Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Review

Worcester, MA, 100 Institute Road
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Career Preparation A-
Students and Culture A-
Facilities A-
Activities and Groups A-
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a medium sized, private, four-year university enrolling 6,573 students and offering 81 degrees in Worcester, MA.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
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Engineering
1,021 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering
47
4
1
Architectural Engineering
3
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
107
15
4
Chemical Engineering
104
11
1
Civil Engineering
47
20
6
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
97
111
10
Engineering
64
41
0
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering
7
14
Industrial Engineering
15
Manufacturing Engineering
0
11
0
Materials Engineering
30
2
Mechanical Engineering
197
45
7
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Computer Technology
307 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer Science
118
61
4
Information Technology
22
Management Information Systems
15
Systems Engineering
87
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Mathematics and Science
185 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Biochemistry
15
0
0
Biology
33
3
4
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
3
2
Chemistry
16
0
2
Engineering Physics/applied Physics
1
Financial Mathematics
29
Mathematics
27
0
Mathematics
4
Mathematics and Statistics
18
0
Physics
11
4
1
Statistics
10
Systems Science and Theory
0
2
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Business
165 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Business Administration and Management
51
0
Business Administration, Management and Operations
24
Commerce
8
32
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
28
Economics
1
Marketing
21
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Human and Social Sciences
72 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Humanities/humanistic Studies
5
International Relations and Affairs
1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
0
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
37
20
0
Psychology
6
Science, Technology and Society
1
Social Sciences
2
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Education and Liberal Arts
11 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Applied Mathematics
4
Educational/instructional Technology
3
0
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
4
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Civil Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
Systems Engineering
Systems Science and Theory
*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
Alumni & Student Reviews
A- Excellent
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 6 Reviews
Alumni
Mechanical Engineering, Class of 1978

many real world case studies

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Civil Eng., Class of 1993

Program includes projects, some of which take place of campus and can lead to opportunities.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Science, Class of 1980

None - some job listings and an occasional interviewer but we generally setup those things ourselves. The recruiting office is totally useless.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Science, Class of 1980

Students can intern at various companies

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Biochemistry/Biology/Biotechnology, Class of 2010

Many programs through the career development office

Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 6 Reviews
Alumni
Computer Science, Class of 1980

No culture. Students do what they have to do to survive.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Science, Class of 1980

Students are students - study, test, grade Culture - techies who really want to learn

Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 6 Reviews
Alumni
Civil Eng., Class of 1993

Dorms mediocre, food sucks, but everyone's there to play with the tech anyway.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Science, Class of 1980

Labs were few and there was a high demand at the end of the term. Lots of all-night work to get work done.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Science, Class of 1980

Low availability of computer hardware makes late nights necessary, especially at end of term

Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 6 Reviews
Alumni
Civil Eng., Class of 1993

Greek-letter groups as nerdy as everyone else, and sororities can function as women's engineering groups.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Science, Class of 1980

No idea - didn't participate in anything. They just sucked money from my wallet for a bunch of jocks so they could have new uniforms.

Rated January 2016
CURRICULUM FOCUS
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Business Program
UDC Contributor

Sure, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is well known for its scientific and high-tech areas of study, and rightly so. But the Robert A. Foisie School of Business at WPI doesn't take a back seat to its scientific counterparts, offering strength in technology-related areas such as data mining. Students in the WPI School of Business will appreciate their project-based education. For example, students recently performed a study with Fidelity Investments where they helped determine exactly how baby boomers interacted with Fidelity’s web site. This work allowed Fidelity to design its web sites for better interaction with its older clients. WPI students learn problem-solving techniques through the school’s academic and project centers. For example, the Center for Sustainability in Business connects students and community business leaders through speaking engagements and events. These connections can lead to research, education, and outreach opportunities for students, such as a recent product where students studied the ability of businesses to capture solar energy and to recycle runoff rain water in Worcester, Mass. Students can even travel to the other project centers based in China, Denmark, New Zealand, England, Scotland, and on Wall Street. By offering centers around the world, WPI's delivers on its mission for hands-on learning and real-world problem solving.

Featured Alumni Review
Sharanya
M.S. WPI, Class of 2015

U Classroom learning was far more than reading text books. There are a lot of organizations, and I think they gave me a good experience. We get to network and meet a lot of other businesswomen through the National Association of Women MBAs.

Featured Alumni Review
Qingyun
M.S. WPI, Class of 2014

U During my work at WPI, I was exposed to a group of world-class scholars. Working with them and learning from them, I found my academic interest and made up my mind to join the academia. I got admission to the doctoral program in Kent State University. WPI opened a brand-new chapter in my life.

Featured Alumni Review
Ke
M.S. WPI, Class of 2015

U We have a lot of courses like data mining that are very important for the business analytic side of the work. I was working with the Center of Sustainability in Business as a project manager. You actually have a chance to try out your ideas, so they give you an ability to do what you think is important.

Questions and Answers about Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Do you have questions about furthering your education with Worcester Polytechnic Institute? People are listening and are ready to help. Plus, we're pretty sure others have the same question you do!

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Who are the notable alumni?
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute's most famous alumnus also taught at the school: Robert Goddard, who built the world's first liquid-fueled rocket in 1926. Another famous scientist, aeronautical engineer Richard Whitcomb, is a WPI graduate who worked for NASA, specializing in transonic airflow. Famous entertainers also are among WPI alumni, including J. Geils, founder of the blues rock band, the J. Geils Band, and actress and South Park writer Nancy Pimental, who graduated from WPI with a degree in chemical engineering.

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What is the campus setting like?
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The WPI campus is best known for the two towers on Tech Hill, which were constructed in the 1860s and symbolize the original vision of the campus – reconciling theory versus practice. The philosophy behind those symbols is in full use at Gateway Park, a 12-acre area of the WPI campus that fuels start-up businesses and research. Gateway Park includes special-purpose buildings with open space for future expansion. Located in Worcester, Mass., WPI is within an hour of travel of downtown Boston and Hartford.

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What are the online learning and extension/adult learning opportunities?
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Those looking to further their high-tech education while working will find a dozen online graduate programs through Worcester Polytechnic Institute. WPI, which has offered off-campus educational opportunities for three decades, provides a mix of asynchronous and synchronous online graduate programs in individual areas of study, such as cyber security, systems engineering, and robotics engineering, among others. And online students receive complete access to any of WPI's facilities and services, just like an on-campus student.

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What are the athletic highlights?
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute's athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III, offering more than a dozen sports. The Engineers' men's basketball team had one of its best seasons in 2012-13, winning 22 consecutive games and reaching the NCAA D-3 Tournament. WPI has fielded a football team every season since 1887, making it one of college football's oldest teams. Football, track, field hockey, and soccer teams all use the on-campus Alumni Stadium.

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What are the school's academic highlights?
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WPI has long been known as one of the top universities in the United States for providing useful internships for students through what it calls the WPI Plan. Princeton Review has named WPI as a top 10 school in both providing study abroad programs and for career placement. All incoming students get introduced to the school's underlying philosophy through a Great Problems Seminar course, which introduces college-level research techniques and involves working on a project, as part of WPI's focus on problem-based learning.

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