Worcester, MA
Worcester Polytechnic Institute


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Recent Reviews

Amelia
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is a little too small for my taste but that is steadily changing because as of my class year each class of freshma...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is a little too small for my taste but that is steadily changing because as of my class year each class of freshman is getting bigger and bigger. They are slowly making the school larger. As soon as you tell someone that you are a WPI student the reaction is 99 times out of a 100 going to be a "WOW." And its no surprise cause this school isnt easy (some classes are though its not too bad). We study hard and we party hard (some of us). Thats a good thing about the school too- whether you like to party or its totally not your thing you can always find a clique of people you can connect with. Hands down the best thing about WPI is greek life- it is the life of the school pretty much.

Describe the students at your school.

Theres all different types of people here. Really dynamic can't really put a label on it. But we do love to brag about how much we'll be making when we graduate- we all know grads and senior already getting huge offers.

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

There are actually a lot of pretty people here. WPI is rumored to have RIBS but honestly I've only met a few girls really like that. People are pretty chill here. Of course there are exceptions- there always are :)

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

For some students they are- but you're going to find those type of kids at every college. WPI is definitely normal. If you take a walk across campus people would be surprised- everyone looks like average college kids. Just because we're a top engineering school in the country doesn't mean we forget to bathe every day.

What are the academics like at your school?

Hard classes are inevitable you have to study but not an enormous amount. My personal take is that classes get easier as you go up- freshman year was hard for me cause of the adjustment of the rigor of classes but I'm doing alot better now already in my sophmore year.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The most popular are definitely the sororities and fraternities on campus. Many students leave their dorms open freshie year to make friends and it definitely works. You bond with the people on your floor. I met my closest friends through the most random situations: greek life, in the dorms, through mutual friends, etc. Last weekend I studied all early friday evening and went to a party. Saturday I studied all day and then rewarded myself with going out to another party- work hard play hard. If you're not into drinking though theyre always showing movies and having other social events on campus people go to also.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That all of us are ugly, nerdy, anti-social, and that all the girls are bitch cause theres not as many around.

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

Finding the right college that fits you is often accomplished by visiting them. Only once I visted my top choice did I realiz...

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

Finding the right college that fits you is often accomplished by visiting them. Only once I visted my top choice did I realize that it was not a fit for me. Once in college the best way to make the most of your time is to get involved; join clubs, talk to professors, meet new people, get involved in research, and find what you enjoy doing.

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

I wish that I had known that there was a strong Christian group on campus before I attended this school.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about this school is its isolation from world and national events. Academics are time consuming leaving little time to read a newspaper or watch any kind of news. This is bad because when we leave school we will not be prepared for the real world.

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

75% Males who mostly take school seriously, 25% girls who often aren't too bright because they let in girls with much less co...

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

75% Males who mostly take school seriously, 25% girls who often aren't too bright because they let in girls with much less competition than guys.

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

Definitely visit the schools and determine what size school you are looking for. Most students flourish in one type of setting, whether it be a large school or smaller school in a city or in a rural area. Also be aware of the total costs of schools as some aren't accurate when describing how much it costs for housing and such. With today's financial crisis it is wise to apply to many schools that are typical of accepting those with similar grades and scores as you. Despite the initial application costs, there is a probably chance some schools will give you scholarships which are influential in your decision. While it may seem tough taking into account so many factors when deciding a school, I found it ultimately comes down to where you feel comfortable and the costs of education. Good luck!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The lack of girls/girls interested in guys other than frat guys.

Lindsey
Describe the students at your school.

Unique, hard-working, motivated.

Describe the students at your school.

Unique, hard-working, motivated.

