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Want the scoop on Worcester Polytechnic Institute? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors WPI offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Worcester Polytechnic Institute Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute was awarded 75 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is computer and information sciences.

Overall Quality

WPI landed the #51 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

WPI also holds the #9 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

See all of the rankings for Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Is It Hard to Get Into WPI?

Acceptance Rate

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has an acceptance rate of 48%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for WPI.

Learn more about Worcester Polytechnic Institute admissions.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is about average at 13 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is 82%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  82 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 95% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Worcester Polytechnic Institute enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  95 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At WPI the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 76%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  76 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Good Overall Diversity at WPI

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,435 undergraduates at WPI with 4,301 being full-time and 134 being part-time.

WPI Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for WPI is 80.22 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  80.22 out of 100
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How Much Does Worcester Polytechnic Institute Cost?

The overall average net price of WPI is $41,390. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for WPI

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$34,382 $31,234 $33,398 $41,651 $44,794

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of WPI, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At WPI, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $11,216 a year. That adds up to $44,864 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WPI is 1.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do WPI Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from WPI with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $84,900 in their early years. This is good news for future WPI graduates since it is 113% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Worcester Polytechnic Institute make the most money.

Location of Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a private not-for-profit institution located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Worcester is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Contact details for WPI are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609-2280
Phone: 508-831-5000

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 48 majors graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Of these students, 1,138 received undergraduate degrees and 851 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 248 $65,800
Computer Science 172 $88,000
Electrical Engineering 101 $70,700
Robotics Engineering 83 NA
Biomedical Engineering 79 $54,800
Chemical Engineering 78 $68,800
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 55 $68,200
Civil Engineering 53 $61,600
Industrial Engineering 36 NA
General Biology 32 $37,400

Learn more about the majors offered at Worcester Polytechnic Institute along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at WPI

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 1,089 students took at least one online class at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. This is an increase from the 1,014 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,089 653
2016-2017 1,014 540
2015-2016 798 472
2014-2015 689 405
2013-2014 672 417

Learn more about online learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


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