Physical Education

The Department of Physical Education is committed to promoting an appreciation for lifelong wellness while enriching our students’ learning experiences. We engage students through a variety of instructional and recreational classes that encourage personal health and well-being, cultivate leadership, and provide opportunities for collaboration and teamwork. Through participation, students develop skills and knowledge on the importance of movement and exercise while building a foundation for a healthy, physically active lifestyle after graduation.

All students at WPI are required to take four 1/12 units in Physical Education and are encouraged to complete this graduation requirement in their first two years. Students may earn PE credits through participation in varsity athletics, club sports, general physical education, and healthy alternative physical education courses.  Learn more about undergraduate studies and graduation requirements.


Club Sports

Taking place during the traditional academic year (August-May), club sports give students the opportunity to join over 30 different sports teams ranging from ultimate Frisbee and rugby to ballroom dancing and pep band. Students are in charge of each team, thereby allowing students to develop and refine their leadership and organizational skills while working out, meeting new people, and having fun.


Varsity Athletics

WPI has 20 varsity teams classified within the NCAA Division III. We enjoy membership in the ECAC, NEWMAC, FFC and the NECAC. WPI athletics has a long proud history and we have enjoyed our share of intercollegiate success in tournament, conference and national championships. We are equally proud of the accolades and awards bestowed each year on our student-athletes, including Scholar All-America, All-America, All-Region, All-New England and All-Conference honors.

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