Anyone who goes to WPI? (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

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  1. blueflame macrumors 6502a

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    I have a few friends over there. Haven't seen them in a while though :(
     
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    I seriously considered applying, but then ended up not.
     
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    i have a few friends that go there. it is a hardcore geek school, honestly. mostly guys if i recall correctly. tends to have a lot of MIT rejects. decent school. not too hard to get into. it would probably be a good safety school if math/science/engineering is your thing.
     
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    If you have the money, yes. Otherwise, URI has a pretty good engineering dept, especially with the IEP program.
     
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    Hi, longtime reader (since 2002) but first-time poster. I was very surprised to see a WPI thread here. I think it's very unfair to say that WPI is a hardcore geek school. Sure, you have the geeks and freaks (wedge-rats as they are known) but you also have the frat boys, jocks, and even liberals as well (haven't seen too many conservatives around campus, this is Massachusetts after all). Plus, the female situation is getting significantly better with each entering freshman class.

    In regards to it having a lot of MIT rejects, I think that's unfair to say as well. WPI and MIT are in 2 different leagues. It's like comparing apples to oranges. Schools like RPI and RIT would be better matches to compare WPI to whereas schools like CalTech are more in the realm of MIT. I'm not saying WPI isn't as good as MIT but I think both schools offer different things to their students. I have noticed in these past few years that WPI is doing all they can to become a nationally recognized institution. I have no doubt in 10-20 years time, they will become very well known throughout the country, not just the Northeast region.

    And this has nothing to do with anything, but during my freshman year there, I along with a few other pioneering members (mostly freshman as well) started the WMUG (WPI Mac Users Group). I served as the first secretary and later as the second President. It was a lot of fun and we did a lot of things to bring Apple-awareness to the campus and promote the platform. I wonder how they're doing now...
     
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    Even liberals? I don't think the "even" is necessary, as this isn't surprising or unusual, at least from what I've heard of WPI. ;) The best story I heard was that after 9/11, while everyone was flying American flags, students at WPI were flying Afghan flags. Oh, and the impression I've been given is that it's the type of socialist hot-bed that would make Joe McCarthy's head explode...Don't take it pejoratively, because I don't mean it that way (heck, I'm liberal!). I'm just describing how I've heard WPI characterized, although it was only on the one occasion because as you say, not that many people have heard of it yet.
     
  8. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    Hey guys...

    http://www.massacademy.org/

    Two close friends of mine are going to be going there, the "junior school" for WPI. Hard to get in, but they say it's worth it. I'd try to get in, but I think I'm leaning more towards a design school after senior year.
     
  9. oldschool macrumors 65816

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    i'm in canada, and when i graduated from high school i got a recruitment pamphlet from them. very odd.
     
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    Yeah, I agree, RIT and RPI are both in the same league. WPI is just below them. However, RIT ranks higher than MIT for undergraduate educations in many fields (this is data taken from the year I applied to RIT, WPI, RPI, etc). MIT is a great grad school, RIT just started their grad program last year.

    Anyways, I applied to WPI as my back up school. Couldn't really imagine myself in worcester.

    BEN
     
  11. Jon'sLightBulbs macrumors 6502a

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    And I got pamphlets from Columbia, Cornell, and Stanford upon completing my 3rd year of highschool. With a 3.3 average. The literature they send you is just mass advertising, like the shotgun phonecalls telemarketers make, blind to your identity. I hope you weren't too excited at the time :)
     
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    A 3.3 out of 4.0? Here in america, a GPA like that won't even get you on the tour bus of those schools. Is there something that I don't know?

    My buddy who got into stanford had around a 3.95/4.0 and he still wasn't a shoe in.

    BEN
     
  13. Jon'sLightBulbs macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, the record there is pretty complete. Like I said, schools know almost nothing about you when they send out their brochures. Hence schools requiring 4.0's wasting nearly a dollar in postage to send a kid with a 3.3 informational mailings.

    But who needs them. I still made law school. :D
     
  14. oldschool macrumors 65816

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    i was offended....i had no idea what kind of school this was, and i'd never heard of it.

    Nobody else i knew in my school got any recruitment pamphlets, probably because we're in canada.

    I still have no idea how they got my address, and this was the only pamphlet i got.
     
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    I didn't go there. Living here in Boston, I have see a lot of there advertisements on television. They indicated that they are doing very well at preparing students for the work world.
     
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    There are many schools like this. I reject any school that tries aggressively to recruit students into their programs.
     
  17. mgpowermac macrumors newbie

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    First and foremost my apologies for bringing up a post from the dead. I found this topic on Google and felt compelled to respond.

    I am afraid to say that the WMUG isn't pretty active right now. With the introduction of OS X and friendly Windows network integration, the need for a support group is fairly minimal. Our last president graduated last year, I think, and there have been no meetings since. I regret myself not going to meetings (attended one, sophomore year; that's it). I did receive an unused, in-box Apple TV/Video System, designed for Performas with an infrared port, during that meeting (with official Apple remote control), now to get a computer to stick it in!!

    To top it all off, both wmug-news and wmug-discuss mailing lists have been receiving spam lately (spam addressed to any WPI e-mail address that begins with a "W"). The discussion mailing list is used once in a blue moon to give away beige Macs or by the freshman looking to access his/her network drive, but that's about it.

    However, I do see more and more PowerBooks and iBooks in the campus center. Seems the smart people are learning which OS to turn to. :)

    I'm in my junior year at WPI. I was a CS major, but switched to MIS halfway through soph year. What a switch that was - the professors are so much better and communicable (read: they speak English!). I call WPI home. There are so many aspects of the school that define me and make it comfortable to be there, but I can't elaborate or this post would be five pages long.

    One of my cousins is a senior at Mass Academy, also. It is TOUGH. Imagine senior year, trying to apply to colleges and do all that senior-year fun stuff, while at the same time taking six college courses a semester (WPI standard is three courses per seven-week term). I almost applied to MA myself but decided against. She applied and was accepted to WPI, which shaves a year of classes (and tuition payment!) due to carryover credit ... very helpful.

    I graduated high school with approximately a 3.5 average and a 1300 SAT score (taken in 2001, before they adjusted the scoring system) - just about average for an entering WPI student. I had some real trouble with failing courses during the year 2003, but switching to my new major made all the difference. :)
     

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