Transition to College

Insight Program

Wondering how to get involved with activities at WPI, what courses to take in the spring, or how to handle a conflict with a roommate? You’ll find out the answers to these questions and more through your Insight Team, a group of students and advisors dedicated to assisting you with your transition to college, both personally and academically, and helping you make the most out of your first year at WPI.

The First-Year Insight Program

You will meet your Insight Team during New Student Orientation and will be part of the team throughout your first two terms at WPI. Your team will include other students from your residence hall floor and three key mentoring advisors. 

You’ll meet regularly with advisors and get together with your team to socialize and participate in fun and educational programs. You’ll also make lifelong friendships through this program and form valuable mentoring relationships with upperclassmen, faculty, and staff.

Find out more about your three key mentors below!

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What is a Peer Community Advisor?

A student who plans and leads social events and educational programs for your Insight group. They are sometimes referred to as "CA's"

Preview Resident Advisor

What is a Peer Resident Advisor?

A resident student in your hall, often known as an RA, ensures safety and well-being in their hall section, assists with personal concerns, and promotes policy awareness.

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What is an Insight Advisor?

A faculty or staff member who regularly meets with your group in a relaxed setting to offer academic guidance. 

Student Advisor Spotlight

Alexse LaGuerre ‘25
Alexse LaGuerre ‘25
BS in Management Information Systems

Alexse’s work within the WPI and greater Worcester communities makes an impact for all. [...]

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Aseel Kambal '25
Aseel Kambal '25
BS in Civil Engineering, minor in Environmental & Sustainability Studies

Aseel applies what she learns from her research and coursework to deepen her network of connections on campus. [...]

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Ishani Bedre '23
Ishani Bedre '23
BS, Biochemistry

As a student leader and researcher, Ishani appreciates WPI’s many opportunities for growth and collaboration as part of the campus community.  [...]

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Paige Agostini '25
Paige Agostini '25
BS in Chemical Engineering with Environmental concentration

Paige’s passion for sustainability and making a difference in the community gives her a sense of place at WPI.  [...]

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Want to recognize someone for their outstanding efforts as an advisor?

What is the Insight Awards Recognition Program?

Each year we recognize outstanding students, advisors, and Insight Teams who have gone above and beyond to support and inspire first year students at WPI. If someone you know has made a great impression, consider nominating them for an award.

Shining Star Award

This award recognizes a first-year student who has shown leadership by becoming involved on campus activities throughout A- and B-Terms while also excelling academically.

Best Program Collaboration with Community and Resident Advisors

This award recognizes a Community Advisor and Resident Hall Advisor team who planned and executed an original program idea and fulfilled goals of the program while focusing on building community.

Best Insight Team

This award recognizes an Insight Team Group of a Community Advisor, Resident Advisor and Insight Advisor that worked the best together. Teams are nominated by the first-year students.


Insight Advisor Appreciation Award

This award recognizes the Insight Advisor whose floor had the best overall attendance and participation in Insight events.

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