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2012-2013 Academic Catalog: Admissions
Maureen Dischino, Executive Director of Admissions
Wentworth Hall, Room 108
Undergraduate Day Programs Admissions
Wentworth accepts applications on a rolling admissions basis, which means that applications are reviewed as soon as all required documents are received. The priority deadline for full-time day admissions is February 15.
All applicants for admission must present an official transcript of record from a recognized high school or a preparatory school of equal grade. The high school equivalency diploma of a state education department or of a high school may be substituted for high school graduation. Official G.E.D. scores should be sent to the appropriate admitting office.
Students applying for financial aid are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the financial aid priority filing date of March 1. For more information about financial aid, refer to the financial aid section of this catalog.
Wentworth accepts only full-time students in the day program majors, either as first-year or transfer applicants. Students seeking to study part-time should apply to the College of Professional and Continuing Education’s (CPCE) evening and weekend programs. Please see below for specific requirements for applying to first-year, full-time day transfer, and CPCE.
Wentworth accepts international students into full-time day programs only as first-year or transfer applicants. Specific requirements regarding international student admissions are found later in this section of the catalog.
Wentworth Institute of Technology reserves the right to be the exclusive judge of the acceptability of any applicant for admission to its programs of study.
A student taking day courses who is not yet admitted into a degree or certificate program is defined as a non-matriculating day student. Assuming all pre-requisites are satisfied, non-matriculating day students can take up to 16 credits. The registrar and CPCE admissions counselor will keep track of all non-matriculating students regarding credit hours earned.
Under extraordinary circumstances, a non-matriculating student may be allowed to take more than 16 credits, but no more than 16 credits can be applied to a Wentworth degree or certificate program. Written approval from an academic department head is required for any non-matriculating student to exceed the 16 credit hour limit.
High school seniors may apply any time after the beginning of their senior year. While there is not an application deadline, applying early is recommended for day majors because some majors and on-campus housing fill quickly. The application priority deadline is February 15.
Applicants to day academic programs must submit the following:
- A completed application, which can be submitted online from the WIT homepage, the Common Application, or the Universal College Application.
- A $50 application processing fee, due at the time the application is received.
- An official high school transcript or G.E.D. scores
- Official SAT or ACT scores
- A letter of recommendation
- A personal statement (essay)
All applicants must have completed four years of English, algebra I, algebra II, plane geometry, and one laboratory science (e.g., chemistry, physics, and biology). For students applying to Computer Science or an engineering program, pre-calculus, is also required. Students applying to the applied math major must have completed calculus.
International Student Application Requirements
The term “international student” refers to any student who is not a United States (U.S.) citizen or a U.S. permanent resident. Most international students obtain F-1 student non-immigrant status.
International students are enrolled at Wentworth at the beginning of the fall semester in late August of each year; mid-year (January) enrollments are usually limited to students transferring from a similar program of study. Wentworth evaluates all admission applications on a rolling admission basis. Rolling admission means that the Admissions Committee will evaluate an application when all the necessary materials have been submitted. . While there is not an application deadline, applying early is recommended for day majors because some majors and on-campus housing fill quickly. The application priority deadline is February 15. International students must submit:
- A completed international application, which can be submitted online from the WIT homepage, the Common Application, or the Universal College Application.
- Academic records attesting to the applicant’s secondary and (if applicable) post-secondary education. These records must be mailed directly by the attended institution(s) to the Wentworth Office of Admissions. The records must have an original signature, in ink, from the appropriate certifying official (such as a registrar or keeper of records) and bear the institution’s seal. If originals cannot be sent, exact copies certified as such by the appropriate official may be submitted. If the documentation is not in English, they should be accompanied by official English translations.
- Evidence of proficiency in English, if the applicant’s first language is not English. Acceptable evidence of proficiency includes:
- a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 71 or higher on the Internet-based exam, 197 or higher on the computer-based exam, or 525 or higher on the paper-based exam.
