Candidates’ Weekends

Each year, we invite about 225-250 applicants from our amazingly talented pool to participate in Candidates' Weekends. Historically, these weekends have taken place on campus during the last weekends of February and the first of March, however given concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s format will be virtual. Applicants who wish to remain in consideration for admission must participate in this second phase of the application process. The experiences are designed to be fun, informal, and informational experiences. They are an opportunity for you to get to know us, and for us to get to know you.

What happens at a Candidates’ Weekend?

The 2021 Candidates’ Weekend experience will be held in a virtual space. You’ll meet and hear from faculty, interact with current students and alumni, 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 2021 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 programs, which will continue to be held in late February and early March, the Admission Committee meets again and makes the final admission decisions. Candidates are notified of their decision by late March.

How are Candidates’ Weekends used by Admission?

While the format of Candidates’ Weekends will look different this year, the purpose of the programs will remain the same. 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. If you are invited to participate, you will be notified by the first week of February. 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' Weekends and how they are used in our admission process, please contact us.