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A Distinctive Approach to STEM Education and Research

Worcester Polytechnic Institute was founded in 1865 to create and convey the latest science and engineering knowledge in ways that are most beneficial to society. Today, WPI holds firm to its founding mission to provide an education that balances theory with practice.

The university’s 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 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. 

Graduate research programs include robotics, materials science, cybersecurity, and learning sciences and technology. WPI invests in research in critical areas, seeking solutions to important and socially relevant problems in such diverse fields as fire protection engineering, life sciences and bioengineering, energy, and data science.


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Celebrating 50 Years of Real-World Projects

In 2020, WPI is observing the semicentennial of the WPI Plan, the university's groundbreaking project-based curriculum that was approved on May 29,1970. Throughout this milestone year, we will honor and celebrate the history of the Plan, the people behind its creation and continual evolution, and the impact the program has had—and continues to have—at WPI and far beyond this campus. Learn more about the Fifty Years of the WPI Plan


WPI students project-based learning at water well

The Global Leader in Project-Based Education

WPI was among the first universities in the United States to incorporate project-based learning in its undergraduate curriculum (known as the WPI Plan), requiring students to apply their acquired skills, knowledge, and abilities to develop solutions for real-world problems. Now WPI is helping other colleges and universities implement experiential learning on their own campuses 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.

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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.

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WPI at a Glance


degree programs


global project centers on six continents

Top 25

STEM colleges 

Forbes (2018)

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


25 colleges where grads have the highest earning potential

CNBC (2018)

of Money Magazine's Most Transformative Colleges (2019)

Money Magazine (2019)

Best-Run Colleges

The Princeton Review (2019)

increase in research funding from FY16-20