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Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Needham, MA
Olin's goal is to change the way students learn about engineering. They emphasize an interdisciplinary approach, teamwork, hands-on design, business, creativity and communication. The campus is located adjacent to their education partner Babson College on 70 acres in Needham Massachusetts, a suburb 14 miles west of Boston.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 378
   Women 185 (48.9%)
   Men 193 (51.1%)
Graduate Students Not reported
Entrance Difficulty Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate 10% of 1,296 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline January 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.90
SAT Math 755 average
710-800 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 730 average
690-780 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 34 average
32-35 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities X      
Cost of Attendance $67,839
  Tuition and Fees $49,986
  Room and Board $15,800
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $44,031
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 37
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 30% of classes
10-19 students: 26% of classes
20-29 students: 33% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Needham Population 28,886
Nearest Metropolitan Area Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 100% of all students
Athletic Conferences  
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
14.2% Asian
0.9% Black/African-American
6.0% Hispanic/Latino
6.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
55.1% White
16.6% Unknown
International Students 12.2% from 12 countries
First-Year Students Returning 99.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 75.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 83%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 9.0%