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Olin Ranked #3 in 2021 U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Olin College Ranked #3 in 2021 U.S. News & World Report

Olin College of Engineering is ranked No. 3 in the nation among undergraduate engineering programs, according to the just-released 2021 U.S. News & World Report college rankings. Additionally, Olin’s Mechanical Engineering program has been ranked No. 4 nationally. This is the seventh consecutive year that Olin has held this ranking. 

“In 2000, Olin started with a clean slate to create a new way of educating engineers in a model that is constantly changing. In just a short period of time, Olin has taken its place among the top engineering schools in the country. As the new president of this incredible institution I could not be more pleased,” said Olin College President Gilda Barabino.

President Gilda Barabino looks out on the Oval from office

Olin College President Gilda Barabino looks out onto the Oval from her office on July 1, 2020 - her first day as president. Photo by Leise Jones.

The U.S. News ranking is the latest among a number of recent accolades, recognizing Olin’s place as a leading institution nationally and globally.

Last month, Princeton Review named Olin a top college in the nation in the 2020 edition of its college guide, The Best 386 colleges, recognizing Olin for the high quality of its faculty, classroom experience and financial aid. In June, the Hanseatic League of Universities ranked Olin as No. 10 in the world in Industrial Applications of Research and Education, as well as No. 20 overall in the list of the Top 100 Universities. This first ever World's Universities with Real Impact (WURI) aims to discover innovative universities that prepare for the world in the fourth industrial revolution through new education and research efforts.

“Now, as Olin enters its third decade, we are poised and ready to build on that constantly evolving model to incorporate big ideas for the next leap in engineering education,” said Barabino.

The U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs rankings are based solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions. U.S. News surveyed engineering school deans and faculty members in the spring and summer of 2020 and asked them to rate each program they were familiar with on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished) for these rankings. U.S. News has separate rankings for undergraduate engineering programs at colleges that offer doctoral degrees in engineering.