Welcome to Goat Nation, WPI parents, families, and caregivers! We hope this will be your go-to page whenever you have a question about WPI or finding the resources you need to be an empathetic, effective, caring support system for your student.
- Preparing your student for the realities of the adult world by helping them improve their professional skills and knowledge, as well as working to provide them with an appropriate level of support while also helping them learn to function as an independent adult.
- Supporting them through the reality check that may come when they may not be the smartest person in the room like they were in high school. At some point, most students wonder if they’re cut out for WPI, but trust us: they’re resoundingly meant to be here. Many students take time to adjust to WPI’s 7-week terms and the pace of learning—you can help by reinforcing that they can absolutely succeed at WPI and encouraging them to ask for help from the many supports available to them.
- Encouraging your student to take risks—and maybe fail a little—as they stretch themselves, take risks, and push themselves outside their comfort zones. That’s what WPI’s curriculum was designed for, and this risk-taking culture sometimes also means trying, stumbling, and growing. We expect little trip-ups here and there, and you can help them through them by reinforcing that it’s okay to stumble once in a while, that perfection is not expected, and that there are various resources in place to help them.
- Helping your student help themselves by empowering them to take ownership for reaching out to professors, communicating with teammates, and setting the course for their academic and cocurricular experience. We’ve been doing this for a long time; trust us when we say it’s best for you to fight the urge to do things for them. Help them do it instead of doing it for them. We want to work with your student to address any questions or concerns rather than you as a parent or caregiver. It’s not because we’re putting up a wall; it’s because we want your student to grow and learn.
WPI has many resources, events, services, and offices that help parents navigate WPI to find the information they need. We offer programs designed to help your student succeed, both academically and in their out-of-class life. Check out the Parent Resources section for more information, and feel free to share these and other resources with your student if they need some guidance.
Important Dates to Know
- The Academic Calendar page includes each academic year's calendar, as well as links to academic catalogs.
- Check the Moving In and Closing & Moving Out Procedures pages for each academic year's move-in and move-out dates and other important information.
- Is your student an incoming first-year? Keep The First-Year Experience website in your bookmarks: it's got all the information and contacts you need, all in one place.
Student Support Systems on Campus
From tutoring and academic support, mental health resources, and financial assistance to navigating internship and job searches, the staff and faculty at WPI are ready to help your student succeed. In addition to general campus assistance, each student is assigned a few advisors throughout their time at WPI to provide direct support. Students may locate these advisors’ names and contact information in Workday under “Important Contacts” in the “Academics” section.
This faculty member teaches in your student’s major and can help guide them through course selection and finding a Major Qualifying Project (MQP) for senior year, as well as offer advice about careers and internships.
Academic Support Advisor
This full-time advising professional helps your student in choosing classes that meet degree requirements outside of their major (major requirements are outlined in the tracking sheet for your student’s major), as well as support with test taking, organization, and academic accountability.
If your student lives on campus, there’s a full-time Community Director who oversees your student’s residence hall. They supervise resident advisors (students who oversee the floor where your student lives), help support community development in the halls, and support overall resident health and safety.
Accessibility Staff Member
If your student works with the Office of Accessibility Services, they also have an assigned staff member who can help them access accommodations while providing guidance and coaching.
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- Talked to your student about how often and through what means you’ll communicate while they’re at school?
- Helped your student enroll in or waive student health insurance?
- Set up a direct deposit for eRefunds?
- Determined what permissions your student wants to grant you in the WPI Parent Portal?
- Had a discussion with your student about how you hope they’ll manage opportunities to consume alcohol/drugs?
- Talked with your student about available medical or mental health supports they may need or want to access while at college?
Is Your Student Looking to Get Involved?
College is just as much about what students do outside the classroom—that's why we've got 235+ student clubs. What's even better is our location: Worcester offers a wide variety of events and activities, so many that we put together a list of 100 of our favorites. Check it out below, and encourage your student to follow WPI and the Student Activities Office on Instagram to help them stay up-to-date on the latest happenings.