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2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Olin is not competitive; the students help each other all the time. We have lots of group projects, so collaboration is imperative for success.

One of the amazing things about project-based learning is how much the students are excited about the cool things everyone at Olin does. Projects have the same rules, but each group will study a specialized area.

Quality of Life

Excellent.

Admissions

Olin has Candidate's Weekends, where the best students form the applicant pool are selected and flown out to Olin for a weekend. Most students fall in love with Olin during that weekend, and choose to come to Olin for that reason.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Small classes; Not at all competitive

Admissions

Common app; All students get scholarships; Candidates weekends (for interviews, tours, etc)

Graduation Year

2007

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The first two years form an engineering core common to all students. Major-specific courses are added in your last 5 semesters. The curriculum is heavily project and practicum based. All students are also required to complete a "depth" in arts, humanitiies, and social sciences, of their choosing that is analogous to a minor--very rare for an engineering schol

Quality of Life

The scholarship program kept my costs very minimal. the facilities are scaled commensurate with the size of the school, but shared facility agreements with neighboring colleges (Babson, Brandeis, Wellesley) supplements this nicely. The community is exceedingly safe and trusting, and the town was always welcoming.

Admissions

The admission process to Olin was quite unique, with multiple rounds of interviews both by a traveling recruiter and on-campus by invitation. Everyone goes through the same process, with no early-action process. The essays were unique

Graduation Year

2006

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

The Olin application process isn't just for prospective students to show off and hope they're accepted. Olin is a small, tight-knit community, and the application process is as much a chance for applicants to learn about Olin as it is for Olin to learn about each applicant and determine if they match. For this reason, a two-step application process consisting of a traditional paper application in round one and then On Campus Candidates Weekends in round to is integral. Candidates Weekends include team building exercises, group interviews, individual interviews, and lots of information to make sure that each applicant can evaluate if Olin is a good fit for them, should the applicant be accepted.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Academics at Olin are notably hands-on and integrated. Most classes are relatively small and project-based, allowing students to study their areas of interest in-depth. Teamwork is emphasized. Class at Olin allows students to get 'real-world' experience before graduation.

Quality of Life

The campus is very neat and the dorms are phenomenal. The food is better than most college food. The biggest disadvantage of student life at Olin is how isolated it is-- it's difficult to get off campus unless you have a car and Olin is far enough from town center that walking there is difficult.

Admissions

Olin has a very unique two-part admissions process. The first part of the admissions process is more quantitative and traditional: applicants submit their transcripts, essays, SAT scores, etc. From the first round of applicants, about two hundred candidates are selected. The candidates are invited to attend Candidate's Weekend, where they participate in a number of activities including open houses, interviews (both team and individual) and an engineering design build. Accepted students are selected from the candidate pool based on whether or not Olin would be a good fit for them socially.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

After completing an application with essays and other questions, you are invited to attend a candidate's weekend at the school where you interview with faculty and students and participate in group teamwork projects with a competitive aspect.

Graduation Year

2007

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

Every candidate for admission is brought to campus for a interview that consists of team exercises.

Graduation Year

2007

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

Getting into candidates weekend is the first step of the admission process. At candidates weekend, the candidates have a series of interviews and a series of just-for-fun design builds. The interviews are with current students, alumni, faculty and staff that ask a range of questions to identify which students are the best fit for Olin.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Its an engineering school, so requirements are mostly math, science, and engineering courses. You must also complete 28 hours(7courses) of arts, humanities, social sciences, and/or entrepreneurship. Most people are able to graduate in 4 years, though it's more difficult if you switch majors. Class sizes range from 5 students to your entire graduating class, though the latter has never been more than 95 students. Professors are in general very accessible. Research opportunities are also generally readily available if you seek them out. Between a quarter and a third of the class studies away junior year. Olin students tend to keep very busy, between course load and extra curricular activities. Classes are structured to encourage teamwork rather than competition, though the students are often competitive.

Quality of Life

The dorms are fantastic, though you pay for it. Olin is somewhat isolated; getting off campus is a hassle if you don't have a car. Olin is extremely safe, it is located in a quiet suburb with a low crime rate. In addition, the honor code allows students to leave things like gaming consoles and cash registers out in the open in the dorms without having to worry about theft. If you make the effort to get there, Boston is a great city to be a college student in.

Admissions

The Olin application is now with the Common App. Initial screening pays a lot of attention to essays. Potential students are invited to a mandatory weekend at the college, where interviews play a large part in who gets accepted to the college.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Small classes, accessible professors. Grading sometimes frustrating, because professors assume students don't care about their grades. Required classes in basic modelling and simulation, mathematics, science, circuits, etc.

Quality of Life

No crime. Excellent housing, but expensive. Library is sadly small.

Admissions

Common application, in addition to "What is your passion?" and "Why Olin?" essays. The college chooses candidates from paper applications, who are then invited to a weekend including fun activities and evaluated individual and group interviews. Final admissions decisions are made based on the weekend. All admitted students receive a half-tuition scholarship.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

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