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.

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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.