WPI Transfer Students

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Transfer Visit Options

WPI will host Transfer Tuesdays beginning March 28 through the first week of June. Each Tuesday, you can schedule a time to connect with a WPI transfer admissions counselor (in person, virtually, or by phone), or stop by for a walk-in appointment. Additionally, we will host Transfer Visit Days on March 22, May 1, and April 13 (virtual). This includes information sessions and tours: two in-person options and one virtual option.

You can find more information about these events farther down the page.

Thank you for considering transferring to WPI! We value WPI transfer students like you because of your varied experiences, academic and personal achievements, and maturity, and we know you will thrive here.

WPI’s project-based learning is a unique and creative way to obtain your bachelor’s degree, with a very different approach than many universities. From our focused seven-week term calendar system, to non-competitive grading in a collaborative environment, learn more about the WPI Plan, and find out if WPI is the right fit for you.

WPI now offers a free application and scholarships exclusively for transfer students. All accepted transfer students receive a Global Scholarship for up to $5,000 to complete a project at one of WPI's 50+ project centers domestically and abroad.

Transfer candidates have typically completed at least one full year of college (post-high school) by the time of intended enrollment, must be enrolled in, or have recently completed, upper-level coursework in math and science, and be in good academic and disciplinary standing at your current institution. Scroll down to learn more about our entrance requirements.

We know that making the decision to transfer is an important decision to make, and can be difficult. Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance; the Office of Admissions is here to help you through the transfer process.

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Application Deadlines
Application Opens Application Review Begins Application Deadline Decision Notification Enroll By
January 23 March 1 May 15 Rolling June 30
Important Information

Transfer admission to WPI is highly competitive, as shown by the WPI transfer acceptance rate. Successful full- and part-time transfer candidates:

  • Have been enrolled as a degree-seeking student from accredited two- and four-year institutions.
  • Have demonstrated strength in math, science, and computer or engineering coursework. 
  • Must enroll at WPI for a minimum of two full academic years.

We strongly recommend learning more about The WPI Plan to see determine if WPI’s educational approach is the right match for you. Important considerations of WPI include:

  • WPI has an accelerated calendar with four seven-week terms instead of two semesters.
  • A full-time course load is three courses per term, with classes meeting four or five days per week.
  • WPI’s undergraduate degree requirements includes two large team-based projects: The IQP and the MQP.
Entrance Requirements

Applicants should:

  • Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student in a college or university after graduating from high school.
  • Have completed or are in the process of completing calculus and at least two laboratory sciences at the time of application.
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing at your current college.

Successful transfer applicants have typically completed at least one full year of college (after high school) by the time they enroll at WPI.

Application Requirements

WPI Transfer Application
Complete and submit the WPI Transfer Application by May 15th. Please be sure to provide a resume as part of your application, or a list of all work-related experiences, post-secondary extracurricular activities and/or community involvement, and/or awards and achievements. Be sure to discuss your goals in transferring to WPI in your personal essay.

Official College Transcript(s)
Contact all post-secondary institutions you have attended or are attending to request an official college transcript be sent to WPI. WPI admissions will accept unofficial transcripts for the application review process but will require final official transcript(s) should the candidate be offered admissions and enroll. Official college transcripts are also required for the transfer credit review process at WPI per www.wpi.edu/+transfercredit

Official High School Transcript(s)
Contact the high school or secondary school you graduated from to request an official, final high school transcript be sent to WPI. WPI admissions will accept unofficial transcripts for the application review process but will require a final official transcript with proof of high school graduation should the candidate be offered admission and enroll.

One Letter of Recommendation
Please provide a recommendation from a current or recent college-level instructor or advisor. Additional recommendations are welcome.

WPI Conduct Record Release Form (PDF)
This form is required from all colleges or universities you have attended as a degree-seeking/matriculated student. Please provide this form to the college official who has access to your full disciplinary record, such as your Dean of Students Office, Registrar, or Student Conduct Affairs Office. The college official should send this report directly to WPI (details in form).


Not required, but highly recommended:

WPI Transfer Applicant Mid-Term Report Form (PDF) 
If you are currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution, we strongly encourage you to provide this form for coursework in progress. It is also possible we may request this of you as part of the application review if we feel this will benefit your candidacy or is needed to understand your academic progress. Print it out and ask that all college instructors for coursework in progress provide an update and sign. Once completed by all instructors, this form can be emailed or mailed to our office (see How to Provide Documents section below).

Additional Requirements for International Transfers

In addition to what's listed in the Application Requirements section, international (non-citizen) transfer applicants must provide:

  • English translations and course-by-course credit evaluations (from a current NACES member) for all non-US transcripts.
  • Proof of English language proficiency, which may be demonstrated by means of TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test (this requirement may be waived if college coursework is conducted in English).
    • WPI's recommended TOEFL score is 90 with no subscore under 20.
    • WPI's recommended IELTS score is 7.0 with no subscore under 6.5.
    • WPI's recommended Duolingo English Test score is 125.

All international applicants should complete and submit WPI’s Certification of Finances Form (www.wpi.edu/+cof) demonstrating their ability to pay the full cost of attendance.  This form is required only for students accepted to the university and who will enroll. Please note that WPI does not offer any financial aid for international (non U.S. citizen) transfer students.

Information for Veterans

Worcester Polytechnic Institute welcomes and supports Veterans and their dependents.  

Our goal is to assist student Veterans and eligible dependents with the application and certification of their Veterans education benefits.

