Worcester, MA
Worcester Polytechnic Institute


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Recent Reviews

Jessica
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

WPI is a place where everyone fits in and there is a perfect mix between difficult acedemics and social events.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

WPI is a place where everyone fits in and there is a perfect mix between difficult acedemics and social events.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Engineering and science based majors, hands on learning, and very nerdy.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Take plenty of tours and get to know classmates. Join a club. Go Greek!

Laura
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is a small, engineering college that is full of the most interesting and kind people.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is a small, engineering college that is full of the most interesting and kind people.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise parents and students to go and visit the colleges/universities that they are planning to apply to. It's important to feel around the campus and see if you really like it. Also, apply for as many scholarships as possible. Every bit of money counts, especially when the student is the one paying or taking out loans. Don't be afraid to go in undecided. There's absolutely NOTHING wrong with not knowing what you want to persue. Become involved in your campus, and go to the events sponsored by your school. Making new friends is the most rewarding experience when you are a college freshman.

Jaime
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My primary advice is to look for the school that not only has a prestigious standing, but one that fits you the best, whether...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My primary advice is to look for the school that not only has a prestigious standing, but one that fits you the best, whether it's a state school or a private school, and Ivy League or one further down the list of best schools. All schools have characteristics that could work for or against you, and it is important that you find the one that will help you grow in the manner you desire.

What's unique about your campus?

The intellectual students that take pride in their work and themseleves. Everyone has their own unique identity, and for the most part, no one discourages others based on this.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known how involved I would have to be in extra-curriculars to have an active social life, which is mostly my fault anyways.

Andy
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

So much emphasis is placed on aspiring college students to pick the college that is most guaranteed to ensure a lucrative and...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

So much emphasis is placed on aspiring college students to pick the college that is most guaranteed to ensure a lucrative and successful career later in life. Students should also take their social life and sanity over the next four years into consideration, as a poor social environment can mean a hellish college experience (the good job at the end isn't worth the torture!).

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

WPI is a vastly male-dominated school. The social life here is absolutely dismal.

Daniel
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

There's not a wide breadth of majors, since the school focuses mainly on math, science, and engineering. This means that basi...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

There's not a wide breadth of majors, since the school focuses mainly on math, science, and engineering. This means that basically everyone around is headed in a similar direction career-wise, so there's an uncommon level of togetherness and helpfulness among the students. Pretty much everyone has at least some level of familiarity with what everyone else is doing, which breeds a greater level of respect for each other and makes it easier to seek out help or advice from ones peers.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The first step in finding the right school is to visit as many schools as you can. If you're remotely interested in the school, go see it. It's important to get a read on the campus community. When I visited my university for the first time, I felt a palpable buzz around the campus; just being there was exciting. Another important step is figuring out what you want to do. You don't have to decide on a profession or a field. Identify a general area that you A.) have a strong interest in, and B.) feel you can succeed in. State universities may not seem as glamorous to a high-school senior, but they offer a wide variety of majors while maintaining a high academic standard. Finally, it is YOUR choice, and no one elses. Don't allow yourself to be cowed or bullied into going somewhere because you have a family history there, everyone tells you that you should, or all your friends are going there. The next 4 years of your life will determine the next 40, and probably longer. Do what makes you happy, and what you feel is the best for yourself.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about WPI is the world-class education you receive as a student there. Our university is one of the top engineering schools in the country, and our management program has won acclaim worldwide. Our school's prestigious reputation precedes it. I can't count the number of times a professional has asked me what school I attend, and upon hearing I go to Worcester Polytechnic Institute they rave about the school, remarking how they just hired a recent graduate of the university, or the great experience they've had hiring WPI graduates.