- an International English Testing System (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 or higher, with no subscore below 5.5
- A “C” (2.0) or higher grade in English I and English II on an official transcript from a U.S. college or university
- Successful completion of the highest level of a Wentworth-recognized intensive English program and a recommendation from that program’s director. A list of such programs is available from the Admissions Office
- Proof of financial support to cover the cost of tuition, books, supplies, medical insurance and living expenses for the first year of study at Wentworth. For the 2012-13 academic year, the estimated cost of twelve months for commuter students is $47,750, and for resident students is $46,575. Proof of support must be provided in one of these formats:
- Completed Wentworth Declaration and Certification of Finances form, signed by the student’s parent or sponsor, with an attached certified bank letter or credit reference from the sponsor’s bank.
- Original signed letter of support from a recognized sponsoring embassy, agency or organization
- Form I-34, Affidavit of Support with appropriate affirmation or notarization and supporting evidence
- At least one letter of recommendation from an academic advisor or teacher.
- A personal statement (essay) of 250-500 words.
- A copy of the identity page from the applicant’s passport.
When these items are received, an evaluation is made of the applicant’s eligibility for admission. If all requirements are met and the applicant is determined admissible, a letter of acceptance will be mailed to the student.
Once accepted, a tuition deposit of $150.00 (and a housing deposit of $500.00 if the student chooses to live on campus) is required to guarantee enrollment. The deposit deadline is May 1. Deposits will be accepted after May 1 on a space available basis. Once the deposit(s) are made, a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) is issued for visa purposes. All remaining charges and monies due to Wentworth must be paid by one of these methods:
- A bank draft in United States dollars drawn on a correspondent bank with offices in the United States. Checks must be in U.S. dollars and payable in the United States
- A wire payment sent to: Citizens Bank, indicating the swift code CTZIUS33XXX, ABA# 011500120 for credit to account number 1312878107, to be credited to Wentworth Institute of Technology in the applicant’s name and Wentworth ID number. If paying by wire, please notify the Admission Office.
- Credit card
Payment of $150.00 tuition deposit and $500.00 housing deposit reserves the student’s place in the entering class and on-campus housing. These deposits are refundable for the fall semester provided that a written request for a refund is sent to the Admissions Office postmarked by May 1 and the original I-20 Form is returned to the Admissions Office. For spring semester admission, the tuition and housing deposits are non-refundable. It should be noted that payment for each semester’s tuition, room, and board charges must be paid by the due date, or students will be prevented from registering for classes.
Each student accepted for admission to Wentworth must submit completed immunization records and enroll in the Wentworth Health Plan upon enrollment. If complete immunization and physical examination records are not submitted in full, students will not be allowed to register for classes.
Students pursuing degrees abroad at institutions with a signed articulation agreement with Wentworth Institute of Technology may apply to enroll at Wentworth for one or two semesters as a non-matriculating/exchange student with the approval of their home institution.
Visiting/exchange students are required to live on-campus and to purchase health insurance through Wentworth.
Applications for enrollment will be reviewed for academic eligibility by the appropriate academic department and by International Student Services for eligibility for non-immigrant student status.
For a student to apply to enroll as a visiting/exchange student and receive documentation needed to obtain the appropriate U.S. non-immigrant status, the following application materials must be received by International Student Services by March 15 of the year in which a student applies:
• Complete official transcript showing all grades received at the home institution and any other institution of higher education the student has attended
• Essay from the student describing his/her interest in the particular program he/she is applying for and why he/she would like to study at Wentworth in and the U.S.
• Letter from an official at the home institution that credits earned at Wentworth Institute of Technology will count toward the student’s degree program
• Proof of English proficiency, as accomplished through taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or International English Testing System exam (IELTS). Minimum required scores are posted on the Wentworth website under Admissions. A statement from a home institution official that the student has been studying in English for a minimum of 2 years meets the proof of English ability requirement.
• Financial documentation showing the student has enough readily available money to pay for living expenses, books/supplies, etc. during their studies in the U.S. Tuition is paid to the home institution.
