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Wentworth Institute of Technology

Boston, Massachusetts

Founded in 1904, Wentworth Institute of Technology is an independent, nationally ranked institution offering career-focused education through 19 bachelor’s degree programs. Areas of concentration include: applied mathematics, architecture, business management, computer science, computer networking, construction management, design, engineering, and engineering technology. The Institute also offers master’s degrees in architecture, civil engineering, construction management, facility management, and technology management. Read more in Wentworth’s viewbook at http://wit.edu/viewbook/index.php

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
4,329 undergraduate students
89% of undergrad students are full time
81% male — 19% female
34% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
148 full-time faculty
219 part-time faculty
16 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Wentworth Institute of Technology offers six different residential areas. Each area is different, consisting of either rooms, suites, or apartments. First year students live in Evans Way/Tudbury Hall or Baker Hall. Upperclass and transfer students live in 555 Huntington Avenue, 610 Huntington Avenue, the Louis Prang/Vancouver Apartments, the Apartments@525 or Edwards/Rodgers Hall.

School Location

An Urban Classroom: Boston provides Wentworth with an expanded learning laboratory. Design students visit the city’s premier buildings, study its sites, and learn from Boston’s professional leaders as part of their studios. Engineering and construction students engage with the city’s sophisticated culture of technology and its infrastructure. The campus is only steps away from one of the world’s most important medical research centers, the Longwood Medical Area. As a Wentworth student, you will be encouraged to learn from all Boston has to offer.
31-acre residential campus in Boston: Public transportation (MBTA Green and Orange Lines, buses, and commuter rail station adjacent to campus)
Close-knit community in an urban setting: Walking distance to Fenway Park, Museum of Fine Arts, Symphony Hall, Prudential Center, dozens of other colleges and universities

Retention Fall 2014

84% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

63% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 6%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 5%
White 60%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 13%


National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), and Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC)

16 intercollegiate varsity teams: Baseball M; Basketball M, W; Cross Country M; Golf M; Ice Hockey M; Lacrosse M, W; Rowing M; Soccer M, W; Softball W; Tennis M, W; Volleyball M, W

Variety of Club Sports run through Student Leadership Programs
Co-ed intramural program

Mascot: Leopard
Colors: Red, Yellow, Black.

Academic Programs

College of Architecture, Design and Construction Management:
Architecture (Concentrations in Adaptive Interventions, Emerging Technologies, or Urbanism); Construction Management, Industrial Design, Interior Design

College of Arts and Sciences
Applied Mathematics*, Business Management (Optional Concentrations in Entrepreneurship or Project Management); Computer Information Systems, Facility Planning and Management

College of Engineering and Technology
Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Networking, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering** (Optional concentration in Biomedical Systems Engineering); Electronic Engineering Technology, Engineering—Interdisciplinary, Mechanical Engineering

*Three-year program with a four-year option
**Five-year program

More Distinctions

  • In the 2015 Brookings Institution report titled Beyond College Rankings, Wentworth was one of a small handful of institutions in the country that received a perfect score in the category of highest “value-added” with respect to alumni occupational earnings power.

  • In 2015, The Mission Hill Main Streets organization honored Wentworth Institute of Technology with its “Cherished Neighborhood Asset Award.” The group characterized Wentworth as, "a wonderfully responsible institutional neighbor... Generous to all, their students and faculty involve themselves in helping countless Mission Hill charities and nonprofits."

  • Wentworth Institute of Technology has been accepted into Colleges of Distinction, a select group of U.S. schools that have demonstrated leadership and excellence in undergraduate education.


Exceptional academics provide the raw materials for new discoveries, and students are encouraged to leverage what they learn to identify and serve unmet needs. Students learn to design more efficient and effective solutions for existing problems, and build new products, systems, and businesses that will benefit society.

Our world faces a diversity of challenges—technical, medical, economic, environmental, structural, sustainable—that have a profound impact on our daily lives. Wentworth provides opportunities for students to identify and engage with these issues, generating innovative ideas and solutions that make the world a better place. Because such solutions are inherently complex and multifaceted, the very effort to innovate inspires students to collaborate with peers and faculty from other majors and disciplines.

The result of this effort might be original research to present at conferences, prototypes fabricated and constructed in Wentworth’s  studios, or new business concepts that can apply for funding from the Institute. Wentworth believes that while not everyone has a career goal of being an entrepreneur, all students can and should learn to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset so they can think creatively and act boldly in the work they choose to do. It’s about fostering new ideas, not just new businesses.


Accelerate, Wentworth’s Innovation + Entrepreneurship Center was conceived as a logical extension of Wentworth’s already existing strengths and disciplines. Accelerate drives thought partnerships, interdisciplinary engagement, and out-of-the-box ideas among students, alumni, industry, and the Boston community. Being in Boston means that students are learning and working in the midst of one of the country’s leading hubs of innovation, home to a thriving and fast-paced start-up ecosystem that includes research centers, venture capitalists, and business and technology experts.


