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Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Quick Stats
Acceptance Rate
Admissions Selectivity
Admissions Yield
Gender Distribution
Average Salary after Graduating
Average Salary a Few Years after Graduating
Tuition + Fees
Student Median Household Income
Undergrad Focus
Undergrad Retention Rate
Undergrad Size
Graduation Rate
Category
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Overview
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Acceptance Rate

48.5%

Acceptance Rate by Gender

Percent of Applicants

Tuition & Fees

$48,628

Average Salary in 10 Years

$84,600
Note: 10 years after enrolling at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is located in Worcester, Massachusetts. It is a mid-size private not-for-profit school and offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. It has 4,435 undergraduate students enrolled and admission is somewhat competitive with an acceptance rate of 48.5%.

Popular majors include Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, and Mathematics and Statistics. 89% of students graduate and go on to earn an average starting salary of $66,300.

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About
🗺 100 Institute Road
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
Mission WPI educates talented men and women in engineering, science, management, and humanities in preparation for careers of professional practice, civic contribution, and leadership, facilitated by active lifelong learning. This educational process is true to the founders' directive to create, to discover, and to convey knowledge at the frontiers of academic inquiry for the betterment of society. Knowledge is created and discovered in the scholarly activities of faculty and students ranging across educational methodology, professional practice, and basic research. Knowledge is conveyed through scholarly publication and instruction.
🌐 https://www.wpi.edu/
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Admissions
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute has around 10,331 applicants.

Of the students admitted, 22% decide to enroll at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. This is the admissions yield. A higher admisssions yield means students want to attend the school. A lower one means that they decided to attend another school.

Out of the 10,331 applicants 75% are men and 25% are women. This means that for every 100 male applicants, there are 34 women, or for every 100 female applicants, there are 293 men.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute's acceptance rate is 48.5%. The acceptance rate for men is 43.1% and the acceptance rate for women is 64.4%.

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Applicants
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Who applies to Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

Number of Applicants

10,331

Number of Applicants per Spot

9
per spot

Male Applicants

75%

Female Applicants

25%
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Acceptance Rate
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Getting into Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Acceptance Rate

48.5%

Getting in

Somewhat Selective

Male Acceptance Rate

43.1%

Female Acceptance Rate

64.4%
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School Popularity
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Do Students Want to Go to Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Admissions Yield

22%
of accepted students choose to go to Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Male Admissions Yield

19%

Female Admissions Yield

29%
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Application
Admission Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Rank Considered but not required
High School Record Required
Complete High School Required
Recommendations Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended
College Requirements
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Graduation Rate
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Graduation Rate

89%
within 6 years

Men Graduation Rate

87%

Women Graduation Rate

91%

Undergrad Graduation Rate

Percent of Students
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
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Cost
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Can you afford to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$38,137
for one year
Source: Dept. of Education

Published Tuition & Fees

$48,628
Excludes housing Source: Dept. of Education

Out-of-State Cost: Tuition, Fees & Housing

$62,846
per year

In-of-State Cost: Tuition, Fees & Housing

$62,846
per year
How much debt will you graduate with?

Median Student Debt

$27,000
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

How much will you pay each month?

$287
Median debt expressed in 10-year monthly payments Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the median monthly payment a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute would expect to pay over 10 years.

Will you be able to pay off your debt?

1%
of students are able to pay down debt 3 years after graduation
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

The 3-year repayment rate is the percentage of students who are able to repay some of their student debt.

Why does this matter? A high rate means that students are making enough money so that they can pay down their student debt. A low rate means that students are having trouble paying down their loans.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Financial Aid

Students Receiving Financial Aid

96%
of students
Source: Dept. of Education

Students Receiving a Federal Student Loan

59%
of students
Source: Dept. of Education

To learn more and apply for financial aid at Worcester Polytechnic Institute you can visit https://www.wpi.edu/admissions/tuition-aid.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Tuition and Room & Board

Out-of-State Tuition

Total Cost: $62,846
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

In-State Tuition

Total Cost: $62,846
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
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Career & Salary
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How much money will you make after graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

Worcester Polytechnic Institute students, on average, make $84,600 10-years after they start school (this is approximately 6 years after graduation).

