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You have to know what you are gettingBrightMechanical Engineering
You have to know what you are getting in to. The quarter system means you are taking 6 classes + labs in a Semester instead of 4 (in other places) . It is very intense. It is great for students who want to double majors or have minors. But it means you need to have a strong background from a College prep private school or from a school like Bronx Science. The first years you will have to take core classes (chem, phys calc) and you better have taken all those AP classes in High School because Professors are not available for office hours. They are involved in Research and lecture 100s of students in a huge lecture hall. There is no time for support. Because the quarter is a short time, there is few tests. THose core classes have only 2 exams. Tutors are quickly taken and its hard to find one. Once you get to the projects (like IPQ) they only take the best GPA to study abroad. Most of the students will stay on campus. In short it is no for students who come from public high school with weak STEM programs. It is designed for College prep students or Bx Science HS. There is no hands-on activities before you to to the IQP in junior year.
1st Year Female -- Class 1922
Campus Maintenance: A-, Faculty Accessibility: F
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WPI in general is an OK school but,AverageOther
WPI in general is an OK school but, if you want to go here and be an IMGD major, just burn your money as it would at least save you the time. This program is run by children who bully students that don't worship the ground they walk on. I have heard professors make fun of a student with mental disabilities multiple times and have been talked down to when calling them out for it. The professors will pass students who shouldn't pass and then don't end up teaching students what they need to know. This department will make you feel unwanted if you have any kind of disability. The classes that I have taken outside this department have been great and I am happy with how the Computer Science department works. I recommend WPI as long as you aren't trying to get an IMGD degree.
4th Year Female -- Class 1921
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Education Quality: F
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Overall, I'm very glad to be at WPI,AverageBiology
Overall, I'm very glad to be at WPI, and everything has been really great for me. Even though I'm a female in a non-engineering major, I don't feel excluded or anything of the sort.

The absolute biggest complaint I have about WPI is the Residential Services department. Students are randomly assigned into Wellness Housing, so "substance free" is meaningless. I do not see many students drinking, but the football players on the top floor do come back drunk far too often on the weekends. Substance free housing should be voluntary, so that it actually contains substance free individuals. There is also a rather concerning rule where if there's an open space, anyone can move in without the current residents consent. I am uncomfortable with a forced room mate/friend of my long term room mate I am getting into my room soon (half way through D term), but I can't do a thing about it, aside from tell her I am not comfortable with her moving in. This, combined with the very high costs of living on campus, have caused me to change my mind about living on campus next year, and I am working to obtain an apartment. Most professors are absolutely amazing individuals, who I would love to have more classes with. However, some do not have the best English, and these professors seem to favor PLAs/TAs who also do not have English as a first language, making it difficult to obtain help when you can't understand what the professor is saying. I have only experienced this with math and chemistry classes, and the biology department itself hasn't had this problem, in my experience.

1st Year Female -- Class 1920
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Useful Schoolwork: B+
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