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Olin College of Engineering

Needham, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate18%
Acceptance Rate18%

About Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

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.

Olin College of Engineering is a private, nonprofit college in the suburb of Needham, Massachusetts. Olin College of Engineering was founded in 1997 and enrolls 382 undergrads and no graduate students.

Olin College of Engineering Acceptance Rate

It is extremely difficult to get into Olin College of Engineering. Around 18% of applicants get into Olin College of Engineering each year. In 2022, 907 students applied to Olin College of Engineering and 163 were admitted.

Olin College of Engineering Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 18%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.9
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 41%

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Olin College of Engineering is locatedin the town of Needham, Massachusetts, near the city of Boston.

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Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering is Jan 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1500 - 1550


Math SAT Range

760 - 800


Reading SAT Range

730 - 780

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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1550 and Above


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1500 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering students is 1522. Applicants with SAT scores of 1550 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, while applicants with SAT scores between 1500 to 1550 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1500 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering is like? There are approximately 382 students enrolled at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. 94% percent of students attend school full-time, 15% percent are from MA and 85% percent of students are from other states.


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