• Copy of passport pages showing name, date of birth, country, and expiration date
• Students applying to study in the Wentworth Architecture or Design & Facilities Departments are also required to submit a portfolio, for example drawings made for classes.
Visiting/exchange students are regarded as members of the Wentworth community and as such are encouraged to participate in campus life through engagement in student club activities, etc. Visiting/exchange students are also responsible for adhering to the Student Code of Conduct as well as any other rules set forth by the Institute.
Transfer Application Requirements
Transfer students may apply at any time, with a recommended deadline of February 15. The deposit deadline for admissions and housing is May 1. Deposits will be accepted after May 1 on a space available basis.
Applicants for admission must submit a completed application form to.. Students are encouraged to submit their application online from the WIT homepage (www.wit.edu), the Common Application (www.commonapp.org), or the Universal College Application (www.universalcollegeapp.com). A $50.00 application processing fee will be charged for students applying; payment is due at the time the application is received.
In addition to the official high school transcript or G.E.D. scores, applicants must submit a letter of recommendation, the College Official’s form (available at www.commonapp.org) from the most recent college attended, a personal statement (essay), and transcript(s) from every prior college attended. Transfers who are within a year of graduation from high school must also submit the results of SAT or ACT scores.
Transfer students must have completed four years of high school English, algebra I, algebra II, plane geometry, one laboratory science (e.g., chemistry, physics, biology For students applying to Computer Science or an engineering program, pre-calculus, is also required. Students applying to the applied math major must have completed high school calculus or a college level equivalent.
Transfer students may be required to take Wentworth’s English placement examination, unless transfer credit is granted for courses equivalent to ENGL100 or ENGL115.
Students seeking to transfer into the Electromechanical Engineering program must have completed similar course work at an accredited college or university (NEASC and/or TAC-ABET or EAC-ABET accreditation or equivalent), and have a minimum of 2.5 out of a 4.0 GPA for all mathematics and physics courses.
Students seeking to transfer into the Interior Design program must present a portfolio of work to receive credit for courses with visual content. Contact the department for specific guidelines.
Please see the section on transfer credit for information and policies about awarding academic credit based on courses taken at another institution, Advanced Placement and other exam results, and professional or other experience
College of Professional and Continuing Education Application Requirements
Applicants for admission must submit an official transcript of record from a recognized high school.
The high school equivalency diploma of a state education department or of a high school may be substituted for high school graduation. Students can submit official G.E.D. scores to the College of Professional and Continuing Education office.
Applicants who have attended college must submit an official transcript of their final record from each college they have previously attended.
All students who are required to complete the mathematics sequence at Wentworth are required to take the mathematics placement examinations as detailed later in this section of the catalog. Wentworth reserves the right to be the exclusive judge of the acceptability of any applicant for admission to its programs of study.
Applicants can also be admitted on a non-matriculating basis to take individual courses. Acceptance to take a course is based on an evaluation of the student’s previous academic experience. Non-matriculating students may not take more than 16 credits without special permission of the Dean.
In addition to the general requirements listed above, applicants should have satisfactorily completed the following: four years of high school English, algebra I, algebra II, plane geometry, a laboratory science (e.g., chemistry, physics, biology), and drafting (recommended for students entering Architectural Technology).
Applicants must also fulfill specific requirements, depending on the program to which they are applying. Please refer to the CPCE academic programs section to see if your program has specific requirements. Applicants to professional certificate programs are required to submit an application as well as a current resume. A $50 application fee is required for applicants to all programs.
CPCE program applicants must complete an online math placement test no later than one full week prior to the start of the semester and before registering for MATH225, College Mathematics A. Applicants who receive transfer credit for MATH225 or who have been advised to enroll in Basic Algebra (MATH120) are not required to complete the test. Each section of the exam will only be given to a student once a semester.
