NEWS: Olin Named #2 for Classroom Experience and a 2024 Best Value College by Princeton Review

June 25, 2024

Olin Named Princeton Review Best Value College for 2024 in its 20th annual list of rankings.

According to the report, the 2024 list of Best Value Colleges all share three exceptional features: stellar academics, affordable cost, and strong career prospects for graduates.

Out of more than 650 colleges and universities surveyed for the 2024 list, Olin is one of 209 institutions—135 of which are private and 74 of which are public—that earned the highest ROI (Return on Investment) rating in the Princeton Review’s analysis of a survey covering more than 40 data points. Olin’s ROI rating of 94/99 places the College in the top 50 public Best Value Colleges and the top 50 private Best Value Colleges.

Close up of Olin students in classroom smiling

Close up image of Olin students in the classroom. Image by Tom Kates.

Among 50 Public Best Value Colleges:

  • The average grant to students with need is $14,794.
  • The median starting salary of graduates is $72,247.
  • The mid-career salary of graduates is $130,608.

Among the 50 Private Best Value Colleges:

  • The average grant to students with need is $55,621.
  • The median starting salary of graduates is $82,388.
  • The mid-career salary of graduates is $152,490.

In addition to being ranked No. 2 in “Best Classroom Experience,” Olin also is recognized and ranked on the following Princeton Review lists:

  • #1 – Students Study the Most
  • #2 – Best Classroom Experience
  • #2 – LGBTQ-Friendly
  • #2 – Best College Dorms
  • #3 – Friendliest Students
  • #3 – Their Students Love These Colleges
  • #4 – Professors Get High Marks
  • #6 – Best Career Services
  • #6 – Best Student Support and Counseling Services
  • #8 – Top 20 Best Schools for Internships (Private Schools)
  • #13 – Best College Library
  • #13 – Great Financial Aid
  • #14 – Most Accessible Professors
  • #16 – Best Quality of Life
  • #17 – Top 50 Best Value Colleges (Private Schools)
  • #20 – Most Active Student Government

The review’s survey topics covered academics, cost, financial aid, career services, graduation rates, student debt, and alumni support. Also factored in was data from its surveys of current students and’s surveys of alumni about their starting and mid-career salaries and job satisfaction.

Key factors in The Princeton Review’s decision to compile its annual Best Value College list are college applicants’ and parents’ regard for the earnings and employment potential of a college degree in light of their concerns about college costs and their ability to fund the degree.


Founded in 1997, Olin instills passion and ignites innovation in its students and prepares them to envision, create and deliver products, services, and systems that transform and improve people’s lives around the world. Olin teaches students to be explorers and creators who design their own path forward. By challenging norms and sharing its unique approach to education, Olin is revolutionizing the way engineers, and all undergraduates, learn and create knowledge. Located in Needham Massachusetts, Olin is ranked among the top-three undergraduate engineering programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more at