working to help spark the same curiosity and excitement among girls early on, so more will eventually pursue careers in these areas. We have several programs for middle- and high school girls, including Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and summer camps such as Camp Reach, Women in Science, and Innovations in Bioengineering. The best part is, as a WPI student, you can help. Learn more about programs for girls at WPI's Office of Multicultural Affairs.

     
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    There’s never a moment when I think to myself that I’m the only girl in class. At the end of the day we’re all striving to become scientists and engineers.

    –Jenny Marquez, junior
    Pomona, California

    Learn more about events, programs, and opportunities for women through WPI’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.