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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Admissions Information

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA (map)


Located in the heart of Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a hub of information and activity. Commonly referred to as WPI, the college has undergraduate programs ranging from technical to artistic to professional, with cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art facilities. While it is known to specialize in the sciences, WPI also offers majors in the arts and humanities. The Institute runs on a quarter calendar (with seven-week terms) and does not give out failing grades. Professors are passionate about their classes, and 98% of full and part-time faculty members hold PhDs.

WPI hosts a wide variety of extracurricular activities, from varsity sports to musical ensembles, and roughly a third of all students participate in Greek life. Though many are self-proclaimed nerds or geeks, students value the diversity of their passions and each finds his or her own space on campus. Each student completes an interactive project and a separate major project before graduation, designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing real-world experience.



Basic Info

Main Address: 100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609-2280
Phone Number: (508) 831-5000  
Website: http://www.wpi.edu/  


Type of school: Private  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: Division III, Club, Intramural  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 3,391  
Percent out-of-state: 50%  
Percent international: 9%  
Female to Male ratio: 30:70  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 14:1  
Most popular majors: Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences
Interdisciplinary Studies
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Distance Learning
Double Major
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC (Air Force, Army, Navy)
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed housing
Fraternity/Sorority housing
Special housing for international students
Apartments for single students
Special housing for students with disabilities
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Around 200 registered student organizations, 20 honor societies, 3 sororities, and 13 fraternities  

Fun Facts

  • Voted #9 "Election? What Election?" (Most Popular Political/Activist Groups)
  • Named a Best Northeastern College
  • Voted #20 Best Career Services

Admissions Information

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a selective university that emphasizes the sciences and mathematics, and this focus is reflected in its admissions process. Four years of high school math are required, and most successful applicants have taken more than two years of science. However, a WPI acceptance letter is based on more than numbers. Applicants are encouraged to submit supplementary work and academic projects that reflect their individual organization, creativity, and motivation. SAT and ACT scores are considered, but are not required, with more importance being given to vigorous high school performance.

Admissions address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Bartlett Center
100 Institute Rd
Worcester, MA 01609
Phone number: (508) 831-5286  
Fax number: (508) 831-5875  
Admissions Website: http://www.wpi.edu/admissions/index.html  
Email: admissions@wpi.edu  
Contact Person: Edward J. Connor, Dean of Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 6,284  
Percent of applicants admitted: 63%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: February 1  
Early decision/action deadline: Early Action Round 1: November 10. Early Action Round 2: January 1.  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes (school-specific supplements required)  
Admission requirements: 1 Academic Teacher Evaluation
Personal Essay
School Report
Mid-year and Final Reports
International Supplement to the Secondary School Report
Home-school Supplement to the Secondary School Report

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? No; SAT and ACT scores optional, considered if submitted.  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest selection of scores for all test dates submitted.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 3969  
ACT code: 1942  
Learn more about other Top Technology schools:
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute   California Institute of Technology   Georgia Tech   Massachusetts Institute of Technology  

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