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More than an Academic Experience

Frontiers WPI's premier pre-college program will give high schoolers an all-encompassing preview of college life at WPI. Students will not only learn and grow their STEM knowledge and skills but build connections with students from around the globe. 

Example Schedule

This is an example of a schedule of "A Day in the Life" of a Frontiers student. All Frontiers events offered at different times to accommodate student schedules and preferences. Please note timeframes given are based on Eastern Standard Time, U.S.

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A day in the life for Frontiers

7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30-10:30 AM Major Program (STEM Discipline)
10:30-12:30 PM Minor Workshop (Humanities & Arts)
12:30-1:30 PM Lunch in the Dining Hall
1:30-4:15 PM Major Program (STEM Discipline)
4:15-5:30 PM Resume Writing Workshop
5:30-6:30 PM Dinner in the Dining Hall
6:30-7:30 PM Kickboxing Class
7:30-8:00 PM Dungeons and Dragons
8:00-9:00 PM Movie Night
9:00-10:00 PM WPI Trivia

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Welcome & Orientation

Frontiers will be offering a student and family orientation to share available resources, provide technical support, and have live conversations with the WPI Community.

Our orientation schedule will include: 

  • Welcome to WPI & Frontiers 
  • Technology Overview & Services 
  • Herd Group Introductions & Hangouts
  • Advice from WPI undergraduates
  • Parent & Family Engagement (throughout the program)
  • Live Q & A with WPI staff
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College Access Overview & Resources

We understand that the college search process can be overwhelming. That is why getting you prepared for your college journey is one of our priorities. Through this program you are able to attend a whole host of college preparation workshops from resume writing to career planning. 

Some additional programs include: 

  • College Planning Night for Students and Families 
  • Resume Workshops 
  • Dinner with the Deans series
  • Admissions 101
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Student Engagement Opportunities

WPI is known for the community we build with one another each and every day. We are delighted to be able to provide that experience in person this year. Our mission is for high schoolers to build connections and make lasting bonds with students with similar interests from around the world while connecting them to current undergrads, staff, and faculty at WPI. Students will be placed in Herds getting the chance to connect with like-minded students from around the world.

Some of our exciting programs will include: 

  • E-Sport & Gaming Opportunities 
  • Talent Show & Dance Parties 
  • Minecraft Sessions
  • Lego Nights
  • Community Service Opportunities 
HOUSING AND DINING

HOUSING

Participants live in WPI residence halls and are assigned to double, or triple occupancy rooms on a floor with other participants with the same gender identity. Each participant will have a bed, desk, closet, dresser, and a linens package (fitted sheet, flat sheet, blanket, pillow, pillowcase, towel and wash cloth). Residence halls have wireless internet access, study lounges, and laundry facilities, but have no air conditioning.  Students will be issued a room key and a secure ID card, and are expected to keep these items on their person at all times.

We recommend you plan to bring the following:

  • Fan
  • Hangers
  • Small basket for toiletries
  • Shower shoes/flip flops
  • Long pants and close-toed shoes if you are participating in a lab-based program
  • If you are bringing prescription medications, they must be in their original packaging with the prescribing physician's name. All medications must be reviewed by the nurse upon program check-in.
  • All meals are included, but may want to bring cash for Dunkin Donuts, Campus Store, or the laundry facilities
  • No refrigerators are provided in the rooms, but you may bring non-perishable snacks

DINING

Morgan Dining Hall provides an array of food, including a complete salad bar, vegan /vegetarian items, sandwiches, chicken tenders, French fries, pizza, and pasta! In addition, there is whole and sliced fruit, yogurt, baked goods, and soft serve ice cream are offered for dessert!

We are happy to accommodate participants with food allergies and other dietary concerns, including, but not limited to vegan, vegetarian, and Halal meals. If there is a dietary accommodation, please inform our office by June 10 so that we can provide the best dining experience for your participant.

We have removed the presence of peanuts and tree nuts from this dining hall in order to allow summer participants with nut allergies more freedom of choice. In order to ensure this policy, no outside food is allowed in the dining hall. If this is a concern, please reach out to the Office of Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs at pop@wpi.edu.

Special Dietary Concerns:

We have a Balance U Station that prepares a tasty menu line without the “Top 8” allergens or gluten (milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybean). Our culinary staff and associates at the station are all specially trained to limit cross-contact during food prep.

There is an area of the dining hall, called S.P.A.C.E. (Special Product Allergen Controlled Eating) which has a wide variety of packaged gluten-free foods, cereals, snacks, breads, and prepared pasta. A toaster and microwave oven are also available in this area, and are used only for gluten-free foods to minimize cross-contamination. Non-dairy milk beverages are also available. Please contact Shavaun Cloran, Registered Dietitian, at scloran@wpi.edu for any specific concerns/questions.

 

PROFESSIONAL STAFF SUPPORT

PRE-COLLEGIATE OUTREACH STAFF

Our programs are planned and managed by several full-time professional staff who work year round to support all pre-collegiate programs.  During the summer, the entire WPI community is involved in supporting our programs, including our undergraduate students who serve as Residential Program Assistants. They are selected for their experience with children, leadership skills, enthusiasm, maturity, willingness to help others.  All participants are supervised the entire time that they are on campus for our programs. All instructors and staff undergo criminal and sexual offender background checks. Participants are not allowed ot leave campus unsupervised at any time. They must be in their residence hall by 10 pm and are required to check in with staff at that time.

HEALTH SERVICES

A summer health care center is open to all of our summer programs participants.  During residential programming, a dedicated 24-hour nursing staff is available on campus. If you are bringing prescription medications, they must be in their original packaging with the prescribing physician's name.  With very few exceptions (e.g. epi-pens and inhalers), students are not allowed to have any prescription medications in their rooms. Our nursing staff will be available at check-in to meet with you and accept the medication, which will be dispensed by our health staff over the course of the program.

CAMPUS SAFETY
Our Campus Police staff work in concert with the rest of the community to keep our campus safe. All summer participants are required to wear lanyards with ID badges for identification purposes and are not allowed to be unsupervised at any time.