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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 92 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

33% Women
67% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association

  • Football

New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: -)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: -)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 52 43 - -
Baseball 42 - - -
Basketball 16 18 - Yes
Field Hockey - 23 - Yes
Football 104 - - -
Rowing 60 48 - -
Soccer 29 27 Yes Yes
Softball - 17 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 32 32 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 20 16 - Yes
Volleyball - 14 Yes Yes
Wrestling 29 - Yes -
Badminton - - Yes -
Bowling - - - Yes
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Golf - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes Yes
Tennis - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3.7%
Black/non-Hispanic 1.9%
Hispanic 6.8%
Non-resident alien 9.7%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 5.0%
Two or more races 2.4%
White/non-Hispanic 70.2%
Percent of students with disability 9%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 4
Liquor Law Violation 13
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 4
Property Crime 9

Notable Alumni

  • Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and the first portable insulin pump
  • Elwood Haynes, inventor of stainless steel, aided in development of automobile
  • Carl Clark, inventor of first practical automobile airbag safety system
  • Nancy Pimental, writer on "South Park" TV show, co-host on "Win Ben Stein's Money"
  • Robert H. Goddard, known as the Father of Modern Rocketry
  • Robert Stempel, inventor of the catalytic converter, former chairman and CEO of General Motors
  • Harold Stephen Black, revolutionized electronics as inventor of the negative feedback amplifier
  • Gilbert Vernam, credited with the dawn of modern cryptography
  • Naveen Selvadurai, co-founder of Foursquare
  • Curt Carlson, president and CEO of SRI International, where technologies of high-definition TV originated
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Mica from Whitman, MA
  • 1
  • I personally hate living in a dorm at WPI. The first one I lived in, Daniels Hall, was extremely noisy past 2:00 AM every night and I barely got any…

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  • Stephanie from Elkton, MD
  • 3
  • Most of the freshman dorms are triples (you'll have two roommates), unless you live in Riley, whose rooms house 4 people. The rooms are pretty small and the common rooms…

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  • Tori from Jefferson Hills, PA
  • 3
  • freshman residence hall living is never perfect. housing ranges from singles to quads. however, if you make the most of it, and become friends with your floor, it can be…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • caroline from norwell, ma
  • I am a current student here

    the food in the dining hall isn't too awful, its edible. every once in a while (when there are big open houses or on tour days) it's pretty good! the dining hall cookies are amazing though. they have some other options in the campus center, and goats head pub is sometimes a nice change from the usual dining hall food. overall it's meh, but you won't starve.

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  • 3
  • tara from silver spring, md
  • I am a past student here

    chartwells dining is an experience. when the year starts out, their food can be really amazing, like slow-cooked meat and stir-fry amazing, and you start to think, wow, this is pretty good living. then one day, you walk in to unexpectedly find nothing to eat but pizza, salad, and boiled kudzu (to this day i don't know what they green actually was). it will be rough for a while, and you'll savor the days when they produce edible food. after winter break, that same euphoric period of good eats rears its head, until the drop-off happens all over again. they are capable of making good food, they just choose not to sometimes. the cookies are to die for. the only reliably delicious food in the dining hall, so watch out.

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  • Stephanie from Elkton, MD
  • I am a current student here

    Ah, dining. So as a freshman your meal plan gives you meal swipes at this place called DAKA - it's actually called Pulse on Dining (POD), but nobody calls it that - and is connected to Daniels and Morgan residence halls. It's all you can eat, which is nice, but the food isn't very great. Except the chocolate chip cookies. They're addictive. There's also the food court in the campus center, but you have to pay for that unless you have a commuter meal plan and the food there is expensive and there isn't a lot of options. Also in the campus center is Dunkin Donuts, which isn't open late for some reason and theif food isn't very good even though at any other DD the food is great. Your meal plan also goes you 2 swipes per week at the Goats Head restaurant which is significantly better than DAKA. Luckily there's also a wealth of pizza places and Chinese food which deliver to campus late at night when for some odd reason all of the above mentioned places are closed.

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  • 4
  • Kyle from Norton, MA
  • I am a current student here

    The food in the main dinning center is usually good, you are able to eat at an on campus restaurant twice a week with your residential meal plan.

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  • 3
  • Christopher from Rumford, RI
  • I am a current student here

    Daka, the nickname for our schools cafeteria, is alright. Very consistent but does get bland. At the campus center there is a good amount of choices but does get pricy. Get the VIP meal plan. It's worth the money.

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  • Alex from Tuckahoe, NY
  • I am a current student here

    Let's face it. Dining in any college will be different from what you are used to at home. I will not lie. Food is edible, but you will find this at practically any college. You will never be left starving on campus.

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  • 4
  • Jackie from New Jersey
  • I am a current student here

    The food in the dining hall is really good, especially for college food. There are always a lot of options and the chocolate chip cookies are absolutely addicting. Sometimes, though, the options can be a little lame, but 4 out of 5 times, you'll have something really good to eat.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • caroline from norwell, ma
  • I am a current student here

    greek life here is amazing. wpi challenges the bad reputation of greek life, especially in their sororities. as a woman, joining a sorority was one of the best decisions i've made so far. hazing is nonexistent, and the sororities get along extremely well thanks to our amazing panhellenic council.

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  • tara from silver spring, md
  • I am a past student here

    there are only 5 sororities, so they're all very large (over 100 people). the fraternity brothers tend to be closer since there's more variety. pledging as a girl is weird because a computer algorithm matches you to the sorority based on some ranking system. fraternity rush is a little more traditional. no hazing is permitted by wpi by any club, so if they do haze it's on the down low and pretty minor. the parties all have to end at 2 since they must be registered and don't often serve alcohol besides beer except at formals.greek life doesn't play a very large role on wpi's campus overall though.

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  • 0
  • Stephanie from Elkton, MD
  • I am a current student here

    Is big here. And they aren't stereotypical either. Especially the sororities. They're super involved on campus and really open and welcoming and try to get the freshmen involved in the community.

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  • Alex from Tuckahoe, NY
  • I am a current student here

    Two-thirds of our campus is involved in greek life. You can be nonaffiliated and still participate in greek events. Many of the events on campus are held by greek life. Greek life can be as interesting and fun as you want it to be. It is a way to network and make connections that will last a lifetime.

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  • R
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life on campus is great. The sororities are really fun and involved. There are so many fraternities that there is a place for every kind of guy. They throw parties every weekend and some of the themes are really fun. Greek week is a blast, too. Anyone that is looking for a social life should rush, even if its just to make friends.

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  • Hussain from Worcester, MA
  • I am a current student here

    Our college has one of the best Greek Life in the Nation... We have all kinds of different frats and sororities. You will know which one to join when you get here.

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  • Anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    Am considering Greek life. Can be very time consuming but can make a lot of contacts.

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