Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

115 reviews
  1. Needham, MA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    A+
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Data not available
Athletic Conference
Data not available
Address
1000 Olin Way
Needham, MA 02492
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
12%
SAT Range
1410-1550
ACT Range
32-34
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$29,979/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $1,427/ year
  • $30-48k
    $2,133/ year
  • $49-75k
    $9,733/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,654/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,764/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
100%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.5 responses
100%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.6 responses
100%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.6 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
350Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
Data not available
Pell Grant
7%
Varsity Athletes
Data not available
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
67%
of students say they don't have Greek life.6 responses
Poll
71%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.7 responses
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After Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Data not available
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
95%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
Data not available
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.3 responses

Reviews

115 reviews
  • Excellent
    45
  • Very Good
    39
  • Average
    28
  • Poor
    3
  • Terrible
    0
You've Never Seen Classrooms Like These! There are three academic buildings on campus: The Campus Center is home to our dining hall and administrative offices. The bottom floor is a student created pool hall and post office. Milas Hall is home to the faculty offices and our two story library, while the academic center is where the classrooms and labs are. Each building is very aesthetically pleasing and, since our campus was completed after 2002, modern. The school really shines in the academic center though. Walk through the halls and you will see student made robots, posters of student research, photos that students took on our scanning electron microscope, the list goes on and on. The classrooms are also unlike anything you've probably seen. Since Olin is a project learning based curriculum, very few of the rooms are for lecture. In most you will find 3D printers and band saws, or post-it notes covering all the walls it often looks like a mix between a hurricane and something off of CSI. As for athletic facilities, students have small workout rooms with weights and treadmills in their dorms. For lifting and squash and whatnot, students go to the Babson rec center which is just a short walk away.
  • College Freshman
  • Mar 20 2011
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.
  • College Freshman
  • Jan 3 2014
Olin has a different admission process. There are two rounds of admission: round one, which is based off of the typical common application, and round two, where applicants passing round one are invited to campus for an assessment process called Candidate's Weekend. After Candidate's Weekend, all "numbers" concerning the applicant such as test scores and gpa are disregarded and the applicant is evaluated based on his/her "fit" for Olin. This allows the admissions team to build a class that really works together.
  • College Freshman
  • Nov 26 2014