Admission Process

At Olin we want to learn as much about you as possible—and give you the opportunity to learn all about us that's why our unique admission process includes two stages:

  1. The Application

  2. Candidates’ Weekends


The Application

Students applying to Olin will submit the Common Application or Coalition Application, including Olin-specific member questions and application fee, online through the Common Application website or Coalition Application website. Our application deadline is January 4, 2022. The application must be submitted by 11:59 PM in the applicant's local time zone on that date. 

All applications are reviewed in January. We have a holistic review process that carefully evaluates each applicant’s academic and personal qualities. In mid-February, applicants will be notified regarding if they are advancing to the second phase of the admission process, Candidates’ Weekend.

See below for details on our Application Requirements


Candidates' Weekends

We invite about 225-250 applicants to participate in Candidates’ Weekends. This is an opportunity both for Olin to learn more about applicants, and for applicants to learn more about the Olin community, curriculum and culture. All applicants who reach the second phase of the process are required to participate in Candidates’ Weekends, as the information gleaned provides the basis for final admission decisions. Due to continuing concerns for the safety of the Olin community as well as the Candidates and their families surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we will once again offer a virtual "Candidates' Week", taking place February 25, 2022 through March 6, 2022. The purpose and vibe of the programs during Candidates' Week, however, will remain true to the Olin spirit of creativity and collaboration. 

Admitted students may participate in our on-campus April 2022 Admitted Student Visit Program which will include class visits and social programming.  Information about planning an April visit, including registration links for overnight accommodations at the Babson Executive Conference Center, conveniently located within walking distance of the Olin campus, will be available on the admitted student portal.  

The 2022 Candidates’ Week experience will be held in a virtual space. You’ll meet and hear from faculty, interact with current students, experience aspects of student life, and celebrate with the community as Olin comes together for these special events. There will be both evaluative components of the program, such as an interview, as well as plenty of opportunities for Candidates to engage with our community and learn more about Olin. While the format of CW 2022 will be different than previous years, the purpose and vibe of the programs will remain true to the Olin spirit of creativity and collaboration. After the program, the Admission Committee meets again and makes the final admission decisions. Candidates are notified of their decision by late March. 

Candidates’ Weekends are about learning more about the Candidates in the context of Olin’s unique, highly collaborative setting so that we can craft an intentional cohort of incoming students that will be cohesive but diverse. Candidates will be evaluated by members of the Olin community, and that information will be used by the Admission Committee to make final admission decisions.

If you have any questions about Candidates' Weekend and how it is used in our admission process, please contact us.

If you have any questions about the application or admission process, please contact us at apply@olin.edu.

Application Requirements

Students applying to Olin will submit the Common Application or Coalition Application, including Olin-specific questions and application fee, online through the Common Application website or Coalition Application website. Our application deadline for the 2021-2022 application cycle is January 3, 2022The application must be submitted by 11:59 PM in the applicant's local time zone on that date. 

All applications are reviewed in January. We have a holistic review process that carefully evaluates each applicant’s academic and personal qualities. In early February, applicants will be notified regarding if they are advancing to the second phase of the admission process, Candidates’ Weekends.

A complete application includes each of the following required materials. (Please note the application must be submitted by January 4, 2022).

Required Materials

Must be submitted online by January 3, 2022 through the Common Application website or Coalition Application website

$85; fee waiver request can be submitted via the Common Application or Coalition Application

Complete with high school transcript and school profile (sent by school)

Complete with letter of recommendation from your school counselor 

We require one letter of recommendation from a core Math or Science Teacher and one letter of recommendation from a Teacher of Your Choice

Your Math or Science teacher recommendation must be submitted by a teacher of a core academic course (examples: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Geometry). Teachers of STEM elective courses (examples: Engineering, Design, Electronics) may submit a recommendation as your Teacher of Choice but will not be counted as a Math or Science teacher.

