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Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate60%
Acceptance Rate60%

WPI Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to WPI, the regular decision application deadline is February 15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who submit their applications to WPI for fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

WPI Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of WPI's admissions stats.

WPI 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 59%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Waitlist Yes

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 15
Early Action Yes November 1 January 15
Regular Decision Yes February 15 April 1

Want to Apply Early to WPI?

WPI offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 1. WPI will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at WPI is 77%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 60%.

WPI accepts roughly 72% of early action applicants and 60% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, WPI admitted 189 of the 246 students who applied early decision. Last year, WPI admitted 5,365 of the 7,481 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early to boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➑️ Find a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Worcester Polytechnic Institute Admissions

Transferring to Worcester Polytechnic Institute

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to WPI

WPI has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into WPI?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at WPI

Curious about the factors that are considered by WPI during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with WPI for more information on admission factors.

WPI Application Requirements

To apply to WPI, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with WPI's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement √
Transcript of High School Record √

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into WPI?

Students admitted to WPI have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 31% submitted a class rank. At WPI 59% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 90% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Worcester Polytechnic Institute, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 63%
3.75 and 3.99 18%
3.50 and 3.74 14%
3.25 and 3.49 3%
3.00 and 3.24 2%
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to WPI directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

WPI does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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.

More Information on Transferring to Worcester Polytechnic Institute

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to WPI.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in WPI during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

WPI Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to WPI?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to WPI.

Does WPI accept transfer credits?

βœ… WPI accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does WPI accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… WPI accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to WPI?

βœ… WPI is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is WPI's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for WPI is 60%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at WPI?

βœ… WPI's early decision acceptance rate was 77% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at WPI?

βœ… The early action acceptance rate at WPI was 72% in 2021.

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WPI Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into WPI? WPI is a very selective institution. The WPI acceptance rate is 60%. This means that the institution accepts 60 out of every 100 applicants.


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

WPI ACT Scores


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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At WPI, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.9. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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