Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Worcester Polytechnic Institute has a world-renowned reputation for innovation in researching and teaching cutting-edge science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. WPI graduates have invented life-altering technologies as stainless steel, the airbag safety system and the catalytic converter. The WPI Plan is a hands-on, project-based curriculum emphasizing research, collaboration, and global awareness. WPI prioritizes talent and creativity over standardized test schools and was the first test-optional techie school. The university's highly-ranked return on investment puts students in control of their life with a high starting salary, strong career outcomes, excellent debt repayment rate, and secure financial future. The WPI community consists of a broad range of backgrounds, cultures, religions, opinions, and orientations, creating a rich, dynamic learning––and living––environment. Our eclectic group of students, faculty, and staff with diverse backgrounds all share WPI’s spirit of collaboration and inclusive outlook. The result is a welcoming and supportive community where anyone can find their place and everyone feels at home. WPI prepares students to imagine anything and innovate everything.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Precollegiate Outreach Programs

The university offers one of the nation’s preeminent university based K-12 STEM outreach programs to K-12 students. Frontiers, for grades 11-12, is a residential program that challenges students to explore the outer limits of their knowledge across a wide spectrum of disciplines.

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Camp Reach and STEM Saturdays

Camp Reach is a summer residential program for girls within one hour driving distance of WPI who have completed the sixth grade and are interested in learning more about careers in engineering and technology. STEM Saturdays, sponsored by Intel, are six ½-day workshops. Camp Reach teachers and WPI undergraduate students lead one day of math, science or engineering. The participants’ parents take part in sessions designed to teach them ways to encourage their children to excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Learn more about Camp Reach and STEM Saturdays

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Discover: The Diversity Experience @ WPI

Discover: The Diversity Experience @ WPI is a special overnight program for African Americans, Latino and Native American students, as well as students interested in diversity, to spend the night on campus. When students visit, they will experience the diversity on campus, eat in dining halls, connect with current students, participate in social activities, explore WPI’s vast academic options, and much more. The Discover Program is held annually in November. Travel scholarships are available to those who qualify. Learn more about Discover: The Diversity Experience @ WPI

First-Year Experience & Transition Connections

The mission of Connections is to increase the access to educational opportunities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute for first generation students, and in particular underrepresented students of African, Latino and American Indian descent. Established in 1993, Connections is a comprehensive network of support services for students enrolled at WP to help make a smooth transition from high school to college. Connections begins with a pre-orientation program that extends throughout the academic year. The program empowers students by helping them establish a solid academic and personal development foundation to increase their potential for college success. It also promotes academic excellence, leadership and community service. Learn more about Connections

Student Diversity

  • 4,320
  • 66/34
  • 20%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 4%
  • 3%
    Black or African American
  • 9%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 62%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 7%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 11%

Student Success

  • 97%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 86%
    Six-year graduation
  • 84%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 96%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 49%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 373
    Full-time faculty
  • 66
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 13:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Biomedical, Mechanical, Chemical, and Electrical Engineering, Biology, Computer Science, Game and Interactive Media Design

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Black Student Union, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, Hispanic and Caribbean Student Association (HCSA), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), LGBTQIA+ Alliance, Women's Support Group


Cost of Attendance

  • $47,755
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $650
    Required Fees
  • $14,070
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $83,685,241
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $35,814
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 12%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 67%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 97%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 55%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 10,468
    # of applicants
  • 49%
  • 3.80
    Average HS GPA
  • 29
    ACT Composite
  • 560—670
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 640—740
    SAT Math
  • 570—680
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 2/1
    Regular application closing date
  • $65
    Application Fee
  • $65
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/1 and 1/1
    Early action application closing date