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2012-2013 Academic Catalog: The Institute - Mission and Values

Wentworth Institute of Technology is a nationally-recognized, private, coeducational institution of higher education offering master’s, baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, and certificate programs to over 3,500 students each year in the disciplines of computer science, architecture, design, engineering, management, and engineering technology. The Institute was founded in 1904 through a bequest from Arioch Wentworth, a Boston merchant, and first opened its doors in 1911. Wentworth has graduated over 50,000 students, who have assumed leadership roles in the professions, industry, education, and government. Wentworth co-op students and graduates are sought after for their demonstrated abilities to quickly become productive members in the workplace, for their technical problem-solving skills, and for their educational preparation to adapt to changing technologies.

Wentworth offers baccalaureate programs in a variety of technological and design-related fields in a cooperative education format during the day and in a part-time format through the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE). The CPCE offers courses and programs during the evening and on the weekends for working adults who want to complete their degrees or supplement their skills. The Institute’s practical orientation has made these programs particularly attractive to continuing education students who want to develop the updated skills necessary to advance professionally.

The campus is on a thirty-five acre site on Huntington Avenue in the Fenway area of Boston, near the Museum of Fine Arts, Symphony Hall, and the member schools of the Colleges of the Fenway.

Mission Vision and Values

Mission Statement

Wentworth provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, project-based education in egineering, technology, design, and management that integrates classroom laboratory, studio, cooperative and experiential learning resulting in a career-ready, skilled professional and engaged citizen.

Vision Statement

Wentworth will be a student-centered institution of Academic excellence offering high quality undergraduate, graduate and lifelong-learning programs; we will develop internal Community and serve society through urban engagement; and we will foster Economic growth by educating students to become highly skilled professionals (ACE).

Wentworth's Fundamental Values: Honesty, Energy, Economy, System


Be honest in thought and deed. Be straightforward and ethical. Embrace diversity, practice inclusion, and show integrity and decency to all. Take responsibility for personal conduct.


Be energetic, creative, and entrepreneurial. Positive energy, commitment, and hard work invariably produce desirable outcomes.


Conserve time and resources. Practice sustainable economy and be a good steward of the Earth.


Cultivate a system of engaged citizenship, interdisciplinary work, and cross-cultural communication.

The Institute - Mission and Values 2012-2013 Course Catalog, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wentworth, in Boston, MA, offers career-focused undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, computer science, architecture,design and management.