Cameron
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is small, but that's why I like it. Coming from a very small town, being in Worcester is a little scary, but the ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is small, but that's why I like it. Coming from a very small town, being in Worcester is a little scary, but the campus is beautiful and our escort service is great. There's quite a bit of school pride, especially at basketball games and during homecoming, and there's a ton of greek life. But even if you aren't in a fraternity or sorority, you can still go to the parties and hang out with everyone. They really don't exclude you. The only thing that's kind of difficult, is that like, the terms are so short that you really have to stay on top of all of your school work above everything else. If you mess up at all, it could mean complete failure in that class for the term, so it's really important to do all your work, and get help if you need it.

Describe the students at your school.

A lot of students on campus are from other countries, which creates a very diversified student body. Since most people become friends with the other people that live on their floor freshman year, aside from fraternities and sororities, and sports teams of course, there really aren't many "cliques" or groups like that. Everyone is really very friendly, and unless students are there on scholarships, they're mostly from upper-middle class. A very prominent discussion topic is how much students will make when they graduate and get a job, but that's really what everyone talks about at every college.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It's a pretty great school. I really like it.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Somewhat. A small portion of the population does fall under that category, but the majority does not.

What are the academics like at your school?

Some classes are small, and the professor knows your name, but others are done in a big lecture hall, and sometimes even the TAs or PLAs don't know your name. Class participation is always encouraged, and sometimes required. Students study pretty much every night, except Tuesdays, and WPI students do have intellectual conversations outside of class, which is very refreshing. I'm majoring in Math and Spanish. I love the Spanish department, and the math department I'm still deciding about. All the teachers really want to help you, but for most of them if you don't seek help you won't do well.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

We have a really great Social Committee, although I might be a little biased. There are a LOT of clubs on campus, and there is always something to do. Basketball games are probably one of the biggest athletic events, and football games are pretty popular too. Almost everyone leaves their doors open in the dorms, but dating is a little... iffy. The ratio of males to females is quite depressing, for guys at least, but the majority of dateable guys are already taken.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That we're all nerds, and we all have LAN parties and study all the time.

Morgan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The project system is one of the best things I can think of in my school. It allows people not to study abroad, but rather th...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The project system is one of the best things I can think of in my school. It allows people not to study abroad, but rather the opportunity to grow and develop professionally and as a person as you work with outside organizations to really get something accomplished. Not to mention the fact that there are so many place abroad to choose from when considering the location you want to go to. The city of Worcester is very college orientated, with a dozen colleges, which is great. I do however wish that there was a greater sense of pride and community on campus both geared towards our own community and that of the city of Worcester. It seems often that we are only focusing on our studies and not our community.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body is eclectic, with a lot of foreign students (though most seem to be local MA and CT kids). Most are very tech orientated, which can be assumed. There is a very large Greek life on campus that is starkly different in its character from many other Greek campuses. It being orientated towards being a social outlet for people who don't necessary fit in with the dorky tech kids. Students are often career orientated rather than orientated towards possibly furthering there education beyond a bachelors, or sometimes a masters. Many student are relatively socially and politically inactive, with most extra energies being focused on keeping up to date on current and advancing technologies.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I love WPI, though I can easily say that the environment here is not for everyone. Take a close look at what is offered and what can be made to happen (it is often said that people wont tell you no here, you can make majors/projects/Independent Studies for almost anything), then decide if it is for you. If you love working directly on technology and concepts that effect and run the real world and how you can take advantage of the modern technologies to expand you knowledge and understandings hands on then WPI is a great school.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The ratio is true, and though hard to deal with at first, isn't the worst thing ever. Even though I fall towards believing this one, I have known many people who have found rewarding aspects of our liberal arts side, you just have to work harder to find them. Some of the teachers do act this way, but I have found that many of the professors are exceptionally orientated towards helping and learning from the student as well as teaching us.

What are the academics like at your school?

