About

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

Lead the transformation of undergraduate engineering learning experience to educate the next generation of innovators who want to better the world.

Olin’s mission

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. Olin is dedicated to continual discovery and development of effective learning approaches and environments, and to co-developing educational transformation with collaborators around the globe


 

By the Numbers

31%

of alumni have been involved in a startup venture

67%

of alumni report that they love their job

3,006

educators and business leaders have visited Olin

94%

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.

Learn more about our faculty


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.