Perfect if you want to double major. Or take minors. You can take a lot of classes before graduating.Downers
There is no academic support. It is a research school. Professors are not available and they don't care. Core classes have 100s of students. They say its hands-on based but it is not.Comments
You have to know what you are getting in to. The quarter system means you are taking 6 classes + labs in a Semester instead of 4 (in other places) . It is very intense. It is great for students who want to double majors or have minors. But it means you need to have a strong background from a College prep private school or from a school like Bronx Science. The first years you will have to take core classes (chem, phys calc) and you better have taken all those AP classes in High School because Professors are not available for office hours. They are involved in Research and lecture 100s of students in a huge lecture hall. There is no time for support. Because the quarter is a short time, there is few tests. THose core classes have only 2 exams. Tutors are quickly taken and its hard to find one. Once you get to the projects (like IPQ) they only take the best GPA to study abroad. Most of the students will stay on campus. In short it is no for students who come from public high school with weak STEM programs. It is designed for College prep students or Bx Science HS. Also they are not very generous in financial aid.Would You Recommend
At WPI learning has always been about combining theory and practice. Our multi-dimensional approach to education yields more than just graduates; it helps create innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and most important, leaders.
Our academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs leading to bachelor's, master's and PhD degrees, as well as an array of professional certificates.
3 Major projects are required to graduate: Humanities and Arts Requirement, and the Interactive and Major Qualifying Projects. HU&A is comprehensive in that students choose a focus area (Visual and Performing Arts, Histories, or Language Studies), complete three courses as well as a Seminar Project to capstone their focal experience, and complete one course in the Breadth Areas outside of their Focus Area. The IQP is often an international experience, and allows students to work outside of their comfort zones and challenge themselves intellectually and critically by solving a societal issue through comprehensive science and technology methods. The MQP is a senior thesis with a twist; fourth year undergrads will complete their WPI studies through addressing a specific challenge within their majors, whether it be a design project, process improvement, or theoretical applications.Quality of Life
Complete college experience, with rigorous and purposeful academic challenges matched with top notch leadership opportunities, team collaboration, and student life where passion meets logic and productivity.Admissions
Common App, Personal Essay, Guidance Counselor and Math or Science Teacher Recommendations, Transcripts, Rseume, Potentially Additional Materials. Early Action or Regular Decision; no Early Decision offered. FAFSA and CSS Profiles for Financial Aid purposes.Level
I am very happy as a student. As an international student I have come to see WPI as a my second home. At WPI students aren't just a number. Professors and staff take the time to know the student body and cater various facets to the needs of the students. Overall it a very collaborative environment.Level
WPI has roughly 3500 undergraduate students with a faculty population hired to teach specifically those individuals. Our student to faculty ratio is 14:1 with average class sized of 15-25 students. Professors are required to hold office hours for each class that they teach. Lab experience is built into the curriculum and there are several research opportunities that students partake in, generally through their professors.
There are no basic core classes instead there are a list of classes required for each major so students start off taking what is relevant to them. The only liberal arts requirement is called the Humanities and Arts Component. Students can choose to do this short requirement, only six classes, in anything from music, theater, arts, drama, languages, religion, philosophy, writing, English, and history.
WPI also runs on 4 seven week terms. We only take 3 classes start to finish in seven weeks. We then have either a fall, winter, or spring break respectively and then return to campus for another seven weeks and 3 more classes.
Students at WPI cannot fail a class but it is possible to not pass a class. The grades students can receive are an A, B, or C. Anything less than a C level grade is called an NR or No Record. It does not show up on the transcript and basically looks like the student never took the class. We also do not have pluses or minuses. An 81% is the same as an 85% is the same as an 89%.
WPI is very project based and has two major projects required for graduation. The first is called the Interactive Project done junior year. This is an interdisciplinary project typically in the environmental or sustainability field. The second is the Major Project done senior year. This culminates everything students have learned at WPI over four years and applies it to something tangible that a student could show a potential employer.
Both of these projects are able to be completed aboard and, therefore, aboard programs are built into our system without students having the fear of delaying graduation. To date, WPI has sent over 5000 students abroad, more than any other technical university in the nation. 70% of students will leave the WPI campus with 50% going out of the country.
The workload can be moderate to heavy but WPI has tens of free academic, technological, and medical resources available to help students achieve academic, social, and professional excellence.Quality of Life
Over the past several years WPI, donors, and its alumni have been investing millions of dollars to develop research space, laboratories, classrooms, residence halls, academic space, and athletic facilities. There are multiple residence halls for both freshman and upperclassmen along with several dining areas. WPI spans 33 buildings on 80 acres and is confined at the top of a little hill. We are more in the residential part of Worcester with downtown about 10 minutes away. It is still in the city, however, we do have our own campus police staffed 24/7 that are Massachusetts State trained and SWAT trained. On campus we call the community the WPI Family. Everyone sort of keeps an eye out for each other.
Some of our buildings are sponsored by outside organizations and every couple of years they come to campus and outfit the labs and classrooms with new and updated technology. We work with in the classroom what we would work with in the workforce.
Recent renovations include Daniels Residence Hall, Morgan Hall, Gordon Library, Goddard Labs, Salisbury Labs, Project Center, Washburn Shops, Alden Hall, and a 5-story Sports and Recreation facility.Admissions
WPI is Common Application exclusive with a short WPI supplement. Interviews are optional, if students would like to do one they can and simply offer up any additional information. There are three rounds of admission: Early Action 1, Early Action 2, and Regular Decision. There are NO Early Decision, binding options. Students will also receive their financial aid packages shortly after receiving their admissions decision. WPI is need blind in admissions and the application for admittance also doubles as the application for merit based scholarship.Level
We are a project based learning environment. We have two major projects that have to be completed before you can graduate. One is interdisciplinary and students often go abroad for this. The projects are usually based around how science impacts society and it is great because I do not know what school allows you to go abroad for 8-10 weeks and you still have the ability to graduate on time. But this all comes down to the fact that we have 4, 7 week terms so where most students can only get through calc 1 and calc 2 their freshman year we have the ability to do calc 1 through 4. So it is expeditied so that we can fit these projects in. The second project is a major project you do your senior year and it is your way of showing how you can apply your knowledge to the real world. WPI is not just about taking a test and moving on the the next class to learn how to apply things once you get a job....here at WPI we need to KNOW how to create, be inovative, and be independent learners before we go in to industry.Quality of Life
Most students will live off campus come sophomore year. The food is better than other schools but still gives people upset stomachs....its not like it is home cooking.Admissions
The application allows students to submit a piece of research rather than SAT scores.Level