Founded in 1865, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a school of engineering and technology in central Massachusetts. WPI grants bachelor’s degrees in 32 technical and scientific fields of study. In addition, every academic program is centered around a project-based learning foundation known as The WPI Plan. For a break from the rigors of college life, WPI schedules a number of annual celebrations such as Winter Carnival and Gompei’s Birthday, an all-campus party in honor of the Institute’s goat mascot.
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WPI is a great school. The professors love what they do and it shows. The classes are really enjoyable.
It's a great place to meet a lot of highly dedicated and hardworking students. Everyone here practically embodies the engineer stereotype, so if you are this type of person, you will feel at home. Tons of cool projects to work on and get involved in.
Alexander from El Paso, TX
wpi was my top choice for colleges, and it lived up to all of my expectations. i have made amazing friends and taken some pretty awesome, engaging classes. overall, a great college experience.
caroline from norwell, ma
if an engineering degree is what you desire, wpi is the place to go. excellent academics and highly accredited programs. an emphasis on projects and hands-on learning provides real-life experience and preparation.
Tori from Jefferson Hills, PA
Be prepared to do a lot of work. The classes are harder here than at another school for some reason. Their are always people willing to help you.
Kyle from Norton, MA
A tight-knit community for geeks and nerds alike. Expensive but worth the money based on rankings. I am very excited to attend because of the campus and also the academics.
Morgan from Park City, UT
WPI is a wonderful school, especially for engineering students. It has a project-based curriculum that has students creating solutions for actual problems (and implementing them) from their freshman years. It has a beautiful campus and a wonderful community.