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WPI is unusual in that we don't have the normal ratio of 50% males to 50% females. Here, it is 25% females to 75% males, although in some majors, there are less than 10% females. At WPI there are generally 2 types of people: 1. the geeky people that like to play video games and hang out with each other rather than party, and 2. the jock/partiers who go out drinking a lot and often end up dropping out of WPI.
WPI is a small school, but not too small; there are typically about 4,000 undergraduates. While WPI has very poor name recognition with the public (I'm sure you'll have to tell friends and family what W.P.I. stands for, then they still have never have heard of it), WPI has excellent name recognition as well as an excellent reputation in science and engineering industries. In other words, the people who matter (the ones who hire college grads) DO know about WPI, and they hold it in very high esteem (some even prefer to hire WPI grads than MIT grads). Worcester, MA is not really a college town, despite the fact that there are over TEN colleges in the city. Honestly, there's really not much to do in Worcester itself for fun, but both Providence and Boston are under an hour away and are accessible by bus and train.
The project system is one of the best things I can think of in my school. It allows people not to study abroad, but rather the opportunity to grow and develop professionally and as a person as you work with outside organizations to really get something accomplished. Not to mention the fact that there are so many place abroad to choose from when considering the location you want to go to. The city of Worcester is very college orientated, with a dozen colleges, which is great. I do however wish that there was a greater sense of pride and community on campus both geared towards our own community and that of the city of Worcester. It seems often that we are only focusing on our studies and not our community.
The school is small, but that's why I like it. Coming from a very small town, being in Worcester is a little scary, but the campus is beautiful and our escort service is great. There's quite a bit of school pride, especially at basketball games and during homecoming, and there's a ton of greek life. But even if you aren't in a fraternity or sorority, you can still go to the parties and hang out with everyone. They really don't exclude you. The only thing that's kind of difficult, is that like, the terms are so short that you really have to stay on top of all of your school work above everything else. If you mess up at all, it could mean complete failure in that class for the term, so it's really important to do all your work, and get help if you need it.
The school is a little too small for my taste but that is steadily changing because as of my class year each class of freshman is getting bigger and bigger. They are slowly making the school larger. As soon as you tell someone that you are a WPI student the reaction is 99 times out of a 100 going to be a "WOW." And its no surprise cause this school isnt easy (some classes are though its not too bad). We study hard and we party hard (some of us). Thats a good thing about the school too- whether you like to party or its totally not your thing you can always find a clique of people you can connect with. Hands down the best thing about WPI is greek life- it is the life of the school pretty much.
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