Women's Technology Program
We have closed the WTP application and will not reopen it for additional students. (The deadline to apply for summer 2021 was January 15th.)
Admissions decisions for submitted applicants will be released at the end of April 2021 (we choose the waiting list from the current applicant pool).
Submitted Applicants: if your Teachers did not submit their References by the January 22 deadline, we will still accept them until March 1st. However, this delays our ability to begin evaluating your application, so please ask them to do this as soon as possible.
Application & Admissions
Summer Details: If I'm admitted...
What will Virtual WTP be like?
You must be in the 11th grade when you apply to WTP. We do not make any exceptions for students in earlier grades, even if they have taken advanced math and science classes. You cannot apply if you are already in the 12th grade or have graduated high school. The WTP experience is designed for students who have completed 11th grade immediately before attending WTP, and who will be in 12th grade and presumably applying to college in the fall after attending WTP.
Virtual WTP 2021 will be entirely FREE: there is no fee for students to attend or apply to the program.
IIn order to ensure that admitted students are able to fully participate in Virtual WTP, we will be exploring options for aiding students with limited internet and computer access.
Go to the Application page and follow the directions there. We do not accept additional applicants after January 15.
Students who live outside the U.S. are NOT eligible to apply to WTP unless they are U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents. This is true even for Virtual WTP in summer 2021.All WTP applicants must either:
1) Live in the U.S. (your home address is in the U.S., including June - August 2021). For Virtual WTP 2021 you must also be living in the U.S. during the summer weeks WTP is in session (not just during the fall-spring school year).
2) Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident. In this case, it does not matter where you live.
Check our Application web page for more information about who should apply and for our selection criteria. Students should be able to handle learning a large amount of college-level math and science at a rapid pace, and be ready to work hard once they start at WTP, but should not have already completed prior coursework or summer programs in the WTP curriculum. Physics and calculus are not prerequisites for admission, but students should be taking the most advanced math and science classes available in their grade level at their high school. Having taken physics of any level (including AP C) does not constitute too much experience for either track.
WTP is not connected in any way to MIT undergraduate admissions; it is not a stepping stone to getting into MIT. WTP is an outreach summer program taught by graduate students in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering. Our goal is to encourage high school juniors who are talented in math and science to study engineering and computer science at whatever college they ultimately attend.
WTP applicants will be accepted to attend only ONE of the two curriculum tracks. We do not expect applicants to know enough yet about engineering disciplines to have a preference for EECS or ME, so the admissions committee will choose the track we feel suits you best, or where you have the least prior experience. However, if you do have a preference, you may indicate it in the Curriculum Track Preference form in the WTP application.
NOTE: the WTP-EECS computer science class is introductory. Students who have too much experience in computer programming (from classes, after school activities, online, or other summer programs or internships) will NOT be considered for the EECS curriculum track, since the CS class is designed for students with no prior background. To assess your CS background see below. Students with too much CS experience who have a genuine interest in Mechanical Engineering (and do not have too much engineering design experience) may apply to attend the ME curriculum track.
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 not be considered for the ME curriculum track. Students with engineering design experience who have a genuine interest in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (and do not have too much CS background) may apply to the EECS curriculum track.
There is no simple answer to this question. It depends on the nature and depth of the student's engineering or computer background. We don't outright "exclude" anyone, but will review the student's application materials in the context of the other applications we receive and our curriculum.
However, if a student has taken an engineering course (or attended another summer engineering program) that covered much of our WTP curriculum, then they would probably not be a good candidate for WTP.
We do not want students to be bored by attending classes at WTP that simply repeat material they have already seen, and the seat would better serve someone for whom the curriculum would be new. Please review the information on our website about the EECS curriculum and the ME curriculum to determine whether you have already covered our course material.
The WTP-EECS computer science class is introductory. Students who already have some background in computer programming (from classes, after school activities, online, self-study, internships 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. To assess your CS background see below.
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 not be considered for the ME curriculum track.
