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. We received more than 700 applications last year.
Students must attend high school in the U.S. (or be U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents if attending school outside the U.S.).
The primary criteria for acceptance are a strong curiosity about engineering and/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 (we realize that in many school systems students do not take these courses until Grade 12) but students should be taking the most advanced math and science classes available in their grade level at their high school.
Accepted students must attend WTP for the full four weeks.
WTP admissions decisions are released at the end of April. We do not have rolling admissions and only make decisions after we have evaluated all applicants. If your plans change so that you would not be able to attend WTP, please send us an email withdrawing your application as soon possible so that we do not spend unnecessary time evaluating your application. Read more about Admissions Decisions below.
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.
There are two separate WTP curriculum tracks: Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) and Mechanical Engineering (ME). Students will be accepted to only ONE track. We don’t expect you to know enough about engineering disciplines yet to have a preference, in which case the admissions committee will choose what we think is the best fit.
The WTP-EECS track is for students with no prior background in computer programming . Check our FAQ CS question to determine if you have too much CS experience and are therefore not eligible to apply for WTP-EECS. Students with too much CS experience who are not eligible for the EECS track can still apply to the ME track if genuinely interested in Mechanical Engineering (and do not have too much engineering design experience), but MUST select “Only ME” as their curriculum track preference in the online application.
The WTP-ME curriculum focuses on the engineering design process as used in mechanical engineering. if you have taken an engineering class or had extensive experience with engineering design, you will most likely not be considered for the ME curriculum track. Students with engineering design experience who are not eligible for the ME track can still apply to the EECS track if genuinely interested in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (and do not have too much CS background) but MUST select “Only EECS” as their curriculum track preference in the online application.
Applicants to WTP should have high grades in all their high school classes (predominantly A's), and be taking the most advanced classes in science and math (appropriate for their grade level) offered at their schools.
Applicants are accepted based on the strength of their math and science grades, evaluations by a math and a science teacher, personal essays, and scores on the PSAT, SAT, or ACT, or math and science AP or SAT Subject tests. We do not expect students to have taken all of these tests!
Note that standardized tests are not a requirement for acceptance to WTP, and we will still consider your application without these scores.
Although we ask you to tell us about all of your scores, we will focus on your highest scores. PSAT math scores of accepted students in past years have typically been above the 85% range for high school juniors taking the test.
It has come to our attention that there is inaccurate information about how WTP selects students on other websites not affiliated with WTP. Unfortunately, WTP has no way to take down or correct this wrong and misleading information. Please Do NOT believe anything about WTP admissions criteria and our selection process that you read on other websites. For the correct information read this page and our FAQ or email your question directly to WTP if you do not find the answer there.
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.
There is no fee to apply to WTP. We have a two-tiered fee for students who attend the program.
Families with annual incomes less than $120,000 will receive a FULL FEE WAIVER - YOU ATTEND WTP FOR FREE. This includes all classes, housing, and food. You must request this after admission.
To request a fee waiver: If you are admitted to WTP your parent(s) must email the WTP track to which you were admitted in order to request a fee waiver. To receive the waiver, your parent(s) will have to confirm their income level with tax return documents.
Families earning more than $120,000 per year pay a $3,500 FEE. This covers all classes, housing, and food. This "full fee" is actually less than half the real cost per student, thanks to the generous support of WTP sponsors.
If your family income is greater than $120,000 and extenuating circumstances would make it difficult to pay the $3,500 WTP fee, your parent(s) may request a fee discount or waiver by emailing the WTP track to which you were admitted. Either a discount or full waiver could be awarded, if WTP has enough available funds.
Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from WTP, but students with full fee waivers may request assistance with air, train, or bus ticket costs if needed.
Our goal is that all admitted students be able to attend WTP regardless of their family financial situation.
If you do not qualify for a WTP fee waiver or discount, you may also want to investigate whether your local school system or organizations (such as Mu Alpha Theta) can provide you with grants for summer math or science activities.
Apply to WTP
The WTP application uses an online service called SlideRoom.
The application submission deadline is January 15.
The WTP online application consists of:
Short answer questions about your previous coursework, activities, prior experience, and any standardized tests you have taken. There are also 4 essay questions: each essay must be a minimum of 275 words, a maximum of about 330 words (2000 characters).
* Attachments (3):
Many online Grade Reports do not meet these criteria, so you may have to request an unofficial transcript from your school registrar. Do not send us links to your online transcripts; we will not be able to access them.
If this report also contains your fall semester Grade 11 course grades (actual grades, not just a list of courses in progress) please upload it a second time as the Grade 11 Fall Report (Attachment #2).
2) High School Transcript - Grade 11 Fall Report : Upload a .pdf showing your Grade 11 fall grades (this can be one quarter, or the full fall semester, depending on what is available). This can be an UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT or Report Card, but it must contain your full name, your school name, and the school address. The document must be in English. The size limit is 10MB.
