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 while pursuing the prestige of a world-class education.
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 and non-competitive grading in a collaborative environment to a proven return on investment thanks in part to myriad campus resources that assist in strong career placement, WPI does things a bit differently from other colleges and universities. Transfer students are welcome to schedule a campus visit and tour, and we encourage all students to learn more about the WPI Plan, and find out if WPI is the right fit.
WPI now offers a free transfer application and scholarships 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 transferring colleges is an important decision to make, and can be a difficult one. The Office of Admissions is here to help you through the transfer application process— please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance.
|Application Type||Application Opens||Application Review Begins||Application Deadline||Decision Notification||Enroll By|
|Spring Entry||October 1||October 15||November 15||Rolling (beginning mid/late October)||December 15|
|Fall Entry||January 16||March 1||May 15||Rolling (beginning mid/late April)||June 30|
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 meet a residency requirement of 72 WPI credits (8 units, 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.
- Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student in a college or university after graduating from high school.
- Have completed or be enrolled in college-level precalculus (with a preference for college-level calculus) and laboratory science course work.
- 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.
Questions about requirements and preparedness for WPI? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional guidance.
WPI Transfer Application
It is free to apply to WPI undergraduate programs. 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.
Not required, but highly recommended & may be requested of candidates by our admissions committee on a case-by-case basis to complete the application review:
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).
Required to enroll at WPI:
WPI Conduct Record Release Form (PDF)
This form is not required as part of the application process, but MUST be received and reviewed by WPI prior to the start of matriculation at WPI. We recommend you provide this as soon as possible should you enroll. 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).
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.
Along with the items needed to apply to WPI as a transfer student, we will need several items in order for your enrollment to be complete.
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 requires a final official transcript with proof of high school graduation for all admitted applicants intending to enroll. This must be submitted to WPI by the high school directly.
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 requires final official transcript(s) for all applicants intending to enroll. This must be submitted to WPI by the college/university directly. Official college transcripts are also required for the transfer credit review process at WPI per www.wpi.edu/+transfercredit.
WPI Conduct Record Release Form (PDF)
This form is not required as part of the application process, but MUST be completed, received and reviewed by WPI prior to the start of matriculation at WPI. We recommend you provide this as soon as possible should you enroll. 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).
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), Patrick LaRiviere, in the Registrar's Office, by email at email@example.com, or by phone at 508-831-5211.
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. Up to eight 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Documents may be faxed to: 508-831-5875
Documents sent via mail should be addressed to:
WPI Undergraduate Admissions
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609
Transfer Credit & Articulation Agreements
After a transfer student has been accepted and has sent in their required transfer credit review request form, WPI will begin formally evaluating transfer credit. The WPI Transfer Team coordinates the review with faculty evaluators. In some cases, syllabi may be required in order to complete the course review. We do our best to provide updates as soon as possible.
Courses taken at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions that are worth 3 credits or more and typically have a grade of B- or better are considered eligible for an evaluation. Coursework that does not have a direct match may be eligible for general or "free" elective credit. Please be reminded that WPI requires final official college transcripts to post approved credit to a student's account; be sure to plan accordingly. Learn more.
For students attending a college outside of the U.S., WPI requires English translations and course-by-course credit evaluations (from a current NACES member) for all non-US transcripts. WPI will also need English translated course descriptions and possibly syllabi for each course you would like reviewed by WPI faculty evaluators for credit.
WPI has articulation agreements with specified programs at Quinsigamond Community College (QCC). Learn more about WPI's articulation agreements and partnerships.
Meet Our Transfer Students
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.