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To the WPI Community:

U.S. News and World Report traditionally releases its college ranking reports in early September, and this year is no exception. Results were publicly available yesterday, and reflect 2012 data.

WPI continues to be ranked among the Top 100 "Best National Universities," with an overall ranking of 62 this year, an improvement from 65 in 2013. As a point of reference, we share this position with the University of Maryland, and BYU, and our rank of 62 compares favorably to others including Virginia Tech (60th), Michigan State (73rd), Stevens Institute of Technology (82nd), and Drexel (97th).

In the "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs" category, we are compared with schools that award PhDs, and we are 65th vs 58th in 2013. Our ranking compares with NY Poly (65th), BYU (78th), and Stevens Institute of Technology (78th).

Among the highlights of this year’s review, WPI remains on the “Great Schools at Great Prices” list, and our alumni giving has increased from 13.4% to 14.6%. U.S. News and World Report also noted that our acceptance rate is down four points to 53%, showcasing our increasing selectivity for the entering class. WPI is attracting more Freshmen who rank in the top 10% of their High School class - up from last year’s 65% to 66% this year.

Graduation rates continue to rise, with our six-year graduate rate moving from 76% to 84%,and our four-year graduation rate moving from 79% to 80%, reflecting the excellent job our faculty and staff do in educating and supporting our students so they can effectively complete their educations.

This is just the latest in a recent series of positive national rankings for the university.

  • WPI is ranked among the top universities in the nation in return on investment, ranked 15th in Payscale’s new College Education ROI Rankings, and made the Top 10 list of Affordable Colleges Online's (ACO) "Million Dollar ROI" report.
  • The Princeton Review named WPI one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education in “The Best 378 Colleges”.
  • Fiske Guide to Colleges once again has named WPI one of the nation's “best and most interesting” colleges.
  • BestColleges rank WPI as one of the top 10 schools for Women in STEM, highlighting WPI’s outstanding female students and faculty, and WPI’s programs to encourage girls and teens interested in STEM education and careers.

In addition to the accolades listed above, we have earned notable recognition in some specific academic areas. WPI Ranks No. 12 on The Princeton Review’s 2013 List of Top Undergraduate Schools to Study Video Game Design, and Bloomberg Businessweek Rates WPI School of Business No. 1 in the Nation for Entrepreneurship.

As pleased as we are to see these accolades from so many sources, it is important to note that our greatest points of pride are in the ways by which we measure our own success--first and foremost to the extent that we are serving our students, supporting our faculty and delivering our distinctive curriculum-- educating our graduates to make an impact in the world. WPI's performance in the key categories of interest to prospective students and their parents remains strong, and know you share my pride in of our collective accomplishments.

Phil Ryan ’65
Interim President

September 11, 2013

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