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Wentworth InState of Tech.

The Wentworth Institute of Technology is an independent, co-educational, technical design and engineering college located in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Location

Address
550 Huntington Ave
City
Boston
State
MA
Zip/Post Code
02115-5901

Contact Information

Phone
Fax
Website
Financial Aid Website

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
4003
Total Graduate enrollment
152
In State Tuition Fees
27950
Out State Tuition Fees
27950
ACT Score
26
SAT Score
1190
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.0
Male Female Ratio
81:19
Acceptance Rate
82%
Student Faculty Ratio
16:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mission Statement
NULL
Mascot
Leopard
Colors
Black Cardinal Gold
Conference
Commonwealth Coast

College History

History

In 1903, Boston businessman Arioch Wentworth left the bulk of his estate, estimated at $7 million, for the purpose of founding an industrial school within the city. Accordingly, a board of seven directors incorporated Wentworth Institute on April 5, 1904, as a school "to furnish education in the mechanical arts." The directors spent several years investigating the educational needs of the community and increased the endowment � only $3.5 million at the time and reached a settlement with Wentworth's daughter, who had contested his will. � The campus was established in Boston's Back Bay Fens, and Arthur L. Williston was hired as the first principal of the college. On September 25, 1911, Wentworth opened its doors as a technical school to 242 students. The school quickly gained enrollment and by 1919, it had 1,800 students in day and evening programs and 45 teachers. In 1953, Wentworth named its first president, H. Russell Beatty. Wentworth became a degree-granting institution in 1957 and began awarding its first baccalaureate-level degrees in 1970. Wentworth changed from a commuter college to a residential campus in the 1960s with the addition of several residence halls. Demographics of WIT Ethnicity Percentage Caucasian American 75.5% Asian American 4.7% African American 4.1% Hispanic American 3.4% International 3.0% Native American 0.1% Multiracial/Other 9.2% In 1972, the Institute admitted its first female students. By 2005, women represented 21% of the academic population. In 1975, cooperative education programs were introduced at Wentworth. In 1973, Wentworth instructors unionized to join the American Federation of Teachers and on October 28, 1977, the teachers of Wentworth went on strike. Before 1977, the college's lower and upper divisions operated as two separate schools; in that year these two schools merged and theWentworth Institute of Technology was created. With admissions numbers growing, Wentworth expanded by acquiring the Ira Allen School building from the city of Boston in 1980 and the former Boston Trade High School in 1983. Major renovations to the third floor of Annex Hall were enacted in 1989 at a cost of $1 million to add architectural studios and facilities. After renovation, Wentworth gained accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board in 1991. In 1993, Wentworth introduced a pair of five-year engineering programs to the curriculum: electromechanical engineering and environmental science. In 2002, these programs received initial accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission. In 2001 and 2005 Wentworth opened new residence halls with 473 and 360 beds respectively, ending Wentworth's status as a majority commuter school. On June 8, 2005, Zorica Pantic was announced as Wentworth's fourth president. She assumed office on August 1, 2005, as the first female engineer to head an institute of technology. Her inaugural ceremony was held on April 5, 2006. In November 2009, Wentworth became a master's degree-granting institution, with the creation and accreditation of its Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) program.

College Specialty

Specialty

By committing to serve the needs of non-traditional students, alumni, local employers and the community we live in, The College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) is the gateway to lifelong learning at Wentworth Institute of Technology. CPCE is recognized as a leader in providing training and education in the fields of design, building and construction, engineering technology, and in the management disciplines. The success of our alumni provides abundant testimony to the strength of our educational programs and our commitment to providing our communities and employers with a talented and prepared workforce.

Alumni

Alumni

Vahe Aghabegians, technology adviser to the Armenian government Luther Blount (MC&TD '37), entrepreneur, prolific inventor George Chamillard (IE '58), former chairman and CEO of Teradyne, Inc. Russell Colley (MC&TD '18), prolific inventor, NASA engineer, inventor of silver nylon space suit used in first manned space flight Mark P. Finlay (BAET, '99), architect John B. Kennedy, politician Joe Lauzon (BCOS '06), mixed martial artist David Lovering (EET '82), musician, drummer for the Pixies Stephen F. Lynch (CMW '88), U.S. Representative from Massachusetts Robert H. Swanson, Jr. (PET '59), founder and chairman of Linear Technology John A. Volpe (AC '30), Governor of Massachusetts, United States Secretary of Transportation, namesake of the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

Campus

Campus

Urban, 35 acres

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