Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I know what textbooks and supplies to purchase?

Any textbooks and supplies that are required for the class, will be communicated from the professor and will be listed on the WPI Bookstore website. Each course ranges on the necessary materials, but the average is $200 per course.

How many courses should a student take?

We recommend that students enroll in one summer course during a session. These are college courses with rigorous content that are taught in only five weeks. We want high school students to have enough time and energy to dedicate to one class so they are successful in this endeavor.

What type of students will be enrolled in summer courses?

WPI's summer courses are open to many constituents including WPI undergraduate students, visiting undergraduate students, high-achieving high school students, and other guests.

How does college credit work?

Students who are taking a WPI summer course will be able to use the course credits at WPI as an undergraduate student (in the future) or transfer them to another university. In the WPI structure, we would refer to the course as 1/3 of a credit, but at other universities, the course would be considered 3 credits. Upon completion of the course, we will provide the student a copy of their official WPI transcript with the course information.

Does College Credit Jumpstart for High Schoolers help my chances of getting admitted to WPI?

As part of an undergraduate application, WPI does look at demonstrated interest. This means that an interaction with WPI would be noted, which could range from visiting with WPI as a college fair to attending an on campus event. Participating in College Credit Jumpstart for High Schoolers would be another form of demonstrated interest. Please note that by participating in any particular event or opportunity, that does not guarantee admission into WPI.

What if I have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in school?

If a high school student has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or questions about classroom accommodations, please email the Director of Accessibility Services, Amy Curran,  She will work directly with students and families regarding options. 

What are the program policies? What does the refund policy look like?

The WPI Pre-Collegiate Outreach Programs strives to provide a safe, secure, educational and fun environment for our summer programs participants. In order to achieve this, we ask that all parents, guardians, and participants acknowledge the policies. Learn more about our program policies including refund policies for summer pre-college experiences here

When do I select my course for College Credit Jumpstart?

Students will be able to select their course for College Credit Jumpstart, upon being accepted and confirming their spot in our program. Upon confirmation, students will be able to register for their course of choice via their letter in the application portal. To view the full list of course offerings visit here.