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Colleges / Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate57%
Acceptance Rate57%

WPI Admissions

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is very difficult to get into. Worcester Polytechnic Institute admitted 57% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 11,599 applications received in 2023, 6,667 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 2/15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to Worcester Polytechnic Institute for the fall semester should hear back from Worcester Polytechnic Institute by April 1.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Worcester Polytechnic Institute's admissions stats.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 62%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
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 2 15 April 1

Considering Applying Early to Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

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.

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. Worcester Polytechnic Institute will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is 74%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 57%.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute accepts roughly 64% of early action applicants and 57% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Worcester Polytechnic Institute admitted 187 of the 254 students who applied early decision. Last year, Worcester Polytechnic Institute admitted 5,365 of the 8,32 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college because they hope it will 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 being admitted, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➑️ See a list of some competetive colleges that accept 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 Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Worcester Polytechnic Institute Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Wondering what factors are considered by Worcester Polytechnic Institute 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
Application Essay Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Worcester Polytechnic Institute for more information on admission factors.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
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 Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

Students admitted to Worcester Polytechnic Institute have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 29% submitted a class rank. At Worcester Polytechnic Institute 62% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 89% 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 65%
3.75 and 3.99 16%
3.50 and 3.74 13%
3.25 and 3.49 4%
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 Worcester Polytechnic Institute 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

Worcester Polytechnic Institute 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 Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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

Transfer students can enroll in Worcester Polytechnic Institute during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Does Worcester Polytechnic Institute accept transfer credits?

βœ… Worcester Polytechnic Institute accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Worcester Polytechnic Institute accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Worcester Polytechnic Institute accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

βœ… Worcester Polytechnic Institute is not test optional.

What is Worcester Polytechnic Institute's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Worcester Polytechnic Institute is 57%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

βœ… Worcester Polytechnic Institute's early decision acceptance rate was 74% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

βœ… The early action acceptance rate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute was 64% 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 57%. This means that the institution accepts 57 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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

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Reading SAT Range

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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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