Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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WPI utilizes a 4-term system, rather than the traditional 2-semester system found at many universities. As a result, the academics are extremely fast paced, with students taking 3 (or sometimes 4) courses every 7 weeks for a minimum of 12 courses a year. Though the classes only last 7 weeks, you often still cover the amount of material typically incorporated into a semester long version of the course at other universities. The 4-term system gives students the opportunities to do significant project work, with many students taking 1 term during their junior and/or senior years to do intensive project/research work - in many cases overseas. Additionally, WPI is a relatively small, tight-knit community. Though you may not know every student on campus, you will definitely recognize many of the faces you pass on your way to classes, extracurriculars, etc. In addition, if you are a bit of a geek/nerd you will find the university atmosphere to be very welcoming. For example, during a popular event known as 'geek week' there are activities such as Rubik's cube competitions and Big Bang Theory trivia night which are extremely well liked among the student population. Additionally, many students are involved in athletics and Greek life.
To address these common themes of negativity, I will say the following: There is an amazing community of people at WPI, ask any given student in the CC, octawedge, lab, or res hall, and they will tell you that the community is why they love WPI. If WPI seems "easy," congratulations, you're smart! As someone who went through this personally, if it's too easy, you need to challenge yourself more... take a higher level class. And in regards to "lowering SAT scores to get more women who don't know whats going on"... this is simply false. The SAT score range is just as impressive as ever, and we admit high caliber students. The increase in the number of women in attendance comes from the promotion of women in STEM careers, and the higher acceptance rate of women versus men is because WPI is a "self-selecting" school... you don't apply unless you're passionate about STEM. And let's be honest, lots of women wouldn't sacrifice the hunky men at other colleges for engineering unless they were passionate. These women want to be here, and have abilities to thrive at WPI. College is an important decision, don't base your decision on an angry review from an anonymous person on the internet. Go on a campus visit, talk to random students on the Quad, form your own opinion... but I'm pretty sure you'll love WPI as much as I did. http://www.wpi.edu/admissions/undergraduate/visit.html
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.
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