Applying To Olin
Olin College prepares students to become exemplary engineering innovators who recognize needs, design solutions and engage in creative enterprises for the good of the world. As such, we practice a holistic admission process, reviewing applications for both academic achievement and potential as well as personal qualities that would make the applicant a good fit for the Olin education and community. We look for high achievers who have demonstrated course rigor, academic mastery and impressive test scores, but we also look for evidence of characteristics we see in our current students such as creativity, initiative, empathy, entrepreneurship, teamwork, passion, integrity and determination. Your extracurricular profile (including work and family commitments), your essays, and your recommendation letters help us get to know you and are carefully considered when reviewing applicants for admission.
If you’re considering applying to Olin, we encourage you to challenge yourself as much as possible by enrolling in the most rigorous courses available at your high school, and to build a strong foundation in calculus and physics.
Class of 2023
We will enroll about 84 top students from all over the world for the Class of 2023. As always, we look for a multidimensional student body, representing a broad range of cultural, economic and geographic backgrounds.
You may apply to Olin using either the Common Application or the Coalition Application. We require you to submit the application, including Olin-specific questions, and application fee online through the Common Application website or Coalition Application website by January 1, 2019.
Please let us help you learn everything you need to know about our one-of-a-kind admission process, including important dates and deadlines and our admission requirements.
The Olin Tuition Scholarship
Currently valued at more than $100,000, the merit-based Olin Tuition Scholarship benefits all admitted students. Offered for eight semesters of full time study and covering half the annual tuition charges, this scholarship recognizes achievement inside and outside the classroom and represents our confidence in your ability to succeed in this unique academic environment. Our goal is to attract talented students committed to making a difference in the world, and partnering with them to make an Olin education a reality.
Need-Based Financial Aid
In addition to this merit scholarship, the College is committed to meeting full demonstrated financial need for up to eight semesters of full-time study for those who apply by the appropriate deadline and are eligible for additional assistance.
Eligibility is determined by completion of the FAFSA. Currently, full need-based aid is awarded to U.S. Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens. Limited need-based aid may be available for international students.