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Get the facts about Olin College. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Olin College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Olin College was awarded 19 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general engineering.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Olin College is ranked #26 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Olin College also holds the #5 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Olin College?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Olin College since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 13%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Average Test Scores

About 63% of students accepted to Olin College submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 710 and 770. Math scores were between 740 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Olin College  ( 710 to 770 )

SAT Math Scores for Olin College  ( 740 to 800 )
Olin College received ACT scores from 59% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 33 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Olin College  ( 33 to 35 )

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Olin College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Olin College, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 7 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Olin College is 82%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  82 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Olin College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Olin College has a freshmen retention rate of 99%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  99 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Olin College the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 76%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  76 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Olin College

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 390 undergraduates at Olin College with 345 being full-time and 45 being part-time.

Olin College Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 98.80 out of 100, Olin College is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  98.80 out of 100
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How Much Does Olin College Cost?

The overall average net price of Olin College is $21,370. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Olin College

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$2,288 $5,013 $8,030 $17,269 $34,613

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Olin College, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Olin College, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $6,379 a year. That adds up to $25,516 over four years for those students.

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How Much Money Do Olin College Graduates Make?

Location of Olin College

Located in Needham, Massachusetts, Olin College is a private not-for-profit institution. Needham is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Location of Olin College

Contact details for Olin College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1000 Olin Way, Needham, MA 02492-1200
Phone: 781-292-2300

Olin College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Engineering 42 $77,700
Electrical Engineering 18 NA
Mechanical Engineering 18 $72,200

Learn more about the majors offered at Olin College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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