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WPI is Among Most Wired

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/Apr. 20, 1999
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute once again ranks among America's 100 Most Wired Colleges, according to Yahoo! Internet Life's annual survey of Internet use in higher education. The magazine's May issue places WPI 19th in a list compiled from surveys of 571 colleges. Among technical colleges and universities, WPI was ranked 6th.

The rankings are determined by the magazine's editors, who weighed universities' offerings in four categories: hardware, academics, free services and miscellaneous services. Robert Bernstein, the editor who compiled the rankings, said the results are based on ubiquity and accessibility - "students being able to jack in from anywhere on campus, and making things available to as many students on campus as possible."

The top five finishers were Case Western Reserve University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wake Forest University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rensselaer Polytechnic University.

Yahoo! Internet Life adopted somewhat different criteria for determining its rankings this year. Last year's top-ranked Dartmouth College didn't crack the top 25 list this year. Colgate University, absent from the list last year, ranked 12th this year.

"This year's survey was very hardware and service-focused, whereas previous surveys have been focused on social and academic uses of the campus network," noted WPI Web Coordinator Amy L. Marr. "WPI no doubt will continue to rank highly through its investments in technologies, including the Internet2 project, the continued acquisition of network equipment and a three-year upgrade to the campus network that begins this summer."


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