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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 is a private, nonprofit school that was founded in 1865. It is very difficult to get into WPI. The institution enrolls around 6,920 students a year, including 4,892 undergrads.

WPI offers early action and offers early decision.

WPI Acceptance Rate

Around 59% of applicants get into WPI each year. WPI admits 72% of students that apply early action. In 2021, 6,654 out of 11,269 total applicants were accepted.

WPI Application Deadlines

The deadline to apply regular decision to WPI for Fall 2022 is February 1. All regular decision applicants will be notified by April 1.

Early Admissions at WPI

Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers early decision. WPI offers early action.

Mark Your Calendar! The EA deadline is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!

2021 Admissions Facts
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Overall Acceptance Rate 59%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 72%
Average GPA 3.8
Tuition $53,100

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to WPI.

Financial Aid at WPI

WPI meets 82% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $39,875 a year.

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

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Does WPI Provide Student Housing?

WPI offers housing for up to 2,240 students.

Most WPI students live off campus.

Relay for Life, Spring Concert, and and Black Student Union Fashion Show are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at WPI.

What GPA Do I Need For Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

WPI is considered very difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities , recommendations and essays. Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.8 on a 4.0 scale.

Is WPI Test Optional?

WPI does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, .

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WPI Waitlist 2021

In 2021, 2,450 applicants were waitlisted and 489 students were ultimately offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is WPI a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at WPI

About 95% of students who start at WPI return for their second year of college. Out of the 1,054 students who started at WPI as first-time freshman, 856 graduate within four years.

Around 89% of students who started at WPI earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. 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 Outcomes and Debt for WPI Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 59 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $72,951 a year.

Based on this information, how does WPI sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is WPI a good school for you?

How Big is the Endowment for WPI?

WPI's endowment was valued at $505,506,000 in 2021.

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Where is Worcester Polytechnic Institute Located?

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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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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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