The exam consists of three sections:
Section I College Mathematics A
Section II College Mathematics B
Section III College Mathematics C
All students must take Section I of the exam. Students are not required to take the other sections unless they are seeking placement into a higher level of mathematics. A student who passes both sections of the exam will be awarded advanced standing credit for College Mathematics A and advised that he/she may advance in the sequence of mathematics courses. Students requiring remediation will be advised of their options regarding preparatory course work available. If a student in College Mathematics A, B, or C feels that he/she could test out of a mathematics course, he/she should contact CPCE to arrange to take a comprehensive mathematics placement exam.
Special Requirements – Professional Land Surveying
Acceptance into the PLS program is by application and requires an associate or bachelor degree in Civil Engineering, Forestry, Environment Sciences, Geology, or a related field. Related degrees and/or significant professional experience will also be considered for acceptance. (In all cases, prerequisites must be met for PLS acceptance).
Applicants must submit an application package, including both high school and college transcripts and a professional resume.
International Student Application Requirements
Prospective students seeking part-time study who can study in the United States without the institution support for a student visa are encouraged to apply. International Student applicants must provide to the CPCE admissions office:
- A copy of the applicant’s current 1-94 card (front & back)
- A copy of the applicant’s current passport
- A copy of the applicant’s current Visa
All other admissions requirements remain the same as for CPCE undergraduate admissions referenced above.
Graduate Program Admissions
Master of Architecture
Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a Master of Architecture (M. Arch) degree, a first professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB). Students who have completed a four-year NAAB-based pre-professional Bachelor of Arts or Science in Architecture degree or its international equivalent (as established by the Canberra Accord on Architectural Education) may apply online at www.wit.edu.
A fifty dollar ($50) non-refundable application fee must be submitted with the application. Applications are accepted for the fall semester only. The deadline for receipt of a complete application packet is January 15. The minimum overall GPA for admission to the program is 3.0 or permission of the Department.
Students graduating from Wentworth’s Bachelor of Science in Architecture program and who achieve a minimum departmental (non-elective ARCH courses from1st through 3rd years only) GPA of 3.2 will automatically be accepted into the M. Arch program for the following year. These students need only submit an application, statement of intent and official transcript(s). Automatic acceptance applies only to applicants currently enrolled in Wentworth’s bachelor level architecture program.
International students should refer to the section on international student admissions for specific requirements. All transcripts of course work completed outside the United States must be evaluated by a reputable evaluation service.
The following terminology is used to distinguish candidate status:
Internal Candidate: An applicant currently enrolled in Wentworth’s Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree program or who has graduated from this program within one year of the application deadline.
External Candidate: An applicant who received their Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Wentworth more than one year prior to the application deadline, or an applicant from a four-year NAAB-based pre-professional Bachelor of Arts or Science in Architecture degree or its equivalent.
All application materials must be completed in English and the candidate should keep a copy of all application materials. The following application materials must be delivered to the Admissions Office by January 15 as a complete application packet:
1. Official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school graduation, along with a statement of your rank in the class, and in your department, if available. If you are currently enrolled in a program, ask the registrar of the Institute to include a list of classes in which you are currently registered. The transcript(s) must be sealed in an envelope from the registrar’s office; loose or opened transcripts will not be accepted.
2. GRE general test scores for external candidates only. They are not required for internal candidates.
3. Completed online application (www.wit.edu) and a $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
4. Submit a statement of intent detailing your interest in studying architecture on the graduate level and your intended career/professional goals.
5. References/letters of recommendations:
a. Internal candidates must include on the application form the names and contact information (address, phone, e-mail) for two people who may be contacted as references (in lieu of letters of recommendation). References should be individuals who can judge your potential success in the study of architecture on the graduate level. Letters of recommendation should not be submitted by internal candidates.
b. External candidates must submit two letters of recommendation with their application, using the recommendation form available for download with the online application. Recommendations should come from individuals who can judge your potential success in the study of architecture on the graduate level. Each recommender must return the recommendation to you in a sealed envelope with their signature across the back flap of the envelope; loose or opened letters of recommendation will not be accepted.
