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WPI’s Connections program empowers students by increasing their access to educational, professional development, and networking opportunities. Primarily geared toward domestic students of color in STEM and first-generation college students, the program is open to all students. Established in 1993, Connections increases students’ potential for college success by easing the transition from high school to college while promoting excellence, leadership, and social and community involvement.

We help students get acclimated to college life and academics here at WPI, then allow them to dive in, knowing that a network of support services and a caring community are there when they need them.

Connections is the road map to college success at WPI. It is partially funded by the National Science Foundation.

Students participating in a connections program outdoors
Students at the international dinner hosted by OMA

Connections Pre-orientation 

Connections Pre-orientation is a residential bridging program at WPI held in August prior to New Student Orientation (NSO) to help entering eligible first year students make a smooth transition from high school to college. Connections students participate in academics, social activities, workshops on team building and leadership, networking socials, field trips, and more.

The week-long program is designed to help acclimate students to college life prior to NSO. They learn skills and tools to help them succeed during their WPI career and beyond.  

Connections Program activities include everything from learning how to use WPI’s specific technology to college success skills training to training on written, electronic, and oral communication.

The Connections Pre-orientation Program is offered at no cost to pre-registered, eligible first-year WPI students.

5 students from OMA in their graduation stoles
Students from OMA wearing Connections Stoles

Wide Ranging Support Services Available

Connections participants have access to an extensive network of support services and campus resources. Students are encouraged to use any resources available to WPI students, and OMA provides particular focus on offering the following resources:

Personal and financial counseling
Academic advising
Feedback on academic performance at the mid-point of every term
Academic skills workshops
Support groups
Peer tutoring
Student affinity groups

Academic enrichment seminars
Career development seminars
Faculty advising
Social activities
Cultural activities
Leadership training and development