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WPI Admissions

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

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from WPI by April 1.

WPI Admissions Stats at a Glance

WPI 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 56%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not even considered
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to WPI?

Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/15.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! WPI will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

WPI accepts about 72% of early action applicants and 59% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, WPI admitted 5,497 of the 7,69 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

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

Is WPI Hard To Get Into?

Getting into WPI is very difficult. WPI evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, WPI accepted 59% of students, around 6,654 of the 11,269 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like WPI, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

In 2021, WPI waitlisted 2,450 students. Of those, 1,063 eventually were offered a spot.

What's Most Important to Get In to WPI?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. 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 prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at WPI

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Not Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

WPI 2021-2022 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into WPI?

Students admitted to WPI have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 34% submitted a class rank. At WPI 56% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 87% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Worcester Polytechnic Institute, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 34%
3.75 and 3.99 17.2%
3.50 and 3.74 18.5%
3.25 and 3.49 5.7%
3.00 and 3.24 1.8%
2.50 and 2.9 0.3%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

WPI doesn't consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

WPI is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

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: - Fall Term

WPI Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to WPI?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to WPI.

Does WPI accept transfer credits?

WPI accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

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

Do I have to submit test scores to WPI?

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?

WPI's acceptance rate is 59%.

What is the early action acceptance rate at WPI?

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

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Admission Difficulty

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How hard is it to get into WPI? WPI is a very selective institution. The WPI acceptance rate is 59%. This means that the institution accepts 59 out of every 100 applicants.



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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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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At WPI, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.85. 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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