Women's Technology Program


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

       







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Summer 2016

The WTP summer 2016 Admissions is now closed. We are not accepting any more applications.

We will continue to accept Teacher and Counselor Reference Forms for submitted WTP student applications after January 19.

If your References did not receive the email with the link to your application, have them check their spam files. If the message is not there, contact SlideRoom for technical support.

 


Who should apply to WTP?

Female students now in grade 11 who:

  • 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 close to 400 applications. Students must reside in the U.S. (or be U.S. citizens or permanent residents 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 (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.

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. Check our FAQ CS question to determine if you have too much computer background for WTP-EECS.

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. We do not expect students to have taken all of these tests! Although we ask you to tell us about all of your scores, we will focus on your highest scores.

While standardized tests are not a requirement for acceptance to WTP, PSAT math scores of accepted students in past years have typically been in the 80%-99% percentile range for high school juniors taking the test.

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

There is no fee to apply to WTP. If you are admitted, the standard fee for summer 2016 is $3,500, which covers all classes, room and board. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from WTP.

We grant fee waivers and discounts based on family income. Our goal is that all admitted students be able to attend WTP regardless of their family financial situation.

For summer 2016 we will waive the entire fee (you attend WTP for free) for families with annual incomes of $70,000 or less; we will halve the fee (you pay $1,750) for families with incomes of $70,000-$110,000. We will work with families with special circumstances whose income falls outside these guidelines to ensure that you can attend WTP no matter what your financial situation.

If you want to be considered for a fee waiver or discount, be sure to answer "Yes" to the question in the Fee Waiver Request Form of the WTP Application, and provide us with information about your family's income range. Admissions decisions are made independent of fee waiver requests; we do not look at these requests until after admissions decisions have been made. We will notify applicants about any fee waiver or discount when we send out admissions decisions.

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 in your town provide grants for summer math or science activities.

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Apply to WTP

The WTP summer 2016 Admissions is now closed. We are not accepting any more applications.

We will continue to accept Teacher and Counselor Reference Forms for submitted WTP student applications after January 19.

If your References did not receive the email with the link to your application, have them check their spam files. If the message is not there, contact SlideRoom for technical support.

Current Applicants:
Please be sure to carefully read the earlier paragraphs on this page and all the information in this section, as well as the directions inside the application. Visit our FAQ for answers to questions you may have as you complete the questions. If you can't find answers to your specific question, we prefer that you email your question to WTP instead of calling our office. Contact SlideRoom directly if you need tech support with the online application (such as References not receiving emails, or unsubmitting completed References to add more test scores).

There are several parts to the WTP application:

* Forms with questions you answer, including 4 essay questions.

* Attachments: Transcript: upload a .pdf of your Grades 9-11 Unofficial Transcript. It must contain your full name, your school name, and the school address. The size limit is 10MB. You may need to get assistance from your school registrar or guidance counselor to obtain this document and create a .pdf file. Do not ask your Counselor send us your transcript; you must upload it directly to your part of the WTP application. The document must be in English.

If you do not have any grades yet for fall 2015 (Grade 11), upload your Grades 9-10 transcript before the January 15 deadline.

If your fall 2015 Grade 11 report becomes available BEFORE you have submitted your application, but after you have already uploaded your Grade 9-10 transcript, you can still add it yourself to your application. First you must delete the Grade 9-10 transcript you already uploaded. To do this, in "Attachments" look for a trash can icon at the top right of your uploaded document, next to the name of the file.  When you hover over it you will see “Remove attachment.”  If you click on it you will see a question about whether you want to delete the file.  Click “yes” and the Grade 9-10 transcript will be removed from your application.

You can then create a new document with your combined Grade 9-10 and Grade 11 transcripts, and re-upload that .pdf to your application as the transcript attachment.

If your fall 2015 Grade 11 report becomes available AFTER you have submitted your WTP application,  email it to wtp-app@mit.edu and we will add it to your application (even if it is after January 15).  We must have your Grade 11 grade report to complete your application.

* References: Two Teachers (1 Math, 1 Science) and your Guidance Counselor. DO NOT ASK THEM TO WRITE A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION. Instead, your references will COMPLETE AN ONLINE FORM with specific questions. DO NOT mail test scores to WTP. Contact SlideRoom directly if you need tech support with the online application (such as References not receiving emails, or unsubmitting completed References to add more test scores).

The Math and Science Teachers will answer questions about your class performance and teamwork. Please print out the Guidelines for Teacher Evaluation and give copies to your Math and Science teachers when they agree to serve as a reference for you.  You are not able to request more than one Math or Science Teacher as a reference. If you are not sure which math and science teachers to ask, read the answer to this question on our FAQ page: http://wtp.mit.edu/faq.html#Q14.

Your Guidance Counselor will complete an online form to list and verify your test scores (PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP) as they know them. We do not expect students to have taken all of these tests, and in fact you can be admitted to WTP even if you have not taken any standardized tests! Please DO NOT mail test scores to WTP- your counselor must enter them into your application on the online form.

Do not assume your Counselor automatically has all ALL of your scores, especially your most recent (and maybe your highest) scores, which may not yet be in your school record. You may find it helpful to print out and fill in this Student Worksheet for Guidance Counselor Test Score Verifications (PSAT instructions were revised on January 8th for new PSAT test score scale). Bring it to your meeting with your Counselor; we will accept his/her verification of scores not in your school records if you can show him/her your online or paper test score reports.

It is your responsibility to make sure your References have received the reference request email with the link to your WTP application, and that they all complete their forms. Contact SlideRoom directly if your References are not receiving emails. Contact WTP if your Counselor needs help unsubmitting a completed Reference Form to edit or add more test scores.

If your Teachers or Guidance Counselor have not submitted by the January 19, 2016 deadline, we will continue to accept References after that date, but please ask them to do so as soon as possible in order to complete your application to WTP.

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Confirmations

When you submit your WTP application you will receive an automatic confirmation by email. However, your WTP application MAY NOT YET BE COMPLETE! Follow these Next Steps (also in the confirmation message):

1) Make sure the 2 Teachers and 1 Guidance Counselor have received the reference request email, and that they complete their forms. Double check that you correctly entered their email addresses. You can see if their forms have been submitted from your WTP application account. Log into your application and click on the word "Completed" in the left column.

If your Teachers or Guidance Counselor have not submitted by the January 19, 2016 deadline, please ask them to do so as soon as possible in order to complete your application to WTP. We will continue accepting references after that date, but we cannot begin evaluating your application until they are in your file.

2) If the transcript you uploaded did not yet include your fall Grade 11 grades, you MUST EMAIL your fall 2015 Grade 11 report as soon as it becomes available to wtp-app@mit.edu.

3) If you receive additional test scores after Jan 19, please follow the instructions at http://wtp.mit.edu/faq.html#Q13 to add them to your application.

 

 

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Admissions Decisions
Admissions decisions are sent out by email in late-April. WTP does not have rolling admissions or early decisions.

If the email address you used to create your WTP application changes, notify us immediately by email wtp@mit.edu so we send your admissions decision message to the correct address.

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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