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About WPI

WPI is known as a global leader in project-based learning. As part of WPI’s academic approach, students learn in the classroom and apply that knowledge to real projects large and small. Beginning in the first year, projects are a big part of WPI’s student-centered curriculum. In the four seven-week terms of each academic year, students complete intensive work in many disciplines. WPI so strongly believes in the broader perspective gained from a global experience that it offers each incoming first-year student an up to $5,000 Global Scholarship to remove financial barriers to off-campus project work at one of our 50+ global project centers. Whether a major capstone project or a humanities project, required project work allows students opportunities to work with communities and sponsors on real projects where their work has purpose and may have immediate impact. Many students call these project experiences life-changing.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Overview

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a private, nonprofit school in a suburban setting in Worcester, Massachusetts. WPI was founded in 1865 and now enrolls around 6,920 students a year, including 4,892 undergrads. WPI offers on-campus housing for up to 2,240 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 90% of students spend their weekends on campus.

There are many ways for students to get involved at WPI! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of WPI's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? WPI students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? WPI has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? WPI has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at WPI on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at WPI on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to WPI for Fall 2022 is February 15. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from WPI by April 1.

2021 WPI Facts At-A-Glance
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Overall Acceptance Rate 59%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate 72%
Average GPA 3.8
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 72%
Tuition $53,100
Percent of Need Met 82%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $39,875

Is WPI a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a look at to get a clearer idea of what WPI offers and if it could be the right college for you.

WPI Acceptance Rate 2021

It is very difficult to get into WPI. The acceptance rate at WPI is 59%. Last year, 11,269 students applied to WPI and 6,654 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at WPI

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 95% of students who start at WPI return for their second year of college.WPI's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 89%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook WPI Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 59% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent WPI grads is $72,951 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

WPI's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $505.5 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021.

Tuition and Financial Aid at WPI

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. WPI meets 82% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend WPI full-time are awarded $39,875 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at WPI. Based on this information, how does WPI sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is WPI a good school for you?

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Where is WPI?

WPI is located in the suburban setting of Worcester, Massachusetts, less than an hour from Boston.

If you want to see WPI for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Massachusetts Turnpike to Worcester, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Worcester Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what WPI and Worcester are like without leaving home.

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College Info

WPI Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 15

Transfer Applications are Due

May 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to WPI is Feb 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to WPI is May 15.

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Wondering what life at WPI is like? There are approximately 6,920 students enrolled at WPI, including 4,892 undergraduate students and 2,028 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 42% percent are from MA and 58% percent of students are from other states.


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