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Updated Information for Incoming Graduate Students

New Graduate Students:
You will need a physical WPI ID card for COVID testing, including the initial on-board test. If you have not already done so, please request your ID card online before the end of this week. If your ID card is requested in advance of your designated onboarding test date, the ID card will be ready for you to pick up at the time of your on-boarding test in Harrington Auditorium. You should not go to the East Hall Student ID Office to pick up your ID unless instructed to do so specifically by the ID Office/Res Services. Please note the ID pick up instructions have changed from the instructions provided in earlier messages from Graduate Admissions. 

If you will be on campus for ANY activity this Fall (e.g. classes, research, meetings, using the library or gym) you must:

  1. follow the on-boarding procedure as outlined here in order to be eligible to be on campus. Graduate Students may ONLY on-board on the specified dates with August 24 being the final on-boarding date to be on campus for the Fall semester. 
  2. review and sign the new COVID-19 testing forms in MyTechFlex in order to be included in the COVID-19 testing program. Even if you have signed these forms previously, you need to sign them for this academic year. 

WPI Graduate Accepted Students

Congratulations and welcome to Worcester Polytechnic Institute! As a new graduate student, you are beginning a journey of personal and professional growth at an institution offering multidisciplinary training and more than 150 years of excellence and distinction.

We are excited to finally welcome you to campus! Due to the evolving situation with the pandemic we have received several questions about when new students are allowed to arrive on campus. If you are an RA or a TA you will need to arrive on campus no later than the first day of classes (August 25). All International students must arrive by the add/drop date of September 8th. 
For extenuating circumstances international student that are not able to arrive by the end of add/drop may be permitted to arrive for B – term. These decisions will be made on a case by case basis. 
Anyone who cannot meet the above mentioned requirements will be asked to take courses online and/or can have the option to defer to spring 2022.

Within the Graduate Student Experience website, you will find information to help you start your academic experience at WPI, from what you need to complete prior to arriving on campus and during the initial couple of weeks of the semester to connecting with current graduate students and peer-mentors. You should also visit WPI’s Graduate Studies website for graduate student orientation information and upcoming workshops. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity and plan to participate. WPI is known for its personal attention to students, so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help!

First things first. Connect with us and share your excitement about joining our vibrant graduate student life on our social media platforms including TwitterFacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn. Tag us. Tell us what you are most looking forward to once you arrive as a graduate student at WPI.

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We recognize our different constituent groups don’t all need the same information. We have organized the information into the following categories: