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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 179 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

28% Women
72% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association

  • Football

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $65,360)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $56,551)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 162 105 - -
Baseball 36 - - -
Basketball 16 13 - Yes
Field Hockey - 23 - Yes
Football 90 - - -
Rowing 62 33 - -
Soccer 31 22 Yes Yes
Softball - 19 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 28 31 - -
Volleyball - 16 Yes Yes
Wrestling 13 - Yes -
Badminton - - Yes -
Bowling - - - Yes
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Golf - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - - Yes
Tennis - - Yes -
Track and Field, X-Country - - - Yes
Water Polo - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6.2%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.8%
Hispanic 4.9%
Non-resident alien 13.6%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 5.4%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 66.7%
Percent of students with disability 7%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • Student Government

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 0
Property Crime 8

Notable Alumni

  • Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and the first portable insulin pump
  • Elwood Haynes, inventor of stainless steel
  • Henry Davis, first chairman of NBC
  • Nancy Pimental, writer on "South Park" TV show, co-host on "Win Ben Stein's Money"
  • Robert H. Goddard, known as the Father of Modern Rocketry
  • Robert Stempel, inventor of the catalytic converter, former chairman and CEO of General Motors
  • Harold Stephen Black, inventor of the negative feedback amplifier
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Mica from Whitman, MA
  • 1
  • I personally hate living in a dorm at WPI. The first one I lived in, Daniels Hall, was extremely noisy past 2:00 AM every night and I barely got any…

  • Jul-31-2012 Read More
  • Tori from Jefferson Hills, PA
  • 3
  • freshman residence hall living is never perfect. housing ranges from singles to quads. however, if you make the most of it, and become friends with your floor, it can be…

  • Mar-10-2012 Read More
  • Stephanie from Elkton, MD
  • 3
  • Most of the freshman dorms are triples (you'll have two roommates), unless you live in Riley, whose rooms house 4 people. The rooms are pretty small and the common rooms…

  • Nov-06-2014 Read More
  • aurora373
  • 4
  • as far as i know, as a first year student, you're required to live in the dorms. personally, i believe wpi dorms are no worse or no better than dorms…

  • Jan-30-2012 Read More
  • Kelsey from NH
  • 5
  • Resident Advisors have programs that bring the dorms closer together and there are many opportunities during New Student Orientation to bond with your floormates. Very easy to get to know…

  • May-27-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Stephanie from Elkton, MD
  • Nov-06-2014 I am a current student here

    Ah, dining. So as a freshman your meal plan gives you meal swipes at this place called DAKA - it's actually called Pulse on Dining (POD), but nobody calls it that - and is connected to Daniels and Morgan residence halls. It's all you can eat, which is nice, but the food isn't very great. Except the chocolate chip cookies. They're addictive. There's also the food court in the campus center, but you have to pay for that unless you have a commuter meal plan and the food there is expensive and there isn't a lot of options. Also in the campus center is Dunkin Donuts, which isn't open late for some reason and theif food isn't very good even though at any other DD the food is great. Your meal plan also goes you 2 swipes per week at the Goats Head restaurant which is significantly better than DAKA. Luckily there's also a wealth of pizza places and Chinese food which deliver to campus late at night when for some odd reason all of the above mentioned places are closed.

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  • 4
  • Kyle from Norton, MA
  • Mar-07-2014 I am a current student here

    The food in the main dinning center is usually good, you are able to eat at an on campus restaurant twice a week with your residential meal plan.

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  • 3
  • Christopher from Rumford, RI
  • Jan-13-2014 I am a current student here

    Daka, the nickname for our schools cafeteria, is alright. Very consistent but does get bland. At the campus center there is a good amount of choices but does get pricy. Get the VIP meal plan. It's worth the money.

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  • 3
  • Alex from Tuckahoe, NY
  • Jan-08-2014 I am a current student here

    Let's face it. Dining in any college will be different from what you are used to at home. I will not lie. Food is edible, but you will find this at practically any college. You will never be left starving on campus.

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  • 4
  • Jackie from New Jersey
  • Sep-22-2013 I am a current student here

    The food in the dining hall is really good, especially for college food. There are always a lot of options and the chocolate chip cookies are absolutely addicting. Sometimes, though, the options can be a little lame, but 4 out of 5 times, you'll have something really good to eat.

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  • 4
  • R
  • Aug-07-2013 I am a current student here

    The cafeteria has pretty good food and there is always a different option for dinner. There is pasta and pizza every night along with a salad bar, grill, sandwich station, etc. Large selection of drinks available too.

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  • 3
  • Future WPI Student
  • May-22-2013 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    There used to be complains about the monotony of the food, so the administration took care of that with a more diverse food schedule, new meals, and a hot plate station.

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  • 3
  • Isabella from Brewster, NY
  • Mar-24-2013 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    During the overnight we had dinner that night and breakfast the next morning. The food was typical dorm food, but there was a wide selection of it. There were also vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options and everything was designed to keep allergens out of foods they're not supposed to be in. Nothing there was particularly healthy, but there was a pretty decent salad bar at dinner and fruit selection in the morning.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Stephanie from Elkton, MD
  • Nov-06-2014 I am a current student here

    Is big here. And they aren't stereotypical either. Especially the sororities. They're super involved on campus and really open and welcoming and try to get the freshmen involved in the community.

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  • 0
  • Alex from Tuckahoe, NY
  • Jan-08-2014 I am a current student here

    Two-thirds of our campus is involved in greek life. You can be nonaffiliated and still participate in greek events. Many of the events on campus are held by greek life. Greek life can be as interesting and fun as you want it to be. It is a way to network and make connections that will last a lifetime.

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  • 0
  • R
  • Aug-07-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life on campus is great. The sororities are really fun and involved. There are so many fraternities that there is a place for every kind of guy. They throw parties every weekend and some of the themes are really fun. Greek week is a blast, too. Anyone that is looking for a social life should rush, even if its just to make friends.

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  • 0
  • Hussain from Worcester, MA
  • Mar-30-2013 I am a current student here

    Our college has one of the best Greek Life in the Nation... We have all kinds of different frats and sororities. You will know which one to join when you get here.

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  • 0
  • Anonymous
  • Mar-06-2013 I am a current student here

    So many frats and a good number of sororities.

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  • 0
  • Anonymous
  • Jan-30-2013 I am a current student here

    Am considering Greek life. Can be very time consuming but can make a lot of contacts.

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