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I am delighted that you are considering applying for admission to Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.
The Class of 2016 will be the eleventh to enter Olin College. Our current student body includes 350 diverse and creative students who hail from 43 states and 18 countries; more than 40% of them are women. Moreover, our students and alumni are among the brightest, most talented, enterprising and courageous young people in the world. We selected them and they, in turn, selected us to help build and continually improve a new kind of engineering college.
For the Class of 2016 we are looking for 84 more students to carry on the traditions of academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular excellence at Olin. In order to do that, we have created a unique admission process. There are no "early decision" or "early action" options – our only application deadline is January 1, 2012 – and the initial review process will conclude by late January. Approximately 240 applicants will be chosen as finalists or "Candidates" and invited to our campus to participate in a design project, individual interviews and team exercises in February and early March. Therefore, it is critical that all parts of your application (including a senior year progress report) are submitted by January 1, 2012.
Each year Olin College offers about 20-25 students positions on the “wait list.” These students are, like our admitted students, exceptional in character and academics, but due to our small class size, we are unable to offer them outright admission. Applicants offered a place on the wait list, and who are not admitted, have the option of taking a “gap year” and deferring to Olin’s next class.
We invite, encourage and urge you to apply! Olin seeks the best and brightest students who understand the mission of the College, who want to be here, and who are excited about making a difference in engineering education and the world.
As always, if you have any questions about admission to Olin, don’t hesitate to write me.
Charles S. Nolan, Ph.D.
Dean of Admission