Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Boynton Hall at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Boynton Hall at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Allen Grove

Around half of applicants are admitted to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) each year. The university is selective, and the great majority of students who get in have grades in the "A" range and standardized test scores (which are optional) that are well above average. In order to apply, interested students will need to submit an application, high school transcripts, and letters of recommendation. For complete application instructions and guidelines, be sure to visit WPI's website. While campus visits are not required, applicants are encouraged to visit the school to see if it would be a good fit for them.

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Admissions Data (2016)

WPI Description

WPI, the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is proud to be one of the country's first technological universities. Founded in 1865, the school now has over 50 bachelor's and graduate degree programs. WPI specializes in science, engineering and business, but it also has programs in the social sciences, humanities and arts. WPI places well in national rankings of student engagement and career prospects, and the school also does well with financial aid (the great majority of students receive grant aid). Worcester is home to 13 colleges and many excellent restaurants and cultural venues. Boston is an hour away.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 6,642 (4,432 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 66 percent Male / 34 percent Female
  • 96 percent Full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $46,994
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,736
  • Other Expenses: $1,200
  • Total Cost: $62,930

WPI Financial Aid (2015-16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 99 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99 percent
    • Loans: 60 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $20,258
    • Loans: $11,104

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 80 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 86 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Rowing, Soccer, Swimming, Wrestling, Basketball, Baseball, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Field Hockey, Track and Field, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

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WPI and the Common Application

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Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics