Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

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1000 Olin Way

Needham, MA 02492

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Phone: (781) 292-2300
2013-2014 Tuition
$42,500
tuition and fees
Students
355
enrolled
53%
male /
47%
female
Admissions
Jan. 1
application deadline
19.2%
accepted

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Summary

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering is a private institution that was founded in 1997. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 355, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 70 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $42,500 (2013-14).

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering is located in Needham, Mass., just 14 miles west of Boston and next to the campus of Babson College. Nearly all students live on campus in either of the two residence halls, which offer housing in traditional doubles or suites. Olin’s "Passionate Pursuits" program enables students to pursue their interests with guidance from a faculty sponsor and funding from the college; some examples include scuba certification, Irish dance, and jazz improvisation. There are also a number of student clubs and organizations ranging from an AntiGravity Club to the Olin Dance Project. Central to Olin’s community of trust is the Honor Code, which dictates that students must act with honor and integrity.

Olin’s academic curriculum is based on the "Olin Triangle," a focus on science and engineering fundamentals, entrepreneurship, and the liberal arts. Students can choose from three majors: electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, or engineering, which encompasses bioengineering, computing, materials science, and systems. SCOPE (Senior Capstone Program in Engineering) is a required yearlong program during which seniors complete an engineering project sponsored by a reputable engineering or technology client. Olin offers students a wider range of courses in business, natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities through its educational partnerships with Babson College, Wellesley College, and Brandeis University.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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. Olin College seeks to redefine engineering as a profession of innovation encompassing 1) the consideration of human and societal needs; 2) the creative design of engineering systems; and 3) the creation of value through entrepreneurial effort and philanthropy. The College is dedicated to the discovery and development of the most effective educational approaches and aspires to serve as a model for others.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1997
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $338,212,000

Applying

When applying to Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 31. The application fee at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering is $80. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 19.2 percent.

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Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 19.2%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by December 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering is 9:1, and the school has 62.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering include: Engineering, General; Electrical and Electronics Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 96.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 77%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Engineering, General 38%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 35%
Mechanical Engineering 27%

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Student Life

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering has a total undergraduate enrollment of 355, with a gender distribution of 53.2 percent male students and 46.8 percent female students.

Total enrollment 355
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, 25 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.

Students who have cars on campus 25%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, 39.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,058.

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Tuition and fees $42,500 (2013-14)
Room and board $15,000 (2013-14)
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