Because of the exceptional amount of class hours that we have over other universities, engendered by our 7 week terms rather than the normal semesters, there is a lot of student teacher interaction and class participation, as well as many lab hours within most majors. I personally believe that many of WPI's classes are very creatively geared towards really developing not only academics, but real professional knowledge, which holds to the polytechnic spirit. As an Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as a Computer Science Student, I spend lots of times in labs and doing assignments. Though the work is not unreasonable. I do feel that, as a double major that is passionately devoted to keeping both majors, that the requirements at WPI make it very difficult to complete a double bachelors in a 4 year time frame. The distribution requirements for any one major are already very extensive and leave only small room for additional work, the the diversity of what you can do is very good.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Tuesday nights are the party nights, with little to no classes for most students on Wed.s. Many people stay up late and work or party. On campus living is relatively uncommon beyond first year, though more dorms are being built so I believe that will begin to change. Much of the party scene is at the Fraternity houses, though apartment parties are common as well. Freshmen can't go the fraternities for the first semester, so many go to the social house (rugby house, ski house, etc.). Social life for many men and women is strongly focused around fraternities. Though sports can be big for many as well, even though we are D3. The WPI area doesn't have a tremendous amount to do, but with a car or a long walk it is easily possible to explore much of the city of Worcester and what it offers.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The ratio of men to women being horrible (20% women:80% men). That we're all technically orientated and don't embrace the liberal arts That the teachers care for nothing but there research and don't think of the students

Brian
What is your overall opinion of this school?

WPI is a small school, but not too small; there are typically about 4,000 undergraduates. While WPI has very poor name recogn...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

WPI is a small school, but not too small; there are typically about 4,000 undergraduates. While WPI has very poor name recognition with the public (I'm sure you'll have to tell friends and family what W.P.I. stands for, then they still have never have heard of it), WPI has excellent name recognition as well as an excellent reputation in science and engineering industries. In other words, the people who matter (the ones who hire college grads) DO know about WPI, and they hold it in very high esteem (some even prefer to hire WPI grads than MIT grads). Worcester, MA is not really a college town, despite the fact that there are over TEN colleges in the city. Honestly, there's really not much to do in Worcester itself for fun, but both Providence and Boston are under an hour away and are accessible by bus and train.

Describe the students at your school.

While there are some outgoing people, many are socially introverted, only leaving their rooms when they have to.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

For much of the WPI student body, this is accurate, but it's important to note that Greek Life is strong on the WPI campus which does get people out of their dorms.

What are the academics like at your school?

As with most colleges, class participation is very low; professors really have to pull teeth for students to answer questions. Classes are medium in size (the biggest ones that everyone takes can have 100-150 people but most have no more than 30). Overall, the education at WPI is definitely geared towards job training, offering both theory and practice ("Theory and Practice" actually being the school's motto).

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Fraternity and apartment parties are the most popular nightlife activities, and girls typically can always get into frat parties while guys have to know someone (because of WPI's very high male to female ratio of 3:1).

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Some stereotypes about WPI students is that they are socially inept nerds who rely on alcohol as a 'social lubicant' to have fun.

Tristan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

WPI is very well academically, athletically, and socially. It is a small school but big enough. When I tell people I go to WP...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

WPI is very well academically, athletically, and socially. It is a small school but big enough. When I tell people I go to WPI they react in awe. They say " WOW! you must be really smart" or "What's that?" and when I tell them I get the first reaction. My first year at WPI, I spent most of my time in my dorm and in the campus center. I love socializing. WPI is pretty strict but laid back at the same time. They really want people to do well in classes. There are so many outreach resources and if you use them you should be able to do well in classes. There is a lot of school pride. Homecoming is a very big thing for us. The Greek system and Community service are very popular. Since WPI is such a small school you meet so many people. I've only been there for a year and I know so many people I can't even count. Many of these people are not even from my year. Many are upperclassmen which is very convenient with getting help with school work and meeting more people.

Describe the students at your school.

