Women's Technology Program


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

       







Criteria | Fees | Apply to WTP | Confirmations | Admissions Decisions
Summer 2015

WTP 2015 will take place from June 27 to July 25. Students who apply must be able to attend as residential students for the full 4 weeks.


Who should apply to WTP?

Female students now in grade 11 who:

  • love and excel at math and science,
    but have no prior experience (or very little) in engineering or computer science

  • would like to experience hands-on activities where they design and build engineering projects
  • enjoy problem solving and collaborative learning

  • want to spend 4 summer weeks (when they are rising seniors) challenging their minds, working very hard in an intense academic environment, and making friends with girls from around the U.S. who share their math and science interests and motivation to excel.

Please check our Frequently Asked Questions for more details about WTP.



Admissions Criteria

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. We typically receive 350-400 applications. 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 the WTP curriculum. Physics and calculus are not prerequisites, but students should be taking the most advanced math and science classes available in their grade level at their high school.

The WTP-EECS computer science class is introductory. Students who have a background in computer programming (from classes or other summer programs) will not be considered for the EECS curriculum track, since the CS class is designed for students with no prior experience. (Students with CS experience may still apply to the ME curriculum 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 can feel free to stretch themselves and explore new areas of learning, without worrying about a grade. 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. Also, acceptance or non-acceptance to WTP has no bearing whatsoever on a student's chances of future acceptance by MIT.

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Program Fees

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 in summer 2015 will be $3,500, which covers all classes, room and board. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from WTP.

If you want to be considered for a fee waiver or discount, be sure to answer "Yes" to the question in the Student Application Part 1 and provide us with information about your family's income. This will only be looked at after we make admissions decisions, so that we can offer you assistance when we send you your admissions notice.

You may also want to investigate whether your local school system or organizations in your town provide grants for summer math or science activities.

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Apply to WTP

Overview: Before staring your WTP application, please read ALL of the infomation on this webpage and also the WTP Application Instructions.

WTP must receive the following 5 elements of your application by each date:
January 1 : Student Application Part 1
January 5 : Student Application Part 2
January 10:Science Teacher Evaluation Form
January 10:Math Teacher Evaluation Form
January 10:Transcripts and Scores Form sent by a Guidance Counselor or Registrar, along with your transcripts for Grades 9-11.

Note: If your Grade 11 first semester transcript (mid-year report) is not available by January 10, your Counselor should submit the Transcripts and Scores Form by that date, verifying your test scores along with your Grade 9-10 transcript. Your Counselor must send us your Grade 11 mid-year report transcript: we would like to receive these no later than February 13 if possible to complete your WTP application.

Details about all of these elements and how to submit them are on the WTP Application Instructions webpage.

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Confirmations

We will send confirmations after receiving the following elements of your WTP application:

Student Application Part 1: You will receive an automatic email (robot auto reply) immediately after you hit the "Submit" button of Part 1. The email will be sent to the address you listed in Part 1. If you do not see this email in your inbox, check your spam file and adjust your settings to always accept messages from senders "@mit.edu." If you cannot find the automatic confirmation message in your inbox or spam file, contact WTP by email.

Student Application Part 2: You will NOT receive an automatic reply generated by a robot, as you did when you submitted Part 1. Please DO NOT send us Part 2 multiple times. When you submit Part 2, a human being must first review your document to make sure it is complete; then that individual will send you a personal email confirming that we have received all pages of Part 2 of your application (or tell you what is missing).

Please be patient. We receive hundreds of Part 2 applications around the deadline date, and it could take us a week or more to respond confirming your submission. Do not worry: we will know from the date on your email that you submited Part 2 by the deadline.

Science and Math Teacher Evaluation Forms: We will send the teacher who submits the Form (not you) email confirmation of receipt. This email message is NOT an auto reply; there will be a time delay as a human being reviews the document, then sends your teacher a personal email. We appreciate your patience, especially close to the January 10 deadline.

Transcripts and Scores Form: When your Guidance Counselor or Registrar sends this form by email attachment to WTP (verifying your test scores and with your transcripts) we will send that person (not you) email confirmation of receipt. Again, this is not an auto reply, but a message from a human being, so there will be a time delay. If these documents are sent to WTP by fax we will not send a confirmation email unless the Counselor contacts WTP by email requesting confirmation.

When your ENTIRE WTP application is complete, and we have ALL the required elements: We will send you an email confirming that we have your completed application. This confirmation message is NOT automated - so it may take us several days after all parts of your application are submitted to WTP before we can confirm receipt and send you an email message. We appreciate your patience.

We will send you an email message by mid-February if we are still missing any parts of your application from your Teachers or Counselor (we do not penalize applicants if these materials are late). If you have not received an email from WTP by mid-February, please contact our office and we will tell you which elements we are still missing from your Teachers or Guidance Counselor.

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Admissions Decisions

Admissons decisions for summer 2015 will be sent by email in mid-April 2015. The exact decision date will be posted on this website after March 15. If the email address you provided in your Part 1 of your WTP application changes, send us the update so we have your correct email address to send you our decision.

WTP does not have rolling admissions. We are not able to give early decisions (before mid-April) until we have reviewed the entire applicant pool of 350-400 students.

 

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 wtp@mit.edu.

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