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Olin College of Engineering

Needham, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate19%

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Student Life

Olin College of Engineering Student Activities

Interested in Greek life?

Olin College of Engineering has several thriving Council of Olin Representatives. In fact, more students participate in the Council of Olin Representatives than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Olin College of Engineering include Stay Late and Create, Support, Encourage and Recognize Volunteerism (SERV), Mini Baja and Olin Fire Arts Club.

The Olin College of Engineering community comes together each year for Candidates Weekend, Expo and Fall Career Fair.

Olin College of Engineering Housing

This table offers information on housing at Olin College of Engineering.

Housing Options Offered? Details
On-Campus Housing Yes Required for senior
Guaranteed Housing Yes Guaranteed for freshman
Co-ed Housing Available Yes
Housing for Students with Disabilities Yes
Percentage of Students Living On-Campus 99%
Spots Available in On-Campus Housing 364
Number of Students Living On-Campus 350
Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus

Olin College of Engineering offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through senior year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

The majority of Olin College of Engineering students live on campus. In 2023, 99% of undergrads at Olin College of Engineering lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 1% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Olin College of Engineering. There are 364 spots available in on-campus housing for all 388 undergraduates. In the 2022-2023 school year, 350 students chose to live on-campus. On the weekends, about 90% students stay on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Olin College of Engineering offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Olin College of Engineering Athletics

At Olin College of Engineering there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Olin College of Engineering:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Soccer Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Ultimate Frisbee Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams

Is Olin College of Engineering Safe?

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Olin College of Engineering is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Olin College of Engineering campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

Plan a Visit to Olin College of Engineering

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit Olin College of Engineering, take Interstate 95/Route 128 to Needham, MA. If you need to fly, book your flight to Logan International airport.

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Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Campus Services

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