Students applying to Olin will submit the Common Application or Coalition Application, including Olin-specific questions and application fee, online through the Common Application website or Coalition Application website. Our application deadline is January 1, 2021. The application must be submitted by 11:59 PM in the applicant's local time zone on that date.
All applications are reviewed in January. We have a holistic review process that carefully evaluates each applicant’s academic and personal qualities. In early February, applicants will be notified regarding if they are advancing to the second phase of the admission process, Candidates’ Weekends.
A complete application includes each of the following required materials. (Please note the application must be submitted by January 1, 2021):
|Common Application or Coalition Application, including Olin-specific member questions||Must be submitted online by January 1, 2021 through the Common Application website or Coalition Application website|
|Application fee or fee waiver request||$85; fee waiver request can be submitted via the Common Application or Coalition Application|
|*School Report Form||Complete with high school transcript and school profile|
|*Counselor Recommendation Form||Complete with letter of recommendation from your school counselor|
|*Two Teacher Evaluations with letters of recommendation||
We require one letter of recommendation from a core Math or Science Teacher and one letter of recommendation from a Teacher of Your Choice
Your Math or Science teacher recommendation must be submitted by a teacher of a core academic course (examples: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Geometry). Teachers of STEM elective courses (examples: Engineering, Design, Electronics) may submit a recommendation as your Teacher of Choice but will not be counted as a Math or Science teacher.
|Current Senior Grades||A first quarter report card or a first semester progress report must be submitted with your application. We cannot accept self-reported grades; all grade reports and transcripts must be submitted directly from your school. Your high school counselor may upload a grade report to your application as an Optional Report or Mid Year Report, or may email your grades to us at email@example.com.|
|SAT or ACT Test Scores||
We are temporarily suspending our standardized test requirement for the 2020-21 application cycle (for Fall 2021 enrollment). Consistent with guidance from the CDC and state health agencies, both the College Board and the ACT have cancelled spring 2020 testing dates. It is unclear what, if any, testing opportunities will be available in the fall, thus it is likely that many well-qualified students may not have the opportunity to take either the SAT or the ACT prior to our application deadline.
Any applicant may submit SAT or ACT test scores; these scores will be an optional component of the application. Students who do not submit scores will not be penalized nor will they be at a disadvantage in Olin’s application process. All applications will continue to be evaluated through Olin’s holistic review process which includes academic performance and optional testing, if submitted, as well as the applicant’s talents, experiences, character and potential contributions to the college and community. Olin’s highly personalized application reading process takes into account the context and environment of the applicant’s academic experience. Be sure to check out our FAQs for further questions about testing requirements for the 2020-21 admission cycle.
For students attending high school within the U.S. that would like to submit test scores: Self-reported or official SAT or ACT scores may be used for application review. You may self-report your test scores on the Common Application or Coalition Application, or upload a copy of your score report to your Olin Applicant Status Page (which will become accessible after you submit an application to Olin). Test scores sent directly from the testing agency (College Board or ACT), or that appear on an official high school transcript or are submitted directly by a high school counselor to Olin are considered official. Students who are admitted to and choose to enroll at Olin will be required to submit official test scores at that time, if they were not submitted with the application. Please note: if an application is reviewed with self-reported testing and the official testing submitted upon enrollment does not validate those scores, Olin College reserves the right to rescind the student’s offer of admission.
For students attending high school outside the U.S. that would like to submit test scores: Official SAT or ACT scores must be submitted with the application to Olin. Test scores sent directly from the testing agency (College Board or ACT) or that appear on an official high school transcript are considered official. All testing results must be received by our January 1, 2021 application deadline.
Our school codes are:
*All required forms can be accessed through your Common Application or Coalition account.
In addition to the required materials above, any of the following materials may be included in your application:
- AP and IB Exam Scores – While we are very interested in students who have taken advanced coursework, we do not offer any credit for AP or IB tests. You may report your scores in your application or send us a score report
- SAT Subject Tests – You may report your scores in your application or send us a score report
- TOEFL Exam – The TOEFL Exam is not required for non-U.S. citizens, but you are welcome to submit a score if you think it would be beneficial to your application. Olin’s school code is 9008
- Interview Report – If you interviewed with a representative from Olin in your community, an interview report will be included in your application
Our mailing address is:
Olin College of Engineering
Office of Admission & Financial Aid
1000 Olin Way
Needham, MA 02492
Fax number: 781-292-2210