Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609-2280
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Review

A- Excellent
4.041675 Based on 6 Reviews
Career Preparation
A-
Students and Culture
A-
Facilities
A-
Activities and Groups
A-

Degree Overview

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.

1309 Engineering Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
 
55
23
 
2
Architectural Engineering
 
17
 
 
 
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
 
158
26
 
6
Chemical Engineering
 
78
6
 
2
Civil Engineering, General
 
53
8
0
0
Civil Engineering, Other
 
 
1
12
 
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
 
101
79
5
6
Engineering, Other
 
 
49
2
0
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
 
14
12
 
 
Industrial Engineering
 
36
 
 
 
Manufacturing Engineering
 
 
8
7
3
Materials Engineering
 
 
26
 
10
Mechanical Engineering
 
248
88
2
4
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
 
83
72
1
5
Nuclear Engineering
 
 
 
1
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

389 Computer Technology Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer Science
 
172
47
1
7
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
 
19
6
 
 
Human Computer Interaction
 
 
0
 
 
Information Technology
 
 
48
2
 
Management Information Systems, General
 
4
 
 
 
Systems Engineering
 
 
78
5
0

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

267 Mathematics and Science Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Biochemistry
 
32
0
 
0
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
 
32
1
 
1
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other
 
8
4
 
1
Chemistry, General
 
6
1
 
3
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
 
0
 
 
 
Financial Mathematics
 
 
12
 
 
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
 
 
32
 
 
Mathematics and Computer Science
 
0
50
1
2
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
 
10
 
 
 
Mathematics, General
 
15
 
 
3
Mathematics, Other
 
 
11
 
 
Neuroscience
 
 
0
 
 
Physics, General
 
18
0
 
0
Physics, Other
 
 
1
 
 
Statistics, General
 
 
7
 
3
Systems Science and Theory
 
 
1
0
0
Technical and Scientific Communication
 
12
 
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

124 Business Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Business Administration and Management, General
 
 
38
 
1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
 
23
 
2
 
Business/Commerce, General
 
4
18
6
 
Economics, General
 
3
 
 
 
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
 
 
1
 
 
Management Information Systems and Services, Other
 
 
 
0
 
Management Science
 
 
0
0
 
Marketing, Other
 
 
28
0
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

68 Human and Social Sciences Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
 
3
 
 
 
International Relations and Affairs
 
18
 
 
 
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
 
0
 
 
 
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
 
1
13
20
1
Psychology, General
 
5
 
 
 
Science, Technology and Society
 
4
 
 
 
Sustainability Studies
 
3
 
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

12 Education and Liberal Arts Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Applied Mathematics, General
 
 
3
 
 
Applied Mathematics, Other
 
 
2
 
 
Educational/Instructional Technology
 
 
4
 
3

7 Art and Design Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Game and Interactive Media Design
 
7
 
 
 

Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Program
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
 
 
 
 
Civil Engineering, Other
 
 
 
Computer Science
 
 
 
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
 
 
 
Engineering, Other
 
 
 
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
 
 
 
 
Mathematics and Computer Science
 
 
 
Mechanical Engineering
 
 
 
 
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
 
 
 
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
 
 
 
Systems Engineering
 
 
 

Accreditation Information

This institution is accredited by New England Commission 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?

4.1666666666667 Based on 6 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Mechanical Engineering, Class of 1978

    many real world case studies

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Civil Eng., Class of 1993

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

    4 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.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Computer Science, Class of 1980

    Students can intern at various companies

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

    Many programs through the career development office

    5 Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Students and Culture

What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?

4.1666666666667 Based on 6 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Computer Science, Class of 1980

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

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Computer Science, Class of 1980

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

    4 Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Facilities

What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.

3.8333333333333 Based on 6 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Civil Eng., Class of 1993

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

    4 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.

    2 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Computer Science, Class of 1980

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

    2 Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Activities and Groups

What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?

4 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.

    4 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.

    1 Rated January 2016

Questions & Answers

Who are the notable alumni?
1 Answer
  • 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.

    Answered by: Universities.com
What is the campus setting like?
1 Answer
  • 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?
1 Answer
  • 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?
1 Answer
  • 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?
1 Answer
  • 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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