Can I apply for the spring semester?
WPI does not offer a spring (January) entrance option for applicants.
- I'm currently in high school. I'm taking some college courses for dual enrollment. Will I be considered an incoming first-year or transfer candidate?
I enrolled as a full time student at another institution, but did not complete a full year. Would I apply as a first year undergraduate student, or as a transfer student?
Transfer candidate. If you were an enrolled full time student at any post-secondary institution for any length of time, you are not eligible to apply as a first-year student. Please contact us at email@example.com so we can provide additional guidance.
- I'm currently in high school but will graduate with an Associate’s Degree because of a dual enrollment program I am in. Will I be considered an incoming first year or transfer candidate?
- I graduated from high school a while ago. I haven't taken any college courses (or I’ve taken a couple, but was not degree seeking elsewhere). Am I a first-year or transfer candidate?
How do I transfer course credit?
After a student has been accepted and final transcripts received, the Office of Admissions coordinates the formal evaluation of credit accepted towards a WPI degree. Please note that the review process for first year student credit evaluation requests will begin after the May 1st enrollment deadline. The review process for accepted transfer students begins typically in mid-April. Students must follow the instructions on theTransfer Credit Review Request form to begin the course evaluation process. The completed Undergraduate Transfer Credit Review Request Form, final official transcript(s), and any additional information (course descriptions, syllabi) can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Transfer Admissions team works with appropriate academic department faculty who evaluate the coursework to determine credit eligibility. In general, courses that are the academic equivalent of a WPI course with a grade of a B or better will be considered for transfer credit. Transfer Admissions will update you, the Registrar’s Office, and Academic Advising on decisions. College-level and lab-based chemistry and biology, calculus, calculus-based physics with lab, engineering science, and most social science and humanities and arts courses are typically considered for transfer credit.
Courses must be taken at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. More specifically, courses must be completed on a college campus taught by college instructors. Early college, early entrance programs, or coursework provided in partnership with a college or university but offered at the high school and taught by high school teachers are not eligible for credit at WPI (with the exception of Project Lead the Way (www.wpi.edu/+pltw). These high school to college partnership programs include Running Start, ECE, EEP, SUPA, SUNY UHS, and others. Additional courses that are not transferable include pre-calculus, non-calculus based physics, computer courses in BASIC. Online coursework is also typically not eligible. Also, non-credit CEU courses, adult enrichment or refresher course, and CLEP examinations are not recognized for transfer credit.
To view transfer credit equivalencies to date, please view www.wpi.edu/+transfercredit.
Are there any types of credit that are ineligible for transfer?
Vocational, correspondence, pre-college or review courses are not transferrable to WPI. Also, WPI does not accept non-credit CEU courses, adult enrichment or refresher courses, or CLEP examinations. Early college, early entrance programs, or college coursework provided in partnership with a college or university but offered at the high school taught by high school teachers are not eligible for credit at WPI, with the exception of Project Lead The Way (PLTW).
Online coursework is not typically eligible.
Can I receive transfer credit for AP or IB credits I earned in high school?
We will evaluate AP and IB testing for credit. Generally, WPI awards credit for a 4 or 5 on AP exams and for a 6 or 7 on higher level IB exams. Please have your official score reports forwarded to the Registrar's Office.
With which schools does WPI have formal articulation agreements?
WPI holds formal agreements with Cape Cod Community College and Quinsigamond Community College. For current students, WPI is also affiliated with the members of the Worcester Consortium.
How long will it take to earn my degree at WPI?
The timeline varies for each student depending on the type and amount of coursework each applicant has successfully completed. WPI has a minimum residency requirement of two academic years for any student pursuing a degree from the University.
Is housing available for transfer students?
WPI does not guarantee on-campus housing for transfer students, but may offer it on a space-available basis. Neighborhoods surrounding the campus offer many housing options for those who choose to live off-campus. The Office of Residential Services maintains lists of off-campus apartments and of students looking for roommates. June or early July is the best time to locate off-campus housing for the upcoming academic year. Transfer students with specific housing questions are urged to contact the Office of Residential Services (email@example.com).
What testing does WPI require of transfer applicants?
WPI does not require SAT or ACT scores for transfer applicants. The Admissions Office does require either the TOEFL or IELTS for international transfer students.
Are there additional scholarships for transfer students?
WPI will award up to three $10,000 scholarships to eligible Phi Theta Kappa students transferring to WPI from an accredited two-year college. A minimum GPA of 3.5 is required and candidates must have submitted their completed application for admission and all supporting materials by the May 15th application deadline. Please note that part-time students and students with previous bachelors' degrees are not eligible. The scholarship committee will emphasize the rigor of the applicant's curriculum, recommendations, and any demonstrated leadership ability or outstanding extracurricular and/or community involvement.
WPI does encourage all students to apply to scholarship programs not affiliated with WPI and will accept those awarded monies. WPI does not match scholarships awarded by other colleges or universities. Additional information is available through the Office of Student Aid & Financial Literacy.
Please note that WPI is not able to provide scholarships or financial aid for international (non-citizen) transfer students. International transfer applicants must be able to demonstrate the ability to cover the full cost of tuition and living expenses.
I was accepted to WPI as a first-year applicant but chose to attend another school. If I transfer, will I get the same financial aid/scholarship package?
Once a student declines acceptance to WPI as a first-year student and re-applies as a transfer candidate, the student is reevaluated for need-based financial assistance as a transfer student. Transfer students may be eligible for need-based scholarship and loan funds from a variety of sources including WPI, the federal government, and some state and government agencies. Please note merit-based scholarships are not available to accepted transfer applicants, and financial aid is not available for part-time or international (non-citizen) transfer students. Additional information regarding financial aid for transfer students is available through the Office of Student Aid & Financial Literacy.
Can I schedule an interview? Can I meet with an advisor? Is anyone from transfer admissions available when I visit WPI?
We encourage students to visit WPI to better understand the distinct academic programming and specifics of the WPI Plan as they consider WPI.
However, we do not offer admissions interviews for transfer candidates. Additionally, because we are unable to offer advanced academic advising or review/consider transfer credit, we do not provide one-on-one meetings.
Applicants are welcome to contact us anytime with specific questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org, and a member of our Transfer Admissions team would be happy to assist.