Women's Technology Program

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Student Applicants:

Criteria | Fees | Application | Confirmations | Admissions Decisions

Summer 2014 Admissions is closed
We have selected the 60 students and are not accepting any new applicants.

Summer 2015 information and online application materials will be on the website in November 2014.

Who should apply to WTP?

Female students now in grade 11 who:

  • love and excel at math and science,
    but have very little or no prior experience 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. 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.

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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 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.

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Apply to WTP

WTP Admissions for 2014 is now closed to new applicants.
The deadline was January 1, 2014. We have 367 applicants for just 60 seats in the program, so we are not accepting any additional applications.

Confirmation of Completed Application:
Part 1 and Part 2 : All 2014 applicants should have received an email as of January 8th confirming receipt of Parts 1 and 2. If you did not see it in your inbox, check your spam filter to see if our message was screened as spam and make sure you are accepting emails from @mit.edu.

Confirmation that entire WTP Application is complete: As of February 14, we sent confirmations to students whose applications are complete; we are in the process of contacting students with incomplete applications about what is missing: usually it is a teacher evaluation, score verification, or transcript for the first semester of Grade 11. Contact WTP to learn the status of your application if you have not received a message from us.

Teacher Evaluations : If you haved not received a confirmation that your application is complete, you may want to check with your teachers to confirm that they have sent their evaluations. Do not worry: we will not penalize you if these materials are received late.

Counselor Transcripts and Scores: Reminder: We need your first semester of Grade 11, not just grades 9-10. Be sure your counselor sends us this mid-year update as soon as it is available. Do not worry: we will not penalize you if these materials are received late.


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Admissions Decisions - were sent April 24 at 9:10PM EDT

Admissons decisions for summer 2014 were sent by email on April 24 at 9:10PM EDT, to the email address supplied by the applicant in Part 1 of her application. The message indicated 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 on April 25 about any waivers or discounts of the WTP fee.

If you have not received an email of your status, please check your spam filter and if it is not there, email wtp@mit.edu. We do not give out admissions decisions over the phone.

If admitted, you are required to accept or refuse by email your admission to WTP by May 1. 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. We are not accepting any new applicants for 2014.

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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