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The Greek program rules the school filled with

Feb 26 2014Engineering Department
The Greek program rules the school filled with close-minded, back-stabbing individuals. They are letting in more females to even out the lack of them in the school by lowering the SAT scores and adding theater and business. Wow, this formally strong engineering school has morphed into a blend of non Engineering touchy-feely, let's party, students. If you are not in a fraternity or sorority forget about enjoying your time here. Oh, and for those students who think I am not in one, you're wrong. What a bunch of high school losers.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2018
Faculty Accessibility: A, Social Life: C

The school academic engineering program is strong

Feb 23 2014Engineering Department
The school academic engineering program is strong. The campus is beautiful and opportunities are many. However, for the past few years they continue to lower the SAT score for female admittance. I rarely attended class during freshman year but did extremely well. No NR, No Cs. If you NR out of engineering, they now have business "engineering" management and theater...at an engineering school. REALLY? Now, we have a school with more females that are clueless and not able to handle the academics. They make up for it by joining sororities. The majority of females (almost 85%) are in a sorority. Days are spent backstabbing each other and talking behind everyone's back. High School all over again. And don't dare leave the Greek system, they will make your life hell. If you want to avoid attending High School all over again DON'T GO HERE. If I had known how strong the Greek presence was I would have avoided this school at all costs.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2016
Education Quality: A, Surrounding City: D

Academics:

Jul 03 2014Civil Engineering
Academics:
WPI is a great place to have flexibility to pursue what you want in learning especially with a focus on science and technology. The IQP or the junior year project is a great way to work in an interdisciplinary team on a social issue abroad. Many students are able to travel abroad and work on a real world problem. I worked for an NGO in Africa. The Faculty are very accessible and they have office hours to get help. They are approachable and as a faculty they pride themselves to be reachable for the undergraduate students. Even though they are hard at work with research, they understand that WPI is about the students and their learning. The WPI plan is a unique education system that is different and innovative for STEM education. The project work really helped me in the long run in preparing me for the professional career.

Social Life:
People complain about the social life at WPI but the school is not your regular state school. The students that get admitted are intelligent and they are primarily focused on science and engineering. Still, many students are involved in clubs and organizations with over 200 clubs. I was very active in many clubs which allowed me to get a well rounded experience. It is a small school and if you are active on campus, the faculty, staff and peers get to really know you. Its a tight small-knit community.

Greek Life: A third of campus join Greek Life. It is worth exploring because it is not your typical Greek System that you see in Animal House. Many students who join Greek Life actually do well in academics and have a great social life. People think its all about drinking but in fact, what made Greek Life for me was a support system while in school and access to alumni in my Fraternity. It has actually helped me in my professional career. Worcester: Worcester is not Boston. People always think the grass is always greener on the other side. Still, Worcester is a pretty fun city. It has great restaurants in Shrewsbury St and bars/clubs in Green Street. There have been a lot of development within the city. It is a college town with so many students in in the city from various colleges but it is definitely not Boston. So people who say the city sucks probably has not explored anything beyond the limits of WPI and Park Avenue.

4th Year Male -- Class 2008
Collaboration/Competitive: A+, Surrounding City: B+
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