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Founded in 1904, Wentworth Institute of Technology began as a vocational tech school in Boston. Over the years it grew dramatically in size and in the quality of its educational offerings. Today, it is a nationally ranked polytechnic university offering a powerful hands-on and career-focused education to students throughout the world. The majority of Wentworth’s 4,200 students are enrolled in 17 bachelor’s degree programs in areas including engineering, architecture, computer science, applied mathematics, business management, computer networking, construction management, and design.
Its setting is urban, on 31 acres in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.
It employs 552 full-time employees and 276 part-time employees and has an annual operating budget of $133 million and an endowment valued at approximately $113 million.
College of Opportunity
Wentworth is known as a college of opportunity, with a tuition lower than many of its peers, merit scholarships for almost all students, many bridge programs to help young men and women from under-resourced Boston communities succeed at Wentworth’s demanding STEM curriculum, and a history of transforming students with average academic records into high-performing contributors. Many of its students are the first in their generation to attend college.
Wentworth’s transformative abilities begin with its students, who have a reputation for being hardworking and humble. Wentworth’s roots as a vocational school shine through in its hands-on and project-based learning model, which starts in the first year and culminates with two semesters of mandatory CO-OPs. There are more than two dozen laboratories and maker spaces on campus, from an advanced machine shop, to 3-D printing labs, to a nanotechnology lab, to architectural studio space for all students. More than likely, students in their first year will venture from the classroom into one of these spaces to create and learn.
The Institute is home to one of the country’s most active, dedicated and successful career preparation teams. Hundreds of employers flock to Wentworth to recruit CO-OP students and new graduates. There’s also Accelerate, a “skunkworks” innovation center where students put themselves to the test, iterating a marketable idea, prototyping it, and reaching beyond the walls of Wentworth to test and garner support. Several companies have spun out of Accelerate and thousands of students have left with new confidence in taking risks for small projects and big ideas—an enterprising and desirable mindset they bring into the workplace.
Located in the heart of Boston, Wentworth provides all the benefits of a student-focused, small-college environment, surrounded by everything that an academically and culturally vibrant city has to offer.