Candidates’ Weekends

Each year, we invite about 225-250 applicants from an amazingly talented pool to attend one of three Candidates' Weekends, which take place in late February and early March. Attending one of these weekends is required if you wish to be admitted to Olin College of Engineering.

The weekends are designed to be fun, informal, and informational experiences. They are an opportunity for you to get to know us, and for us to get to know you.

What happens at a Candidates’ Weekend?
Candidates' Weekends begin on a Friday afternoon and take place all day Saturday. Over the course of two days, you’ll meet and hear from faculty, interact with current students and alumni, experience student life and celebrate with the community as Olin comes together for special events. Activities and events include:

  • Campus tour
  • Performance by the Franklin W. Olin Players
  • Design Challenge
  • Group exercise*
  • Individual interview*
  • Student Activities fair
  • Performance by the Olin Conductorless Orchestra
  • Performance by the Olin Fire Arts Club
  • Residence Hall open house

*Activity is evaluated for purposes of admission

How are Candidates’ Weekends used by Admission?
Both the group exercise and the individual interview are evaluative tools that we use to decide who is ultimately admitted to Olin. Group exercises are moderated by an interview team consisting of a current student, a faculty member and either a staff member or an Olin graduate. The interview teams evaluate your performance in the group activity.

In addition to the group exercise, you’ll have a 25-minute informal interview with your interview team, and you are welcome to ask them questions as well.

The Admission Committee relies on the interview teams’ evaluations and individual interviews to determine whether or not you will be offered admission to Olin.

When are Candidates’ Weekends?
In 2018, Candidates' Weekends will be held:

  • February 16 - 17
  • February 23 – 24
  • March 2 – 3

If you are invited to attend, you will be notified by the first week of February. You’ll be assigned to one of the three weekends, and we’ll consider requests to change weekends on a case-by-case basis.
If you have any questions about Candidates' Weekends and how they are used in our admission process, please contact us.