Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$51,604
3.5% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$42,393
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
0.727%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
49.4%
10,645 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
6,894
81.9% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
87.4%
829 Graduates

About

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a higher education institution located in Worcester County, MA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Worcester Polytechnic Institute were Mechanical Engineering (248 degrees awarded), Computer Science (172 degrees), and Electrical & Electronics Engineering (101 degrees).

In 2019, 2,056 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 32.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 67.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,176 degrees), 8.84 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (133 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is $51,604, which is $23,104 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is $51,604, which is $23,104 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $42,393.

In 2019, 93% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 53% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$51,604
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute was $51,604. The cost of tuition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is $23,104 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$42,393
2019 Value
3.25%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Worcester Polytechnic Institute had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $42,393. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Worcester Polytechnic Institute grew by 3.25%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,496
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Worcester Polytechnic Institute was of $14,496 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 3.71% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

93%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
53%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

93% of undergraduate students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2018, when 93% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.727%
2017 Default Rate
6
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Worcester Polytechnic Institute was 0.727%, which represents 6 out of the 825 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Worcester Polytechnic Institute received 10,645 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 0.576% annual growth. Out of those 10,645 applicants, 5,255 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 49.4% acceptance rate.

There were 6,894 students enrolled at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2019, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has an overall enrollment yield of 22.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

49.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
5,255
Accepted Out of 10,645

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute was 49.4% (5,255 admissions from 10,645 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 41.6%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 0.576%, while admissions grew by 19.4%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%
Submission Percentage
N/A
Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has a total enrollment of 6,894 students. The full-time enrollment at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is 5,643 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,251. This means that 81.9% of students enrolled at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, both undergraduate and graduate, is 56.5% White, 7.28% Hispanic or Latino, 5.99% Asian, 2.89% Black or African American, 2.28% Two or More Races, 0.174% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0435% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (37.4%), followed by White Female (24.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (4.98%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (14.8%), followed by White Female (7.79%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (1.3%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

81.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, both undergraduate and graduate, is 6,894 students. The full-time enrollment at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is 5,643 and the part-time enrollment is 1,251. This means that 81.9% of students enrolled at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

95%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Worcester Polytechnic Institute was 95%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Worcester Polytechnic Institute had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,895
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    502
  3. Asian
    413

The enrolled student population at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is 56.5% White, 7.28% Hispanic or Latino, 5.99% Asian, 2.89% Black or African American, 2.28% Two or More Races, 0.174% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0435% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 489 students (7.09%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 726 fewer women than men received degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is white (1,176 degrees awarded). There were 8.84 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (133 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is Mechanical Engineering (248 degrees awarded), followed by Computer Science (172 degrees) and Electrical & Electronics Engineering (101 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering (1,297 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (302 degrees), and Math & Statistics (66 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are Software developers (1,014,294 people), Other managers (470,855 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (377,208 people), Civil engineers (281,793 people), and Postsecondary teachers (226,879 people).

The most specialized majors at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are Engineering (1,297 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (302 degrees), Math & Statistics (66 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (96 degrees), and Physical Sciences (29 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Physicians, and Architectural & engineering managers

The most specialized majors at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are Engineering (1,297 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (302 degrees), Math & Statistics (66 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (96 degrees), and Physical Sciences (29 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are Computer Systems Design (1,046,703 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (486,612 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (454,429 people), Elementary & secondary schools (336,290 people), and Construction (325,889 people).

The most specialized majors at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are Engineering (1,297 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (302 degrees), Math & Statistics (66 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (96 degrees), and Physical Sciences (29 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Most Common
  1. 248 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 172 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 101 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Worcester Polytechnic Institute was Mechanical Engineering with 248 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

1,391
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
665
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 1,391 degrees were awarded to men at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, which is 2.09 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (665).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 241 degrees were awarded to men at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Mechanical Engineering, which is 2.39 times more than the 101 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 101 degrees were awarded to women at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Mechanical Engineering, which is 0.419 times less than the 241 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

82%
100% Completion Time
89%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 82% of students graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 89% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 89% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is Female and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.81% of graduates (15 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,176 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    133 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    93 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is white (1,176 degrees awarded). There were 8.84 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (133 degrees).

2.33% of degree recipients (48 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Male
    819 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    357 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    80 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is white male (819 degrees awarded). There were 2.29 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (357 degrees).

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Operations

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has an endowment valued at nearly $528M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $23M (4.36%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, Worcester Polytechnic Institute had a total salary expenditure of $289M. Worcester Polytechnic Institute employs 151 Instructors, 110 Professors, and 91 Associate professors. Most academics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are Male Instructors (106), Male Professors(83), and Male Associate professors (64).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are: Office and Administrative Support, with 150 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 125 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 120 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$528M
2019 Endowment
1.67%
growth from 2018

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has an endowment valued at about $528M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Worcester Polytechnic Institute grew 1.67% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $217M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $25.5M - Federal
  2. $3.12M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Worcester Polytechnic Institute received $25.5M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.12M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$131M
2019 Salaries
7.06%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Worcester Polytechnic Institute paid a median of $131M in salaries, which represents 45.3% of their overall expenditure ($289M) and a 7.06% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.1% growth from 2017 and a 7.69% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$48.3M
Instructional Salaries
419
Number of Employees

In 2019, Worcester Polytechnic Institute paid a total of $48.3M to 419 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
151 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
150 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Worcester Polytechnic Institute were Instructor with 151 employees; Professor with 110 employees; and Professor with 91 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Worcester Polytechnic Institute were Office and Administrative Support with 150 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 125 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 120 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Instructor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Worcester Polytechnic Institute was Male Instructor with 106 employees, Male Professor with 83 employees, and Male Associate professor with 64 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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