Women's Technology Program
Who should apply to WTP?
students now in grade 11 who:
Sixty participants (40 for EECS and 20 for ME) are selected from a nationwide applicant pool of the top female 11th grade math and science students. Students must reside in the U.S. (or be U.S. citizens if living outside the U.S. ).
The primary criteria for acceptance are a strong curiosity about engineering or computer science and a demonstrated ability to excel in math and science. Students should be able to handle college-level material at a rapid pace, but should not have completed prior coursework or summer programs in engineering. Physics and calculus are not prerequisites. The WTP-EECS computer science class is introductory, so students who have taken AP Computer Science or who have other computer programming experience will already have covered more than our CS curriculum, and will not be admitted to the EECS curriculum track (they can still apply for the ME track).
Applicants are accepted based on the strength of their math and science grades, evaluations by a math and a science teacher, personal statements, and scores on the PSAT, SAT, or ACT. While standardized tests are not a requirement for acceptance to WTP, PSAT math scores of accepted students typically range from 60-80 with median of 72.
We are looking for students who are not yet certain about their future college majors, and who would like to explore engineering and computer science to determine whether these fields might be of interest. WTP classes are ungraded so that students will stretch themselves and explore new areas of learning. However, we do expect students to work hard and make the most of this opportunity; we pack a great deal of material into the short 4 weeks, including a full load of evening and weekend homework and project work. WTP is not a "summer camp" but an intense academic experience.
NOTE: WTP is not connected in any way to MIT undergraduate admissions. WTP has very different acceptance criteria than MIT . In many cases students are not accepted to WTP because they have already covered some or all of the WTP curriculum, or have had previous in depth exposure to engineering, so spending four weeks at WTP will not expose them to new material or opportunities. Acceptance or non-acceptance to WTP has no bearing whatsoever on a student's chances of future acceptance by MIT.
Our goal is that all admitted students be able to attend WTP regardless of their family financial situation. Admissions decisions are made independent of fee waiver requests; we do not look at these requests until after admissions decisions have been made.
There is no fee to apply to WTP. If you are admitted, the standard fee to attend is $3,000, which covers all classes, room and board. Students are also responsible for their own transportation to MIT. However, based on family financial need, students can be awarded scholarships ranging from a partial tuition discount to a full fee waiver; we also occasionally include a travel reimbursement (attend WTP for free).
If you want to be considered for financial assistance, be sure to answer "Yes" to the fee waiver question in the Student Application Part 1. The information you provide there about your family's income will be looked at after we make admissions decisions, and will be used to determine the amount of assistance you will receive if admitted.
You may also
want to investigate whether your local school system or organizations
in your town provide grants for summer math or science activities.
Apply to WTP
Please be sure to read all of the information on this entire page and the Application Instructions before applying to WTP. You may also want to check our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page for more details.
(2) Ask your Math and Science Teacher if they are willing to submit an evaluation form to support your application. Give them the link to the Instructions for Teachers page. If you are not sure which teachers to ask, read the answer to this question on our FAQ page.
(3) Print out the Instructions for Guidance Counselors/Registrars and fill in your name and test scores. Give the completed form to your Counselor or Registrar as soon as possible and make sure they will be able to confirm the scores you list in Part 1 of your WTP application.
(4) Look at Part 1 of the application and make sure you have all the required information to fill it out. Then do so!
(5) Download Part 2 of the application and start working on it.
Student Application Parts 1 and 2 are due on or before
Teacher Evaluations and Guidance Counselor info is due by
Confirmation of Completed Application:
Admissions Decisions - mid-April
Admissons decisions for summer 2014 will be sent by email in mid-April, to the email address supplied by the applicant in Part 1 of her application. You will be told at that time whether you are admitted to the EECS or ME curriculum track, denied admission, or on the waiting list. Admitted students who requested financial assistance in their applications will also be sent information about any waivers or discounts of the WTP fee.
We will have more information in March about the exact day when admissions decisions will be released. Please check your spam filter that day in case our message was incorrectly screened as spam instead of landing in your inbox.
If admitted, you will be required to accept or refuse by email your admission to WTP within a week. Any vacated spots will then be offered to students who were notified that they are on the waiting list. We will not add any denied students to the waiting list after WTP admissions decisions have been made.
If you have additional questions about appying to WTP, we suggest you check our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers before contacting our office by email at email@example.com.