WPI Among America's Top 10 Wired Colleges

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WPI is now among America's ten most wired colleges according to the May issue of Yahoo! Internet Life magazine. The nation's pre-eminent Web magazine released its second annual survey this week of America's 100 Most Wired Colleges, a detailed guide to Internet use in higher education. Last year WPI placed 28th in this survey, this year it vaulted into the 10th spot.

The magazine surveyed more than 400 colleges and universities across the nation to find out which schools provided the most access and exposure on the Internet. The results will appear in the May issue of Yahoo! Internet Life that appears on newstands April 14.

Yahoo's survey was based on 22 factors organized under four main categories - general services, academics, social life, and computer statistics - to determine each school's ranking. The survey was conducted in partnership with Peterson's, the nation's leading provider of education information. Those surveyed were those identified as being highly selective schools.

Seventy five percent of students at WPI own computers,70 percent of classes have on-line materials, and 60 percent have on-line classwork. Sixty percent of students have their own home pages. Yahoo! noted that "advanced Net users at WPI like to maintain their own hubs in the residence halls."

Dartmouth College was listed at #1 with New Jersey Institute of Technology at #2, followed by MIT and RPI. University of Illinois, Urbana, came in fifth followed by Carnegie Mellon University, Cal Tech, Indiana University, Bloomington, and the University of Oregon.

Stanford University placed 27th while Yale came in 30th and Harvard University 73rd.