Rankings and Accolades

WPI was featured in an Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) video as an example of how institutions can place high-impact educational practices at the heart of their curriculum.

Below is a sampling of prestigious awards and accolades recognizing WPI’s unique and innovative project-based education model:

WPI’S STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM GETS TOP BILING IN PRINCETON REVIEW 2017/2018 EDUCATION OF “THE BEST 381 COLLEGES”

The Princeton Review list was calculated based on 143,000 student surveys, and features the 20 best schools among more than 60 different categories, including services, aid offerings, and student body communities. WPI came out on top with having the most popular study abroad program.

WPI LAUDED IN 2016 EDITION OF FISKE GUIDE TO COLLEGES

The guide calls WPI one of the best and most interesting colleges in the country and praises WPI’s unique approach to undergraduate education, noting that it is “hands-on and project-based and takes a humanistic view of engineering.” As the guide states, “the intent of WPI’s unique grading system and educational philosophy is to polish social skills, build self-confidence, produce well-rounded students, and nurture young people interested in using their knowledge to improve the world.”

Additionally, the guide notes that WPI offers a “global emphasis unusual for an engineering school,” and praises the Global Projects Program for providing students with opportunities to tackle current problems and work independently.

PRINCETON REVIEW: COLLEGES THAT CREATE FUTURES (2016)

WPI is one of 50 colleges included in the Princeton Review’s 2016 inaugural guide to “Colleges that Create Futures,” a listing of colleges that “empower students to discover practical applications for their talents and interests through experiences that complement their classes and coursework.” The guide praises WPI’s project-based education model for providing multiple opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and gain “unique professional and social advantages” that help them excel after graduation.

WPI AMONG BUSINESS INSIDER’S 2015 “50 MOST UNDERRATED COLLEGES IN AMERICA”

WPI is ranked No. 37 on Business Insider’s 2015 list of the “50 Most Underrated Colleges in America,” based primarily on the high mid-career salaries of its graduates. The guide attributes this success to WPI’s innovative project program, stating, “WPI graduates learn to solve real-world problems through the school’s project-based learning curriculum. Within this system, students design and complete projects that combine what they’re learning in class with larger social and environmental issues.”

WPI AMONG TOP 50 COLLEGES IN MONEY MAGAZINE’S 2015 “BEST COLLEGES” LIST

WPI is ranked 48th out of more than 1,500 colleges on Money’s magazine’s 2015 “Best Colleges” list. In particular, WPI scored highly for post-graduation success, as the magazine notes that WPI’s challenging and hands-on project program helps students obtain well-paying jobs and earn salaries “30% higher than schools that admit a similar demographic of students.”