Worcester, MA
Worcester Polytechnic Institute


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Recent Reviews

Ryan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

During the weekday, it can be tough to find things to do off-campus as a freshman, especially when you don't have a car. How...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

During the weekday, it can be tough to find things to do off-campus as a freshman, especially when you don't have a car. However, on the weekend theres shuttles that take you to Blackstone shopping center (which has a movie theater), and theres always the train that can take you to Boston. The ratio of guys to girls is a bit sad (3 guys to every girl or so), but of the girls that are there, they usually fit in with the guy crowd pretty well. If you ever want to meet a ton of girls, just take the train to Wellesley or even to Boston University if you want. Theres always some kind of party going on somewhere.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body at WPI is pretty diverse. I'm friends with students over a wide range of ethnic and religious backgrounds. I really don't think that anyone would feel out of place at WPI, except for technophobes perhaps. A lot of WPI students are from New England, but there are still plenty of students, such as myself, from all over the place. Financial backgrounds vary a lot, as WPI gives out a lot of scholarship money to students.

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The only other thing I would say is that NetOps at WPI can be a bit overpowering. If you are looking to torrent files or do anything strange on the network, then watch out because they are watching you pretty intensely.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

For some people, yes they can be. It all really depends on what YOU want to do. If you want to sit in your room all day and play games, nothing is stopping you. However, if you make some friends and have the will to go out and do stuff, then you'll have no problems doing that either.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics are very strong at WPI, even though a lot of times the amount you learn from a class depends on the quality of the teacher. I've had both good and bad teachers, as you would at most institutions, but when you get a good teacher, you learn SO much. Theres a lot of online resources rating teachers, which gives you a good idea when class selection time comes up which class section to take. The ECE department is well known for their teachers, if thats what you're looking into taking.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

While some students spend a lot of time in their rooms, usually its with their doors open inviting other kids to come and visit at anytime. I became very close with all the guys on my hallway. In the 7 person apartment I'm going to be living in next year, 5 of them are from my hallway freshman year. The most common things going on at 2am are either eating chinese food or wings over worcester take out, video games, drinking with friends, or homework. It all really varies on what you like to do. Saturday nights are fun because the free shuttle bus runs to Blackstone shopping center, and I've seen a ton of movies in the theaters that way. Also if you need to stop by Circuit City, Dicks, Barnes and Noble, ect. theres always that opportunity for kids without a car. Fraternities are not very important if you are good at making friends and meeting people. I've made tons of friends just by talking to people in my hallway. However, if you want to experience the greek lifestyle, then its always an option and many people who do are very happy with it.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That we are geeky, computer nerds who do nothing but sit in our rooms all day and play games.

Elisabeth
What is your overall opinion of this school?

WPI is unusual in that we don't have the normal ratio of 50% males to 50% females. Here, it is 25% females to 75% males, alt...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

WPI is unusual in that we don't have the normal ratio of 50% males to 50% females. Here, it is 25% females to 75% males, although in some majors, there are less than 10% females. At WPI there are generally 2 types of people: 1. the geeky people that like to play video games and hang out with each other rather than party, and 2. the jock/partiers who go out drinking a lot and often end up dropping out of WPI.

Describe the students at your school.

Outcasts and geeks are very welcome at WPI. At WPI there are generally 2 types of people: 1. the geeky people that like to play video games and hang out with each other rather than party, and 2. the jock/partiers who go out drinking a lot and often end up dropping out of WPI.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

There are girls here, especially bio, but some fields like IMGD (my major), CS, ECE, etc there are less than 10% females.

What are the academics like at your school?

Although my major (Game Development) is less than 5 years old, I feel that the teachers in that field are very friendly and helpful. It would help if WPI gave some more support to the major, especially if they want to expand it because there is little help from the school in getting a job in Game Dev outside of WPI. Generally, there are smaller classes (around 30) and many of the teachers are international, which has good and bad qualities. Sometimes their accent is hard to understand, but it's interesting to have a different culture teach you.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

WPI isn't a huge drinking/party school, although there are many people who do (mostly jocks). WPI students are often found in the labs studying or increasing their knowledge, playing computer games with friends or by themselves, watching movies, goofing around, etc.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That there are no girls here and all the guys are geeky nerds

Stacie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

WPI is a good size for someone who wants the chance to work of real-world problems in a smaller environment. It's not so larg...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

WPI is a good size for someone who wants the chance to work of real-world problems in a smaller environment. It's not so large that you are just another number, and it's not so small that there is nothing going on. The projects program allows students to go abroad to one of the many WPI-sponsored project centers around the world to work on a real-life problem with a group of students. With project centers in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and Africa there is something for everyone. There are so many opportunities here. WPI is located in Worcester, MA. The city itself is okay. There are things to do, but it's not stellar. However, Boston is only a short train ride away (about an hour and a half). In Boston there are so many things to do - pro sports, clubs, concerts - and it's an easy day trip on the weekend or a day off.

