Applying To Olin

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. As such, we practice a holistic admission process, reviewing applications for both academic achievement and potential as well as personal qualities that would make the applicant a good fit for the Olin education and community. We look for high achievers who have demonstrated course rigor, academic mastery and strong test scores, but we also look for evidence of characteristics we see in our current students such as creativity, initiative, empathy, entrepreneurship, teamwork, passion, integrity and determination. Your extracurricular profile (including work and family commitments), your essays, and your recommendation letters help us get to know you and are carefully considered when reviewing applicants for admission.

If you’re considering applying to Olin, we encourage you to challenge yourself as much as possible by enrolling in the most rigorous courses available at your high school, and to build a strong foundation in calculus and physics.

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Due to ongoing challenges surrounding access to testing, we are extending the temporarily suspension of our standardized test requirement. Students applying for the 2021-22 application cycle (for Fall 2022 enrollment) will not be required to submit testing as part of their application. Please read more about application-related changes on our Important Updates and Changes for the 2021-22 Admission Cycle FAQs

Class of 2026

We will enroll about 86 fantastic students from all over the world for the Class of 2026. As always, we look for a multidimensional student body, representing a broad range of cultural, economic and geographic backgrounds.

You may apply to Olin using either the Common Application or the Coalition Application. We have extended our deadline! We require you to submit the application, including Olin-specific questions, and application fee online through the Common Application website or Coalition Application website by January 7, 2022. 

Please let us help you learn everything you need to know about our one-of-a-kind admission process, including important dates and deadlines and our admission requirements.

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The Olin Tuition Scholarship

Currently valued at more than $100,000, the merit-based Olin Tuition Scholarship benefits all admitted students. Offered for eight semesters of full time study and covering half the annual tuition charges, this scholarship recognizes achievement inside and outside the classroom and represents our confidence in your ability to succeed in this unique academic environment. Our goal is to attract talented students committed to making a difference in the world, and partner with them to make an Olin education a reality.

Need-Based Financial Aid

In addition to this merit scholarship, the College is committed to meeting full demonstrated financial need for up to eight semesters of full-time study for those who apply by the appropriate deadline and are eligible for additional assistance. 

Eligibility is determined by completion of the FAFSA.  Currently, full need-based aid is awarded to U.S. Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens.  

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Clery Act Disclosure Report

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering publishes and makes available to any prospective student or employee upon request a copy of the College’s annual security report. An online copy of the report is available on our website in the Public Safety section; a paper copy may be obtained by contacting the Olin College Department of Public Safety at 781-239-5555.

Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with its own values and with federal and state regulations, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, disabled veteran status, veteran of the Vietnam Era status, marital or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). This nondiscrimination policy encompasses the operation of the College's educational programs and activities including admission policies, scholarship program, athletic and other College-administered programs. It also encompasses the employment of College personnel and contracting by the College for goods and services.