Worcester Polytechnic Institute

100 Institute Rd, Worcester, United States
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Overview of Worcester Polytechnic Institute

About this school

  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:4,435
    • Men:2,831 (63.8%)
    • Women:1,604 (36.2%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Worcester Polytechnic Institute is very difficult: more than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
4
-
Science
2
4
Foreign Language
-
2
Social Studies
-
2
History
-
1
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Considered if submitted
March 1
SAT Only
Considered if submitted
March 1
ACT Only
Considered if submitted
March 1
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
Considered if submitted
March 1
SAT Subject Tests Only
Considered if submitted
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
100 Institute Road
City, State, Zip
Worcester, MA  01609-2280
Phone
(508) 831-5286
Fax
(508) 831-5875
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
$65
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer Of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1, January 1
Early Action Notification
December 20

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
48% of 10,331 applicants were admitted
Women
64% of 2,631 applicants were admitted
Men
43% of 7,700 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
1,165 (23%) of 5,009 admitted students enrolled
Women
494 (29%) of 1,694 admitted students enrolled
Men
671 (20%) of 3,315 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.86
375 And Above
74%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99
-
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
660-730 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
49%
• Score 600 - 700
45%
• Score 500 - 600
6%
• Score 400 - 500
0%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
620-710 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
31%
• Score 600 - 700
55%
• Score 500 - 600
14%
• Score 400 - 500
1%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
28-32 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
61%
• Score 24 - 29
37%
• Score 18 - 23
2%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $48,628 (74.98997625142646%)
  • Room & Board: - $14,218 (21.925793418252475%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,000 (1.5421151651605343%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $1,000 (1.5421151651605343%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Worcester Polytechnic Institute accepts prepayment plan, installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
February 1
Award Notification Date
On or about April 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002233
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile
$25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
943 (84.2%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
741 (78.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
740 (99.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
432 (58.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
80%
Average Award
$34,841
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 737 (99.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $22,795
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 365 (49.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $2,265
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 203 (27.4%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
349 (31.2%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $12,797

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
3,136 (74.4%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
2,678 (85.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,664 (99.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,256 (47.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
81%
Average Award
$35,614
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,598 (97.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $22,942
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,320 (49.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $2,599
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 765 (28.7%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
1,487 (35.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $15,800

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
Not reported
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
Not reported
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
12.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
6.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
Academic scholarships, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Leadership
Special Characteristics
Children of Workers in Trades

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,503

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Other

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


389

Part-Time Faculty


127

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


70%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 54% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 11% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 14% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 6% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 5% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 8% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 3% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 3% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 22% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 41% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 34% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 0% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 0% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,826,147

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
860
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Worcester Polytechnic Institute provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


94.9%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


82.0%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


87.5%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


89.0%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (51)


  • Actuarial Science
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  • Animal Genetics
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
  • Engineering, Other
  • Engineering/Industrial Management
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • History, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Music, General
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences, Other
  • Physics, General
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Social Sciences, General

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Engineering, Computer and information sciences, Biological/life sciences

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Mathematics for Educators, Master of Engineering

Master's Programs of Study (41)


  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Artificial Intelligence/Robotics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computational Biology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Database Systems
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy and Power Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Game Design and Development
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Internet and Interactive Multimedia
  • Management Information Systems
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Organizational Management
  • Physics
  • Social Sciences
  • Systems Engineering
  • Systems Science

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


182,669

Nearest Metropolitan Area


95 acres

Environment


Suburban environment

Campus Size


Boston

Weather


Temperature
15 average low in January, 74.5 average high in September
Rain
133 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
50 mile(s) from campus in Boston
Nearest Bus Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Worcester
Nearest Train Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Worcester

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


59% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


42%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
-
School Colors
Crimson and gray

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Football
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Football
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, football, soccer, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, student government association, panhellenic, interfraternity council, intramural and club sports, music association

Sororities


45% of women participate

Fraternities


27% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


4,301

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
4,435
Women
1,604
Men
2,831

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 3.7% Asian
  • 3.3% Black/African-American
  • 10.5% Hispanic/Latino
  • 2.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 71.3% White
  • 8.5% Unknown

International Students


10.7% from 69 countries

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


2,207

Student Resources

Study resources