Wentworth Institute of Technology

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Wentworth Institute of Technology
Formal Shield of the Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, USA.svg
Shield of the Wentworth Institute of Technology
Motto Honesty, Energy, Economy, System[1]
Established 1904[2]
Type Private
Endowment US$ 81.9 Million [3]
President Zorica Pantić
Academic staff
Undergraduates 3,636 (3,412 full-time)[4]
Location Boston, Massachusetts,  United States
Campus Urban, 31 acres (13 ha)[4]
Athletics Division III[5]
16 varsity teams[6]
Colors Red, Yellow, Black[5]
Mascot Leopard[5]
Affiliations AICUM
Colleges of the Fenway
Website www.wit.edu

Located in Boston, MA, Wentworth Institute of Technology was founded in 1904. The school offers career-focused education through its 19 bachelor's degree programs in areas such as applied mathematics, architecture, computer science, design, engineering, engineering technology, and management. The Institute also offers master's degrees in architecture, construction management, civil engineering, facility management, and technology management. Wentworth is one of six institutions of higher learning that are tightly grouped geographically and known collectively as the Colleges of the Fenway.


Wentworth's Quad

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. Esteemed local architects Peabody & Stearns were hired to design the school's campus. Executed between 1910 and 1916, the original building program consisted of the buildings presently known as Williston, Wentworth, and Dobbs Halls.[12]

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.[13] 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.

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 Pantić 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]


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] The Institute’s unique, three-part experiential learning model combines class learning with project-based work, laboratory/studio experience, and co-op placements with industry partners. The academic experience contributes to an impressive 99 percent student placement rate within six months of graduation. Over the past five years, application and enrollment numbers have risen dramatically; the academic preparedness of incoming freshmen has also improved.

Wentworth is organized into four colleges: Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Technology; Architecture, Design & Construction Management; and Professional and Continuing Education.

The Institute offers bachelor's degrees in 19 majors and master's degrees in six majors.

Wentworth has become a leader in externally-collaborative, project-based, interdisciplinary learning (called EPIC learning), which is focused on applied technology—preparing students for success in industry and graduate school education.

Today, the Institute enrolls more than 3,900 students from 31 states and 50 countries.


The Wentworth campus spreads over 31 acres (13 ha) in Boston's Mission Hill, Roxbury and Fenway neighborhoods.[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 campus includes a picturesque quad, or open green space for student activities, outdoor study groups or events.

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, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Students enrolled for full-time study may live in one of nine 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, 525 Huntington Ave, and the Edwards/Rodgers halls for upperclassmen.

Center for Community & Learning Partnerships[edit]

Founded in 2005, the Center enables students to participate in community service through a range of outlets from nonprofit work with community partners to rebuilding efforts in New Orleans during Alternative Spring Break trips. Faculty members participate as well by running community-based design studios, Service Learning, or their own direct participation in the community. In 2008, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classified Wentworth and the Center for Community Engagement in Curricular Engagement as well as Outreach and Partnerships; In 2015 Wentworth was reclassified. Wentworth and the Center are the only technology school in New England to be recognized by the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll five times (2006, 2007 with distinction, 2008, 2010, and 2012).

Through the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships, Wentworth addresses retention and graduation rates by offering RAMP, a six-week summer bridge program, to Boston residents who will be attending the Institute as first-year students in the fall. To provide a success framework for Boston students, RAMP enables students to familiarize themselves with college coursework, form a cohort of classmates from similar backgrounds, and immerse themselves in campus life earlier. The program aims to help students transition from high school to Wentworth by providing one-on-one mentoring, front-line academic instruction, and project-based learning activities that align closely with the curricular goals of the institute. On-going case management from the Center staff, in conjunction with workshops with members of the campus community, provides individualized support for the students not only through the summer, but also throughout their years at Wentworth. Most notably, RAMP offers a $1,500.00 wage to each participating student, helping them to prioritize academics while still balancing financial need.

CLP by the Numbers

  • Community Work Study: Since 2013, 143 students worked with 22 community partners for 9,400 hours with a value of $253,500 to local Boston communities.
  • A total of $83,300 has been paid through the Federal Work-Study Program.
  • Alternative Spring Break: Since 2005, 215 students performed over 9,800 hours of service and raised more than $100,000 with a value of $270,000 to ASB host communities. Prior trips include Everglades National Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Golden Pond, Kentucky.
  • co+build: Since 2013, over 200 students have performed over 1,300 service hours with multiple Boston nonprofits valuing over $36,000 in services.
  • Certificate in Community Learning: 30 certificates have been conferred to date, 3 student portfolios are slated for review for 2015.

Student life[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?]

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

  • Men: 80%
  • Women: 20%

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 Collaborative (WECo)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers Mini Baja (SAE)
  • 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)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Competitive Video Gaming Club (CVGC)


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.

Notable alumni[edit]


External links[edit]

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