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Rank: 158

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MAwww.wpi.edu/
Scientific theory and social issues collide on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute -- and that's exactly what this school in Worcester, Massachusetts, wants for its some 6,500 students. All 4,300 undergrads start their time at WPI in a Global Problems Seminar, a collection of courses aimed at connecting scientific or technological skills with challenges related to health, energy, transportation, or housing. Then, when students become upperclassmen, they combine theory with practice through two major projects. During junior year, for example, small teams of students work with a faculty member to research a specific problem and design a solution. The projects take place in Worcester and at the school's 40 project centers around the world, such as in Morocco, where students recently set up a tutoring and mentoring service at an orphanage. Also unique at WPI is the grading system and term schedule. There are no D or F grades; students simply don't receive credit for anything below a C. And there are four seven-week terms instead of two semesters or three quarters. Academics are demanding, but students still find time to relax, with popular events including movie nights that happen every Friday and Saturday -- in one of the science labs.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$66,600
% of students who get any grants
94%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$43,700
Average price for low-income students
$27,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
48%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1300/30
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
4,654
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
83%
% of students who get merit* grants
34%
Average merit grant
$16,002
student success
Graduation rate
86%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$69,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
68%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Feb 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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