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    Worcester Polytechnic Institute 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    Worcester Polytechnic Institute was founded in the year 1865 and offers admissiosn to a variety of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in a variety of disciplines and areas. The total enrolment at the institute is 6,894 students out of which 4,761 are undergraduate students. For the fall admissions, the University recorded a total of 10,645 undergraduate applicants out of which 49% were admitted and 23% enrolled. The acceptance rate for female applicants was 63% while that of male applicants was 44%. This renowned university of the US Education System thus, has a selective admission policy especially for male applicants.

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral and certificate programs in subjects related to humanities and arts, engineering, science, math, business, and technology. Prospective students are advised to have good knowledge and interest in math and science.

    Some points to be considered before applying to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute are as follows:

    • The institute accepts application for 3 decision plans: early decision, early action and regular decision.
    • Early decision is suitable for applicants whose first choice is WPI.
    • Students who prefer early decision over any other application plan must complete the early decision agreement form.
    • The university has eliminated the undergraduate application fee for the fall 2021 entrants.
    • The institute accepts English proficiency test scores like IELTS, TOEFL or PTE.
    • Admitted students had a top 9% average class rank.
    • Personal interviews for international students are available on campus and select cities around the world.
    • All accepted students are automatically considered for academic scholarships.
    • International students who do not wish to be considered for financial aid must submit the WPI International Certificate of Finances form.
    • International transfer applicants are not eligible to receive financial aid and must submit proof of ability to cover full expenses of studying at WPI.


    Application Portal UG – Common Application
    PG – Online Application
    Application Fee 70 USD
    Acceptance Rate 42%
    SAT Score 1310-1480
    ACT Score 28-32
    Mode of Payment Credit Card Online, ACH(eCHECK)
    Academic Calendar Semester based
    Work experience Required for graduate program
    Financial aid Scholarship, grants, and fellowships

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute Admission Deadlines

    All students have the choice to create their experience in Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Beginning with, students can choose when to apply for admission as there exist three options of applications; Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Decision.

    Students must have attained 16 years of age before the New Student Orientation in August.

    Undergraduate Applicants - Application Type Deadline Decision Notification Enrollment
    Early Decision I November 1 December 15 January 15
    Early Decision II January 15 February 15 March 15
    Early Action I November 1 January 15 May 1
    Early Action II January 15 March 1 May 1
    Regular Decision January 15 April 1 May 1

    Graduate application deadline varies by degree. 

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute International Student Admissions

    International applicants are required to submit all required documents before the deadline. In support of student application, personal interviews are to be conducted on-campus.

     Applicants must make sure they are ready to fulfill Worcester Polytechnic Institute requirements e.g. required documents and meeting deadlines for submission. Students with scholastic achievement and above-average academic performance are given admission to the Institute.

    Application portal: Applicants must complete the Common Application online before creating an account.

    Basic Admission Requirements: International applicants seeking admission into Worcester Polytechnic Institute must possess the necessary requirements as given below:

    • High school transcripts
    • Letter of recommendation(from School counselor)
    • Teachers letter of recommendation (Preferably math or science teacher)
    • SAT/ACT/ GMAT/ GRE test scores based on level of study
    • Financial documentation
    • English proficiency test scores

    Students must send required documents electronically to:

    WPI Undergraduate Admissions

    Bartlett Center

    100 Institute Road

    Worcester, MA 01609

    English Proficiency Test Scores

    International students must show proof of English language proficiency by submitting the following exams score.

    Test Required Score (minimum)
    TOEFL 90, no sub-score less than 20
    IELTS 7.0, no band less than 6.5
    PTE 61

    Additional information: Applicants who are from English speaking countries having attended high school for four years where the medium of instruction was English may be exempt from the above requirements. The institute recognizes Initial view interviews, Vericant interviews, and Duolingo English Test results as a supplemental form of English proficiency.

    Visa Process for International Students

    When applying for a visa to study in the USA, applicants will need an I-20 form from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. These forms will be issued once admission at the university has been completed. The processing of I-20 and DS-160 forms will take approximately 2-3 weeks.

    Applicant’s visa applications must consist of the following:

    • Form DS-160
    • Contact Information and Work History (Form DS-158)
    • Supplemental Non-immigrant Visa Application (Form DS-157)
    • Certificate of Eligibility (Form 1-20)
    • SEVIS Fee receipt
    • Financial proof
    • Ties to home country (proof)
    • Valid, unexpired passport (with at least 6 months validity past the date of travel to U.S.)
    • One passport-size photography (2x2 inches and a white background)

    Applicants who apply for Visa will be interviewed. All necessary documents must be translated into English before making the appointment.