The report must show your course grades for at least the first fall quarter of Grade 11 -- NOT just list courses you are taking.
If your current Grade Report does not meet these criteria, you may have to request an unofficial transcript from your school registrar that includes fall semester grades after submitting your WTP application. In that case, upload a .pdf note as Attachment #2 saying you do not yet have the report (since you cannot leave this attachment slot empty). As soon as your Grade 11 report becomes available, email it to email@example.com so we can add it to your submitted application.
Once you submit the first quarter grades you have completed this requirement. Please DO NOT send us any additional Grade 11 updates unless you have significant changes in course grades (such as going from a B to an A, or from an A to a B in a science or math class).
3) Score Reports - Test Score Documents: You must attach your test score reports (PSAT, SAT, ACT, Math and Science SAT Subject or AP) to have your scores included in your application. We do not expect you to have taken ALL of these tests! Make sure you upload reports for all the tests you list in the Test Scores Form question.
Your score reports can be scanned from paper or captured from online screen shots. NOTE that your FULL NAME MUST BE VISIBLE on the pages or screen shot with your scores. WTP cannot get score reports directly from the College Board or ACT.
Please combine all of your score reports into one .pdf document and upload. Size limit: 10MB. There are free online sites where you can merge .pdf files into one document and also convert other file formats (.png, .tif, .jpg) to .pdf documents. If you are unable to merge all of your scores into one document we have provided two additional score report attachment sites in the application.
Students who have not taken ANY of these tests may still apply to WTP. If you have no score reports to upload, instead upload a .pdf note to the Score Reports Attachment saying you have not taken any of these tests (since you cannot leave this attachment slot empty).
Please print the Guidelines for Teacher Evaluation document and give to your Math and Science teacher when they agree to serve as a reference for you. When you add them as a Reference to your application they should receive an email invitation to complete an online form in one session. If your teachers do not receive the email, have them check their spam file, and also make sure the email you listed for them in your application is correct (no typos).
Applicants can check the status of Teacher References by logging into Slideroom even after submitting the application. Check that their email addresses are correct. You can resend the email to your teacher yourself at any time. If your teachers cannot find the email (even after checking their spam files), you may contact SlideRoom directly for additional technical support.
DO NOT ask a Computer Science Teacher to be a Reference. We find information from a science teacher who teaches classes in physics, biology, or chemistry (or is a science team or robotics team coach) or from a math teacher who teaches algebra, pre-calculus, geometry, calculus, or statistics (or is a math team coach) much more useful for admissions decisions. Remember, if you have taken Computer Science classes you are probably not eligible to apply to the WTP-EECS curriculum track. Learn more at http://wtp.mit.edu/faq.html#CS_Background.
It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure her application is complete by taking the steps below. WTP does not send out additional messages after the initial submission confirmation; we do not confirm when applications are complete.
To Complete Your Application:
1) Check the status of your Teacher References by logging into SlideRoom -- you can do this even after submitting your application. Click on the word "Completed" in the left column. Talk to your Teachers if they have not completed the online forms, make sure they received the Reference request email. You can check and correct their email addresses, and resend the email reminder to your teacher yourself within SlideRoom even after you submit your part of the application.
If your Teachers have not submitted their References by the Teacher Reference deadline of January 22, please ask them to do so as soon as possible in order to complete your application to WTP. We will accept References after that date, but it delays evaluation of your application.
2) If you did not have any fall Grade 11 course grades yet when you submitted your application, you MUST EMAIL your fall Grade 11 report as soon as it becomes available to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your application is NOT COMPLETE until we have this information. Once you submit the first quarter grades you have completed this requirement.
Please DO NOT send us any additional Grade 11 updates unless you have significant changes in course grades (such as going from a B to an A, or from an A to a B in a science or math class).
3) If you receive additional test scores after submitting your application, email your score report or screen shot as an attachment to email@example.com and we will add them to your application ONLY until March 1 (we will not accept them after that). NOTE that your FULL NAME MUST BE VISIBLE on the pages or screen shot with your scores. Size limit: 10MB.
4) Please do not contact us to add information about awards, competitions, or other activities you have been doing since you submitted your application in January. We do not include updates like this in WTP applications.
If you are admitted to another summer program before you hear from WTP, please notify us as soon as possible, and before April 12. If you decide to attend another summer program please withdraw your WTP application; we do not want to waste time evaluating your application if you will not be able to attend WTP.
It has come to our attention that there is inaccurate information about WTP admissions criteria and how WTP selects students on some websites not affiliated with WTP. Unfortunately, WTP has no way to take down or correct this wrong and misleading information on these other sites. Please Do NOT believe anything about WTP admissions criteria and our selection process that you read on these other websites. For the correct information read this page and our FAQ or email your question directly to WTP if you do not find the answer there.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.