We recognize that you may have additional questions about the transfer application and enrollment process. Many of the questions regarding transferring credits, housing, and financial aid and scholarships are answered below. If you need additional information, you may contact the transfer admissions counselors via email at transfer@wpi.edu or the Office of Student Aid & Financial Literacy at finaid@wpi.edu

Can I apply for the spring semester?

WPI does not offer a spring (January) entrance option for applicants.

When will my application be reviewed, and when will I be notified of a decision?

The option to apply as a transfer student to WPI through the Common Application is available January 1. Applications for fall admission are due by May 15, with the application review process beginning in March of each year. Decision notification is rolling throughout the spring. The enrollment deadline for all transfer students is June 30.

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?

First year candidate. Should you enroll at WPI, we would start the transfer credit review process (see below information on the transfer credit review process).

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?

First year candidate. Should you enroll at WPI, we would start the transfer credit review process (see below information on the transfer credit review process).

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?

First year candidate.

How do I transfer course credit? 

WPI is only able to offer and official transfer credit evaluation once a student officially enrolls at WPI. Enrolled WPI students (both transfer and first-year) should send a completed Transfer Credit Review Request form to transfer@wpi.edu, and provide college transcripts and course descriptions or syllabi for each course to be considered as indicated on the form. The Transfer Admissions team coordinates the process with WPI faculty who evaluate the coursework to determine credit eligibility. Each academic department at WPI reviews courses under their program, and provides a decision to the Transfer Admissions team. Admissions communicates any credit updates to the WPI Registrar’s Office as well as WPI Academic Advising.

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. 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. To be eligible for credit review, the courses must be completed on a college campus taught by college instructors. 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 also typically not eligible. Additional courses that are not transferable include pre-calculus, non-calculus based physics or engineering science, and computer courses in BASIC.

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). No transfer credit is awarded for any online course work.

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 (res-services@wpi.edu).

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 interview 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 transfer@wpi.edu, and a member of our Transfer Admissions team would be happy to assist.