Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, WPI, is a private university in Worcester, Massachusetts that was established in 1865. The college, which occupies an 80 acre campus, offers programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in science, technology, and management, as well as others. The 2010 edition of "America's Best Colleges," U.S. News & World Report placed WPI in its list of America's Best Colleges.

WPI participates in Division III of NCAA and is a member of New England Wrestling Association. It has baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, softball, soccer, and volleyball teams, among many others. The institute also has a vibrant Greek life with thirteen fraternities and three sororities. Students can additionally choose from over one hundred and seventy five clubs and organizations including the Science Fiction Society, Students Promoting Animal Welfare, Motor Sport, the Society of Martial Artists, and the Indian Student Organization.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester , MA 01609-2280
General Phone: (508) 831-5000

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WPI Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Engineering634aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, civil engineering courses, electrical engineering, engineering physics, environmental engineering, materials engineering, ...
Science124biology, biochemistry, biological and biomedical sciences, science and society, chemistry, physics
Computer Science and Engineering89computer and info science
Business and Management73business management, business administration, MIS, marketing studies, business and related services
Liberal Arts60technical and business writing, humanities, liberal arts and humanities, interdisciplinary studies, economics
Mathematics41mathematics, math, applied mathematics, statistics, mathematics and statistics, systems science and theory
Therapy and Counseling1psychology

Number of programs and degrees for WPI in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree67628
Master's degree32827
Doctor's degree1816

WPI Student Body

In 2007-2008, WPI had a total enrollment of 4,158 students (2,894 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 68%
Graduate 32%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 73%
Black 2%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 7%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 13%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 35%
20-21 30%
22-24 14%
25-29 9%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Hampshire9%
New York7%
(International Students)7%
Rhode Island3%
New Jersey1%
State unknown1%

WPI Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 94 %

WPI Room and Board (2007)

WPI offers campus housing for 1,495 of its 2,894 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Worcester, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

WPI Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

GPAnot required
Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

WPI Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 36,390
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 36,390
Room and board $ 10,880
Room charge $ 6,380
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,500
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,200

Financial Aid:
WPI participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 223300)

WPI Faculty

WPI has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year23$59,91410$56,293
All faculty totalcalendar year23$59,91410$56,293

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year73$118,2416$108,094
Associate professoracademic year58$92,28522$98,268
Assistant professoracademic year26$76,24615$80,308
Instructoracademic year11$54,8657$48,397
All faculty totalacademic year168$98,63150$87,077

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

WPI Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Other
Basketball New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
Baseball New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
Track New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference

WPI Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Civil Engineering, Other
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Physics
Engineering, Other
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Technical and Business Writing

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics, General
Mathematics, Other
Statistics, General
Systems Science and Theory

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General
Science, Technology and Society

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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WPI Highlights

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What Sets WPI Apart:

% of degrees in engineering
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% of degrees in mathematics
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Male % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%WPI Male % of student body
Student SAT scores
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%WPI Student SAT scores
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 11%WPI Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%WPI Number of degree programs
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%WPI % of degrees in computer science and engineering
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%WPI Number of students
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%WPI Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in science
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%WPI % of degrees in science

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