Projects are at the core of the WPI curriculum, requiring students to apply the knowledge learned in classes and labs to real-world situations, developing solutions to problems that matter to real people. Project work helps students become better collaborators, critical thinkers, public speakers, and communicators— vital to success at WPI and the skills that distinguish WPI graduates throughout their careers.

Our signature project-based approach to undergraduate education, known as the WPI Plan, prepares students for success. These great young minds bring ingenious approaches to an astounding array of challenges–and the projects fundamentally change the students, building leaders who possess passion, proficiency, and a certainty that their life's work can change the world. 

Project Work Pays Off

WPI’s distinctive project-based educational model has been lauded in the academic world for years, but one of the most compelling acknowledgements is by those who know the benefits of a WPI education firsthand — WPI alumni. A 2012 survey of 2,500+ WPI alumni from the classes of 1974 through 2011 revealed the powerful impact of project-based learning on professional skills — and much more.

Accolades for WPI's Project-based Learning Education

Top 10

Most Popular Study Abroad Programs

The Princeton Review (2017-18)
Top 25

STEM Colleges 

Forbes (2018)
Top 30

Colleges that Pay You Back

Princeton Review (2019)
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Colleges that Create Futures 

The Princeton Review (2016)
Of nearly 400 colleges and over 135,000 students surveyed nationally, WPI was the only technological university among the top 20 for most popular study abroad program.
Princeton Review
WPI graduates learn to solve real-world problems through the school’s project-based learning curriculum. Within this system, students design and complete projects that combine what they’re learning in class with larger social and environmental issues.
Business Insider
WPI’s challenging and hands-on project program helps students obtain well-paying jobs and earn salaries “30% higher than schools that admit a similar demographic of students.
Money Magazine
WPI’s project-based education model provides multiple opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and gain “unique professional and social advantages” that help them excel after graduation.
Princeton Review

The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Project-based Learning

To continue meeting the educational and learning style needs of students, WPI is engaging students in developing an entrepreneurial mindset, which focuses on curiosity, connections, and creating value to society.  Our students learn how to think with an entrepreneurial spirit, even if they never plan to start a business, and our project-based educational model offers a great platform for this type of learning and thinking.

In the News

A case study: The effects of project based learning almost 50 years after Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) re-engineered its technological education.

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For nearly 50 years, WPI has been helping students become effective collaborators, innovators, and global citizens through project-based learning.

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