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Reviews 119 total reviews with an average rating of 4.1

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Small school. There are parties about every weekend put on by one of the suites in East Hall. If alcohol is your thing, it is incredibly easy to find, but there is no pressure whatsoever to drink and/or attend parties.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. Because we are such a small school, an unfamiliar face is recognized immediately. Babson Public Safety is always patrolling campus; I can often see a car from my dorm window.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Our food gets a lot of crap from people even though it is some of the best in the country. We are a school of 350 students, so we do not have multiple dining halls. The one that we do have has puts out multitudes of vegetarian, vegan, gluten and allergy free options, and there is always something for someone. The kitchen staff is friendly and will gladly give you anything you ask for (they made me cupcakes on my birthday!), and they are always open to suggestions on how to improve the dining experience. Every Olin student is on an unlimited meal plan, which includes unlimited swipes at neighbor colleges Babson, Wellesley, and Brandeis, so if you are ever cross-registered you do not need to worry about food.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: 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.

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College Freshman

Athletics: There are no varsity sports teams at Olin. We only have about 350 students and we are an engineering school. There are some club sports, like soccer and ultimate, that you can participate in if you want, but they are not a large part of the community.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: We are right outside of Boston. It's not hard to go into the city for the day using Boston public transit. The surrounding suburbs are all very wealthy and nicely kept, but they don't have much besides restaurants.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: The administration understands that we are college students who are going to do college student things. As long as there is no property damage or physical harm, we are generally left to our own devices. Everyone at Olin looks out for eachother, so nothing like that ever happens anyway.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Everyone who goes to Olin gets a half tuition scholarship valued at over 90000 dollars over four years. Everyone.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are quite a few restaurants in the surrounding area, they just require a car or bike to get to them. Prices are a bit on the expensive side, but nothing with bankrupt you. Also, Dominoes delivers!

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Everyone at Olin lives on campus for all four years. This contributes to a really awesome dorm culture and takes pressure off of people trying to find off-campus housing.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Every double gets their own bathroom, microwave, and fridge. And we get control over the air conditioning. Seriously - that's awesome. The rooms are pretty spacious and the buildings are well maintained. The dorm atmosphere is incredible as well - there are always people doing something cool in one of the lounges, whether it's playing a game, watching a movie, or just hanging out.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: 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.

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College Freshman

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

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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.

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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.

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4 College Freshman

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

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4 College Freshman

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

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5 College Freshman

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

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3 College Freshman

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

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: 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

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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

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