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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Overview

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a private not-for-profit institution located in Worcester, Massachusetts. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Worcester Polytechnic Institute Known For?

1,138 Undergraduate Awards
$50,572 Avg Cost After Aid
48% Acceptance Rate
  • The 1% student loan default rate at WPI is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at WPI is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 82% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from WPI with a bachelor's degree make about $84,900 a year. That's 108% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • It takes the average WPI student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Rankings

WPI landed the #77 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Out of the 63 colleges in Massachusetts, it is ranked at #9.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

WPI has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#13 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#60 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#290 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at WPI.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Mathematics & Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Systems Theory Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Management Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Other Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards WPI has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#5 Best Colleges for Engineering College Factual
#6 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering College Factual
#6 Best Colleges for Computer Science College Factual
#6 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering College Factual
#16 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

Location of Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Contact details for WPI are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609-2280
Phone: 508-831-5000
Website: https://www.wpi.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wpi.edu
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/wpi

How Do I Get Into WPI?

You can apply to WPI online at: https://www.wpi.edu/admissions/undergraduate/apply/how-to

Admission Requirements for WPI

Submission Required?
High School GPA considered but not required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into WPI?

48% Acceptance Rate
34% Of Accepted Are Women
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to WPI. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 48%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 66% of accepted students are men and 34% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 43%, and the acceptance rate for women is 64%.

Can I Afford Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

$50,572 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
1.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WPI is $50,572. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At WPI, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $13,238 a year. That adds up to $52,952 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WPI is 1.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,642 Full-Time Undergraduates
40% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,761 undergraduate students at WPI, with 4,642 being full-time and 119 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  WPI

There are also 2,133 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,642 full-time undergraduates at WPI, 60% are male and 40% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  WPI

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Worcester Polytechnic Institute students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of WPI Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 293
Black or African American 137
Hispanic or Latino 411
White 2,872
International Students 395
Other Races/Ethnicities 534

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. At this time, 37 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 80 countries are represented at WPI. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

653 Took All Classes Online
1,089 Took At Least One Class Online
12.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,089 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at WPI has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 15th most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of WPI

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute was 12.2%. This is the #1,200 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WPI regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of WPI majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Civil Engineering 19%
Computer & Information Sciences 4%
Computer Science 7%
Electrical Engineering 11%
Engineering 10%
Environmental Engineering 19%
Mathematics & Computer Science 2%
Mechanical Engineering 18%
Other Engineering 4%
Robotics Engineering 12%
Systems Engineering 17%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WPI ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at WPI.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Mathematics & Computer Science #1
Robotics Engineering #1
Systems Theory #2
Environmental Engineering #5
Biomedical Engineering #6
Other Engineering #11
Mathematics #13
Systems Engineering #14
General Biology #15
Mechanical Engineering #16
Civil Engineering #17
Mathematics & Statistics #21
Electrical Engineering #24
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #29
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #41
Engineering #51
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #86

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Mechanical Engineering 248 2 88 4 342
Computer Science 172 1 47 7 227
Electrical Engineering 101 5 79 6 191
Robotics Engineering 83 1 72 5 161
Biomedical Engineering 79 0 13 3 95
Chemical Engineering 78 0 6 2 86
Systems Engineering 0 5 78 0 83
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 55 0 23 2 80
Civil Engineering 53 12 9 0 74
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 1 50 2 53
Other Engineering 0 2 49 0 51
Computer Information Systems 0 2 48 0 50
Business Administration & Management 0 0 39 1 40
Industrial Engineering 36 0 0 0 36
Materials Engineering 0 0 26 10 36
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 20 13 1 35
General Biology 32 0 1 1 34
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 32 0 32
Mathematics 15 0 11 3 29
General Business/Commerce 4 6 18 0 28
Marketing 0 0 28 0 28
Environmental Engineering 14 0 12 0 26
Other Business, Management & Marketing 23 2 0 0 25
Computer Software & Applications 19 0 6 0 25
Physics 18 0 1 0 19
Manufacturing Engineering 0 7 8 3 18
Architectural Engineering 17 0 0 0 17
Applied Mathematics 0 0 17 0 17
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 16 0 0 0 16
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 8 0 4 1 13
Public Relations & Advertising 12 0 0 0 12
Statistics 0 0 7 3 10
Other Statistics 10 0 0 0 10
Chemistry 6 0 1 3 10
International Relations & National Security 9 0 0 0 9
Instructional Media Design 0 0 4 3 7
Design & Applied Arts 7 0 0 0 7
General Psychology 5 0 0 0 5
Management Information Systems 4 0 0 0 4
Science, Technology & Society 4 0 0 0 4
Liberal Arts General Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Sustainability Science 3 0 0 0 3
Economics 3 0 0 0 3
Nuclear Engineering 0 1 0 0 1
Systems Theory 0 0 1 0 1
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering Physics 0 0 0 0 0
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,138 67 791 60 2,056

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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