Students with too much CS experience who are genuinely interested in Mechanical Engineering (and do not have too much engineering design experience) are encouraged to apply for the ME curriculum track and must select "Only ME" as their Curriculum Track Preference in the online application.
Students with engineering design experience who are genuinely interested in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (and who do not also have too much CS background - see next FAQ) are encouraged to apply for the EECS curriculum track and must select "Only EECS" as their Curriculum Track Preference in the online application.
We do not admit students with prior computer programming experience before WTP to the WTP-EECS curriculum track. Even though the WTP CS class pace is fast, it is designed for students who begin WTP with almost no prior CS background. Here is how you can determine if you have too much experience:
1) You definitely DO NOT have too much CS experience if your only background is in using programs (such as Excel, Word, Photoshop) rather than writing computer programs.
If you have this prior CS background you will have already covered more than the WTP Computer Science class curriculum; we will NOT consider you for the WTP-EECS track. In this case, if your preference is to study EECS in a summer program, please do not apply to WTP; instead refer to our Resources page for other programs that more closely match your interests.
We expect to admit up to 40 students to Virtual WTP 2021--a maximum of 20 for the WTP-EECS track and 20 for the WTP-ME track. We also select a waiting list of about 25 students, in case any of the original students admitted cannot attend. We do not add any denied students to the waiting list after admissions decisions are sent. Historically we have received 380-650 completed applications each year.
Admissions is very competitive, because we have space to admit only 40 students. We typically receive 380-650 applications each year from highly qualified candidates.
We choose students whose interests are a good fit for WTP: they have not already covered our curriculum in their high school classes, in other summer or after-school programs, or online. The purpose of WTP is to reach bright students who are not yet committed to pursuing engineering and computer science, who may have felt discouraged from participation in STEM activities, and who want to spend the summer learning about these fields.
Successful applicants have strong academic records in science and math, excellent teacher evaluations, work well in teams, and have demonstrated maturity, initiative, and a love of learning. We ask for scores on the PSAT, SAT, or ACT, or math and science AP or SAT Subject tests, but if you have not taken these tests will still consider your application without them. The highest math test score for accepted students is typically in the 90th percentile or higher.
No-- applying to other summer programs at MIT does not mean that WTP will learn about you. If you apply to WTP and want to apply to RSI and MITES, you must also complete their applications--your WTP application information is not sent to them. You must fill out and submit the WTP Application to be sure you are considered for admission to the Women's Technology Program.
No. We do not want resumes or long lists of awards or extracurricular activities. Please ONLY provide the information asked for in the online application. The ONLY information we accept by email after you submit your application is Grade 11 fall grades (if not submitted with your application) and additional test scores if your scores have changed sugnificantly. We can only include additinal transcripts and scores until March 1.
You must upload your transcripts (Grades 9-10, and fall Grade 11) as attachments inside the online WTP application before you can submit your application.
We will accept an UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT or Report Card. It MUST contain your full name, your school name, and if possible the school address. The size limit is 10MB. The documents must be in English.
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. Do not ask your Counselor to email WTP your transcripts - you must directly upload them yourself to your online application.
For Grade 11, attach your fall first quarter OR first semester grades; check your transcript carefully before uploading to be sure it has actual grades for your classes, not just a list of the courses you are taking.
If you do not yet have your Transcripts or Grade Reports before submitting your application, or if Grade 11 does yet have grades for your fall 2020 courses, please instead upload a .pdf note (you cannot leave these transcript attachment slots empty). The note should say you do not yet have the grade report. As soon as your missing grade report becomes available, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add it to your submitted application.
Your WTP application will NOT BE COMPETE until we have your fall Grade 11 course grades for at least the first quarter of the year.
Please DO NOT send us any other Grade 11 semester-end updates after the fall quarter 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).
We understand that some 11th grade students have not yet taken any standardized tests--and we certainly do not expect you to have taken all of them!