The Student body is very diverse. Different ethnicity, places of origin, sexual orientations, etc. Many students get along with eachother. There are many cliques but most people break out a little bit. Many of the students are from Massachussetts but there is still diversified.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The geeky stereotype is somewhat accurate. There is the fair share of "geeks" but majority of the people are well rounded and outgoing people.

What are the academics like at your school?

Class sizes are pretty large so many professors do not know you by name unless you make yourself known. The way to do this is to introduce yourself, go to office hours, email them, etc. My favorite class was ECE 2022 because the labs were relevant to what I want to do in the future. It wasn't too difficult but it did challenge the mind.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are many clubs and organizations to join. One thing that is really cool is if you want a club made and you have enough people interested in it you can present the idea and it can become a club. In the case that you are not skilled enough to play a varsity sport, there is a club team for many different sports. I am involved in Women's Varsity Soccer and Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity. In the dorms many people leave their doors open and allow people to come and go when theyre in there to meet new people. This is how I met most of the people in my dorm because the doors were open and the first couple days my roommate and I went around to every room and introduced ourselves. Athletic events are very popular. I'd say the most popular sports to watch are football, soccer, basketball and baseball. There is a movie every sunday and it is usually a movie that just released in the theater. The dating scene... Many people meet a significant other in college. I met my current boyfriend at WPI. His house is 6 hours away from mine but when we are in school he lives two seconds away. If I am awake on a Tuesday at 2am it means I am studying but for most because many dont have classes on wednesdays they are out partying. Partying is pretty common in college. When one thinks of WPI they do not think of parties. Believe it or not, there is at least one party going on on friday and saturday. Parties occur every weekend. I personally think Greek life is very important. It really changed my life. Many of my bestest friends are in my sorority. So I'm asked what can you do on a saturday night that doesnt involve drinking. well, when you go to a party you are not forced to drink. you can go and just dance. I have a few friends who do not drink but they love going to fraternity parties just to dance. There is also a bowling alley on campus and in the campus center there are pool tables. Also within driving distance there are malls and shops and a movie theater.

chris
What is your overall opinion of this school?

WPI is a great school to have graduated from if you want a good job with a good salary. It is not a great school to attend be...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

WPI is a great school to have graduated from if you want a good job with a good salary. It is not a great school to attend because half the professors do not speak English, the work is damn near impossible, you have to complete rediculous projects to graduate and the girl to guy ratio only hurts both parties. Guys become desperate and girls get used to being spoiled by tons of guys so they become bitchy. If you want a real party school don't go to umass go to WPI because their parties aren't just 20 people drinking in an apartment instead the parties are 500 people dancing like in a club.

Describe the students at your school.

most of the students at WPI were huge nerds in high school and thus have no social skills beyound debating which flavor or moxie is best, or who is the best at dungeons and dragons. However there is a large group of athletes who were small town superstars who just weren't good enought for d1 or d2 schools but still think they are the shit because they play college football/basketball. Also because of the low number of girls and high number of guys, those girls in high school who were not real pretty but not too ugly are now treated like goddeses and end up sleeping around a lot and thus they get the idea that they don't have to be nice to get guys anymore so they become bitchy.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Wpi teachers for the most part suck. Half can't speak English and even those who can only really care about research and not about teaching.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

very accurate. Half the kids at wpi fight with foam swords on the quad and the other half think they are the shit for playing football at a d3 school.

What are the academics like at your school?

Wpi is damn near impossible with the amount of work that is given. With 4 terms of 7 weeks each classes are over before you know it. However when you fail a class (getting below 70%) it does not hurt your gpa. There are however projects that need to be completed before you can graduate which can really screw you over.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

like at any college there are more clubs than students to fill them so anything you could want from lacrosse to disk golf to mideval wannabes its All available to you. The one redeaming social aspect to wpi is its non- steriotypical Greek life. Members of fraternities are not the party and drink all the time frat boys of the movies but rather they are active members of the community.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

50% nerds 25% jocks 20% Asian and 5% girls

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