WPI Plans for Fall Opening Latest Information

What You Need to Know Now

These are the latest updates as of August 13, 2020 

  • Students are required to be tested for COVID-19 before moving into their residence halls. Visit the Testing Protocols page for more details on the university-wide testing process, as well as specific information regarding the testing process based on where students are currently living. Students will also receive email notifications and updates. 

  • Students should review the Return to Campus Student Checklist for mandatory tasks that must be completed before arriving on campus based on their current locations. 

  • First-year and returning students have now been assigned their specific move-in dates. Early arrivals will not be permitted—no exceptions. Each student may bring one helper to move their belongings into their assigned residence. Details are available on the Moving In page, with more to come as move-in days approach. 

  • All students must check in at Gateway Park on their assigned move-in days before proceeding to their residences. A map to the check-in point at Gateway Park is now available to download

  • All on-campus dining locations will utilize reservation systems, seating arrangement adjustments, online ordering, and takeout options to promote social distancing. Additionally, residential meal plans will work in multiple locations across campus. 

  • All residence halls and dining locations will be following strict, frequent cleaning protocols

Fall 2020 Residential Move-In

Before moving into their residences, all residential students will be required to be tested for COVID-19. Students must have their test results, as well as completed required COVID-19 training before coming to WPI. Students will be assigned a specific date to move in. Please do not make travel arrangements before hearing from the Residential Services Office (RSO). More details and updated policies will be available on the RSO moving in page at a later date. 

Residential Housing

Several arrangements have been made to de-densify rooms and residence halls across campus, and additional Resident Advisor (RA) staff having been hired to help students navigate this new campus life experience. The university has also contracted with the nearby Hampton Inn to further de-densify residence halls, with approximately 185 first-year students and 8 RAs living and working at the hotel. 

Residential Safety Protocols 

Frequent cleaning and sanitization procedures of bathrooms, common areas, hallways, and other shared spaces will be in place. Social distancing and the wearing of face coverings are required. Guests and visitors both within and outside of the WPI community will not be permitted in the residence halls.   

In community housing, all lounges and common areas will be closed, and community bathrooms will have occupancy caps and specific instructions for use, cleaning, and schedules, all in adherence with proper social distancing. Students living in apartment-style housing must clean their bathroom and kitchen areas regularly in accordance with posted guidelines. A walk-through video detailing these and other campus living changes will be available in the coming weeks. 

Residential Dining and Meal Plans 

All on-campus dining locations will utilize a reservation system to better allow social distancing practices. Online ordering and takeout options also will be available. Residential Meal Plans will work in multiple locations across campus. More details about dining (hours, menus, and other adjustments to services) are forthcoming. 

Keeping our WPI family safe and healthy means we’re asking for your pledge to work together to stay together—#WPITogether.  

Additional adjustments to our reopening plan and operations may be needed based on updated guidance and public health trends. We recommend you check back regularly for the latest updates.