WPI’s Collegiate Religious Center (CRC) strives to provide a respectful, multi-faith environment that enables interested students to pursue full spiritual growth and development, and to foster a campus atmosphere where members of the college community may freely express their religion and faith.

The CRC is normally open Monday-Thursday from 5:00pm-11:00pm, Fridays from 5:00pm-7:00pm, and weekends from 4:00pm-8:00pm. WPI staff and student groups may be able to secure reservations with more than 24-48 hours’ notice.

The Collegiate Religious Center is open during the evenings when academic classes are in session, Monday-Thursday from 5:00pm-11:00pm, Fridays from 5:00pm-7:00pm, and weekends from 4:00pm-8:00pm.

The CRC is closed during the day on Saturday and Sunday, but WPI staff and student groups may be able to secure reservations with more than 24-48 hours’ notice.

During the summer break, the CRC is closed for student usage during the entire summer. Should students or faculty need a prayer space, please come to the OASIS house for entrance.

Rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. 24-48 hours’ notice must be provided for tables and chairs for parties and events held within the House; outdoor grill requests require 48 hours’ advanced notice.

All reservations must be made through Outlook; you can download instructions on how to reserve a room (PDF). To reserve a specific room in the CRC, add these rooms when completing your meeting request:

  • For the CRC Conference Room (Mini Tech Suite/Conference Room), add crcconferenceroom@wpi.edu
  • For the CRC Main Floor (Common Area only), add crcmainroom@wpi.edu
  • For the CRC Kitchen (Kitchen, backyard, grills), add crckitchen@wpi.edu
  • The three chaplains’ office spaces can also be reserved with the individual chaplain’s permission; contact the chaplain directly for more information
  • If a group needs the whole kitchen refrigerator for an event, they must reserve it in advance

The CRC prayer room must be treated with great respect, and may only be used for prayer and/or meditation. Those entering the room must conform to the strictest religious parameters—absolutely no food, animals, or shoes. Quiet and reverence are essential, as well as entering with clean feet and hands.

Important rules and regulations regarding the CRC:

  • Never use the fireplace for a fire
  • The basement and third floor are off limits for safety reasons
  • Respectfully share the space and treat all religious materials, objects, and activities with sensitivity
  • If you wish to check out a book belonging to a chaplain or one of the religious clubs on campus, contact the CRC
  • Alcohol and fire are not permitted in the CRC except for sacramental wine and candles used for religious rites
    • If wine is to be drunk, a non-alcoholic alternative must be available
    • Candles must be attended at all times
  • Be sure to label all food with who they belong to and when they will be used;
  • The kitchen is to kept kosher—no pork or shellfish is permitted in the CRC
  • If you’d like to use the CRC kitchen to maintain a religious diet, first make reservations with the chaplains and execute a kitchen contract

WPI statement on religious diversity, mutual respect, and non-proselytization

WPI does not tolerate any unlawful discrimination or harassment that consists of treating a person differently in any WPI program or activity based on their race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, genetic identity, disability, gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or any other protected status.

Furthermore, WPI is dedicated to creating an atmosphere that encourages diversity in all aspects of campus life—from academics and residence hall living to social interactions among students, faculty, and staff. In accordance with these policies, it is appropriate to further clarify that WPI, its religious groups, and its Collegiate Religious Center and Chaplains are committed to mutual respect and non-proselytization. WPI will not tolerate any form of religious harassment or coercive behavior that affects one’s personal freedom to choose one’s own religious practice.

WPI's Policy on Religious Observances

A student who is unable to attend classes or participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day because of his/her religious beliefs shall be excused from any such examination or study or work requirement, and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up such examination, study, or work requirement which he/she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day; provided, however, that such makeup examination or work shall not create an unreasonable burden upon such school.

Religious Holidays

Visit the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education for an interfaith calendar and comprehensive list of religious holidays.

Places of Worship

Looking for religious services in the area? 

We’ve compiled a list of religious services in and around the WPI community (PDF).

If you would like to submit information about religious services not currently listed on our website, email the CRC.

Calendar