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Summer Pre-College Programs
for Grades 9-12: Launch & Frontiers

STEM-focused, humanities enriched college experience
that makes for one unforgettable summer!





Summer Programs Update

WPI has been continually working to mitigate the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on our university community. Our top priority is the health and safety of our faculty, students, staff, and visitors, and WPI is making decisions following the guidance of local, state, national and international  health agencies.  WPI has not changed any summer programs as of now; we are monitoring the situation and will communicate with registrants as needed.  Please contact pop@wpi.edu or 508-831-4900 with any questions. Although we are working remotely, our department is fully operational and ready to assist you.  WPI’s response page, which includes answers to Frequently Asked Questions, is updated regularly with the latest statements or guidance from the university.

  • Sports Camps & STEM Programs Grades 4-10: If families cancel their spot in the program before June 1, they will be refunded their full tuition with no cancellation fee. 
  • Frontiers: If families cancel their spot in the program before June 1, they will be refunded their full tuition paid and 50% of their deposit. 

Frontiers Application Update

The Office of Pre-Collegiate Outreach Programs at WPI recognizes the impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has on student’s ability to successfully complete the 2020 Frontiers application. We have adjusted our application requirements to accommodate for the current environment.  Due to the school district closings, we have made the decision to waive the letter of recommendation and accept unofficial transcripts via their school designated online portal. We understand that obtaining a letter of recommendation and official transcript from a high school may be difficult during this time. We encourage any Frontiers applicants who are having trouble accessing their transcripts to reach out to us via email at pop@wpi.edu to inform us of the situation so that we can work with you individually.

Frontiers: Students entering grades 11-12 

Experience college life firsthand through two or four weeks of hands-on classes and labs in a “major” course, plus an exploration of the humanities in a “minor” course. Check out the major and minor course descriptions and be sure to rank your top three choices when applying! 

Earn College Credits!
New this year, the Frontiers for Credit option, allows you the chance to kickstart your college career as your further your knowledge of STEM. Frontiers is already a great way to experience college life, and now, with two three-credit college courses in organic chemistry and linear algebra taught by WPI faculty in a four-week program, you’ll be able to take what you learn here and turn it into college credit.

Audience: Entering grades 11 & 12
Session I: July 5-17, 2020
Session II: July 19-31, 2020
Frontiers Session I & II or For Credit: July 5-31, 2020
$3,095 for session I or II
$5,295 for both sessions
$5,995 for Frontiers for Credit

Launch: Students entering grades 9-10

Launch knowledge through a learning and research program for students entering grades 9-10. Leverage research and technology to find solutions to current problems in one of a variety of topics. Participants can choose to attend Launch as a residential student or as a commuter student. Click here to view Launch course descriptions.

Audience: Entering grades 9 & 10
Dates: June 22-26, 2020 (Residential participants move in June 21)
Commuters: $895 
Residential: $1,295

NOTE: In the event that snow days extend your school district’s calendar, WPI will allow cancellation with a full refund.



Living on Campus

The best way to get a true college experience is living on campus. You and your roommates will live in secure, first-year residence halls situated along the Quad in the heart of WPI’s campus.

WPI students will live in your residence halls with you to provide help or answer any questions. 24-hour nursing care is available, and regular check-ins with staff will be held to ensure that your time at WPI is fun, exciting, eye-opening––and safe.

The Community

No day is complete without some time to relax and recharge. Get a glimpse of the independence and responsibility of college life in an environment that’s safe, secure, and supportive. Participants will meet current WPI students serving program leaders and interact with other students from across the country and around the globe. The summer programs community is just like the experience WPI students enjoy—one of inclusivity and and collaboration.

Did we mention the food?

All meals will be enjoyed in WPI’s dining facilities, including lunch for Launch commuter students. A wide-variety of foods are offered each day, ranging from a salad bar, sandwiches, and pizza to hot entrees, grilled items, and desserts. Vegan, vegetarian, kosher, and gluten-free options are also available.

Jump-start Your College Career

Can't attend Frontiers or Launch? High achieving high school students are eligible to enroll in online college courses at WPI in the summer. You can join WPI students in a virtual classroom, as you expand your knowledge and earn college credit. Talk with your high school counselors/teachers to identify the right courses for success at WPI.

Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs

For more than 35 years, WPI has helped students explore the STEM fields while honing leadership and collaborative skills, building confidence, and encouraging friendships. WPI enables students to pursue their passions and position themselves for success in higher education, a career, and life. For more information on summer programs for younger students, school year programs, program policies, and pre-college  programs at WPI.