Location
Needham, MA
Undergrads
355
Tuition
$42,975
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 108 total reviews with an average rating of 4.1

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: The people at Olin are unlike anyone else. To get a real idea of what it's like, you really need to visit. The honor code is a huge part of student life. Because of that and the small student population, the community is super close, which we all love.

2 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Olin doesn't allow off campus housing because of our team-based, project based curriculum.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Parking: There's plenty of parking on campus, so off campus parking is unnecessary. A decent amount of students have cars, but they are by no means necessary to get around.

College Freshman

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet, but I have no concerns with finding one once I decide to pursue one.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Although I've only taken one class in my possible major, I'm already happy with it.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports aren't really big here, so the athletic facilities are just fine for the demand.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Needham and Wellesley are both pretty close, and both have reasonably priced, high quality food.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Olin doesn't have Greek life, we're too small for that.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Olin is extremely accepting of everyone, especially with regard to sexual orientation. There isn't much racial diversity

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Olin automatically gives any accepted student a half tuition scholarship.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Man Hall throws parties about every other Saturday, and other groups also occasionally throw parties.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Needham and Wellesley are both nice little towns with all the essentials and a couple good restaurants each.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Cars are nice for when it's cold out to get into Needham or Wellesley, but neither is too unreasonable of a walk. Cars are also nice for getting to the nearest T stop, which is about 10 minutes away by car. You can then take the T into Boston pretty easily

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Both guys and girls are pretty nerdy, but we love that. Everyone is passionate about something, and everyone's excited about their academics. Relationships vary a lot, so you can do whatever you're comfortable with. Social life is vibrant, and almost everyone is fairly outgoing and excited to meet and talk to each other. Olin is really small (350ish people) but I personally think that's great, though it does limit the number of people you can meet on campus. Babson and Wellesley are both right next door thought, so there's no shortage of people off campus

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The honor code is not to be messed with. It's the basis of student life at Olin and everyone really respects it and abides by it, which is a lot of the reason that my college is as amazing as it is.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Our dorms are the best. Seriously. They're both less than 15 years old, and they're kept super clean. Our dorm rooms are huge, and each room gets their own bathroom with a toilet and a shower. Each room comes stocked with a microfridge, 2 beds, 2 desks, and 2 rolly chairs :) Dorms are less than a 2 minute walk to classes or food. Social atmosphere is the amazing. Great dorm culture, and great R2s (our version of RAs).

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5 College Freshman

Computers: Advantages of going to engineering-only school: Fabulous technology. IT is great, printing is free and accessible, internet is fast and reliable. The laptop that the school requires comes loaded with all the software you'll need for most classes at Olin.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: There are only three majors at Olin- Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and General Engineering. If you choose to go the general engineering route, you can pick what you want to concentrate in- Computing, Robotics, Bio, Design, or you can design your own concentration with the support of the faculty.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm planning on going into general engineering, possibly concentrating in Design, but I haven't decided for sure yet. You aren;t required to declare your major until partway through sophomore year.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Workload at Olin is insane. However, because of our unique do-learn style, the work is so much fun. I'll be up till 2am working on a project, but it'll be with 4 other people building a hopping kangaroo and a game for fourth graders (who will be the ones grading the project). All the students have to be extremely self-driven and motivated, but it's so rewarding. Team projects are also big here, which is comparable to the real business world. Students aren't competitive at all. Everyone is really good at different things, and will help you out in their area of expertise.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are amazing. They're all so engaging, and the students get to help review applications for new professors and professors who want to return. They're all uber qualified for their positions, and also really want you to succeed. Because Olin is so small, the professors have no trouble knowing everyone's names. The workload is not for the faint-of-heart, but the students and faculty are there to help you get through it. The curriculum is unique to Olin, so we have strange classes. An example of this is Modeling and Simulation of the Physical World as a required first semester freshman course. This course combines calculus, physics, and programming into one class. The goal of this sort of class is to provide real world application to education. Almost all classes are project based, and tests are few and far between.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It's typical New England weather- decent amount of snow, lovely fall colors, nice and warm in the spring and summer.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Because the college is so new, the buildings are also really new. State of the art technology, great classrooms, and the best dorms I've ever seen. Athletics aren't super popular, so we've only got some soccer fields when it comes to sport complexes. However, we have access to the college next door's sport complexes. Students usually hang out in the dorms in their free time, but since there's only two dorms you still see everyone.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Somewhat frustrating because we share health services and security with the college next door, but I've never felt the slightest bit unsafe on campus. The honor code means nothing gets stolen. Someone once found $20 in the dorm and pinned it up on the bulletin board. It sat there for 2 weeks before it was claimed.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The honor code means that I can trust pretty much everyone on campus. The community is super close and everyone knows everyone. The people are the coolest I've met anywhere and the academics are so strong and not competitive at all. Everyone wants you to succeed and will help you. I could not be more happy.

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