Wentworth Institute of Technology

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Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wit-logo.png
Motto Honesty, Energy, Economy, System[1]
Established 1904[2]
Type Private
Endowment US$ 81.9 Million [3]
President Zorica Pantic
Academic staff 134[4]
Undergraduates 3,636 (3,412 full-time)[4]
Location Boston, Massachusetts,  United States
Campus Urban, 35 acres (14 ha)[4]
Athletics Division III[5]
14 varsity teams[6]
Colors Black, Gold, and Cardinal Red[5]
Mascot Leopard[5]
Affiliations AICUM
Colleges of the Fenway
NAAB
NEASC
Website www.wit.edu

The Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) is an independent, co-educational, technical design and engineering college located in Boston, Massachusetts. Wentworth was founded in 1904 and offers career-focused education through its fifteen bachelor's degree programs in areas such as architecture, computer science, design, engineering, engineering technology, and management, as well as Masters degrees in architecture and construction management.[2] Wentworth is one of six institutions of higher learning known collectively as the Colleges of the Fenway. The university is one among a small group of Institute of Technologies in the United States which tend to be primarily devoted to the instruction of technical arts and applied sciences.

History[edit]

Wentworth Hall

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.[7] Accordingly, a board of seven directors incorporated Wentworth Institute on April 5, 1904, as a school "to furnish education in the mechanical arts."[8] 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.[9][10][11] — 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.[12] 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[13]
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 the Wentworth 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 (MArch) program.[14]

Academics[edit]

Wentworth has seven academic departments: the Department of Applied Mathematics and Sciences, the Department of Architecture, the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Computer Science and Systems; the Department of Design and Facilities, the Department of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering; and the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management.[15] Wentworth offers bachelor's degrees in fourteen engineering, technology, design and management majors.[15] Wentworth's co-op program, which begins during a student's junior year, prepares students to enter the work force through practical laboratory experiments, studios and co-op working experience.

Wentworth is a technology-oriented college; all of the residence hall rooms and suites have hard-wired high speed Internet access and all incoming freshman receive a laptop as part of the Institute's Laptop Initiative to provide all students with the proper tools and skills to succeed. Depending on the student's major, a student will receive either an Apple Macbook Pro or a Lenovo Thinkpad to work with.

Cooperative education[edit]

As a fundamental part of Wentworth education, the Institute requires students to complete two cooperative education semesters in work placements. These can be anywhere in the world and are always related to the career major of the student to prepare students for postgraduate work or further study. By the end of the two mandatory co-op semesters, students should be better prepared to enter the work force with considerable experience.

Center for Community & Learning Partnerships[edit]

The Center for Community and Learning Partnerships supports neighborhood concerns while enhancing the educational and professional environment at Wentworth. It is the hub for community service, service learning, and college access and success initiatives at the Institute.[16] Projects and programs facilitated through the Center during the 2007-08 academic year engaged more than 1,800 students who contributed 116,000 hours to community-based work and service.[6] According to the Independent Sector and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a volunteer hour in Massachusetts was valued at $25.47 in 2007.[17] Based on this figure, Wentworth’s service efforts had an estimated economic impact of approximately $3 million for the 2007-08 academic year.

Wentworth's civic engagement work garnered national recognition in 2008, earning the Elective Classification for Campus and Community Engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[18]

Campus[edit]

The Wentworth campus spreads over 35 acres (14 ha) in Fenway, an urban neighborhood of Boston.[4] It consists primarily of 15 buildings for administrative and faculty offices, classrooms, laboratories, library, athletic facilities and an art building. The main buildings are on Huntington Avenue.

The MBTA Green Line provides light-rail mass transit service at two stations. The Institute's neighbors include the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Northeastern University, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Students enrolled for full-time study may live in one of eight residence halls near the main campus buildings. Baker Hall is the home of the First-Year Experience (FYE), where incoming students have the chance to socialize in a more extensive way due to closely grouped residence halls. Other residence halls include Evans Way/Tudbury hall, the Louis Prang/Vancouver Street apartments, 555 Huntington Ave, 610 Huntington Ave, and the Edwards/Rodgers halls for upperclassmen.

Student body[edit]

Most Wentworth students are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The Institute also has international students from Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Most students choose on-campus housing, which creates a large community of diverse students.

A larger portion of the student body has historically been composed of male students. To balance this, the Institute has placed an emphasis on female applicants and has a number of programs and areas dedicated to women. Resources for women include the Women's Center (a designated female lounge), the Woman to Woman Program, and the establishment of the Society of Women Engineers on campus. More women entering fields such as architecture and engineering has led to more female applicants and female enrollment has recently increased.[when?]

Enrollment[edit]

Total enrollment: 3,838 undergraduate (3,412 full-time)[4]

  • Men: 80%
  • Women: 20%

Athletics[edit]

Wentworth's athletics programs include 15 varsity, two club, and six intramural sports, emphasizing both men's and women's sports.

Wentworth's athletic program competes as a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and holds memberships in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Since 1989, the Leopards have captured 16 conference championships in Baseball, Men's Basketball, Hockey, Golf, Men's Soccer, and Men's Tennis. Wentworth has earned an invitation to the NCAA Division III Tournament six times (Men's Basketball: 1997 and 2007; Hockey: 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004) in the last 10 years. Wentworth received ECAC Tournament bids in baseball, men's basketball, hockey, lacrosse, men's soccer and women's soccer within the last 12 years.

A multi-purpose athletic field, a gift from Myles Sweeney '28 and his wife, Eugenia, opened in 1996. Sweeney Field is in front of the main building of the Institute - Wentworth Hall. Since 1996, the men's and women's soccer teams have enjoyed a combined home record of 81-27-2 (75% won).

Individual student-athletes have garnered numerous all-league, rookie of the year, and player of the year honors throughout Wentworth's history, with four student-athletes earning five Verizon/CoSIDA Academic honors in the last 11 years.

Student clubs and organizations[edit]

  • Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Society, Epsilon Kappa Chapter (PSP)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) NSBE/WIT
  • Wentworth Student Government (WSG)[2]
  • Wentworth Internet Radio + Entertainment (WIRE) [3]
  • Wentworth Events Board (WEB)
  • American Institute of Architecture Students WIT Chapter (AIAS)
  • Wentworth Architecture Club (WAC)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
  • Wentworth Architecture Review (WAr)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers WIT Chapter (SHPE @ WIT)
  • Wentworth Environmental Club (Green Team)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (WIT Chapter)
  • Mechanical Contractors Association of America (WIT Chapter)
  • Student Association of Interior Designers (SAID)
  • Student Association of Facility Managers (SAFM)
  • Peer Educators Advancing Knowledge (PEAK)
  • Association of Information Technology Professionals WIT Chapter (AITP)
  • Society of Women Engineers WIT Chapter (SWE)
  • Wentworth Alliance (WITA)
  • Wentworth Marksmen (WIT Rifle)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Wentworth Student Section (WIT ASME)
  • Wentworth Association of Managers (WAM)

Notable alumni[edit]

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Coordinates: 42°20′12″N 71°05′42″W / 42.336611°N 71.095019°W / 42.336611; -71.095019