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 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.