WPI’s approach to diversity, inclusion, and equity makes our campus a community where members feel an authentic sense of belonging. There are many opportunities on campus for students to connect with others who share their interests and experiences--from the Brazilian Student Association to the Gender Equality Club--through programming and events and student-run organizations.
When visitors come to WPI, they notice right away that there is something special about the campus. While features like our charming urban setting and endearing goat mascot certainly make an impression, what really sets WPI apart are the people who make up our community.
Our students, faculty, and staff are an eclectic group of people with diverse backgrounds and interests, yet they all share WPI’s spirit of collaboration and inclusive outlook. The result is a welcoming and supportive community where anyone can find their place and everyone feels at home.
Here’s some things to know about the WPI community:
Varied interests: WPI students––and our faculty and staff––are scientists, engineers, and scholars who are passionate about advancing their knowledge and conducting meaningful research. Just as significantly, they are athletes, musicians, actors, gamers, writers, volunteers, and others who share their talents and express themselves in unique ways. Get to know some of our students.
The perfect size: WPI’s medium-sized community is large enough to include representation from many cultures and offer a wide range of activities, yet small enough so that students aren’t treated like numbers and are able to make impacts in the ways that matter to them.
Traditional yet innovative: The WPI community holds many treasured traditions that extend as far back as the institution’s founding in 1865. At the same time, WPI’s students, faculty, and staff are continually inspired by our history of milestones—from Robert Goddard’s creation of the first modern rocket to WPI’s early integration of project-based education—to innovate and push the limits of what is possible.
The WPI Alliance
From marching in the Worcester Pride parade to handing out “genderbread” cookies on the national Transgender Day of Visibility, the student-run WPI Alliance seeks to provide a voice for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Keep an eye out for Alliance members observing events like Asexual and Aromantic Awareness Week, National Coming Out Day, and LGBTQIA+ History Month.
No description of the WPI community would be complete without touching on our hometown of Worcester. After all, it is part of our school name. The historic city is home to nine institutions of higher education and enables students to take advantage of all the perks of a college town, including lively cultural events, museums and restaurants, and dozens of parks and playgrounds.