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.

Website: www.olin.edu/

Private
Co-ed
380
Undergraduate
Students
(48.4%) 184 Women
(51.6%) 196 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
13% of 1,062 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
January 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.80
SAT Math
765 average
740-800 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
732 average
710-770 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
34 average
33-35 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$71,950
Tuition and Fees
$51,080
Room and Board
$16,300
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$50,941
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$23,098
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
41
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 29% of classes
10-19 students: 23% of classes
20-29 students: 35% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Needham Population
28,886
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
100% of all students
Athletic Conferences
 
Mascot
 
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
12.6% Asian
2.6% Black/African-American
8.8% Hispanic/Latino
7.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
54.1% White
14.0% Unknown
International Students
10.0% from 11 countries
First-Year Students Returning
99.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
79.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
83%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
13.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   4
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies   2
History   2
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1000 Olin Way
City, State, Zip
Needham, MA 02492-1200
Phone
(781) 292-2222
Fax
 
E-mail
info@olin.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 1
Application Fee
$85
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 24
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
3 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
13% of 1,062 applicants were admitted
Women
28% of 279 applicants were admitted
Men
8% of 783 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
94 (66%) of 142 admitted students enrolled
Women
46 (59%) of 78 admitted students enrolled
Men
48 (75%) of 64 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
58
Students Accepting Wait List Position
38
Students Admitted From Wait List
2

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.80
3.75 and Above
71%
3.50 - 3.74
24%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99
 
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
765 average
740-800 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
91%
Score of 600 - 700
9%
Score of 500 - 600
0%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
732 average
710-770 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
79%
Score of 600 - 700
19%
Score of 500 - 600
2%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
34 average
33-35 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
98%
Score of 24 - 29
2%
Score of 18 - 23
0%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
14%
Valedictorian
6%
Class President
2%
Student Government Officer
7%

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$71,950
Tuition and Fees
$51,080
Room and Board
$16,300
Books and Supplies
$200
Other Expenses
$1,714
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
February 15
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 24
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 039463
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
63 (70.0%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
50 (79.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
50 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
50 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$50,941
Need-Based Gift
Received by 50 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $49,471
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 35 (70.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,063
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 50 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
40 (44.4%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $24,450

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
187 (53.7%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
162 (86.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
162 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
161 (99.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
99%
Average Award
$47,140
Need-Based Gift
Received by 162 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $45,637
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 119 (73.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,122
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 161 (99.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
186 (53.4%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $24,333

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
54%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$23,098
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
2.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, Institutional scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
186
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Not reported
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Not offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
Most Popular Disciplines
Engineering
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
41
Part-Time Faculty
18
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
66%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 29% of classes
10-19 students: 23% of classes
20-29 students: 35% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Not accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Not available

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
630,658
Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Needham Population
28,886
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Campus Size
75 acres

Weather

Temperature
21.6 average low in January, 76.3 average high in September
Rain
127 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
 
Nearest Train Station
 

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
100% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Not available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
 
Mascot
 
School Colors

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Women's Club Sports
soccer, ultimate Frisbee
Men's Club Sports
soccer, ultimate Frisbee

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, softball, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, student newspaper, council of olin representatives, stay late and create, support, encourage and recognize volunteerism (serv), mini baja, olin fire arts club
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
380
Women
184 (48.4%)
Men
196 (51.6%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
351
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
12.6% Asian
2.6% Black/African-American
8.8% Hispanic/Latino
7.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
54.1% White
14.0% Unknown
International Students.
10.0% from 11 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
99.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
79.3%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
91.5%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
91.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
83%
Average Starting Salary
83%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
13.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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