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Welcome to WPI. Below are steps for you to take from enrollment to arrival on campus. Please note: Online and Distance students do not have the same requirements as indicated by an asterisk (*).

To do prior to arriving on campus:

  • Submit your official and final transcript to the Graduate Admissions Office. Your previous institution can send the official transcript electronically to ( or by mail to the Office of Graduate Admissions, 100 Institute Road, Worcester MA 01609.  If the official and final transcript is not received by the start of classes a hold will be placed on your account and you will not be able to start classes.  
  • Set up your WPI computer account. Once you confirm your enrollment, and pay your enrollment deposit, you will receive an email guiding you through the account setup process.
  • Campus-Based Students only: Make an appointment with a medical provider well before coming to campus to complete the WPI Immunization Form & Tuberculosis Risk Screening Form. Once you receive your WPI email and password and you register for classes, you will be able to submit documentation through WPI Health Services Health Portal. You should start submitting your health forms as soon as possible (even if they are incomplete). 

Please monitor your WPI email. This is where we will notify you if you are missing required documentation.

  • Information about the student loan application that students must submit along with their FAFSA is available on our website. Here is the link to the application form.
  • If you have any disabilities and are seeking accommodations, fill out an application with the Office of Accessibility Services.
  • Learn more about LGBT+ Support available on campus. 
  • Incoming Graduate Students can contact the Residential Services Office to see if there are any on-campus housing spaces available. There are a very limited amount of openings for incoming students. If interested in off campus housing please visit the following website prior to arriving in Worcester. If you have any questions regarding local Worcester area housing options, please contact the Residential Services Office*.

To do during arrival/Orientation period:

  • Get your WPI ID card. You must have an ID to check in at orientation. Online and Distance students, please ask your student success manager about an ID if you would like to obtain one.
  • Graduate Student Orientation will take place on January 9th. All students are welcome to attend.
  • Sign up for the WPI Student Health Insurance. If you choose an alternative plan, make sure you understand what is covered.
  • Check in with your department. Make sure you have been assigned an academic advisor in your department. Please note all Master's level graduate students are assigned a Student Success Manager. First year PhD students have access to academic coaching
  • Off-campus housing*
    • Secure housing and sign lease (PDF).
    • Arrange for utilities (cable/internet, electricity, heat and water) to be connected.
  • If you are a TA, attend TA training. The training sessions will take place after orientation, and are hosted by the Morgan Teaching & Learning Center.
  • Register your vehicle with Campus Police and obtain a parking permit.  

To do during the initial weeks of the semester:

  • Meet with your advisor.

    • Finalize your Course Schedule before the add/drop deadline.
    • Develop your Plan of Study and get it approved by your advisor.
  • Make sure you have settled your bill with the Bursar’s Office.
  • Health & Wellness Services
    • Pay the WPI Student Health Fee if you wish to receive healthcare on campus (optional and different from required health insurance) at the Bursar’s Office and bring a copy of the record to WPI Health Services at 32 Hackfeld Road.
    • If you do not pay the Student Health Fee:
      • Take the time to research where the nearest walk in clinic is located. Plan ahead so you know where to go when you are feeling ill.
    • Obtain a copy of your health insurance card and keep it with you at all times.
      • Print your WPI Student Health Insurance card by logging on here.
  • Register with the Career Development Center (CDC).
  • Visit the Center for Well-Being (CWB). The CWB is a supportive and safe space to gather, relax, reflect, and recharge

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