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Olin College is a highly rated private college located in Needham, Massachusetts in the Boston Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 338 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Olin College acceptance rate is 10%. Popular majors include Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Olin College graduates 86% of its students.
About Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering...
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Address
1000 Olin Way
Needham, MA 02492
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Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Rankings

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Admissions

Acceptance Rate
10%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1400-1580
ACT Range
32-35
Application Fee
$85
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$34,018/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $5,247/ year
  • $30-48k
    $8,940/ year
  • $49-75k
    $10,706/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,543/ year
  • $110k+
    $34,469/ year
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Academics

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Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
100%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.5 responses
86%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.7 responses
86%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.7 responses
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Students

Full-Time Enrollment
338Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
13%
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
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71%
of students say they don't have Greek life.7 responses
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75%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.8 responses
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
86%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
National
83%
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Olin is a wonderful community for students who are eager to connect with other engineers, and enjoy a hands on engineering experience that encourages students to learn how to teach themselves the necessary skills for any engineering endeavor they wish to take. The workload is definitely intense, and you come to be very grateful that "minimum viable products" exist, as the difficulty and intensity of most projects are typically determined by the students' themselves. The staff is super friendly. If you like small schools and getting to really know your peers, being in a class of 90-90 students definitely encourages that, and by engineering school standards we are definitely a fairly diverse student body (with a completely even gender split).
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I love the collaborative atmosphere at Olin; people will often help you out even if you don't know each other personally.

The professors are 110% invested in teaching and in seeing their students succeed, and will often put in overtime to make sure you're doing alright.

Lots of on-campus resources, from free on-demand ColonyCare therapy to a fully equipped machine shop. The administration is sometimes distant and inscrutable, but they do care about listening to the students and including their feedback in the way the school runs.

You'll get lots of opportunities for internships while at Olin (particularly in software, although Olin has been making an effort to diversify recruiting companies)

Downsides of Olin include a tendency to never leave campus (getting to downtown Boston is a bit of a pain without a car) and a culture of overwork (whether through passion for projects or sheer habit).
Olin College of Engineering is a one of a kind place to learn engineering. It teaches in a hands on, do-learning style heaving focusing on the technical but also on the "soft skills" of engineering. Students are constantly collaborating on group projects. It is close knit community and the professors really seem to care about you and what you are learning. No proffesor gets tenure so the experimental mindset keeps curriculum fresh. Students here can also cross register at both Wellesey and Babson to take Liberal Arts, and Entrepreneurship classes.