WPI Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Computer Science Department
Information for New CS Graduate Students


Here is a list of the first few things to do when you get to WPI and during your first semester:
  • Visit the Computer Science (CS) Department main office in the Fuller Labs (FL) building (room 233) to talk to the Graduate Secretary. They will assign you an initial Academic Advisor.
    • Note: Your Academic Advisor will not necessarily be your Research Advisor. You will choose a Research Advisor later on.

  • Contact your Academic Advisor as soon as possible, via email or by visiting their office, as you will need to make an appointment to see them in order to plan your course-work before registering for courses. Fill a Plan of Study ( http://web.cs.wpi.edu/Forms/Plan-of-Study.pdf) with your advisor and submit it to the CS Graduate Secretary during your first semester.
    • If you are a full-time graduate student you need to register for at least 9 credits.
    • If you are a supported student you may register for 10 credits each semester.

  • Go to ID Card Services, Founders Hall (lower level), to get a WPI Identification (ID) card. Take some identification (e.g., passport, or driver's license) and your letter of admission to WPI.

  • Go to http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/CCC/Services/accountmaint.html to create your CCC accounts. You will need your WPI ID and PIN numbers.

  • Once you have a WPI CCC computer account, you should use our online account request form ( web.cs.wpi.edu/Account ) to request a CS account. You will need your CCC username to complete the CS computer account request form. You will receive notification and instructions once your account is created, sent via email to your WPI computer account.
    • Make sure to read email sent to your CS account FREQUENTLY, or to forward it to the email address where you normally read your email.
    • Make sure that you are added to the mailing list. You'll be automatically added to that mailing list on the semesters you register for courses. If there is a semester when you are not taking courses, you MUST subscribe to the mailing list yourself by following the instructions in Section 3.3.2 of http://web.cs.wpi.edu/Help/LocalToWPI/gradStudentIntro.pdf.
    • Read http://web.cs.wpi.edu/Help/LocalToWPI/gradStudentIntro.pdf (available only from the WPI domain) to become familiar with the Computational Resources at WPI-CS.

  • Inform the CS Graduate Secretary as soon as you change your local address or phone number so that you can be contacted by the department.

  • Become familiar with the CS department's Graduate Regulations ( www.cs.wpi.edu/Graduate/guide.html ).
    • A PhD60 is a PhD student who has already obtained an MS degree in Computer Science (or closely related field), while a PhD90 is a PhD student who has not.
    • In addition to the Graduate Regulations, read the CS Graduate Council's simplified description of the Bin Requirements ( http://web.cs.wpi.edu/Help/simplified_bins_description.html).
    • Your progress in the graduate program will be evaluated by the full CS Faculty once a year.

  • Learn and follow WPI Academic Honesty Policy ( http://www.wpi.edu/offices/policies/honesty/).

  • Attend the CS Colloquium every Friday at 11 am ( http://www.cs.wpi.edu/news/colloquia.html).

  • Attend Research Group Seminars ( http://web.cs.wpi.edu/Research/group_schedules.html).

  • Get involved, volunteer for events, and be a good citizen of the Department and of WPI.

  • Other useful resources:

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webmaster at cs.wpi.edu / Friday Aug 19 12:19:28 EDT 2011