Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA 01609-2280


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Medium
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 6,642
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 9%
Student to faculty ratio 13:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 2,072 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 10,468 applications and only 5,071 students were granted admission. Worcester Polytechnic Institute is at the #46 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Worcester Polytechnic Institute's tuition was $46,364 for all students regardless of residency (73.1% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 99% of Worcester Polytechnic Institute's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 14% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $3,959 (which is 10% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2016-2017, was 645, which is 59% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $7,140 (which is 21.1% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Worcester Polytechnic Institute has enrolled a total of 6,642 students (5,143 students full-time and 1,499 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 6,642 students, 26 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 67% men and 33% women and 4,432 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 2,210 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 472 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 56%

Non-resident alien: 21%

Hispanic: 7%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 7%

Asian: 4%

Black/African American: 3%

Two or more races: 2%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Engineering 46% 448 17
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 16% 153
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 13% 127
Mathematics And Statistics 6% 61
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 6% 54 0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 2% 19
Physical Sciences 2% 18
Social Sciences 1% 8
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 1% 6
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 0% 4

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Worcester Polytechnic Institute full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Worcester Polytechnic Institute graduates 6 years after enrollment is $65,400. Last year, out of the total 892 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 847 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,037 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 975 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $65,400 $82,600
Employment Rate 95% 94%
Total Graduates 892 1,037

Campus Location

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