Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester

Worcester, MA

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Overview

Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers 249-degree programs and 24 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 44%. 69.1% are women, and 30.9% are men. 21% percents of international students. Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is 35187$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $47922 and $59504 per year. 83% of full-time Worcester Polytechnic Institute students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $80,300, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).

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$35,187
ABOVE AVERAGE

By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Worcester Polytechnic Institute students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$25,377
$30,001 - $48,000$26,515
$48,001 - $75,000$30,128
$75,001 - $110,000$34,770
$110,001+$39,813

Admission considerations

Required:

  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Recommended:

    Neither required nor recommended:

    • Secondary school GPA
    • Secondary school rank
    • Formal demonstration of competencies
    • Admission test scores
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

    Finance

    Charges:

    • Typical room charge for academic year: 7654

    • Typical board charge for academic year: -

    • Combined charge for room and board: -

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    Percent of students with financial aid

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    25%

    Types of financial aids

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    3879 of Worcester Polytechnic Institute undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 92 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Worcester Polytechnic Institute number 8 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Massachusetts.

    Students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal, state, local or institutional grant aid.

    Salary After Attending

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    $80,300

    According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

    Students services

    Career

    Academic/career counseling service

    Employment services for students

    Living & meal

    Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

    Institution provide on-campus housing

    Institution provides board or meal plan

    Veteran Services Available

    Yellow Ribbon Program

    Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

    Disability services

    8%

    Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

    Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Alternative tuition plans

    Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

    Prepaid tuition plan

    Tuition payment plan

    Prepaid tuition plan - a program that allows students or their families to purchase college tuition or tuition credits for future years, at current prices.

    Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

    Special learning opportunities

    Here are the learning opportunities available in Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

    ROTC

    ROTC - Army

    ROTC - Navy

    ROTC - Air Force

    Study abroad

    Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

    Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

    ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

    Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

    Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

    Athletic associations

    • Member of National Athletic Association
    • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    • NCAA/NAIA member for football
    • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

    Graduation Rate

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    83%
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    Worcester Polytechnic Institute graduation rate is above the national average.

    83% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Worcester Polytechnic Institute completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

    The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

    Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

    Applying information

    Average number of applicants to one enrolled

    9 : 1

    Admission considerations

    Required:

    • Secondary school record
    • Completion of college-preparatory program
    • Recommendations
    • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

    Recommended:

      Neither required nor recommended:

      • Secondary school GPA
      • Secondary school rank
      • Formal demonstration of competencies
      • Admission test scores
      • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

      Acceptance Rate

      The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.

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      44%

      In comparison to National Average

      Worcester Polytechnic Institute acceptance rate is below national average.

      In comparison to state Average

      Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 63%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 19%.

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      44%
      BELOW AVERAGE

      In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $30k - $40k price range

      Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 64%, so Worcester Polytechnic Institute acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 20%.

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      44%
      BELOW AVERAGE

      Admissions yield

      Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.
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      24%

      Total

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      24%

      Full time

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      0%

      Part time

      Retention rate

      Full-time retention rate

      96%

      Part-time retention rate

      100%

      The Worcester Polytechnic Institute full-time retention rate is 96% and part-time retention rate is 100%.

      Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

      Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

      Student Body

      The student-to-faculty ratio at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is 13:1, that means that for every 13 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

      Student-to-faculty ratio

      13:1
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      Men/Women

      Number of international students

      1414
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      21%

      Percent of international students

      Race/ethnicity breakdown

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      Students enrollment in distance education

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      In Worcester Polytechnic Institute the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

      Distance education location breakdown

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      Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in U.S., but not in Massachusetts.

      Campus Safety

      The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

      The campus located by 100 Institute Rd address in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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      Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with 0.13% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, robbery, and aggravated assault.

      Academic Programs

      Number of degree programs offered

      Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers 249 programs in total: 99 are for Bachelor's degree, 96 - for Master's degree, and 54 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

      This is the highest number of programs in comparison with other 23 universities in Worcester county, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree , Master's degree and Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs offered.

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      Number of degree programs offered via distance education

      There are 24 distance learning programs that are offered in the Worcester Polytechnic Institute: 24 are for Master's degree.

      Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.

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      Total credit/contact hours

      Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Massachusetts state average data to help you compare.

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      Worcester Polytechnic Institute provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

      In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 3466 students with 155956 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 752 with 27063 credit hours.

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      Student Reviews and Ratings for Worcester Polytechnic Institute

      Overall Rating:

      Overall Rating:

      I graduated from WPI and earn over twice as much as those from colleges rated much higher.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      I graduated in 2015 after attending WPI for 3 years with a degree in Interactive Media and Game Development.In a nutshell, I took courses that I truly loved, built a diverse skillset, graduated a year early, and landed my dream job as a video game programmer at one of the biggest game companies.It is an absolutely fantastic school for engineering, computer science, and game development. The faculty are extremely accessible, and I had never had trouble scheduling office hours with teachers. They want to connect with the students so much that they would invite students to come in and just chat with them. I had come across so many professors who were truly passionate about teaching and had a strong desire to help students succeed. I assure you many top ranked schools cannot provide that. At some of the most famous schools you might frequently get lectures by Chinese teaching assistants and have to wait hours just to ask a question. Many friends of mine who attended some of the highest ranked colleges can attest to that.The school does a fantastic job at allowing students to choose classes with total freedom, because most classes only recommend you take certain classes prior to registration, but never force you to. Without the infamous prerequisite system, I was aspired to study harder in order to skip the intro and 101s and directly take advanced level courses to fulfill graduation requirements. Unlike most colleges that try to suck up your money by making it extremely difficult to graduate early because of prerequisite chains, at WPI you can take any classes you have the ability to. Once you have passed enough advanced courses and finished your graduation project, you graduate. They are just that confident with their teaching. I had never been denied access to new knowledge because I hadn't stayed at WPI for long enough. They only want to enable you learn and grow as much as possible.The most important skill that I mastered at WPI thanks to it's wonderful course registration system is that I mastered how to learn and grow on my own. Trust me, there is nothing that will make you improve more quickly than teaching yourself efficiently. If you want to stay competitive, college can only do so much, the rest is on you. Classes at any schools will always be designed so that most students can follow along, or else what is the point? If you want to stand out and be the best, challenge yourself and ask the professors for materials to the intro courses, study them on your own, and take those advanced courses directly. Always set your own pace and spend more time with the area you have trouble with, and take more challenging classes in the area you are good at. If you go to an Ivy league school the 4 years will probably be all planned out for you with jam packed classes and leave you little freedom to specialize, but at WPI I had so much time to study on my own. Over the years I noticed what this does is it allows you to build a diverse skillset and be very adaptable to new technologies even after you graduate. Once you become your own teacher, you will continue to grow even after graduation.With all of that said, WPI might not be worth the money if you don't truly love what you decide to major in. First of all if you are not motivated, you might not receive much scholarship or graduate early, which unfortunately equals more debt. If you are here just because you want to relax for 4 years and end up with a decent paying job, WPI might not the place for you, go to a cheaper school instead. If you think you have been responsible for your own education all along, and really have made the habit to plan ahead, WPI will enable you to do so much.Thank you WPI, keep it up!

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      WPI the approach to instruction is to be close to the material so that students can apply it in real life applications. The student body was thoughtful and thankfully the hype associated with higher education and technical areas of mastery was not found. People are straightforward and honest here. I did not continue after freshman year because I had a low thyroid condition and really was not prepared to speed through the concepts presented to me at the time. My energy level has increased now. I have not given up on myself, however, I intend to learn at my own pace. I appreciate the friendships I was able to make here and being treated fairly and objectively. I was more suited for some world travel and personal discovery exploration rather than starting at WPI so soon after high school. Too many options for one lifetime. I was glad I went here.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      A strong community and some really passionate professors make WPI a great place to learn.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Lovely campus. We attend the Touch Tomorrow event every year and it's always a great time. Loved the addition of the app this year. Keep it up!

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Location & Website

      Address: 100 Institute Road

      Place:

      Religious affiliation: Not applicable

      Calendar system: Quarter

      General Phone Number: +5088315000

      Institution is active in current year: 1

      Institution's internet website address: wpi.edu

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