School Spotlight: Olin College of Engineering

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Olin College of Engineering
Needham, MA

One of the newest schools on the higher education scene (and also one of the most selective), Olin College of Engineering was chartered in 1997 to provide an exemplary education for innovative engineers. While there are many outstanding engineering colleges across the country, Olin is unique on several fronts:

  1. The student body is gender-balanced, nearly split 50-50 for men and women.
  2. The curriculum is entirely interdisciplinary. Students gain access to hands-on engineering courses in their very first semester, and they continue to take a broad range of liberal arts and science courses throughout undergraduate careers.
  3. And perhaps the most extraordinary, all admitted students receive a scholarship worth half the cost of tuition. That’s worth more than $97,000 over the course of four years!

Students can earn their BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Engineering (with concentrations in bioengineering, computing, design, materials science, and robotics). In their senior year, students work in teams to focus on solving a real-world problem in the Capstone Program. The residential campus is home to 330 students hailing from 37 states and 13 countries. But don’t let its small size concern you. Babson College, with its 2,100 undergraduates, is directly adjacent to Olin’s campus, and students can cross-register to take classes at Babson, Brandeis, or Wellesley.

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.