Tau Beta Pi (TBP) is the Engineering Honor Society of WPI.

Before Fall '04, it was the primary Honor Society of WPI (sort of like the campus equivalent of the high school National Honor Society). However, new regulations from TBP nationals forced the WPI chapter to close future membership to all non-engineering students, including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Computer Science majors. Previous inductees belonging in these majors were allowed to keep their TBP affiliation.

WPI currently has no general academic honor society to take its place.

Criteria for Entry

Students are considered for entry in their Junior and Senior years. You must be in the top 1/8th of your class to be admitted as a Junior or the top 1/5th as a Senior.

After being chosen, inductees are required to spend time polishing "The Bent" (the national symbol of TBP), perform community service, and get letters of recommendation from a professor and a TBP member.

Membership is for life and benefits include access to special scholarships, education grants, and events.


  • WPI was the first school in Massachusetts to have a Tau Beta Pi group, so its chapter is Alpha. MIT has the Beta chapter.
  • Members of TBP are referred to as "Taubates."