Worcester: It’s our first name.

WPI is located in the heart of Worcester, New England’s second largest city, about 40 miles west of Boston. With more than 38,000 students on 9 campuses, Worcester offers the charm and ease of a college town with the convenience of urban living—including a lively cultural scene, world-class restaurants, close-knit neighborhoods, beautiful parks, affordable cost of living, quality public schools, and easy access to area transportation.

And how do you pronounce it?

Named after Worcester, England, it looks like it should be pronounced “Wore-sess-ter.” However, it’s actually pronounced “Wooster” (or, depending on your New England accent, “Wuh-stah”). Either way, the first “r” is mysteriously silent.

Worcester: Where Great Minds Belong

Worcester, Massachusetts — Where Great Minds Belong

Why Worcester?

Explore demographics, education, employment, income, and other trends in the latest Worcester Census Report.

WPI News about Worcester

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From L-R: Aylin Padir '19, Stephen Foley '19, and Sahil Nawab '20
May 02, 2019
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Pawtucket Red Sox Principal Owner and Chairman Larry Lucchino shakes hands with WPI President Laurie Leshin.
April 25, 2019
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(L-R) Sarah Kwatinetz, Joseph Cullon, Brittany Goldstein in front of several murals that are part of POW! WOW! Worcester.
October 02, 2018

Worcester: The New "It" Town

Heart of the Commonwealth

Notice the hearts on the city’s street signs? The heart is the official symbol of Worcester in recognition of its place as the “Heart of the Commonwealth.”