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Welcome to WPI!

Thank you for registering to visit WPI! We look forward to welcoming you to campus. Find information below on directions to WPI and other topics related to your visit.

If you have questions prior to your visit or your plans change, please contact the Office of Admissions Office at 508-831-5286 or admissions@wpi.edu.

  • Driving and Parking Instructions

    WPI is located at 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609. This address encompasses all of campus. Please arrive 15–20 minutes prior to your scheduled visit time or appointment in order to locate parking and the Admissions Office in Bartlett Center or the location of your event.

    A parking permit is required for weekday visits (no permit necessary for weekend visits) and is available in your event confirmation email. The permit will be shared with you again, if applicable, five days prior to your visit. If you do not have access to a printer, parking permits are available in Bartlett Center for your convenience. You may drive straight to Bartlett Center to pick one up on your way to park (see the GPS link below for ADA parking to get to the building).

    Complimentary parking is available in the Park Avenue Garage accessible via Park Avenue eastbound (GPS: 151 Park Avenue) or Salisbury Street (GPS: 151 Salisbury Street). Visitor parking is available in all spaces.

    ADA accessible parking is available adjacent to Bartlett Center via the main entrance located at the intersection of West Street and Institute Road–turn to go up the hill at the intersection, then left at the top. (GPS: Bartlett Center ADA Parking) Vehicles parked in ADA accessible spaces must include valid state/government-issued credentials.

    map of campus and parking areas (PDF) is available for your use as well as detailed directions to campus.

  • Arriving to Bartlett Center

    After parking in the garage, please proceed up the stairway adjacent to the Sports and Recreation Center, past the "Charging Goat" statue in the middle of the traffic circle. (Walk outside the parking garage and look across the street to the right for a tall flight of stairs.) To use an elevator, head into the Sports and Recreation Center via the ramp to the right of the stairs – you will need to use the intercom for access to the elevator. 

    At the top of the stairway is a plaza. Walk to the end of the plaza, which is also where those using the elevator will walk out of the Sports and Recreation Center. Look straight ahead – Bartlett Center is the center building across the quad to the right of the Foisie Innovation Studio. There are several walkways from this location to arrive to Bartlett Center. You can enter the building via the doors just behind the "Proud Goat" statue.

    Check in at the front desk, then take a seat and try to crack one of our world-famous puzzles!

  • Connecting to WiFi

    Once you are on campus, you can connect to WPI's wireless internet. To do so, follow these steps:

    • Connect to WPI-Open or visit guest.wpi.edu.
    • Navigate to Create a Self-Service Guest Account (you may have to scroll down).
    • Fill out your name, email address, and phone. Accept the terms of use, then select "Register." You will receive a text message with the WiFi password.
    • You will be directed to a new screen to sign in. Fill out the username with your email address and the password that was sent to you via text message, then log in.

    Should you experience issues trying to log into WiFi, one of our staff members will be happy to assist you upon your arrival to Bartlett Center.

  • Dining Options

    A list of local dining options in Worcester is available here (PDF), and you can also pick up a copy at the front desk of Bartlett Center.

    On-campus dining options are below. For locations and hours, please refer to this resource.

    Auntie Anne’s Pretzels & Planet Smoothie Café: A joint operation offering a wide variety of smoothies and fresh-baked pretzels.

    Class of 1970 Library Café: With a made-to-order fresh deli station, salads, soups, hand fruits, deserts, plus a variety of coffees and lattes, teas, beverages and snacks.

    Dunkin’: Fast-food restaurant providing coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, pastries, and donuts.

    Goat’s Head Restaurant: Casual dining/take-out restaurant with salads, burgers, pizza, pasta, and more with live entertainment and several TVs.

    On the Go Convenience Store: Campus convenience store with groceries and quick food selections like sandwiches, salad, soups, and fresh sushi.

    Pulse on Dining Marketplace: Buffet style offering chef’s specials, pasta station, salad bar, fresh deli station, grilled foods, fruit and dessert station, vegetarian options and an allergy-specific food station.

    The Quorum: A cozy place for coffee, tea, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, or a cappuccino in the morning. Lunchtime offers paninis, soups, flatbread sandwiches with upscale ingredients, and salads.

    Rubin Campus Center Food Court: Food court offering a variety of meal options including pizza, burritos, subs, soups, grab and go items, a salad bar, international food stations, and more.

  • Things to Do in Worcester

    There is plenty to do in Worcester, the second-largest city in New England behind Boston and labeled the new 'It' town by NPR. Below is just a short sampling of options.

    Discover Central MA has a great tool where you can follow itineraries of different experiences in the city, plus look up events, restaurants, and accommodations. Select some itineraries/destinations, and map out your own day. Search "Discover Central MA" in your app store to download their app with the same information. 

    (Are you curious about our great city? Learn more about Worcester, how to pronounce it (it may not be how you think!), why it's one of the fastest-growing hubs of innovation in the US, and additional activities in this vibrant college town.)

    ART

    Worcester Art Museum: Steps from WPI with American, European, Asian, Greek, and Roman works, and rare collections of medieval armor. See Monet, Roman mosaics, and Paul Revere’s silver.

    There's also...ArtsWorcester, POW! WOW! Worcester

    EVENTS

    Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts: World-class performances from touring Broadway hits, comedians, musical acts, and more. Consistently ranked by POLLSTAR as one of the Top Theatres in the World. 

    There's also…DCU Center, The Palladium

    GREEN SPACES

    Tower Hill Botanic Garden: A botanic garden and arboretum 8 miles from Worcester with 17 distinct gardens, preserved woodlands, and miles of walking trails.

    There's also… Worcester’s 50+ parks, including Institute Park next to WPI!  

    SHOPPING

    Crompton Collective: A curated boutique marketplace with local independent makers selling antiquities, arts, décor, crafts, and more. Seed to Stem is a lifestyle and plant boutique also located in Crompton Place.

    There's also… Auburn Mall, Shoppes at Blackstone Valley

    MUSEUMS

    EcoTarium: A science and nature museum with hands-on exhibits and three floors of interactive exhibits, shows, live animal habitats, and nature trails.

    There's also…American Antiquarian Society, Worcester Historical Museum

    SPORTS

    The DCU Center: An entertainment center with a variety of sporting events including wrestling, motocross, bull-fighting, trucking, and more (ComicCon, anyone?). Home to the arena football Massachusetts Pirates and the minor-league ice hockey Worcester Railers.

    There's also… Lake Quinsigamond regattas, WPI athletic events

    NOTE: The Boston Red Sox’s Triple-A minor league baseball team is moving to Worcester! Polar Park will open in time for the 2021 season.

  • Area Accommodations and Transportation Options

    A list of area accommodations and local transportation options to navigate the city is available here.