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute Undergraduate Admissions

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers around 50 undergraduate degree programs in the field of business, science, engineering, technology, math, humanities and arts. After submitting the application, students will receive a receipt via email and will also be informed about any information required for the review process.

    Where to Apply: Common Application

    Application Fee: Not required

    Admission Requirements: The requirements for admission to undergraduate programs are as follows:

    • Complete application form
    • Official high school transcripts
    • Average high school GPA of 3.92
    • School counselor letter of recommendation
    • Recommendation letters from teachers (preferably from a math or science teacher)
    • Standardized exams to study in the USA such as SAT/ ACT (optional)

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute Graduate Admissions

    WPI offers several graduate degrees in Business Administration, Information Technology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology. Students applying must have a general GPA of 3.0 minimum.

    Where to Apply: Apply through the official website

    Application Fee: 70 USD

    Admission Requirements:

    Below are specific academic requirements for some of the popular graduate programs offered by the Worcester Polytechnic institute:

    Requirements MBA MS in Data Science MS in Information Technology MS in Robotics Engineering MS in Operations Analytics and Management
    Application Fee 70 USD 70 USD 70 USD 70 USD 70 USD
    Application Deadline Fall - June 15
    Spring- November 1
    Rolling Fall – June 15
    Spring – November 6
    Rolling Fall – June 15
    Spring – November 6
    Transcript Required Required Required Required Required
    GMAT/GRE GMAT or GRE Required GMAT or GRE Required GMAT or GRE Required GRE required GMAT or GRE required
    Statement of purpose Required Required Required Required Required
    Work experience 3 or more years 3 or more years 3 or more years 3 or more years 3 or more years
    Professional CV/Resume Required Required Required Required Required
    Recommendation letter 3 letters 3 letters 3 letters 3 letters 3 letters
    Application interview Required Required Required Required Required

    Admission decisions take approximately six to eight weeks. Graduate admission applicants must not mail any documents to the institute. All submissions of documents are advised to be sent electronically. Paper documents mailed to the Institute’s office will be discarded.

    IELTS scores should be sent to the following IELTS e-download account:

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute Graduate Admissions

    100 Institute Road

    Worcester, MA 01609


    Application status can be tracked easily through the website. The Institute follows a holistic approach for assessing applicants on the basis of academic credentials, recommendations, extracurricular participation, creativity, and team spirit. Students with required coursework are more likely to be selected.

    To secure a place and fulfill your dream of studying in the USA, students must pay an enrollment deposit of 500 USD to confirm a place. Upon receiving the admission letter, students are to fill their I-20 Request Form submitting it after completion to their application status page including financial documentation. All paperwork from the Office of International Student Life will be sent electronically.


    Ques. How can I inform the university if I am applying as a test-optional applicant or not?

    Ans. Students who wish to apply with or without test scores must state their intention while filling the Common Application. Applicants who wish to submit their test scores must register for the tests before the deadline and self-report test scores during the application process.

    Ques. After applying for Early Action can I switch to Early Decision at Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

    Ans. Yes. Early Action applicants are allowed to switch to Early Decision I or II and complete the Early Decision Agreement form.

    Ques. Are the application requirements different for students applying under the Early Decision plan at Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

    Ans. The application requirements for students applying under the Early Decision plan is slightly different. Applicants are required to submit the Early Decision Agreement form and first-quarter senior grades when available.

    Ques. Does Worcester Polytechnic Institute require SAT or ACT scores for admission?

    Ans. Worcester Polytechnic Institute has a test-optional policy. Freshmen applicants can choose whether to submit scores of SAT/ACT or not.

    Ques. What is the minimum GPA required to apply to graduate programs offered by Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

    Ans. Applicants for all graduate programs offered by Worcester Polytechnic Institute must have a completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0.

    Ques. What are the minimum GMAT or GRE score requirements for admission?

    Ans. A minimum GMAT score of 500 or equivalent GRE score is required for admission to Foisie School of Business of the Worcester Polytechnic University. There are no minimum GRE score requirements. However admitted international students usually have an average GRE verbal score of 150, quantitative score of 165 and analytical score of 3.0.

    Ques. I am an international student. How can I apply for financial aid at Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

    Ans. International first year students must submit the CSS profile application before the admission deadline to be considered for financial aid. However, students must demonstrate a minimum family contribution of 22,000 USD per year to cover the cost of living in the U.S.

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