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| I rated myself as "Bright" because I joined mensa once. I was an international student and I took the culture fair test. If I was "quite bright", I wouldn't have chosen WPI in the first place. Apologies if the writing of this review is too plain.|
I chose to be a Computer Science major and I have to say the program didn't fail my expectation. It's true that I have learned a lot, and I'm grateful for the well-organized programs WPI has. I like how people take their studies seriously here.
That concludes all the nice things I can say about this school. Now, I'll go over the reasons of my ratings below B-.
Creativity + Campus Aesthethics: This school lacks creativity. The architectures are aesthetically dull. Students are aesthetically dull, too. I have heard that some students come from upper class families, but I guess that's just rumor because I can't tell from their poor presentation. Philosophy classes (in fact, most humanity & arts classes I've taken) lack good discussion. I wasted my money on those because there isn't much point taking a discussion class if no one raises issues beyond textbook talks. That's also why I said "Students are Afraid". I think most of them are too scared to think outside of the box. For some reason I don't know about.
Perceived Campus Safety: There are increasing numbers of robberies and assults around campus. Campus and Worcester police failed to catch most of the suspects.
University Resource Use: I might be biased, but it's truly not impressive compared to other good schools in MA.
Social Life + Extracurricular Activities + Surrounding City: I actually had a social life in freshman year. A good one, too. Then things started going south. It's mainly because there is not enough interest sorting students together by their interests. All the clubs are loosely formed, and they appear to be lame and exclusive. Everyone seems broken in some way. It has things to do with Worcester being the most boring city, too.
About students: I would not recommend any Asian students applying for this school. There were more racists than I thought. Two of my roommates were racists, some classmates were racists (things they said while I was IN the classroom include: "We should destroy the Great Wall of China because it was built upon slavery" and "...jobs are hard to find. We should stop outsourcing to those Asian countries" and "I think they like you because..er.. because you are Asian or something. Yeah.") and some faculty members were culturally ignorant. On the other hand, if you are European, by all means apply and get in.
Knowing that people are culturally ignorant- in this era- is painful. I don't think they are bright. And I think they are closeminded.
|Feb 18 2013|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| Unfortunately I cannot say my experience at WPI was a positive one, for a multitude of reasons. I ended up transferring out of the school after my freshman year. If you would like a school that solely offers academic challenges, this is the school for you. Beyond that, I would argue that you will not find much here. My experiences with the faculty, aside from one particular professor in the chemistry department, were generally positive. I found the faculty to be extremely approachable and helpful during their office hours. The grounds of the campus are also well maintained, as I indicated earlier. |
I did observe something in the student body that really shocked me, and that somehow I was completely oblivious to during my freshman year. The students at this school are extremely conservative and close-minded. The students I interacted with were never open to worldly discussions and had a very limited mindset. I also noted that racism was a bigger issue than I would have expected for a school that is supposed to attract bright students. I use the term racism in the loosest sense, not just referring to the color of your skin, but even extended to homophobia. Diversity of opinions does not seem to be encouraged by the student body unfortunately. I then wondered why the majority of the students were so conservative? Many of the students who come from Massachusetts belong to very wealthy families and appropriately have views I would say skewed towards their families' beliefs.
While I tried tennis, I found the club to be extremely exclusive. They really did not welcome those who wanted to play at the recreational level. Everyone always thought they were better than the next person, which can be extended outside of the club to the rest of the student body. I had never met students who were more down about the very school (WPI) they were attending. Everyone complained about how much they hated the school, yet the irony was that they choose to miserably stay there.
My life rather quickly unraveled before my eyes. I was starting to isolate my self from my friends because I wasn't keeping up with the workload and I did not have enough of a social life to balance my course work. My grades were excellent though, but they came at an expense. My social life. There really was not much to do on the campus. Greek life is surprisingly prevalent on campus, but these also are exclusive. I really don't think Greek life should be the only way to have a social life at a campus.
The result of this very toxic environment was that I suffered a bout of depression that I had to overcome. While I do not blame my roommates for it, they did serve as a catalyst to my unraveling. They saw I was noticeably depressed and my mood was changing, yet they didn't offer to go with me to the counseling center. They would tell me I was clearly depressed, but didn't tell me I should go get help. I was smart enough to reach the conclusion on my own. Even after that though, I felt WPI's counseling was worthless. I had to be hospitalized and put on medication for a short time. No student should ever have to experience this. If someone seems like they need psychological help, they should be able to rely on the people they call friends to guide them to help. I guess the people I thought were my friends, really were not. Whatever the case, I am not resentful. I have decided that this was only my personal experience with the WPI student body, not everyone's. WPI was not a match for me, but maybe it will be for you. It was my safety.
|Nov 09 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| *Despite all the negative experiences that I will mention, I had a neutral experience, which was thanks to the people that I met along the way. The students are friendly and helpful and the campus is beautiful.|
Everyone knows that most college brochures lie to prospective students, and WPI is no different. The experience that one will have at WPI is dependent on that person. If you sit in your room the whole time, of course you won't meet that many people, but then again, you might want that.
- Greek life is interesting, and you should definitely go through rush/recruitment. However, make sure you really think about what you want from Greek Life and the commitment before accepting a bid.
- Although it was advertised that there is so much to do in Worcester, there actually is not. Highland street is your best bet, and there are 4 okay places at most. I personally never felt threatened, but there have been many student assaults over my four years. I blame SNAP, since it takes about 30 minutes to pick you up, which in that time you could've been at your location drinking already. Because of the long SNAP wait time, most students walk, which causes the assaults.
- The social scene is also what you make it, and while fairly entertaining, it's also a joke. Fraternities or house parties every weekend with the same crowd. Fraternities are always hot and uncomfortable with terrible music and drunk assumption/underclassmen WPI girls walking around scantily clad and looking for an STD.If you are 21+, or have a fake, you can get into local bars, which are also a joke.
- At WPI, I would say that the non-academic faculty are awesome. They are here for the students, and actually know your name and talk to you when they see you.
- There is low low LOW school spirit, which might be due to the fact that we are a D3 school, so we're not that legit.
- Personally, I think that the majority of the chemical engineering professors are terrible. Most of them are so absorbed in their research, and could careless about the students. There office hours are not helpful, and the TAs are most likely grad students that hate their lives. The graders are over-achieving undergrads that grade terribly and subjectively just because they have a red pen in their hand. However, I have friends in other majors that have really great professors.
- In many of my math/physics classes, I have no idea what the professors are saying...since majority don't speak very good english.
- If you're looking for a student population with wordly views that knows what's happening outside of WPI, and actually watch/read the news, then you need to look at another school. Being on campus during the 2008 elections was one of the most depressing scenes I've ever seen.Definitely visit before you come, and talk to current students. Don't believe everything admissions tells you, as the admissions interns are paid to promote WPI and will say whatever you want to hear, even if it's a lie.
|Jun 24 2011|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2011 |