6. Professional portfolios should contain work that demonstrates your proficiency in architecture and reflect the full range of your creative, research, and technical skills. Please observe the following requirements when creating your portfolio:
• May be no smaller than 6x9 inches and no larger than 9x12 inches
• Must lay flat; attached objects, foldouts, and unbound pages are not permitted
• Must have a front and back cover
• Applicant’s name must be clearly printed on the front cover
• May not contain more than 15 interior pages (15 pages equals 30 sides)
• Must be bound on one side using professional quality binding techniques
• May not include CD’s, DVD’s, or other non-printed materials
Note that portfolios will not be returned. Electronic portfolios will not be accepted.
Completed applications for the M. Arch program are reviewed by the Architecture Department. Notification on the outcome of the admissions process occurs by April 1 for admission to the following fall semester. Accepted students must indicate their decision to enroll in writing by no later than May 1, accompanied by a $200.00 tuition deposit and a $500.00 housing deposit. The tuition and housing deposits are non-refundable after May 1. Admissions decisions are mailed to the address provided on the application form. Acceptances may not be deferred.
Wentworth Institute of Technology reserves the right to be the exclusive judge of the acceptability of any applicant for admission to its programs of study. Admission decisions for the M. Arch program are final. All acceptances are contingent upon successful completion of the specified undergraduate degree program and maintenance of the minimum GPA standard.
Master of Science Part-Time Programs
Master of Science in Construction Management
Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a part-time Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) through the Center for Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE). Students with a bachelor’s degree from an American Council of Construction Education (ACCE) accredited program in construction management may apply online at www.wit.edu. Students with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline may also apply but will be required to demonstrate competencies in accounting, construction estimating, construction scheduling, project management, and general management by submitting proof of completion of undergraduate coursework, a prior learning assessment portfolio or by completing a construction management certificate. A fifty dollar ($50) non-refundable application fee must be submitted with the application. Applications are accepted for the fall semester only. Application will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
The minimum overall GPA for admission to the program is 3.0 or by permission of the department.
Master of Science in Facility Management
Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a part-time Master of Science in Facility Management (MSFM) through the Center for Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE). An undergraduate degree in facility management, architecture, engineering, construction management, business, or interior design with demonstrated competencies in accounting, operations, real estate, project management, and general management by submitting proof of completion of undergraduate coursework, a prior learning assessment portfolio or by completing a facilities management certificate. A fifty dollar ($50) non-refundable application fee must be submitted with the application. Applications are accepted for the fall semester only. Application will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
All application materials must be completed in English and the candidate should keep a copy of all application materials. The following application materials must be delivered to the College of Professional and Continuing Education:
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school graduation. If you are currently enrolled in a program, ask the school’s registrar to include a list of classes in which you are currently registered. The transcript(s) must be sealed in an envelope from the registrar’s office; loose or opened transcripts will not be accepted.
- A recommended undergraduate GPA of a 3.0. The admissions committee may request the GRE or GMAT exams if the GPA is below a 3.0.
- Completed online application and a $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
- A resume showing at least one year of verifiable work experience in the construction industry (for MSCM) or in the facility management field (for MSFM). The completion of two college level cooperative education experience in the construction industry can substitute for the one year work experience.
- Two references/letters of recommendations from an employer /supervisor.
Completed applications for the MSCM programs are reviewed by the MSCM program director and the academic department. Completed applications for the MSFM programs are reviewed by the MSFM program director and the academic department. Notification on the outcome of the admissions process occurs on a rolling basis for admission to the following fall semester. Accepted students must indicate their decision to enroll in writing by no later than August 1, accompanied by a non-refundable $200.00 tuition deposit. Wentworth Institute of Technology reserves the right to be the exclusive judge of the acceptability of any applicant for admission to its programs of study. All acceptances are contingent upon successful completion of the specified undergraduate degree program and maintenance of the minimum GPA standard.
The decision of the CPCE MSCM and MSFM graduate committees related to all aspects of admissions is final.