In 2013 Olin College's three founding academic leaders, Richard Miller, David Kerns and Sherra Kerns, received the Bernard M. Gordon Prize, one of engineering's highest honors. The $500,000 prize is awarded by the National Academy of Engineering to recognize innovation in engineering and technological education.
- US News & World Report (2017): #3 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, non-doctoral
- Princeton Review (2018): Best 382 Colleges
- Princeton Review (2018): Colleges that Pays you Back
- Princeton Review (2018): Best Northeastern Colleges
- Forbes.com List of Top 25 Colleges Ranked by SAT Scores: #8
- Fiske Guide (2018): "Best Buy" Colleges
- College Choice (2016): #9 Best Bachelor's Degrees in Engineering
- College Factual/USA Today (2016): #18 Best colleges nationwide, #4 in Massachusetts and #7 in New England
- Chronicle of Higher Education (2017): Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students
- StateUniversity.com: Top Ranked Universities in Massachusetts: #8
- Affordable Colleges (2017): #11 Best Small Private School in the U.S.
- PARADE Magazine: College A-List
- Parents & Colleges (2012): #1 Top Ten Financial Aid Providers
Olin also appears on the following 2018 Princeton Review ranking lists:
- #3 Professors get high marks
- #4 Students study most
- #5 Best schools for internships
- #7 Best classroom experience
- #8 Least Religious Students
- #8 There’s a game?
- #9 Their students love these colleges
- #9 LGBT friendly
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
Olin’s rich learning environment is reflected in its outstanding results on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which gauges the effort students put into their college experience and the types of educational experiences they have. In 20 out of 20 metrics, Olin scores at or above the level of institutions across the country. In 9 of them, including Collaborative Learning, Reflective and Integrative Learning and Student-Faculty Interaction, Olin scores significantly higher than other institutions. One hundred percent of Olin seniors also report participating in two or more of NSSE’s high impact practices, including capstone experiences, research experiences and internships, and service-learning.