A first quarter or term report card or a first semester progress report must be submitted with your application. We cannot accept self-reported grades; all grade reports and transcripts must be submitted directly from your school. Your high school counselor may upload a grade report to your application as an Optional Report or Mid Year Report, or may email your grades to us at apply@olin.edu

We are extending the temporary suspension of our standardized test requirement for the 2021-22 application cycle (for Fall 2022 enrollment). 

Any applicant may submit SAT or ACT test scores; these scores will be an optional component of the application. Students who do not submit scores will not be penalized nor will they be at a disadvantage in Olin’s application process. All applications will continue to be evaluated through Olin’s holistic review process which includes academic performance and optional testing, if submitted, as well as the applicant’s talents, experiences, character and potential contributions to the college and community. Olin’s highly personalized application reading process takes into account the context and environment of the applicant’s academic experience. Be sure to check out our FAQs for further questions about testing requirements for the 2020-21 admission cycle.

For students attending high school within the U.S. that would like to submit test scores: Self-reported or official SAT or ACT scores may be used for application review. You may self-report your test scores on the Common Application or Coalition Application, or upload a copy of your score report to your Olin Applicant Status Page (which will become accessible after you submit an application to Olin). Test scores sent directly from the testing agency (College Board or ACT), or that appear on an official high school transcript or are submitted directly by a high school counselor to Olin are considered official. Students who are admitted to and choose to enroll at Olin will be required to submit official test scores at that time, if they were not submitted with the application. Please note: if an application is reviewed with self-reported testing and the official testing submitted upon enrollment does not validate those scores, Olin College reserves the right to rescind the student’s offer of admission.

For students attending high school outside the U.S. that would like to submit test scores: Official SAT or ACT scores must be submitted with the application to Olin. Test scores sent directly from the testing agency (College Board or ACT) or that appear on an official high school transcript are considered official. All testing results must be received by our January 6, 2021 application deadline.

Our school codes are:

SAT: 2824

ACT: 1883

*All required forms can be accessed through your Common Application or Coalition account.

English Language Proficiency Exam Policy

For applicants, whose primary language is not English, we highly recommend providing the results of an English proficiency exam, unless a student has been enrolled in an English instruction school for at least four years. Olin will accept TOEFL (internet-based), IELTS, Duolingo and PTE. The following chart provides recommended minimum scores to ensure English proficiency necessary for success in the Olin classroom. Test scores may be sent directly to Olin from the testing agency or self-reported on the application or applicant status page. Scores must be verified upon enrollment.

Test Recommended Minimum Score
TOEFL (Internet-based) 100+
IELTS 7+
Duolingo 12-+
PTE 65+

 


Optional Materials

In addition to the required materials above, any of the following materials may be included in your application:

  • AP and IB Exam Scores – While we are very interested in students who have taken advanced coursework, we do not offer any credit for AP or IB tests. You may report your scores in your application or send us a score report

  • SAT Subject Tests – You may report your scores in your application or send us a score report

  • Interview Report – If you interviewed with a representative from Olin, an interview report will be included in your application

Our mailing address is:

Olin College of Engineering
Office of Admission & Financial Aid
1000 Olin Way
Needham, MA 02492
Fax number: 781-292-2210


 

Application Timeline

   
August 1, 2021 Common Application and Coalition Application are available online for students applying for college entry in 2022
January 3, 2022

Deadline for submitting the Common Application or Coalition Application along with the Olin supplemental questions and application fee. 

The application and Olin-specific questions must be submitted by 11:59 PM in the applicant's local time zone.

Mid-February 2022 Applicants notified if they have achieved "Candidate" status
February 15, 2022

Deadline to apply for need-based financial aid by submitting the FAFSA form

Learn more about Olin's scholarship and need-based aid programs

February 25, 2022 -  March 6, 2022

Candidates’ Week

Late March 2022 Admission and Financial Aid notifications mailed and posted online
May 1, 2022

National reply deadline for admitted students to select their school of choice

If you have any questions about our admission process, please don't hesitate to contact us at apply@olin.edu.