Worcester Polytechnic Institute is located in the heart of Worcester, New England’s second largest city, about 40 miles west of Boston. It was founded in 1865 to create and convey the latest science and engineering knowledge in ways that are most beneficial to society.
Today, WPI holds firm to its founding mission to provide an education that balances theory with practice, a philosophy symbolized by the towers of our two original buildings, pictured above.
WPI's 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.
The university’s curriculum features a flexible, rigorous program that is project-based and globally engaged, aimed at quality experience and a positive impact for the communities it partners with. WPI faculty members--recently ranked top in the nation for quality and accessibility, as reported by the Wall Street Journal -- work with students on interdisciplinary research seeking solutions to important and socially relevant problems, both on campus and at more than 40 project centers throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.
Graduate research programs include robotics, materials science, cybersecurity, and learning sciences and technology. WPI invests in research in critical areas, seeking solutions to important and socially relevant problems in such diverse fields as fire protection engineering, life sciences and bioengineering, energy and data science.