Women's Technology Program

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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Summer 2016

Application materials for WTP 2016 will be available on December 7. Please check this website at that time (we do not have a mailing list). The application deadline will be January 15, 2016.

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 close to 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. 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 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

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

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 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 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

WTP summer 2016 application information should be available on December 7, 2015.

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Information about confirmation emails and the application process will be available in December 2015.

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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 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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