Olin embraces radical forward thinking

As an ever-evolving, dynamic college, we embrace a model of teaching and learning engineering that is forward-thinking, project-based, and centered on collaboration between faculty, and between faculty and students.

We leave behind traditional structures like departments and tenured faculty with the goal of creating innovative, integrated learning experiences.

A group of students working together to build a contraption at orientation
Leading transformation

At Olin, engineering is for everyone. We are transforming the definition of what engineering is, how engineering is taught, and what an engineer looks like.

Olin’s vision

Engineering for Everyone

Olin’s mission

Transforming engineering education toward a world
in which engineering serves everyone

Our Values

Engineering for impact: thriving for all.

At Olin, we are engineering for impact: we strive to create a community and contribute to a world in which all can thrive.

As we pursue our vision of Engineering for Everyone, we work intentionally to reinforce the values to which we aspire. We reflect on who we are now and who we want to be and strive to embody the ideals we embrace.

We commit to serving the Olin community and society at large by enacting our values of equity and justice, trust, learning and growth, sustainability, and collaboration for the benefit of others, especially those who are most in need.

As a community, we:

  • Fight for equity and justice.
  • Offer our trust and earn the trust of others through our words and actions.
  • Continually strive to learn, to grow, and to share what we have learned.
  • Protect and sustain our natural, built, and financial resources so that they might equitably benefit future generations.
  • Collaborate; find meaning and joy in connection with others.


By the Numbers


of alumni have been involved in a startup venture


of alumni report that they love their job


educators and business leaders have visited Olin


six-year graduation rate

Olin faculty

Our faculty drive Olin’s goal of transforming how engineering is taught and learned. They come from diverse backgrounds, and bring unique knowledge and experience to Olin’s provocative educational experiment, and to the lives of our students.

Unlike faculty in a traditional engineering school, Olin faculty have the freedom to embrace interdisciplinary, innovative approaches to learning that don’t exist anywhere but at Olin.

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Olin is situated on 75 acres in Needham, Massachusetts.

Our partners and collaborators at Babson College, Wellesley College and Brandeis University are easily accessible from our campus, and we’re just minutes from the renowned educational and technological hubs of Boston and Cambridge.

Our seven buildings curve around a welcoming central green space, forming what we call the “The Oval.” This thriving living and learning hub is defined its communal spaces, where students and faculty can engage in hands-on, team-based experimentation. From our design studios, to the robotics labs, to the library, every learning facility is optimized for interaction and exploration.

We are a close-knit community by design: nearly all Olin students live on campus, in one of our two residence halls, both of which offer exceptional amenities:

  • Each of the double rooms in West Hall has a private bath, air conditioning and cable.
  • East Hall has 19 suites, each containing six single occupancy bedrooms, a small living room, two bathroom areas and a suite-sized micro-fridge. There are also 32 double-occupancy bedrooms.
  • Both offer Ethernet connections, fiber-optic capability and wireless access

From the moment you step on campus at Olin, you feel a buzz of energy and activity—and once you experience it, you want to be a part of it.

Core Personal Values

Complete honesty is expected from everyone in every situation. Even the appearance of conflict of interest will be avoided. Successful long-term relationships depend on trust and open communication.

Each person is treated with respect and dignity in all situations. Criticize only ideas—not people, and share responsibility. There is no room for abusive language or arrogance in relationships with others.

Each person will adopt the perspective of the Trustees and passionately pursue the overall interests of the College, while maintaining fairness to all individuals in all transactions. Personal advancement at the expense of others is discouraged and cooperation is expected.

Each person will listen constructively, keep an open mind, and take the time to understand with empathy before reaching a conclusion. Effective teamwork depends on the confidence that others care and are willing to take the time to listen.

Continuous improvement requires openness to change, even though this usually causes inconvenience, inefficiency, and risk of failure. Olin College will constantly strive to innovate and improve in every area.

Core Institutional Values

Olin College will strive for quality in all that it does. It will also strive for continuous improvement in all areas, and will measure its progress with appropriate national standards.

Olin College is a student-centered institution. It will strive to provide educational experiences of exceptional quality and a student life environment that provides for healthy personal development

Olin College will strive to develop long-term relationships based on honesty, fairness, and respect. It will further strive to provide a safe environment that supports freedom of inquiry, protects diversity, and fosters a sense of well being.

Olin College will strive to minimize bureaucracy, cost, and institutional inertia in all forms. It will further strive to accept appropriate risks in pursuit of opportunity.

Olin College will strive to provide responsible stewardship of all its resources while encouraging a spirit of service to society and a life style of philanthropy.