More than an Academic Experience

A full schedule of activities, including evening workshops, field trips, movies, and tournaments, ensures that this is not just an academic experience at WPI. Frontiers participants will meet current WPI students, who serve as program leaders, and interact with other participants from across the country and around the globe. Depending on individual interests, eligible high schoolers can apply for Frontiers I, Frontiers II, or both sessions.

A Typical Day at Frontiers

7:30 am - Breakfast
8:30 am - STEM Specialties
10:30 am - Humanities & Arts Workshop
12:30 pm - Lunch
1:30 pm - Hands-on Lab Work
5:00 pm - Dinner
6:30 pm - Evening Activities & Recreation
10:00 pm - Return to Residence Hall For The Night
The weekend will include Frontiers Fest, a variety of activities, and field trips.
Residential life

Frontiers participants live in secure, first-year residence halls, situated along the Quad in the heart of WPI's campus. Participants are assigned to same-gender floors and live in triple-occupancy rooms. Rooms include desks, beds, closets, dressers, and basic linens. Residences offer Internet access, study lounges, and laundry facilities. Students can easily access the dining hall, Rubin Campus Center, academic buildings, and all recreational activities within a short walk.

Participants eat in one of our WPI dining facilities for all meals. There is a wide variety of food selections daily, including vegetarian, kosher, and gluten free options in addition to a salad bar, hot entrees, sandwiches, and desserts. The dining staff is happy to accommodate any special needs or restrictions with advance notice. 

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. 

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.

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.

Please visit our policy page for complete details.