Franklin W. Olin College Of Engineering

Overview of Franklin W. Olin College Of Engineering

Olin is in Needham, MA. Needham is a large suburb. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Olin issues awards (degrees) up to the level of Bachelor's degree.

Areas of Study

Fields of study in vogue at the school include engineering.

Olin Selectivity

Not all applicants to Olin are accepted. Just 14% of applicants in 2007-2008 were accepted at the school. The top quarter of students at Olin scored at least 790 on the verbal SAT test. Students' math SAT scores were most often in the range 740 to 800 in 2007-2008.


The schools' faculty/student ratio of superior to most. The Olin teaching staff is well compensated compared to other schools.

Student Body

Approximately 299 students study at the school (in 2007-2008).

Student Life

Olin offers a real campus feel. The school makes housing available to a large share of its students. Students at Olin can take advantage of the school's meal plans.

More complete details are provided below.

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Contacting Olin

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Olin Way
Needham , MA 02492-1200
General Phone: (781) 292-2300

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Olin Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Engineering62engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering

Number of programs and degrees for Olin in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree623

Olin Student Body

In 2007-2008, Olin had a total enrollment of 299 students (298 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 59%
Women 41%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 46%
Black 2%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 10%
Unknown 37%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 47%
20-21 46%
22-24 5%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York7%
(International Students)5%
New Jersey3%
State unknown1%
South Carolina1%
North Carolina1%
New Mexico1%

Olin Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 95 %

Olin Room and Board (2007)

Olin offers campus housing for 355 of its 298 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Needham, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Olin Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal700790
SAT Math740800
SAT Writing670770
ACT Verbal3135
ACT Math3336
ACT Composite3235

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT96%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT30%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Olin Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 35,375
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 35,375
Room and board $ 12,400
Room charge $ 8,100
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,300
Books and supplies $ 750
Other expenses $ 1,500

Financial Aid:
Olin participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 3946300)

Olin Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year6$142,5043$133,600
Associate professoracademic year8$98,1634$90,201
Assistant professoracademic year11$73,3095$80,320
Instructoracademic year2*0*
All faculty totalacademic year27$95,53712$96,934

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Olin Degree Programs (2007)

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Mechanical Engineering

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