All prospective and current students interested in using their Veterans education benefits are encouraged to contact the Veterans Affairs School Certifying Official (SCO), Katie Gilbert, in the Registrar's Office, by email at kgilbert2@wpi.edu, or by phone at 508-831-6653. 

For more information, visit the Veterans Affairs page on our website.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Need-based Financial Aid
As a transfer student, you may be eligible for need-based scholarship and loan funds from a variety of sources including WPI, the federal government, and some state government agencies. Learn more.

Need-based financial aid is not available for part-time or international (non U.S. citizen) transfer students. (Please see the Additional Requirements for International Transfers section for more details.)

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Beginning with acceptance to WPI for Fall 2021, WPI will award all Phi Theta Kappa Scholars a $10,000 scholarship per year. All accepted PTK scholars will automatically be awarded—no additional application or materials are necessary, but please be certain to note in your WPI application that you are a PTK scholar. Part-time students and students with previous baccalaureate degrees are not eligible. This scholarship cannot be combined with the WPI Transfer Honors Award. Candidates must have submitted their completed application by the transfer application deadline. The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is offered to admitted transfer candidates only. 

Transfer Honors Award
All accepted transfer applicants will automatically be considered for the WPI Transfer Honors Award valued at up to $10,000 per year. Five outstanding transfer students will be awarded this scholarship based on the information provided in their WPI transfer application and resume, including academic performance, non-academic pursuits, and any recommendations. This award cannot be combined with the Phi Theta Kappa scholarship. Candidates must have submitted their completed application by the transfer application deadline.

How to Provide Documents

Electronic documents may be sent to: admissions@wpi.edu

Documents may be faxed to: 508-831-5875

Documents sent via mail should be addressed to:

WPI Undergraduate Admissions
Bartlett Center
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609

Transfer Credit & Articulation Agreements

After a student has been accepted and has sent in their final transcripts, WPI will begin formally evaluating transfer credit.

Courses taken at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions similar to courses at WPI will be reviewed by the appropriate WPI academic department. Learn more.

WPI has articulation agreements with specified programs at Quinsigamond Community College (QCC). Learn more about WPI's articulation agreements and partnerships.

Transfer Student Visit Opportunities

You’re no stranger to applying to college, but doing so as a transfer student can be a daunting task. That’s why we’re pleased share WPI is now offering Transfer Visit Options! These specialized visits are a great way to connect with the Transfer Admissions team, get your questions answered, and learn more about the process of joining the WPI community.

WPI will host Transfer Tuesdays beginning March 28 through the first week of June. Each Tuesday, you can schedule a time to connect with a WPI transfer admissions counselor (in person, virtually, or by phone), or stop by the Bartlett Center for a walk-in appointment. Additionally, we will host three Transfer Visit Days with information sessions and tours: two in-person options and one virtual option. Check out the menus below to learn more!

Transfer Visit Options

Transfer Visit Days

Whether you've already applied, or are just starting the transfer process, Transfer Visit Days are a great way to learn more about our community! These days will consist of a general WPI overview followed by a campus tour, and will be staffed by two of our transfer counselors. Simply click on each of the dates to book your visit!

In-Person Events: 

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Monday, May 1st, 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Virtual Events: 

Thursday, April 13, 6:00 to 8:00 PM


Transfer Tuesdays

Starting on 3/28/23, every Tuesday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:30 PM WPI will host Transfer Tuesdays! On these dates, prospective transfer students can schedule an appointment to connect with a WPI transfer admissions counselor (in-person, by phone, or on Zoom), or stop by our office for a walk-in appointment. 

You may schedule your appointment using the following link: https://wpitransfers.youcanbook.me/

Please note: While we can provide general guidance and information about degree planning, the admissions team is unable to provide detailed academic advising or review possible transfer credits prior to admission to WPI.

Additional Options

Can't make it for a visit? We totally get it! That's why WPI offers other options to get in touch with us and learn more. 

  • Check out our YouTube page: tons of great content about WPI is available 24 hours a day on the WPI Admissions YouTube Page. On this page, you can access a recording of a WPI information session, view department specific info sessions, and even watch past panel discussions featuring WPI students.
  • Follow us on Socials: Lots of great information about upcoming events and campus happenings is posted on our various social channels every week, and current students are constantly taking over our Instagram! Be sure to give us a follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay connected. 
  • The best way to get ahold of a transfer counselor is simply by emailing transfer@wpi.edu. One of our team members is sure to get back to you in no more than 48 hours!

Meet Our Transfer Students

Herbie Wolff '22
BS, Electrical & Computer Engineering (transfer)

WPI’s abundance of clubs and organizations, and the opportunities to foster connections with peers, made it easier for Herbie to transfer to a new school in the middle of a pandemic[...]

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Transfer Student Success Stories

Albert Nana Beka ’20 and Chris Renfro ’20 followed different paths based on their passions and interests—that’s all part of the WPI experience, after all—but one thing they have in common? They both began their academic journeys at QCC before transferring to WPI.

Bringing Tech to Bazou, Cameroon

"This will definitely change their lives"Albert Nana Beka ’20 used skills from his IQP at WICN Public Radio in Worcester to help him and others create a multimedia center with 60 computers in his home village of Bazou, Cameroon.

IQP Spotlights Food Insecurity on Campus

Chris Renfro ’20 was part of a three-member IQP team that sought to better understand food insecurity on campus and prompted a cohesive, progressive plan to help any students with food insecurity.