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What is Frontiers for Credit

Frontiers for Credit is designed for high school students who are interested in earning college credit and experiencing an academically fulfilling WPI college course. WPI’s four-week residential program in July will allow students to explore STEM curriculum alongside WPI’s world-renowned faculty. We will be offering two credit-bearing opportunities for Frontiers.  Admission is on a rolling basis until all spaces in the classes have been filled; therefore, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible as seats are limited.

*The Frontiers For Credit option is only available to US citizens and US permanent residents.

At a Glance

  • Earn college credit
  • Cultivate connections with a community of students interested in STEM from around the globe.
  • Open to all high school students interested in experiencing an academically fulfilling WPI college course.*

*Each course has a pre-requisite for consideration of your application. More information about pre-requisite and the application process can be found in the course offerings below.

Program Design

Frontiers for Credit courses meet throughout the week, during the day. Participants have the option of choosing from our two Frontiers for Credit course options in Organic Chemistry or Linear Algebra. Each course will serve as the student's major for the course of the four-week program, resulting in a full college-level course experience. Additionally, students may choose a minor in the Humanities and Arts, which will supplement their major study.

Students are expected to attend all course sessions. Students who are dismissed or leave the program early will not receive college credit.

Learn more about a typical day at Frontiers.

Course Offerings

Organic Chemistry | 3 Credit Course | July 5- 31, 2020 | Residential | $5,995.00

Course Description: This course will provide a representative collection of characteristic reactions and transformations of a variety of types of organic molecules. Most of the examples will be drawn from aliphatic chemistry. Some theoretical models will be introduced with a view toward establishing a general overview of the material. The course is intended for chemists, chemical engineers, pre-medical students and all those interested in the biosciences. A familiarity with the material presented in the general chemistry courses is assumed.

Pre-requisite: Honors/AP Chemistry


Linear Algebra | 3 Credit Course | July 5- 31, 2020 | Residential | $5,995.00

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the theory and techniques of matrix algebra and linear algebra. Topics covered include operations on matrices, systems of linear equations, linear transformations, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, least squares, vector spaces, inner products, introduction to numerical techniques, and applications of linear algebra.

Pre-requisite: Honors Algebra II