For Olin Students
Olin has cross-registration agreements with Babson College, Brandeis University and Wellesley College. These agreements increase the academic offerings available to Olin students in the natural and mathematical sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences and business.
Olin’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) helps students leverage their educational experiences and participation in the Olin community to galvanize lifelong learning and community participation. The focus of the program is on developing the self ("I"), developing Olin ("we"), and developing the world ("all of us"). The program culminates with the creation of each student's personal vision and mission snapshot, reflecting their identity, values, experiences, and goals to date. Olin's GCSP uses a combination of formal courses and informal experiences to help students grow into their identities, participate in a community of practice, and find a role for themselves in fulfilling Olin's mission of doing good in the world.
One of the founding principles of Olin College was that every student should have the opportunity to have a learning experience “away” from the College. Olin has over 35 pre-approved study away institutions, and students also have the opportunity to create a self-designed away experience.
The Babson/Olin/Wellesley Three College Collaboration is a joint effort among Babson, Olin and Wellesley Colleges. One major goal is to expand educational opportunities for students and develop interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and problem solving. A highlight of the collaboration is the Sustainability Certificate Program, where undergraduates from Olin, Babson College and Wellesley College work together to address the challenge of using earth's resources sustainably. By integrating business, engineering, and the liberal arts this program provides students with the cross disciplinary academic preparation and the cross-campus cultural collaboration experiences needed to approach environmental issues holistically.
For Wellesley, Babson and Brandeis Students
Any student from Wellesley, Babson, or Brandeis is welcome to cross-register for any individual course at Olin. Naturally some courses have pre-requisites; discussion with the instructor will be helpful in determining whether you are prepared for a given course. Courses that might be of particular interest to students with non-engineering backgrounds are listed here; a full listing of courses is available in the Olin College Course Catalog.
Olin College offers a Certificate in Engineering Studies for students at Babson College, Brandeis University and Wellesley College. For those students who want to explore the world of engineering, the Certificate provides a structured course of study in engineering that allows students to gain more exposure, more education, and more experience in the art and science of engineering.
The 4+1 Program offers Wellesley students the opportunity, after completing a BA in a liberal arts field at Wellesley, to earn a BS in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Electrical and Computer Engineering at Olin through approximately one additional year of study. The 4+1 Program provides one possible route for Certificate Program students to deepen their engineering education.
For UK graduate students and post-docs only
Olin seeks a like-minded post-graduate (including post-doctoral) partner through the Vest Scholars program, to engage with us as a learner and co-teacher and to become a part of our community. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about exploring new pedagogical and curricular approaches, embracing educational reform and innovation, and committed to translating best practices to their eventual learning environment. We anticipate that they would explore research topics such as project-based learning, intrinsic motivation and autonomy, or self-efficacy, would create and co-teach in new pedagogic models, and would work with the Collaboratory to engage educators outside of Olin.
Olin is an undergraduate-focused institution; a Vest Scholar at Olin will have the opportunity for substantial professional development and engagement, but not for credit-bearing academic work. The Vest Scholar at Olin would both develop their own approaches to personalized education and learn how to create interdisciplinary, contextual learning experiences for students to help give them the tools to tackle the multidimensional Grand Challenges, and would emerge with a strengthened portfolio in both research and in education. For more information, visit the Vest Scholars web page.