Friday, August 2, 2013

About Olin College of Engineering

About Olin College of Engineering

Summary: New CalTech / MIT Wannabe center for brilliant tech / engineering students. It does not yet have name recognition of top 10 schools, but 16% admit rate is difficult, but not as impossible as 8-10% for top schools either. One student got Microsoft AND Google internship.

.Class Statistics
86 students
46 women; 40 men
Geography: 26 states, 6 countries
Applications received: 874
Candidates (finalists) invited to campus: 195
Admitted: 147
Enrolled: 86
48 in the top 2% of class
31 National Merit Scholarship Finalists
29 Advanced Placement Scholars with Distinction
20 Valedictorians
13 Salutatorians
2 U.S. Presidential Scholars (4 Semifinalists)
1 Intel Finalist; 1 Intel Semi-Finalist
Middle 50 percent of SAT scores: 2130-2280
Middle 50 percent of ACT scores (Composite): 32-35
75 participated in community service
53 members of athletic teams (24 captains)
52 musicians
40 academic team captains
39 held part-time jobs
24 have passion for robotics
23 theater buffs
21 researchers


Stevens Institute of Technology 

No Microsoft, Intel, Google, AMD

MIT for comparison


#4 US News Best Electronics/Electrical 

#6 US News Best Undergrad Engineering 

#8 Top Ranked Massachusetts University

Olin College : About Olin : Olin Rankings

    Olin also appears on the following 2012 Princeton Review ranking lists: #2 Students Study the Most; #4 Best College Dorms; #4 LGBT-Friendly; #4 Easiest ...

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

  1. Olin’s rich learning environment is reflected in its outstanding results on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) which gauges levels of students’ involvement with their learning. In 9 out of 10 NSSE metrics, Olin scored above the 90th percentile mark. These metrics measure Level of Academic Challenge, Active and Collaborative Learning, Student-Faculty Interaction, Supportive Learning Environment and Enriching Educational Experiences.

Olin Rises to # 6 in U.S. News Rankings - Olin College : About Olin ...

    Sep 12, 2012 - U.S. News & World Report has ranked Olin College of Engineering as number six in the nation—a jump upward of two ranks from last year's ...
    Press release
    September 12, 2012

Olin Rises to # 6 in U.S. News Rankings


  1. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Olin College of Engineering as number six in the nation—a jump upward of two ranks from last year's position—among engineering institutions where a bachelor's or master's is the highest degree. The ranking was included in the U.S. News 2013 Best Colleges edition, which was published online September 12.
    Olin is listed among the top ranks of institutions widely recognized as the leading undergraduate engineering programs in the nation. Other institutions among the top 10 in the rankings include the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy and Cooper Union, with which Olin is tied for 6th place.
    Olin is also listed in the "Best Specialties" ranking, where it holds a #4 position in the Electrical/Electronic/Communications category.
    "We are very pleased that U.S. News has once again recognized the quality of Olin's innovative engineering program," said Richard K. Miller, president of Olin College. "As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of our opening, it seems clear from these rankings that the reputation of our groundbreaking program and unique learning culture is on the rise as we become more and more recognized as a national leader in engineering education."
    U.S. News ranks undergraduate engineering programs accredited by ABET. The rankings are based solely on a survey of engineering deans and senior faculty at all accredited programs, conducted during the spring of 2012. Surveys sent to the dean and a faculty member at each accredited program asked them to rate programs with which they're familiar on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished).
    Since its inception in the mid-1980s, the U.S. News college ranking, which groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be one of the most comprehensive research tools for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. The rankings may be viewed HERE.
    1. Rose Hulman
    2. Harvey Mudd
    4. US Military Academy / Air Force / Naval Academy
    6. Cooper Union
    6.  Olin College of Engineering
    10. VillaNova
    1. MIT
    2. Stanford
    3. CalTech
    4. UC Berkeley


Olin College Description:

A lot of people haven't heard of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, but that's likely to change. The school in Needham, Massachusetts, was established in 1997 by a gift of over $400 million by the F. W. Olin Foundation. Construction began quickly, and the college welcomed its first class of students in 2002. Olin has a project-based, student-centered curriculum, so all students can plan to get their hands dirty in the lab and machine shop. The college is small -- roughly 300 students total -- with a 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio. All enrolled students receive an Olin Scholarship which until 2010 - 2011 covered tuition in full. Because of the economic downturn, the college has reduced the guaranteed scholarship to half of tuition.

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2011):

  • Total Enrollment: 344
  • Gender Breakdown: 54% Male / 46% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $42,975
  • Books: $300
  • Room and Board: $14,500
  • Other Expenses: $1,500
  • Total Cost: $59,275

Olin College Financial Aid (2009 - 10):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Olin College Scholarships (
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 45%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $27,795
    • Loans: $4,695

Most Popular Majors:

Electrical Engineering, Engineering (General), Mechanical Engineering

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 92%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 1%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 75%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 96%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Olin and the Common Application

Olin College uses the Common Application

College Prowler
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Local Atmosphere was reviewed by M20 
Olin College is located in a suburb town. There are some stores and restaurants downtown and in the neighboring town. It's not super exciting, but there is easy access to the trains that can take students into Boston.

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