Their salary grows by around 6% in the several years after graduation.

Average Earnings of Students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Data is for the number of years after you start at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

How much will your income increase each year?

6.3%
in early to mid-career Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Based on average salary 6 years and 10 years after starting school at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Median Earnings of Students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, U.S. Dept of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Male Students: Average Earnings from Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Female Students: Average Earnings from Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Range of Salary Outcomes 10 Years After Starting at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School) by Percentile
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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Return on Education
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What's the return on the cost of your education?

Is it worth your money to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute? There are many ways to estimate the financial return on your education.

We use the 10-year average earnings (the 10 years start when you enroll, so if you attend a 4-year college, this would be approximately 6 years after you graduate) and the all in one year cost of attending the school. The all in cost is the sum of tuition, fees, and on-campus housing.

By comparing the two, you can get a sense if what the average graduate in early to mid career makes at least covers your cost of attending one year of school.

A higher number is better.

10-Year Average Salary vs. 1-Year Full Cost of School

1.3x
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the full-on cost of on year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Salary is for the number of years after you start at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

10-Year Median Salary vs. 1-Year Full Cost of School

1.4x
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the full-on cost of on year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Salary is for the number of years after you start at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

Tuition vs. Earnings

Annual Costs and Earnings
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Housing costs are for on-campus housing.
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Teaching
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Student-Faculty Ratio

13
students per faculty

Average Professional Salary

$158,002
for full-time professors
Salary Group: High
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Graduate School
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Can you go to grad school at Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

Yes
Highest degree: Doctor's degree
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Students
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Undergraduate Focus

67%

Undergrads

4,435

Total Students

6,642
undergrads and grad students

Part-Time Students

2%

Students over 25

1%

Student Median Household Income

$76,076
per year
(compared to U.S. median household income of $61,372 in 2017) Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education, U.S. Census Bureau
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Student Diversity
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Who will be your classmates?

Women

36%
of undergraduates

Men

64%
of undergraduates

Are there more men or more women?

More Men

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has more male students than female students.

This means that for every 100 women, there are 178 men. Or that for every 100 men, there are 56 women.

International Students

11%
of undergraduates

Undergraduate Student Diversity at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

Student Age

Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

Where are Students from?

Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
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What do students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute study?

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Popular Majors

Percent of Students
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

The most popular majors at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are:

  1. Engineering
  2. Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
  3. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  4. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  5. Mathematics and Statistics
Approximately 97% of students choose to study one of these majors.
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Student Satisfaction
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Will you be happy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

Undergrad Full-Time Student Retention Rate

95%

Student retention rate is an indicator of student satisfaction. Retention rate is the percentage of students who continue to study at the college the following year.

Higher retention rates mean students tend to stay at the college, while lower retention rates students are unsatisfied and leave.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has a retention rate of 95% for full-time undergrads, which is very high.

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Transfers
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Undergraduate Transfers

41
1% of undergraduates

Transfer In Rate

Very Low

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has around 41 students who transfer into the school each year. This is very low at approximately 1% of total undergraduates.

Higher transfer in rates mean that students see Worcester Polytechnic Institute as better than the college they were previously enrolled in. Higher rates also mean that there will be more new faces on campus.

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Living in Worcester, Massachusetts
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City Violent Crime Rate per 100,000

727
in 2017
Source: FBI

City Rape Rate per 100,000

23
in 2017
Source: FBI
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Politics in Massachusetts
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Presidential Election Results of 2016

Democratic

Politically, Massachusetts tends to be More Democratic. In the 2016 Presidential election, 60% of the state voted for the Democratic party, 33% voted for the Republican party, and 4% voted for neither.

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