While the college application process can be long and full of back-and-forth before the final decision is made, sometimes you just know when you’ve found the right place. Students who are confident that WPI is the place for them can now take advantage of our Early Decision admission option—if you apply Early Decision and are accepted, you’ll enter into a binding agreement where, upon acceptance, you’ll withdraw all applications to other colleges, not file any new ones, and enroll at WPI.
The Early Decision I deadline is November 1, with a notification by mid December.
The Early Decision II deadline is January 5, with a notification by mid February.
Early Decision FAQs
Why apply Early Decision?
Early Decision is the best way for students to demonstrate their commitment to attending WPI. If accepted, students are also able to finalize their college plans early in their senior year, reducing stress and cutting down on the time and expense of submitting additional applications—all while having more time to prepare for college.
What happens if I'm not accepted during Early Decision?
Students who aren’t offered admission cannot reapply in the same year, but are encouraged to consider a plan that would position them as a transfer candidate after one full year of coursework at another college or university.
Early Decision I applicants may be deferred to Regular Decision (their application will now be non-binding). They won’t need to reapply and will be notified of their Admissions decision before March 15.
Early Decision II applicants as well as those deferred to Regular Decision may also be offered a place on the waiting list.
Can I be considered for need-based financial aid as an Early Decision applicant?
What if I can't afford to attend WPI after being accepted under an Early Decision plan?
While we work to provide the best possible financial aid package for each student through grants, loans, and the Federal Work Study Program, some students may still be unable to enroll due to financial constraints. In this case, students must review their financial aid award with the Office of Financial Aid and obtain an official release from their commitment to enroll.
Applying to WPI Early Action is a great way to show your interest in WPI without the full commitment of Early Decision. WPI offers two rounds of Early Action with application deadline of November 1 or January 5. You’ll receive your admission decision by late January (November 1 submission) or late February (January 5 submission). Applying Early Action does not commit you to the university if accepted.
Regular Decision's later application deadline gives more time to perfect your application and show the Admissions team additional achievements and what you've been up to during your senior year. The application deadline is February 1 and you'll receive your admission decision by late March.