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Wentworth Tech drops pre-calc requirement; STEM programs open to all.

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The Wentworth Institute of Technology is dropping its pre-Calculus admissions requirement for STEM programs. This change is aimed at opening doors to a wider range of students looking to pursue STEM degrees. Previously, students were required to have completed pre-Calculus in order to apply to the school’s applied mathematics, applied sciences, computer science, cybersecurity, data science, or engineering programs. However, there were students who did not have the opportunity to complete pre-Calculus due to various reasons, such as late changes in career or academic plans or limited high school course offerings.

Now, Wentworth has removed the pre-Calculus requirement across the board for all majors and is only requiring the completion of Algebra II to apply. The school will also be offering a new “Foundations of Calculus” course in the fall semester to cover the subject and prepare students for more advanced Calculus courses. This course will meet twice a week and count as college credit and an elective for certain majors.

The change in admissions requirements is a move towards increasing accessibility at Wentworth, according to Sue Sontgerath, associate vice president and dean of undergraduate admissions. She anticipates that the number of students applying to Wentworth will increase next year as a result of this change.

Key Points:

  • Wentworth Institute of Technology is dropping its pre-Calculus admissions requirement for STEM programs
  • The change is aimed at increasing accessibility and opening doors to a wider range of students
  • Students will now only be required to complete Algebra II to apply
  • The school will offer a new “Foundations of Calculus” course in the fall semester
  • The change is expected to increase the number of students applying to Wentworth
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