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    Worcester Polytechnic Institute World Rankings, National Rankings, Subject-Specific Rankings 2020-2021

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    Worcester Polytechnic Institute situated in Massachusetts was established in 1885 focusing on the need of science and engineering knowledge for the benefit of society. Following its mission of maintaining a balance between theory and practice, WPI has worked hard to get itself ranked among the top institutes of the world. This year the varsity is celebrating 50 years of the plan of its groundbreaking project-based curriculum that got approved on May 29, 1970.

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute features graduate research programs in various fields including robotics, material science, cybersecurity, and learning science and technology.

    • Ranked #6 in the list of “National Universities Where Graduates are Paid Well” by US News & World Report (2020)
    • Ranked #5 for Best Career Services by Princeton Review (2020)
    • Ranked among the top 10 MBA Schools by Poets & Quants (2019)
    • Ranked among top 5.2% worldwide out of 20000 universities by CWUR (2019-20)

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute Ranking Highlights

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute strives to leave its mark in the top slots of World Rankings. With each passing year, WPI has shown immense progress and has been rising up the ranks.

    Agency Worcester Ranking (2020) Worcester Ranking (2021)
    Times Higher Education - #601-800
    QS - #700-750
    US News - #1131
    CWUR Top 5.2% -
    ARWU - #901-1000

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute Ranking by Times Higher Education

    Different agencies have different criteria for ranking international universities. Given below is the progress of Worcester Polytechnic Institute on the world ranking index as per THE:

    Year 2019 2020 2021
    Rank 501-600 601-800 601-800

    As per THE, the following are the criteria’s on which Victoria University has been ranked:

    Ranking Indicator Score
    Teaching 24.5
    Research 17.7
    Citations 56.8
    Industry Income 35.3
    International Outlook 54.3

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute Ranking by US News

    As per US News, Worcester Polytechnic Institute has been ranked #66 amongst Regional Universities in North America. Given below are the criteria on which US News ranked Worcester Polytechnic Institute:

    Ranking Factor Rank
    Regional Universities North 66
    Top Performers on Social Mobility 130
    Top Public Schools 29
    Overall Score 49
    Average 6-year graduation rate 57%
    6-year graduation rate of students who received Pell Grant 48%
    Faculty Resources 20%
    Financial Resources 10%
    Student Excellence 7%

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute Ranking by QS

    WPI is one of the best global universities around the globe. QS currently ranks it between 701-750. Over the years the varsity has seen many ups and downs in the rankings but have worked well to maintain its ranking stable and seeing an upward curve.

    Note: QS ranking is based on various factors, university ranking is decided on the overall

    Year 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Ranking 601-650 651-700 601-650 601-650 701-750

    QS has ranked Victoria University on the basis of the following criteria:

    Ranking Indicator Score
    Citations per Faculty 34.8
    International Faculty 24.2
    International Students 48.7

    QS ranks WPI at #51 amongst all the B-Schools in the world.

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute National Ranking

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute ranks among the best universities in the US, which makes it very lucrative for domestic as well as international students in terms of higher education in The United States. Given below are the national rankings for Worcester Polytechnic Institute as per various esteemed agencies:

    Agency Worcester Ranking (2021)
    Times Higher Education 120
    US News 66
    QS 85
    ARWU 191-206
    CWUR -
    Niche 91

    WPI was ranked 66th among national universities in the U.S. News & World Report's 2021 review of "Best Colleges" in the U.S. In 2019, Forbes magazine's annual ranking of "America's Top Colleges" placed WPI at No. 93.

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute Subject-Wise Ranking

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute features a world-class curriculum for various courses on engineering, science, management, and humanities. All the courses provided by the university are among the top-ranked in their respective ranking fields and are well-sought after.

    According to Niche, the courses and programs of WPI are ranked as follows on the national ranking index:

    Subject Rank
    Best Colleges for Engineering in America #44 of 449
    Best Colleges for Computer Science in America #56 of 821
    Best Colleges for Math in America #96 of 775
    Best Colleges for Physics in America #100 of 451
    Best Colleges for Biology in America #115 of 1048
    Best Colleges for Business in America #123 of 1192
    Best Colleges for Student Athletes in America #181 of 1380

    The courses and programs of WPI have been top-ranked and awarded by various other agencies as given below:

    • Best Undergraduate Business Schools by Bloomberg BusinessWeek(2016)
    • Ranked #6 for Mechanical Engineering Majors by College Factual(2018)
    • Ranked #1 for School to study Science Abroad by Popular Mechanics(2017)

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute Vs Other US Universities

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute ranks among the top 100 universities in America and gives tough competition to its counterparts. Given below is a detailed comparison of WPI vs Tufts Universityand Olin College of Engineering

    University Worcester Polytechnic Institute Tufts University Olin College of Engineering
    Rank in USA (QS) 66th 30th 3rd
    Status Private Private Private
    Established in 1885 1852 1997
    International Students 1285 1480 -
    Popular Programs Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechatronics, Robotics, Automation Engineering Social Sciences; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Biological and Biomedical Sciences Engineering, General; Electrical and Electronics Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering.
    Employer Reputation - - 54.7
    Citations per Faculty 34.8 - 38.5
    Faculty Student Rank (QS) - - -

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute Miscellaneous Ranking

    WPI has also secured the following ranks in various categories:

    1. Ranked 46 out of 1572 for Best Value Colleges in America
    2. Ranked 56 out of 821 for Best Colleges for Computer Science
    3. Ranked 71 out of 943 for Top Private Universities in USA
    4. Ranked 75 out of 623 for best Colleges that accept the Common App in America
    5. Ranked 78 out of 1137 for Best Test Optional Colleges in USA

    As of 2021, U.S. News & World Report also rated WPI 42nd for "Most Innovative", 67th for "Best Value", and 265th for "Top Performers on Social Mobility" among national universities.

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute has been shaping students’ future for over a century now and these students have always thrived to keep up the name of the varsity high. Career decisions by WPI Graduates are greatly influenced by academic rigour and a community based learning environment.

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