IPD, thanks. That's about what I suspected. I just wanted to make sure my son didn't go to WPI for the GPP, then discover it wasn't as advertised. It sounds like it is about what they say it is.
By the way, I've followed your posts for the last several years, and I find you one of the most reliable posters in this corner of CC. My eldest son is a freshman ECE major at UMass. He was also accepted to WPI (with a measly $6K/yr merit aid), and we made the decision to go to UMass, in part because of your perspectives on WPI/UMass. I can say you were spot on. The ECE and Physics instructors he's had so far have been excellent; the M5 center is a great opportunity, and the ECE department offers regular 1-credit courses and seminars on everything from digital camera hacking to Ruby-on-Rails for those interested. It does have the big-college feel (which my eldest likes), and you have to be pro-active about your education, but that's also one of the things you should learn in college. But, at least in ECE, you can push your undergraduate education as far as you'd like at UMass. The opportunities are there.
Saturday my younger son and me took the WPI tour/info session, then went to UMass and toured the engineering labs/campus center/library/dorm room with my elder. My younger son is definitely turned on by WPI and not UMass. Different strokes/different folks... (personally, I like the small town/intimate feel of WPI vs. UMass - but it's not about me!)
Thanks for your insights...