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Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts just graduated its twelfth class in 2017, but it's already taking the engineering world by storm with its rigorous hands-on program on the "bleeding edge of engineering education." Olin stresses creating one's own academic path to its 350 undergraduates: The curriculum weaves independent studies and co-curriculars seamlessly throughout four years of "learning skills through project-based learning in order to use engineering and design for the good of the world." At the end of their time at Olin, students emerge as engineers with "fantastic and practical technical skillsets" that they are able to wield in a variety of settings. Classes are "hard, but interesting and worthwhile," and students are also able to take courses at nearby Babson and Wellesley. Classes traditionally involve breaking into small groups, and "most problems dividing work in teams have to do with students getting too excited about the work and doing more than their fair share rather than shirking group duties," says one student. Self-directed study is important here, and Olin encourages students to design their own semester-long project on a topic that interests them through the college's Passionate Pursuits program.

Professors are "extremely dedicated" to the work they are doing at Olin. "I have had professors come to campus at 10 pm because they heard that students were struggling with homework assignments, and stay until well after midnight," says one. Uniqueness is everywhere: There is a tremendous amount of flexibility in the classroom, with almost no lectures; TAs are referred to as Ninjas; and every semester there's at least one new experimental course ("and the classes that aren't new are better than they were last semester"). Faculty are "interested in how their teaching works," and there is "constant improvement in the curriculum and learning styles." At the end of the day, "Olin doesn't create engineers, it prepares them."

Student Body

Franklin W. Olin hosts an "incredibly intelligent and very motivated" body of individuals that are "not your typical engineer." Because of the nature of the student body, you can join any group of people at any time and know that they will be having an interesting discussion. "If one wants to have a conversation on middle eighteenth-century philosophy or if the earth suddenly stopped would we go flying off into space, both are easily found in the dining hall," says a student. With 80 or so new students flipping each year, some qualities of the student body are "easily changeable" (athleticism, for instance), but this remains a fun group in which "everybody has something that gets them so excited they could stay up all night working on it."

Campus Life

There are "lots of things happening for such a small school." For starters, people "work...a lot." Students work all day every day and "all the rest of the time seems to get filled by working on random interests." "If a person here did not have an outside pursuit that they were actively working on they may face ridicule," says a student of clubs that include robotics, fire spinning, and electric cars. Still, this quirky and innovative group makes time to go on a quick adventure and "explore the local forest, make a code that does something stupid, or eat chips and watch YouTube videos" in the "hotel-room-sized dorms."

For first-years and sophomores, lounge culture is really big in the dorms, and "if you ever want something to do, just explore the lounges and you will find something." It's easy for students to get to Boston, and "there are always students up for spontaneous fun things" like sudden dodgeball in the dining hall or a random dance party. There's even a mailing list called Carpe Diem in which "people randomly send out info on fun things they are doing all the time so others can join." A lot of the things students do in their spare time are the same things they do for school, because "what we're doing in class is genuinely fun."

Overview

Applicants
1,062
Acceptance Rate
13%
Average HS GPA
3.80

GPA Breakdown

73%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
10%
3.25 - 3.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
710 - 770
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
740 - 800
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
660 - 750

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
730 - 790
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
760 - 800

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
33 - 35

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
59
with Terminal Degree
48

36
Men
23
Women
12
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years
86%

Majors

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Mechanical Engineering.


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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Kate Garrett
Co-founder of Ciel Medical, Inc.

Nate Smith
Founder and CTO of Lever

Dr. Sylvie Stacy
Corporate Medical Director of NaphCare, Inc.

Greg Marra
Project Manager of Facebook Newsfeed

Etosha Cave
Co-founder of Opus

Jeff Satwizc
Co-founder and now Product Manager of BigBelly Solar

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years
86%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$68,200

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$68,200


Students Say

Olin College of Engineering offers career planning in its Office of Post-Graduate Planning, which helps students “identify meaningful research, internship, scholarship, professional and graduate school opportunities.” Olin's forward-thinking initiatives, close studentfaculty relationships, and emphasis on “real-world problems and solutions” prepare students to enter the job market not just as valuable employees, but as potential innovators and entrepreneurs. According to PayScale.com, the median starting salary for Olin graduates is $68,200.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Mar 24

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$49,471

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$45,637

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,122

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,098

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$38,835

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

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

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
380
Foreign Countries Represented
11

Demographics

11.88%
Asian
2.61%
African-American
8.70%
Hispanic
53.04%
Caucasian
7.83%
Unknown
8.12%
International

48% female
52% male
88% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

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
85
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 Affairs on www.olin.edu

Sustainability

70/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Stephanie Hill
Assistant to the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Address
Olin Way
Needham, MA 02492

Phone
781-292-2209

Email
stephanie.hill@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
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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