Wentworth collaborates with leading universities, corporations, and other partners on a wide range of projects. These opportunities provide students with hands-on experience and valuable professional connections as they interact with and serve the needs of partners such as GE Aviation. Wentworth also makes it a priority to engage students in projects that benefit the institute’s host  community. The engine for local involvement and service learning initiatives is the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships (CLP).

For a number of years, major corporations such as GE Aviation in nearby Lynn, Massachusetts, have approached Wentworth because they want to leverage the student body as a source of new ideas and inspiration. For example, GE engineers will come to campus and present a problem to a class. Students are asked to work on real projects, like a redesign of a jet engine component. Students work on their ideas, often using advanced design software and 3-D printers with coaching from the company’s engineers. Then students present their ideas to the company. Later when a solution has been approved, the class is invited out to the company’s facility for a demonstration. These partnerships effectively place real-world projects into the curriculum, and have expanded co-op and job placement opportunities for students.

Founded in 2005, the CLP is the result of efforts by faculty, staff, students, and community representatives to create partnerships that address neighborhood concerns while enhancing the educational and professional environment at Wentworth. CLP programming is organized within three areas of concern: College Access, Community Engagement, and Service Learning.


The Center offers a number of programs focused primarily on Boston Public School students. These programs provide mentoring, inspiration, and information to encourage BPS students to pursue higher education. They also aim to boost minority participation in the STEM fields and the architecture, construction, and engineering trades.


Wentworth offers a number of programs that enable students to utilize their skills in service to society. These include:

  • Alternative Spring Break: students spend a week working together on community-based projects in Boston and around the country
  • Co+Build: engages students in local hands-on, service-based projects
  • Community Work Study: a federally funded program that provides financial assistance to students who work with a community-based organization
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program: students are trained to prepare income taxes for low-income clients as a free service

Service Learning

Infused throughout the Wentworth experience, this project-based program enriches learning, teaches social responsibility, and strengthens communities. Service learning projects are  executed through coursework under the direction of faculty, student clubs and organizations, co-ops with community organizations, or as a  senior-year requirement. Students can receive a certificate and academic recognition for their service learning and community engagement work.

EPIC Learning

In today’s economy, success depends largely on the ability to work collaboratively with others from different disciplines and organizations. To cultivate those collaborative skills, Wentworth has introduced EPIC Learning as an integral part of its undergraduate programs.

EPIC Learning is an acronym for an approach to learning that closely mirrors what goes on in real workplaces across the country.

E is for externally collaborative.

Most people who work in engineering, technology, design, management, and related disciplines work with people outside their own organization: funders, investors, clients, customers, contractors, sub-contractors, regulators or fans. Professionals need to listen to others–grasp their needs, desires, and concerns– and respond appropriately. Externally collaborative learning helps students develop and practice the skills they need to work well with colleagues and other partners.

Wentworth is open to external collaborators of all sorts, from new start-up businesses to major corporations, to non-profits of all sizes, to government bodies and agencies at all levels (federal, state and local). The Institute is also interested in engaging learning opportunities wherever they arise. For instance, Wentworth’s mechanical engineering students have refined the design of stoves produced by Aid Africa, a non-governmental organization (NGO) active in northern Uganda.

P is for project-based.

Wentworth believes that there’s an essential role for traditional lectures, while allowing students to learn more by getting involved in experiential learning. At Wentworth, as in most workplaces, experiential learning takes place largely through work on projects – sustained efforts with specified objectives along with constraints on time and other resources. Wentworth chooses projects that offer the best learning opportunities for students. Some of them are over in a few class sessions; others stretch over several semesters, with different teams of students carrying out different phases.

I is for interdisciplinary.

In their careers, Wentworth students will work side-by-side with people whose academic background and work experiences vary widely. Wentworth models that interaction by organizing interdisciplinary projects bringing together students from two or more majors. Whether it’s future architects and construction managers, industrial designers and biomedical engineers, or mechanical engineers and computer scientists, students learn more about their own discipline as well as other fields when they work together. Wentworth’s faculty have discovered that they learn more this way, too.

C is for culture.

Externally collaborative, interdisciplinary projects are being built into all of Wentworth’s degree programs.

Learning is what it’s all about: EPIC Learning represents a significant departure from traditional models of teaching. Wentworth believes added value arises when students get hands-on experience that prepares them for rewarding jobs and successful careers. That was the rationale when Wentworth began its co-operative education (co-op) program in the 1970s. The same philosophy guides EPIC Learning today.


Both historic and future-focused, Boston truly is an ideal location in which to study. After all, with 50 colleges in 50 square miles, Boston has the highest concentration of students in the world. It is an epicenter for design, technology, construction, business, medicine, and engineering—not to mention higher education—which makes it rich with opportunities for Wentworth students. The Institute’s 31-acre campus is safely and comfortably situated within this world-class city.

Boston provides Wentworth students with an expanded learning laboratory, rich with resident experts and examples of excellence in a range of fields. Design students can visit the city’s premier buildings, study its sites, and learn from local experts as part of their studios. Engineering and construction students engage with the city’s sophisticated culture of technology and its infrastructure, including the iconic Zakim Bridge, the widest cable-stayed span in the world.


The  campus is only steps away from one of the world’s most important medical research centers, the Longwood Medical Area, which makes it a convenient source of biomedical-related co-ops and networking opportunities. There is also an area by the South Boston waterfront known as the Innovation District, designed as an urban environment that fosters innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. With the nearby financial district and easy access to the region’s famed Route 128 high-tech highway, Wentworth students are ideally positioned to take advantage of all the opportunities Boston has to offer.


Boston is also a world-class center of art and culture. You can walk to the Museum of Fine Arts or Symphony Hall. Shop on Newbury Street or in the Copley Place Mall. Stroll through the city’s many recreational areas or the quiet parks of the Emerald Necklace. Watch a game at Fenway Park, the nearby home to Boston’s beloved Red Sox. The area’s transit system—the “T”—connects  to the vibrancy of Harvard Square, the North End, Beacon Hill, the Charles River, the theater district, and the waterfront. Walk the historic Freedom Trail. Catch an indie band in Central Square. Or take a ferry to Cape Cod’s beaches. From the Berkshires in Massachusetts to the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the skiing trails in Vermont, New England affords endless opportunities for recreation, reflection, and relaxation—all merely a day trip away.


Wentworth’s cooperative education program (co-op) is one of the most comprehensive in the country and forms the basis for Wentworth’s high placement rate for graduates among leading organizations—locally, nationally, and worldwide. At Wentworth, two semesters of co-op placements are required (a third semester is optional). The simple reason for this is that the 21st-century economy moves too quickly to allow newly minted professionals time to get their feet wet and their hands dirty. Wentworth graduates hit the ground running and achieve career success because they already have extensive experience applying classroom knowledge to real-world situations.

Building Resumes

Co-ops allow students to become adept at handling new situations where the stakes are real—as are the deadlines, the budgets, and the expectations. Selected with the help of an advisor, co-op experiences are directly related to a student’s major course of study. They typically begin after the second year at Wentworth (Architecture majors do their first co-op in their sophomore year), ensuring that the student has a solid foundation of skills and knowledge to apply in the field. During co-op terms, students earn income yet do not pay tuition; furthermore, if the co-op placement is local, students can choose to live on campus, maintaining close connections to friends and to Wentworth activities.

For students, co-op experiences are some of the most memorable of their Wentworth years. They can have the longest and strongest impact, as well:


Though a majority of co-ops take place in New England, there are no geographic limits. Recently, students have worked in the mid-Atlantic states, Arizona, California, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington, as well as outside the U.S. in such countries as Australia, China, and France.

In 2013 almost half of Wentworth’s graduates received a job offer from a previous co-op employer.

Co-ops have a cyclical influence: Classroom learning prepares students for co-ops; the co-op experience provides students with greater perspective and concrete examples that enhance their coursework when they return to campus. Upon graduation, the combination of academics, labs, and cooperative learning provides considerable competitive advantage in the job market and the workplace.




5,316 Total Applicants
4,393 Total Admissions
1,064 Total Freshmen Enrollment

82.64% of applicants admitted


  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 480 590
SAT Math 530 630
SAT Writing 470 570
ACT Composite 22 27
ACT Math 23 28
ACT English 21 26
ACT Writing    

Admissions Process

Wentworth practices rolling admissions. Priority deadline for applicants is February 15. After this date, please contact the Admissions Office for program availability. High school students can apply any time after the beginning of their senior year and once all their application requirements are received, their completed application is reviewed and they can expect a response in 4 to 5 weeks. Deposit deadline is May 1 for all students.

Application Requirements: 

  • Application Form and Fee ($50)
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Official SAT I or ACT scores
  • Personal statement
  • At least one recommendation letter
  • College transcripts for transfer students
  • Portfolio is not required for architecture or design applicants


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $29,320
Fees $1,445
Total $30,765
Room and Board (on campus) $12,840
Estimated Total On Campus $43,605


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

98% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
76% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$13,732 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$8,808 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

Wentworth’s Steady Rise

BOSTON – Senior administrators at Wentworth Institute of Technology say recent enhancements at the 111-year-old school are solidifying its status as a leading educational institution in its own right—here in the heartland of American academia....

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