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

In order to find the right college, you need to visit campus and talk with students who attend the school, and not neccessarily the person giving you your tour because they are trained to say positive things about the schol. Sit down with someone in the dining hall and ask them about the school. Once you arrive, don't be afraid to get too overwhelmed the first year. Jump into new activities and get to know people right off the bat, instead of holding out to see what your work load will be. It will help you feel more at home and comfortable with the school and the students. And if you do get overwhelmed, you will have a support network already formed. Also, don't be afraid to approach professors for help. They are most likely eager to help you learn and are willing to push you to do your best and to succeed.

What's unique about your campus?

The variety of activities available to students outside of class and the focus on hands-on projects related to course material. WPI also has an excellent global studies program.

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

Do whatever works best for you. Do not let other people, or even your parents tell you make you go somewhere that is not right for you. Choose a school that will halp you achieve your goals and one where you feel at home. WPI feels like home to me, and I cannot imagine life anywhere else. Four years is a long time to spend in a place where you are unhappy, or working towards a goal that is not your own.

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

The happiest folks picked their college on gut instincts, and, more importantly, they took charge of their education upon arr...

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

The happiest folks picked their college on gut instincts, and, more importantly, they took charge of their education upon arrival. Take tours, stay overnight, sit in on classes and at the campus center, and see what it's really like there. Please, just don't pick on the name of the school or the pricetag alone. Think about the value you'll get out of it--lab and project based classes, coops, study abroad programs. This is how you learn the real-life marketable skills that you'll need as soon as you get out--working on a team, surviving out of your element, producing your own work with the guidance of professors. It's what makes you stand out at an interview and get the job you want. This is your chance to pick your new home, new friends, and new life, so go with your gut instinct. It doesn't lie. Once you've packed up the XL twin sheets and moved in, jump in head first. It's your chance to start fresh, so join some clubs, try an intramural sport, volunteer. College happens outside the classroom, and its up to you to make it happen.

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

That it would be difficult to classify WPI's classes as pre-requisite requirements for medical and veterinary school

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The quarter system is not easily transferable to other schools or for application to medical/veterinary school. I'm repeating classes I took there because of this.

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

People good at math and science need lots of alcohol to be socially less awkward.

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

People good at math and science need lots of alcohol to be socially less awkward.

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

I don't think there's one right school for every person. Your kid will probably be happy at a number of schools, and it will come down to which ones are going to sccept and which one of those gives you the most money. All I can say about getting the most out of college is, don't be afraid. Be who you are and do what you want and don't let anybody put you down. It also helps to get good grades so that you can get a good job.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Art students should not attend this school.

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

WPI provides world-class education, but needs to work on its social scene.

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

WPI provides world-class education, but needs to work on its social scene.

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

My advice would be to look for the school that pleases your mind first: where can I be pushed to my academic limits? Once schools have been found with that profile, then narrow your choice down by how you would see yourself walking out of class with your backpack on. Finally, keep in mind the weekend activities.

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

There is one piece of advice that I would submit to them as more valuable than any other. That is to find a school tailored t...

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

There is one piece of advice that I would submit to them as more valuable than any other. That is to find a school tailored to their own individual goals and interests. This is the only way to truly take advantage of the massive commitment that college academics require, and to excel in your field of interest. The easiest way to make the most of your time at school is to be involved in as many aspects of it as possible. Naturally academic considerations should come first, but you must not be afraid to try new things in other areas of interest, nor to take advantage of the programs that your school offers from social, political, and environmental prospective.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Anybody who is unsure of what they want from life, particularly in terms of a career (or at the very least their major) would most likely struggle here. Also, any person who lacks a strong academic motivation would most likely find the courseload too much and the projects too demanding.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing is without a doubt the arduous workload. This is balanced, however, by the excellent quality of the education and job placement opportunities which many schools simply do not possess.

Adrian
Describe the students at your school.

the majority understand why they are there and tend not to hold up the class with disruptions

Describe the students at your school.

the majority understand why they are there and tend not to hold up the class with disruptions

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

The attitude that the entire school, faculty, staff and students, all share. It's very upbeat and happy.

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

Don't just take the tours, try to be more involved with all the other options for prospective students.

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