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 typically receive more than 500 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.
Please Do NOT believe anything about WTP admissions criteria and our selection process that you read on other websites! It has recently come to our attention that there is inaccurate information about WTP on some other sites, particularly about how we select students. Unfortunately, WTP has no way to take down or correct this wrong and misleading information. For the correct information read this page and our FAQ.
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 of WTP, as long as they have an interest in learning about mechanical engineering. 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.
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.
Apply to WTP
If you are interested in WTP for summer 2017, our application information will be on the website at the end of November.
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.