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2016-2017 Academic Catalog: About Wentworth

The Institute

Wentworth Institute of Technology is a nationally-recognized, private, coeducational institution of higher education offering master’s, baccalaureate and associate degrees and certificate programs to over 3,500 students each year in the disciplines of applied math, architecture, computer information systems, computer science, 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 evening, weekend, and online courses and programs for working adults who want to complete their degrees, supplement their skills, or earn a graduate degree. 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


Wentworth’s core purpose and mission is to empower, inspire and innovate through experiential learning.


Wentworth’s vision for the future is to become nationally recognized as the university of choice for externally-collaborative, project-based, interdisciplinary learning.

Wentworth’s Fundamental Values

At Wentworth, our core values reflect that we are student-centered, that we are passionate for real-life, hands-on teaching and learning, and that innovation and creativity are at the center of what we do. We express these three core values as Students first – The world is our classroom –Thinking without a box.