Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Women's Technology Program Massachusetts Institute of Technology


2011 Applicants: | Criteria | Fees | Apply Online | Decisions
Teachers and Guidance Counselors: Recommender Info
Download our Flyer to post in your classroom or distribute to prospective applicants.

Who should apply to WTP?
Female students now in grade 11 who:
  • love and excel at math and science,
    but have very little or no prior experience 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 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 additional 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. 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 engineering. Physics and calculus are not prerequisites. The WTP-EECS computer science class is introductory, so students who have taken AP Computer Science will already have covered more than our CS curriculum.
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. PSAT math scores of accepted students typically range from 58-80 with median of 68-73.
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 will stretch themselves and explore new areas of learning. 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 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, so spending four weeks at WTP will not expose them to new material or opportunities. Non-acceptance to WTP has no bearing whatsoever on a student's chances of future acceptance by MIT, and we do not share any information about our applicants with MIT admissions.

Program Fees
Our goal is that all admitted students be able to attend WTP regardless of their family financial situation. Admissions decisions are made independent of financial aid requests.
There is no fee to apply to WTP. If you are admitted, the standard tuition is $3,000, and students are responsible for their own transportation to MIT. However, based on family financial need, students can be awarded scholarships ranging from a partial tuition discount to a full scholarship, sometimes including a travel reimbursement (attend for free).
If you want to be considered for financial assistance, be sure to answer "Yes" on the Financial Aid Request page of the WTP application. The information you provide there about your family's income will be used to determine the amount of assistance you will receive if admitted. 

Apply to WTP - Apply Online
To apply for the summer 2011 Women's Technology Program, go to our new Online Application (there is no longer a paper application).
You must complete and submit the entire application to WTP by
January 15, 2011

Information for Teachers and Guidance Counselors
Students appying to WTP must list a Math Teacher, a Science Teacher, and a Guidance Counselor as Recommenders. We suggest that the applicant inform her two Teachers and Guidance Counselor NOW that she is working on the WTP application, and send them to this web page for more information. Here is a .pdf that Teachers and Guidance Counselors can print out for advance information about what WTP will need from them to complete the student's application.
Recommenders will receive an email message from WTP on or before January 15th (as soon as the student submits her completed WTP application). We request that Recommmenders submit their information about the student by January 31st.

Admissions Decisions
Admissions decisions will be sent by email on April 5, 2011 by the end of the day. You will be told whether you are admitted to the EECS or ME curriculum track, denied admission, or on the waiting list. Admitted students will also be sent information about any waivers or discounts to the tuition fee. Please check your spam filter that day in case our message was incorrectly screened as spam instead of landing in your inbox.
If admitted, you will be required to accept or refuse admission to WTP by April 15, 2011. Any vacant spots will then be offered to students who were notified on April 5th that they are on the waiting list. We do not add any denied students to the waiting list after April 5th admissions decisions are sent.
If you do not receive a message from WTP by April 6th, please email us (instead of phoning) at the address on our Contact Us page and we will tell you your status.

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