Describe the students at your school.

WPI is a very interesting group of people. There are many different groups on campus with many different interests. People come from diverse backgrounds with everything from the inner city to the country, different races and religions, different sexual preferences, etc. Everyone can find a group of people that to hang out with, study with, and generally have fun with. There are cheerleaders and football players, nerds and popular kids, loners and uber-involved students. Everyone can find something here.

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WPI is a great university with a diverse student body, opportunities to study abroad, and a wealth of activities both on and off campus. WPI is focused on undergraduate education and student involvement, and I would recommend it for anyone interested in math, science, and engineering.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

1. NO! WPI does have its fair share of people that do play a substantial amount of video games. It also has a decent number of LARPing fanatics that have an obsession with foam sword battles. But the vast majority of WPI students are normal, interesting, and fun people that are involved in the classroom and with on campus activities. 2. WPI and the engineering field are definitely not guys-only. The school is roughly 70% male, however there is no lack of comraderie among the female students. There are plenty of things to do for both guys and girls. The smaller percentage of girls is hardly even noticed. Engineering is not just a male-only field either! There are so many opportunities for women in the engineering/science/math fields, and there is no shortage of female success. 3. WPI students do spend a good amount of time studying, but we do so much more too! There are so many activities and campus organizations that it is hard not to get involved. WPI students know how to work hard, but I think we know how to party even harder.

What are the academics like at your school?

WPI is a good place to go if you don't want to be just another student at a large university. The classes are taught by professors (not TAs). They have office hours for students to go see them individually if necessary. Many professors will take the time to get to know you. Many students participate in class, and there isn't a lot of competition between students. Actually, group work is encouraged and many students work together to solve problems and help each other with assignments. The senior project allows students to get in the lab and do something real with one on one help from professors. WPI prepares people for life in the real world, and gives graduates the knowledge needed to enter the workforce, or attend graduate / med school.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There is definitely no shortage of activities for anyone on campus. Greek life (fraternities and sororities) is popular among many students, but not required by any means. There are ways to become involved with the campus with Student Alumni Society, Student Government, and Admissions. There are groups for video game development and Magic/WOW/etc. Varisty and intramural sports, outing club, many music groups (vocal and instrumental, as well as African drumming), academic clubs, political groups, ethnic groups, human-rights groups - there is no shortage of things to do on campus. And if there isn't a group already created for a specific interest, students can start their own groups! Students on the WPI campus are generally social people. Dorm room doors are open, people have homework parties and hang out in each other's rooms. There are parties, campus activities, comedians, and things to do in Worcester like clubs and concerts. Greek life is prominent for those who want if, but definitely not required. Typically you can find people up late hanging out and watching movies. WPI is a social, involved, fun campus with no shortage of things to do and people to hang out with.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

1: All WPI students are anti-social LARPing nerds who do nothing but sit in front of the computer/video game system all day long. 2: WPI and/or engineering is only for guys. 3: Engineers do nothing but sit in the library and study.

Alex
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Its a small school, but exactly how I like. Great people, I have had the most fun that I have had in my life here.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Its a small school, but exactly how I like. Great people, I have had the most fun that I have had in my life here.

Describe the students at your school.

Not too diverse, but a fairly large foreign population. No one feels out of place, as long as you make a small effort. Some rich kids, like any other expensive school, but overall, a decent mix for a New England school.

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It's a great, but tough school. Very personal and friendly. And yes, there are losers, but they never leave their rooms, so you can just forget about them.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Somewhat, there are alot of nerdy kids, but still alot of cool ones. And as for the girls, we have like a dozen colleges in the area, so it isn't a big issue.

What are the academics like at your school?

Small, sometimes personal classes aimed at real world experiences. Most go overseas, and almost all get jobs right after (the rest go to grad school). Nothing to worry about in that respect

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

If you get involved, you will not get bored. Usually a activity on campus, but if not, we can find something to do here, or off campus.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

A big stereotype is that everyone is nerdy and secluded, and that there are no girls.

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