Set in an urban context in the New England's largest city after Boston, WPI's main campus entirely is privately owned, ungated and uninterrupted by public roads. The campus sits on Boynton Hill apart from the adjacent neighborhood which includes restaurants and stores on Highland Street.
Among on-campus unique facilities are centers for life sciences and bioengineering, biomaterials, bioprocessing, comparative neuroimaging, molecular sensors, nanoscience and technology, untethered healthcare, water research, computer-controlled machining, holographic studies and laser technology, wireless information network studies, fuel cell, industrial math and statistics, fire science laboratory, pavement research laboratory, atomic force microscopy laboratory.
Off campus students can use Woo Cards to get discounts on food and activities around Worcester.
More than 30 percent of students are members of the school's 15 fraternities and sororities. Even more – close to 70 percent – are involved in campus sports at some level.
The student body is actively engaged in campus activities such as the rivalry contests like the gigantic tug-of-war held throughout the year that pit the freshmen class against the sophomores.
WPI students also come out in droves for the school's club sports and intramural program and all the students must take four physical education courses ranging from lifeguarding to plyometric.
WPI is host to a number of annual and weekly events like Homecoming, Gaming Weekend, Tuesday Dance Socials. These events usually only attract students though some events such as Gaming Weekend and Quadfest are large enough to draw in off-campus visitors.
There are plenty of clubs to join, places to eat, and buildings to visit on campus. The Art museum and a beautiful park is right next to the campus. There are often events or festivals going on as well.
Freshmen are guaranteed housing which includes standard dormitories and four houses with student-selected themes. However, they do not have to live in campus residence facilities.
Housing options include coed housing, apartments for single students, fraternity/sorority housing, special housing for disabled students, wellness housing. All of them are alcohol, drug and smoke-free.
About 96% of first-year students and 49% of all undergraduates live in college housing.
88% of students are employed, freelancing, or continuing their education six months after graduation in 2016. The Career Development Center (CDC) offers resources ranging from resume critiques and mock interviews to three annual career fairs and on-campus interviews with employers to help support students and alumni through the job search process.