Although scores are a useful element in our selection process, they are less important than other parts of the WTP application. Standardized tests are not a requirement for acceptance to WTP and we will still consider your application carefully if you do not have any standardized test scores. However, given the number of applicants, standardized math and science test scores give us additional information to help us evaluate students from different school systems.
We ask you for all of your scores, but we will focus on your highest scores. While accepted students typically have math test scores in the 90th percentile or higher, this is not a firm requirement; we do accept students with lower or no test scores.
Note that WTP cannot get score reports from the College Board or ACT. You will upload .pdfs of your Score Reports as attachments in your online WTP application.
If you receive test scores after submitting your WTP application, we can still include them until March 1. Email your score report as a .pdf attachment to email@example.com and we will add it to your application. We cannot accept additional scores after March 1.
You will upload .pdfs of your Score Reports as Attachments in your online WTP application. Note that WTP cannot get score reports from the College Board or ACT.
In your WTP application. first fll out the "Test Scores Form." We do not expect you to have taken ALL of these tests! If you have not taken any of these tests, check that box.
ONLY check the boxes for tests you have taken for which you have RECEIVED SCORE REPORTS. Please DO NOT check off a test in the Test Scores Form question #1 if you have taken the test but are waiting for the score report.
You must also complete the questons listing your highest math scores in any tests you have taken.
Next, upload your score reports in the Attachments section of the WTP SlideRoom application for all the tests you listed in the Test Scores Form questions. To upload your score reports, first create a.pdf document; you may scan paper score reports or capture online screen shots of your test scores. NOTE: Your FULL NAME MUST BE VISIBLE on the page/report with your scores. If possible, please combine all of your score reports into one .pdf document and upload it . 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.
DO NOT request that the College Board send official test scores to MIT for the WTP application. Those scores will go to MIT Admissions; we will not be able to access them at WTP. We also cannot access links to your online score reports. Here are some examples of score report attachments we accept for PSAT, SAT, ACT. The report scores should be for actual tests you took officially, not practice pre-tests.
Standardized test scores are NOT a requirement for WTP admission; you may still apply to WTP if you have not taken any of these tests. If you have no score reports to upload, instead upload a note to the Score Reports Attachment saying you have not taken or received your scores for any of these tests (since you cannot leave this attachment slot empty). Without these scores we will evaluate your application based on your transcript math courses and grades.
If you receive additional test scores after you submit your WTP application, and your scores are significantly different from what you already attached to your application, you may email your score reports to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can add them to your application until March 1st (but not later).
It is best to choose a Math and Science Teacher who know you well. They do not have to be 11th grade teachers. In some cases, your 10th grade teachers, or teachers who coach your math, robotics, or science team, may know you better. In particular, for Virtual WTP in 2021 your 10th grade teachers may know you better if your 11th grade teachers have not met you in person (just through online learning).
We will include only the two Teacher References (1 Math, 1 Science) in your WTP application. Directions for how to designate your Teachers as References are inside the online WTP SlideRoom Application.
We ask your Teaches to COMPLETE AN ONLINE FORM inside the WTP Application with specific evaluation questions and a place where they can write or upload a letter of recommendation for you.
To give your teachers a preview of what to expect, please send them the link to this Guidelines for Teacher References when you ask them to serve as a WTP Reference. If they agree, add them as a Reference to your application; they should then receive an email invitation to complete an online form (they must complete the form in one session). See the next FAQ for Teacher Reference tech support.
Please DO NOT ask a Computer Science teacher to be one of your References. We find information from a science teacher who teaches classes in physics, biology, or chemistry (or is a science 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 than a computer science teacher.
If your Teacher References 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). If your teachers still cannot find the email, visit the SlideRoom Applicant Help Center References Help link.
Even after submitting your WTP student part of the application you can manage your References. Note that we initially ask Teachers to complete their Reference Forms by January 22nd (a week after the student WTP application deadline) but we will continue to accept completed Teacher Reference Forms until March 1st. However, since your application is not complete until we receive both Teacher Refereces, we cannot begin reviewing your application without them.
