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General Information
100 Institute Road
Worcester , Massachusetts 01609-2280

Disability Resource Office

Student Accessibility Services
Shaughnessy Administration Building, Suite A-131
486 Chandler St
Worcester, MA 01602-2597
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About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is a renowned private university located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Established in 1865, the university prides itself on its commitment to delivering a world-class education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. With a strong emphasis on hands-on learning, WPI equips its students with the necessary tools and knowledge to excel in their chosen disciplines.

As a not-for-profit institution, WPI’s primary focus is providing its students with an exceptional educational experience rather than generating profits. This means that students are at the forefront of the university’s priorities, ensuring that they receive personalized attention, mentorship, and resources throughout their academic journey.

Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, WPI offers a vibrant and dynamic student life within a thriving community. Worcester is the second-largest city in New England, offering numerous amenities and opportunities for students to explore. The city’s diverse cultural scene provides an array of entertainment options, including museums, theaters, sports arenas, and a bustling downtown area. Students can immerse themselves in the city’s rich history while also enjoying its vibrant culinary scene, art galleries, and music venues.

Worcester’s central location within Massachusetts makes it an ideal hub for students to delve into the region’s vast cultural, educational, and professional opportunities. The city’s close proximity to Boston, only about an hour away via public transportation, allows easy access to one of the most iconic cities in America. Boston is renowned for its world-class universities, cutting-edge tech companies, and cultural institutions, making it an appealing destination for internships, co-op opportunities, and recreational activities.

WPI’s commitment to excellence in education is reflected in its strong academic programs. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, including majors in engineering, computer science, business, social sciences, and more. What sets WPI apart is its innovative approach to learning. The university is globally recognized for its distinctive project-based curriculum, known as the WPI Plan.

The WPI Plan is designed to give students real-world experience by working on interdisciplinary projects that address significant societal challenges. Through this hands-on approach, students develop technical skills, critical thinking abilities, and teamwork, all of which are crucial for their future careers. Furthermore, the university’s emphasis on collaborative learning and research often fosters strong connections and potential partnerships between students, faculty, and industry leaders.

With a strong commitment to inclusivity and diversity, WPI strives to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all its students. The campus offers a wide array of student organizations, clubs, and sports teams that cater to varied interests, ensuring that students have ample opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, and a well-rounded college experience.

In conclusion, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is an esteemed private university located in Worcester, Massachusetts. With its emphasis on hands-on learning, innovative curriculum, and commitment to student success, WPI stands out as an institution dedicated to providing an exceptional education in STEM and related fields. Situated in the heart of a vibrant city, WPI students have access to a wealth of cultural, recreational, and professional opportunities, making their college experience truly enriching and transformative.

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Disability Accommodations

Services Provided

      • Notetaking Assistance
      • Exam Accomodations
      • Alternate Learning Material Formats (e-text, large print, etc.)
      • Scribe Services
      • Qualified Readers
      • Assistive technologies (screen readers, voice input, etc.)
      • Qualified Sign Language Interpreters
      • Text-Based Accommodations (CART or C-Print)

      Services Provided

          • Degree Curriculum Substitutions
          • Priority Enrollment
          • Reduced courseload
          • Medical leave
          • Residence Hall Accommodations

          Campus Accessibility

          Accessible Level

              • Student Health Services
              • Mental Health Support Services
              • The library(ies)
              • Institution Online Platforms
              • Recreational and Athletic Facilities
              • Student Community Center and Other Common Gathering Areas
              • Primary Educational Facilities Used for Classes
              • Entertainment and Event Facilities
              • On-Campus Transit
              • Close Off-Campus Transit
              • Student Housing
              • Essential Administrative Offices (financial aid, registration, students services, career counseling, etc.)

              Services Provided

                  • Dietary Meal Plan Accommodations
                  • Service and Emotional Support Animals
                  • Study Abroad Program Accommodations
                  • Internship, Externship, Field Placement, or other For-Credit, Off-Campus Work Experience Accommodations