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Olin College boasts an admission process unlike any other. There are two parts: the Application and Candidates' Weekend. Through both parts of the process we strive to learn as much about our applicants as possible in order to admit students who are the best fit for our challenging, innovative engineering curriculum and young adults who are the best fit for our engaging, supportive community.
Students applying to Olin must submit the Common Application, Olin Supplement and application fee online through the Common Application website. Olin's application deadline is January 1, 2013. All additional required materials must be submitted by this date.
Students are encouraged to submit supporting materials online but may choose to mail them to the Olin Admission Office with a postmark deadline of January 1. Our mailing address is:
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Office of Admission
1000 Olin Way
Needham, MA 02492
Fax number: 781-292-2210
All applications are reviewed in the month of January. Olin has a holistic review process that carefully evaluates each applicant's academic and personal qualities. At the end of January, the Admission Committee meets to discuss our applicant pool and select who will be invited to attend Candidates' Weekends.
The Admission Committee invites approximately 250 students to attend one of three Candidates' Weekends, which take place the last two weekends in February and the first weekend in March. Attendance is required for all students who wish to be admitted. Each weekend includes a design project, group exercise and individual interview as well as opportunities for Candidates to learn more about the Olin community. Candidates' Weekends are designed to be informal, fun and informative experiences, but are also an important evaluative tool for the Olin Admission Committee.
At the conclusion of the three Candidates' Weekends, the Admission Committee meets again to review the evaluations of the Candidates. The Committee makes offers of admission to approximately 135 Candidates based on those evaluations.
We use the applications to select the Candidates; we use Candidates' Weekends to select the class.
If you have any questions about the application or our admission process, please contact us at email@example.com.