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Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Overview
Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1865
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Quarter
Undergraduate student body: 2,866
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $353,720,000
Admissions Address

100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609

Website

http://www.wpi.edu

Admissions E-mail

admissions@wpi.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.7
Send application by: February 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Edward J. Connor
Admissions office telephone: (508) 831-5286
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: February 1
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Send application by: January 1
 
Decision sent by: February 1
Application fee: $60
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
 
http://www.admissions.wpi.edu/Admissions/application.html Tuition deposit: $500 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: None (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 N/A
Mathematics 4 N/A
Science 2 4
Lab 2 N/A
Foreign language N/A 2
Social studies N/A 2
History N/A 1
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 10 N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: February 1
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Not considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 67%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: 84%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 59%
Total applicants: 4,931
Total acceptances: 3,283
Total freshman enrollment: 777
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 55%
Male applicants: 3,819
Male acceptances: 2,465
Male freshman enrollment: 580
 
Female applicants: 1,112
Female acceptances: 818
Female freshman enrollment: 197
Out-of-state freshmen: 50%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 480
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 174
Students enrolled from waiting list: 27

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 53%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 83%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 99%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 71%
Average high school GPA: 3.7
 
First-year students submitting GPA: 87%
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 98%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 560 – 670
Math: 640 – 720
Combined: 1200 – 1390

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 14.0% 39.0%
600-699 46.0% 50.0%
500-599 34.0% 11.0%
400-499 6.0% 0.0%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 19%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 24 – 30
Math: 27 – 31
Composite: 25 – 30

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 26.0% N/A N/A
24-29 59.0% N/A N/A
18-23 15.0% N/A N/A
12-17 0.0% N/A N/A
6-11 0.0% N/A N/A
Below 6 0.0% N/A N/A

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