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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Worcester Polytechnic Institute ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. 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

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute was awarded 66 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.

Out of the 68 colleges in Massachusetts, WPI is ranked at #9.

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Is It Hard to Get Into WPI?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Worcester Polytechnic Institute you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 48%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

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

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Good Overall Diversity at WPI

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,761 undergraduates at WPI with 4,642 being full-time and 119 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At WPI, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $13,238 a year. That adds up to $52,952 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from WPI make about $84,900 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. 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

Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city 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 47 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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

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.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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