If your References need to make any changes after submitting the Form, have them send an email to email@example.com and we can unsubmit the Form, allowing them to change or add new information and then resubmit the Form.
No. If we receive letters of support or emails from your Guidance Counselor, Principal, MIT Alumni, or others recommending you for WTP admission, these materials will not be included in your application file. We only want the two Teacher Reference Forms (one Math, one Science) for your WTP application.
We ask you to write long answers to three questions to help us better understand your interests and personality.
Each essay answer should be a minimum of 275 words -- and less than 2000 characters (approximately 334 words). There is a count below each text box, and you will not be allowed to enter additional text beyond 2000 characters. If any of your essays is less than 275 words you will be less competitive with other applicants.
These answers should be personal responses, not abstract, impersonal essay writing you might do for a class assignment. Please write about different topics for each question, so we gain broader insights into your interests. Do not fill the text block with lists of your extracurricular activities or your resume. Please follow the directions carefully for each essay.
The essays are your opportunity to help us get to know you in ways not represented by your test scores and grades, to "put a face" on your application.
The three required essay questions for WTP 2021 are:
1) Why do YOU want to learn about engineering and/or computer science at the Women's Technology Program? What do you hope to accomplish by attending?
2) Describe a personal, social, or academic challenge you have faced and how you responded to it.
3) Tell us about ONE of your activities that is important to you, and why you are passionate about it.
When you submit your WTP application through SlideRoom you will see a screen shot automatic confirmation. However, your application is NOT complete until we receive both of your Teacher References and have your fall Grade 11 transcript (only send your transcript to us if you did not upload it to Attachments).
It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure the application is complete by taking the steps below. WTP does not send out email messages confirming applications are submitted or 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. 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. If your teachers cannot find the email, contact SlideRoom directly for technical support at the Help Center link.
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 with significant score changes 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.
Admissions decisions are sent by email to the address you listed in your WTP SlideRoom application. We expect to notify students in the last week of April (exact date will be posted on the WTP home page in mid-April). Students will be informed whether they are admitted to the EECS or ME curriculum track, or put onto a waitlist, or denied. We do not add additional people from the denied group to the waitlist after decisions are made.
If the email address you provided in your WTP application changes, please send us the update so you can continue to receive our messages. Set your spam filter to allow messages from @mit.edu so our communications with you do not end up in your spam file. If you do not see our message in your inbox or spam file within 24 hours of our decisions date, contact WTP by email for your status.
If you are admitted to another summer program and need to make a deposit before you hear from WTP, please notify us as soon as possible, to either request an early decision or withdraw your application. If your summer plans change for any reason and you no longer would be able to attend WTP if accepted, please email us as soon as you make that decision (ideally before April 1st). We do not want to waste time evaluating your application if you are unable to attend.
In early May admitted students must confirm that they wil lattend WTP. Accepted students must be able to participate in WTP for the full four weeks.
No. WTP is not a certified academic program. It is taught by MIT students, not MIT professors, and the classes are not regular MIT classes. You also cannot receive internship credit for WTP (it is not an internship).
The WTP class Instructors are MIT graduate students (or recently graduated MIT Master’s or PhD recipients). These Instructors are assisted by MIT undergraduate (or recently graduated) Tutors. Each spring we post information about the upcoming summer WTP staff's academic and personal interests on the WTP-EECS and WTP-ME staff pages. There is a new staff of Instructors and Tutors every summer.
Classes typically have 20 students. Daily and final class projects are done in teams, usually composed of 2 to 4 students.
WTP is not a "summer camp" but an intense academic experience, and has a very full schedule of activities. Students must participate in all required Virtual WTP classes and activities which will be taught LIVE (synchronously) Monday – Friday from 10am – 5pm ET. Students will have daily homework assignments to work on outside of the live WTP hours. Office hours for homework help from staff may be offered evenings and on weekends. There will also be evening and weekend community building activities that will be required for all participants.
Participating in WTP will make it very difficult (perhaps impossible) to have a paid job for the 4 weeks of the program.