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A Distinctive Approach to STEM Education and Research

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), a global leader in project-based learning, is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865  on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems. Today, WPI holds firm to its founding mission to provide an education that balances theory with practice.

The university’s undergraduate curriculum features a flexible, rigorous program that is project-based and globally engaged, aimed at quality experience and a positive impact for the communities it partners with. WPI faculty members across four schools work with students on interdisciplinary research seeking solutions to important and socially relevant problems, both on campus and at more than 50 project centers throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. 

Recognized by the National Academy of Engineering with the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, WPI’s pioneering project-based curriculum engages undergraduates in solving important scientific, technological, and societal problems throughout their education and at more than 50 project centers around the world.  

Graduate students are an integral part of WPI’s vibrant student population but are also part of a large and thriving research community, where they work closely with faculty mentors to address real-world, interdisciplinary problems that impact communities and organizations right now. More than 50 PhD, master's, and certificate programs are offered both on campus and online, providing flexible options and opportunities for students to advance their careers and succeed in today’s—and tomorrow’s—world.

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WPI president-elect Grace Wang

Grace Wang, PhD, Named 17th President

Grace Wang, PhD, a materials scientist and highly accomplished and collaborative leader in higher education, government, and industry, has been selected as the 17th president of WPI. Elected by the WPI Board of Trustees after an extensive national search, President-elect Wang will join the community on April 3, 2023.

WPI students project-based learning at water well

The Global Leader in Project-Based Education

For over half a century, projects have been at the core of WPI's signature undergraduate curriculum (known as the WPI Plan), requiring students to apply their acquired skills, knowledge, and abilities to develop solutions to real-world problems. As the global leader in project-based learning (PBL), WPI is now helping other colleges and universities around the world advance PBL across higher education through the Center for Project-Based Learning.

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Our Community

At WPI, our greatest strength is our people. We are home to a passionate community of faculty, staff, researchers, and students who are dedicated to using their talents, expertise, and intellectual curiosity to solve the most complex global challenges.

WPI campus in Worcester Massachusetts

Our Campus

To know what WPI is all about, you have to experience it firsthand. WPI’s campus, set on a secluded hilltop, doesn’t look or feel like an urban university. Yet just down from “The Hill,” a vibrant college town awaits, with the amenities, opportunities, and lively cultural scene one would expect from New England’s second largest city.

WPI at a Glance

70+

degree programs

50+

global project centers on six continents

95

acre hilltop campus in New England's second-largest city

One

of Money Magazine's Most Transformative Colleges 

Money Magazine (2020)
#5

Best-Run Colleges

The Princeton Review (2019)
140%

increase in research funding from FY16-20

WPI Land Acknowledgment

WPI acknowledges the painful history of genocide in the U.S. for native and indigenous peoples. As a public statement that honors the indigenous people as native inhabits on this land, WPI honors and respects the many and diverse tribal nations who were forcefully removed from their sacred lands.  

 

WPI would like to recognize the people of the Chaubunagungamaug and Hassanamisco Nipmuc Tribe as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work. We take this moment to honor their elders, past, present, and emerging. WPI strongly advocates for higher education professionals to honor the land, the original tribal occupants, and the history of where they are located.