Visited by Ms. Minty, 12/5/13
Location: Worcester, MA
Population: 4000 undergraduates
Campus type: 80 acre campus set in a safe, residential section of Worcester. WPI is also a member of the 12 colleges that make up the Worcester Consortium.
Most Popular Majors
Over 50% of students major in some form of Engineering and their Robotics program is particularly notable.Of the remaining students, about 40% major in Math, Science, or Computer Science, 8% major in Business, and 2% major in Liberal Arts. About 20% of incoming freshmen are “undecided.” The academic program is pretty unique. There is no core curriculum and even within a major, students have lots of freedom to tailor their courses to their interests. If a student does not earn at least a “C” in a course, the course will not be listed on their transcript; the college does this to encourage collaboration and risk-taking. Instead of 2 semesters, courses are broken into four terms. During each term, students take only 3 intensive courses at a time. Courses are very project-based and emphasize group collaboration.
97% of freshmen and 62% of the total population live on-campus.
Medium, private, coeducational technological university. Though the gender ratio is almost 2:1 male to female, in walking around campus, girls were not a noticeable minority. The campus was buzzing with students on every walkway and in every building I went through. Freshman year lectures can be large, but break down into smaller discussion groups. Because of the large number of original collaborative projects that students complete, graduates have some of the highest starting salaries in the nation and often have job offers by their senior year. Over 50% of students travel overseas to complete a project and receive the same financial aid abroad as they would on campus.
Besides being passionate about math and science, about a third of students are also involved in music or theatre and community service is very big. Greek Life on campus mostly revolves around community service. Most students stay on campus on weekends or attend events at other colleges in the Worcester Consortium. Each freshman is assigned a team of three advisors- academic, resident, and community- who work together to ensure they are getting the most of their college experience.
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