WPI students need to set up two primary accounts: BannerWeb and myWPI. If you are taking your first course, your dedicated WPI Student Support Team member will be in contact with you, and will send you course details in order for you to set up your accounts. 

If you have questions or need further assistance, you can contact our team or the WPI Help Desk.



This portal allows you to access and participate in courses for which you are registered. Through the process of setting up your Canvas account, you will also set up your WPI email account.  You will be able to view your grades in Canvas during your courses; final grades, however, are posted in Bannerweb.


Pay tuition, view final grades, see unofficial transcripts, view/update your personal information on file with WPI, and register for courses. All online students must check in through BannerWeb in the fall and spring. If you'll be taking your first course, your BannerWeb account may only be activated by you once your registration has been processed (enter your ID and PIN number as issued by the Registrar’s Office.)

Computer & Laptop Capabilities

Students must have access to a computer with compatible software either already installed, or which you have the ability to install, as required on a course by course basis. In addition, it is also expected that you have at your disposal the use of word processing and spreadsheet programs for the completion and/or preparation of assignments, as well as high speed internet access. Some courses require a DVD-ROM drive and permissions to install software. Faculty will notify you of these requirements before the start of the class. All students will also need a microphone input jack on a sound card. Review the technical requirements for each class for more information.

Computer Recommendations 

The following configuration should meet your needs at WPI:

  • Current generation i5/i7 Processor or equivalent with an Integrated Graphics Card*
  • 8GB of RAM*
  • 500GB hard drive
  • Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • Dual band Wireless Adapter (802.11ac recommended, 802.11n minimum)
  • Windows 10 (64 bit) or OS X (10.9 or higher)
  • DVD+/-RW or Blu-ray Optical Drive (Optional)
  • External hard drive approximately twice the size of computer hard drive capacity (for backup)

*Additional RAM and a Dedicated Graphics Card may better serve your needs if your major will require graphic intensive software.

Deciding between a Mac or Windows PC?

Price is often a factor in this decision making process. Most WPI students opt for a Windows-based PC because it is cost-effective and compatible with most academic software. For students choosing Apple/Mac systems, remote access servers enable use of a wide variety of academic software.

Software Available through WPI

Registered students are eligible to login WPI’s online store to shop for and install discounted products such as Microsoft Office, Windows Upgrades, Adobe, and others.

Account Maintenance

You can reset your passwords or unlock your existing accounts through the Account Maintenance Page. If you would like to modify your settings such as email forwarding, please see our Email and Calendaring Page. If you need further assistance, please contact IT Services & Support.

Resurrecting Computer Accounts after Absence

Please note that if you are inactive for a fall and spring semester consecutively, you need to complete a Graduate Readmission Form before you are able to recreate your computer accounts. Once that form has been processed, please log into BannerWeb and follow the instructions for creating your accounts. Please contact your WPI Student Success Team Member for assistance.

Using MatLab at WPI

Your comfort level with MatLab can have a direct impact on your success in certain courses. Students in Robotics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Power Systems Engineering should make certain that they are prepared for this and should plan to purchase a copy of the software, as they may use it in several courses. Once you have created your WPI account, you can begin accessing the MatLab Tutorials.