Wentworth Institute of Technology Visit Report by kathiep
Information Session: Yes
Campus Tour: Yes - Compact, urban campus. Clean and easy to get from one place to another. Overall good, not great.
Campus Visit Notes for Wentworth Institute of Technology
My son and I went to an accepted students visit at Wentworth Institute of Technology, mainly because he was offered quite a bit of merit money and it didn't seem right to turn it down if it was a good fit. On paper, it looked very similar to Drexel University in Philadelphia - A co-op school for techy-minded, B students in a city. The difference was the price tag, the size, and the organization. Drexel has a steep price tag, lots of majors to choose from and a very organized co-op program. Wentworth's price was very reasonable (especially coupled with generous merit aid), heavy on hands-on majors and from what we heard the co-op finding was mostly up to the students.
WIT is very much a regional college. It has an excellent local reputation but the only people that knew of it in my area of PA, were native New England people that had moved here.
The day we visited was a cool day in the early Spring. Wentworth is in the Back Bay section of Boston, next to Northeastern University. Strangely enough though, the college appears to do nothing with Northeastern, including sharing any facilities. It is however, part of a five college consortium that includes Simmons and Wheelock. Students can take a class at any of these colleges if it fits into their schedule. They also share events and facilities. The boy to girl ratio at WIT is 80:20, so adding other colleges to the demographic helps!
Professors seem interested and involved. The impression my son and I both got was that students that attend WIT may have also applied to State Colleges but found Wentworth to be comparable in price but a better value. The job rate in my son's field of Networking was over 90% last Spring. The co-op experience is a huge benefit.
Housing is guaranteed for all four and a half years (see their website for interesting class schedule) and students do not pay tuition while on co-op. Public transportation is excellent, with a T stop right on campus. I suspect many students go home on weekends. The buildings were clean but shabby. The students that attend probably do not care, because the technology is excellent. All students get a first rate laptop that is replaced Junior year.
Overall, my son and I both thought Wentworth was a very good college, just not the right fit for him.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
Transportation is excellent - T stop right on campus.