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:
Students applying to Olin will submit the Common Application, including Olin-specific member questions and application fee, online through the Common Application website. Our application deadline is January 4, 2023. 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
We invite about 225-250 applicants to participate in Candidates’ Weekends. Candidates' Weekends take place during late February to early March and the format is to be determined and will be announced sometime in the summer. 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. The purpose and vibe of the programs during Candidates' Weekends is to showcase the Olin spirit of creativity and collaboration. 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.
During the 2023 Candidates' Weekends, 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. 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.
Students applying to Olin will submit the Common Application, including Olin-specific questions and application fee, online through the Common Application website. Our application deadline for the 2022-2023 application cycle is January 4, 2023. 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 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, 2023).
Must be submitted online by January 4, 2023 through the Common Application website
$85; fee waiver request can be submitted via the Common 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2022-23 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 4, 2023 application deadline.
Our school codes are:
*All required forms can be accessed through your Common Application 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|
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
|August 1, 2022||Common Application is available online for students applying for college entry in 2023|
|January 4, 2023||
Deadline for submitting the Common 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 2023||Applicants notified if they have achieved "Candidate" status|
|February 15, 2023||
Deadline to apply for need-based financial aid by submitting the FAFSA form
|Late February to Early March|
|Late March 2023||Admission and Financial Aid notifications mailed and posted online|
|May 1, 2023||
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 email@example.com.