Students Say

If the “hands-on approach to engineering, friendly students, small and intimate setting, [and reputation as] academically one of the best schools in the nation” don’t win you over, perhaps the fact that “Olin is constantly changing curriculum to try and better fit students’ needs” will. New England’s Olin College of Engineering takes a real-world approach to engineering education, focusing on “hands-on, project-based learning, and close relations with peers and professors. It’s totally different from just about every other undergraduate institution.”

Overview

Applicants
983
Acceptance Rate
12%
Average HS GPA
4.00

GPA Breakdown

81%
Over 3.75
9%
3.50 - 3.74
7%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
690 - 760
SAT Math
720 - 790
ACT Composite
32 - 34

Deadlines


Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Interview
Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities
Level of applicant's interest

Overall

Students Say

If the “hands-on approach to engineering, friendly students, small and intimate setting, [and reputation as] academically one of the best schools in the nation” don’t win you over, perhaps the fact that “Olin is constantly changing curriculum to try and better fit students’ needs” will. New England’s Olin College of Engineering takes a real-world approach to engineering education, focusing on “hands-on, project-based learning, and close relations with peers and professors. It’s totally different from just about every other undergraduate institution.” Olin recognizes that students don’t want to become engineers because they “have a passion for learning how to solve differential equations thirty-five different ways,” they become engineers “to tackle big problems and solve them effectively. But to do so,” this student recognizes, “I need to be an effective communicator, an influential team member, and a capable thinker.” And that is what sets Olin apart. “The professors want to make sure I actually learn the important aspects of the class. They don’t grade me on when I turned things in or my spelling mistakes, they grade on my thoughts and the quality of my work.” In addition, “Olin doesn’t have tenure for professors, nor is it a major research institution, so the professors that are here love teaching. This shows inside and outside the classroom, as these professors care so much more about each student’s learning than their own career path.” But be warned, if this approach sounds easy, it’s not. Olin’s is a “rigorous, intense school that cranks out top-notch employable engineers that are well-rounded and able to accomplish anything thrown at them.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
55
with Terminal Degree
45

36
Men
19
Women
12
Minority
1
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
95%

Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
99
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Mar 21

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

Olin was founded on the premise that financial considerations should not stand in the way of an excellent engineering education, and hence all enrolled students receive a 50 percent tuition scholarship, making tuition $21,750 a year, with an additional estimated $15,200 in additional expenses and fees. In addition to the tuition scholarship, need-based aid is available for those who qualify. Olin meets, on average, 99 percent of demonstrated need.

Bang For Your Buck

All enrolled students receive a 50 percent scholarship, and Olin works to meet 100 percent of demonstrated need beyond that. This makes the school quite the bargain, especially considering its reputation among employers. The senior-year capstone project is quite a foot in the door for young engineers entering the workforce, and many students convert their experience into a job. In addition to institutional grants, National Merit Finalists who win a scholarship or corporate sponsorship can use their scholarship at Olin; finalists who designate Olin College as their first choice college but do not receive a NMSC or corporate-sponsored scholarship will be designated as Olin National Merit Scholars and will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship, renewable for three years, funded by Olin College.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,050

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,611

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,417

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$19,992

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
43%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$38,050

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,000
Required Fees
$525
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

“Olin is a vibrant community of students who are passionate about what they do and who love to get their hands dirty solving real-world problems,” a whole campus made up of “awesome, smart people who are very supportive and involved and never sleep!” This student body is “not very athletic,” but they are “very smart and find projects and work to be fun and often do them out of class.” Typical Olin students are “usually found constantly working on various fun and interesting projects.” There may be cliques here, just like at any school, but “everyone is nice to one another.” Students here recognize that “everyone has quirks, but that is what makes us interesting. What makes Olin awesome is that the quirks are accepted and celebrated here instead of picked on.” All in all, this “geeky” and “quirky” group “are not segregated or shunned, anyone can talk and hang out with anyone, no matter age, race, socioeconomic background, gender, orientation, what have you.” As one student puts it, “It really feels like a big family here.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
370
Out of State
85%

International
12%
Foreign Countries Represented
18

Demographics

16.29%
Asian
3.83%
Hispanic
60.38%
Caucasian
11.50%
Unknown
12.46%
International

49% female
51% male
85% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

Students Say

The devotion to real-world learning at Olin means “people think a lot about selfimprovement and learning.” The academic focus causes some to “get overwhelmed with the amount of work,” but for most this “uniquely awesome” group of students manages to find plenty of ways to keep themselves busy, even during down time. “For fun, we often go on adventures and try and get out and about … A good number of kids find odd, interesting activities to do such as river rafting or spelunking.” Theater, music, the arts, Ultimate Frisbee and other activities draw plenty of interest – as does becoming a trapeze artist. That’s right, “we are also a circus school. Unicycling, juggling, and fire arts are some of the biggest activities on campus.” It should come as no surprise that this engineering-focused school has a rich geek culture, with video games, Doctor Who clubs, and even Pokemon proving popular among the student body. Throw in paintball, laser tag, parties and more, and there is no shortage of things to do. And if you’re still having trouble? “It’s also always good to keep an eye on our Carpe Diem mailing list, on which students will give notice of fun things happening around campus—from free food, to movie nights, games, dance lessons, Midnight Math, theatre, the student newspaper, paintball, art parties, and much more.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
100%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
98
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
87

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
55
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
None


Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: see Open under clubs and organizations on www.olin.edu

Minority Support Groups: see Office of Student Life on www.olin.edu

Sustainability

Green Rating
70

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
28

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Susan Johanson
Assistant to the Dean of Admission

Address
Olin Way
Needham, MA 02131

Phone
781-292-2209

Email
susan.johanson@olin.edu

Experience College Life


Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 30 min.

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

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Key Stats

983
Applicants
370
Size
12%
Acceptance Rate
1480
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists