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What is RAMP?

RAMP is a 7-week Summer Bridge Program for incoming WIT students from the Greater Boston area. Sponsored by the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the program enables students to familiarize themselves with a project-based college environment, form a cohort of classmates from similar backgrounds, and immerse themselves in campus life early on.

Did we mention that RAMP pays participating students $16 per hour

Come build with us!

Come build with us!

Ready to Apply to RAMP?

The application for RAMP 2024 is now open for all Greater Boston residents enrolling at Wentworth as first-time college students. 

Real Problems, Real Clients

RAMP engages students with real-world, community-based clients. Students will work with local organizations to help identify innovative solutions to complex issues through problem definition, design, and prototyping.

Design + Build Solutions

Instrumental to a Wentworth design or engineering education is the understanding of how things go together. Through Peer Project Advisors, RAMP project teams receive hands-on guidance throughout the process, resulting in working prototypes. 

Students participating in a workshop.

Build a Network of Support

RAMP provides participating students with a foundation of support before starting at Wentworth. Students have the opportunity to make lasting relationships before the semester even starts. Participants are also supported by program mentors (who are former RAMP students themeslves) and staff from Community and Learning Partnerships (CLP) and the Center for Diversity and Global Engagement (CDGE).

Students participating in a workshop.

Career Exploration + Mentorship

RAMP connects participating students with strategic industry and community-based partners. This summer, students will connect with employees from industry partners like Teradyne, Verisk, Turner Construction, Feldman Surveyors, Eversource, and many others to explore careers in design, engineering, technology, and management. Students visit or are visited by these companies and see how professional teams collaborate in the field.

RAMP students visiting a construction site.

Interactive Workshops

Staff from Student Affairs, the Library, Success Studio, and the Center for Wellness, conduct weekly workshops focusing on developing the “whole” student, through improvements to student study skills, collaboration with other students, and managing your health at college and beyond. Our staff meets regularly with RAMP students providing them ongoing, individualized case management to support their pursuit of or transition to Wentworth.

Students participating in a workshop.

Improve Communication + Presentation Skills

Every student receives direct instruction from faculty members throughout the institute, to introduce them to STEM field expectations while also giving them a head start in the fall. Participants in RAMP also work with their project team to present their weekly progress to peers. This helps each student improve their oral communication skills.

RAMP students presentation their final solutions.

RAMP: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Prospective Students

Can't find an answer you are looking for below? Reach out to Kate Stutz, who leads our College Access + Success Team!

  • When does RAMP start and end this year?

    RAMP will Monday, June 24th through Wednesday, August 14th with a break between July 1- July 5. The hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Who is eligible for RAMP?

    Students enrolling at Wentworth for the first time this fall 2024 from the Greater Boston area are eligible for RAMP. Students must be able to commit to commuting to campus for the entirety of the program. We will provide priority to students who are:

    • First-Generation College Students: your parent(s)/guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree in the United States
    • Residents of Boston
    • From low-income families
  • Is RAMP a residential program?

    No. Participants in RAMP are not offered housing for the summer. Since so many of our students from the Boston area commute, this is a great opportunity to practice your commute to Wentworth if you plan on staying at home. We will also provide students with a monthly T-pass for June, July, and August.

  • Does RAMP cost anything to qualified students?

    No. Actually, one of the benefits of RAMP has been the ability of the program to PAY participating students for their time. This year's RAMP will pay participating students $16 per hour, one dollar above Massachusetts minimum wage for 2024. The payment is considered an educational stipend.

  • Will I earn college credit for participating in RAMP?

    At this time, RAMP is not a credit-bearing opportunity.

  • What support will Wentworth provide participating students during and after RAMP?

    The staff at the CLP are committed to your success. CLP’s College Access and Success Team will be checking in with you regularly through individual meetings, events, and opportunities to build your personal and professional network. Additionally, CLP welcomes you to visit our office to take advantage of our lab space to study, complete homework, eat lunch, or even take the occasional nap between classes.

RAMP Key Dates

  1. Jun 02

    Last Day to Apply to RAMP

  2. Jun 24

    First Day of RAMP

  3. Aug 14

    Last Day of RAMP