The Philadelphia Inquirer did a nice job providing an update regarding curriculum and physical plant changes of colleges and universities in The Philadelphia area for this upcoming academic year. Of note, for those who thought Hampshire College had a unique curriculum, take a look at The University of the Sciences. For some, it could be a good reason to get an MBA.
Nothing new opens at WPI this year. It opened the $48M Foisie Innovation Studio and Messenger Residence Hall last September. The 78,000 sq. ft. residential and classroom facility sits at the corner of its quad in the space that was once occupied by its former Alumni Gym. Its first two floors are for academics with the upper three floors providing housing for 140 students.
WPI will break ground for a new $85M academic building this October. This 5 story 100,000 SF structure to be built on the hillside next to Gordon Library will become the hub of WPI’s Smart World initiative, integrating education and research programs in data science, robotics, autonomous vehicles, Interactive Media and Game Development (IMGD), Learning Sciences and Technology (LST), bioinformatics, computational biology, neuro-science/engineering, architectural engineering and smart design.
It is interesting to note that these two new buildings are on the original WPI main campus footprint. Several of the newer structures the school has constructed in the last 15 years were on its Gateway Park campus a few blocks away (off of Lincoln Square). Gateway now contains four academic buildings, a residence Hall, and a parking garage. This additional campus extension was made necessary in recent years as WPI has seen rapid growth. It now has an enrollment of 4,435 undergraduates and 2,207 post graduates with an academic staff of some 478.