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Many of the questions regarding transferring credits, housing, and financial aid and scholarships are answered below.

For more information, contact the transfer admissions counselors at transfer@wpi.edu, or the Office of Student Aid & Financial Literacy at finaid@wpi.edu

  • I already have a bachelor's degree. Can I get a second one at WPI?

    Candidates are welcome to apply for a second bachelor’s degree. We look for students who have recently completed (within the last 5 years) calculus, and two laboratory sciences. All transfer students must enroll at WPI for a minimum of two full academic years in order to complete a degree.

  • 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?

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

  • 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 transfer@wpi.edu 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?

    First-year candidate; more information for you is here. 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; more information for you is here.

  • 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 the​Transfer 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 transfer@wpi.edu.

    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. 

    • *Please be advised that WPI academic departments have created temporary policies to accept transfer credit for online courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    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 courses are not typically eligible for credit.

    • *Please be advised that WPI academic departments have created temporary policies to accept transfer credit for online courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 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 is unable to guarantee housing for transfer students. We encourage all incoming students to complete the housing application form if they want to live on campus. For students who are considering living off campus, many neighborhoods surrounding the WPI campus have options to consider, with June or early July being one of the best times to locate off campus housing for the upcoming academic year. Transfer students are urged to review information about on or off campus housing and dining options and to contact the Office of Residential Services (res-services@wpi.edu) with any specific questions or concerns.

  • 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 offers 2 academic merit scholarships to transfer students: The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship of $10,000 a year offered to all PTK scholars, and the WPI Transfer Honors Award of $10,000 a year offered to 5 newly accepted transfer students selected each June prior to the enrollment deadline. No additional application is necessary to be considered for either award. More information can be found at www.wpi.edu/+transfer under Scholarships & Financial Aid.

    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.

    As a transfer student, you may be eligible for need-based scholarship and loan funds from a variety of sources. Additional information on how to apply for need-based aid is available through the Office of Student Aid & Financial Literacy. Need-based financial aid is not available for part-time or international (non U.S. 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. WPI does offer the PTK Scholarship and limited WPI Transfer Honors Awards as noted above. Need-based aid is not available for part-time or international (non-citizen) transfer students. Additional information regarding scholarship opportunities and financial aid for transfer students is available through the Office of Student Aid & Financial Literacy as well.

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