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Franklin W Olin College of Engineering

cheeto23cheeto23 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
edited June 2008 in Engineering Majors
Does anyone know anything about this school? I've been to their site and it seems impossibly hard to get into, but I've heard almost nothing else about it.

I was wondering if anyone had some info (positive/negative) on the school.
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Replies to: Franklin W Olin College of Engineering

  • xjisxjis Registered User Posts: 458 Member
    i know it's MIT-level competitive to get in,
    i know they offer full-ride to all its students,

    but it's very new and it will take some couple more years to build nation-wide reputation and laypeople to catch up the name. but that's just my opinion.
  • auscguyauscguy Registered User Posts: 308 Member
    they have an entire different approach on teaching engineering classes. Their classes suppose to be fun and project base. small class size, teacher and student really interact. just that I don't think it is ABET accredited.
  • nertzynertzy Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Olin has been accredited by both ABET and NEASC: Olin College : Academics : Accreditation Statements
  • RacinReaverRacinReaver Registered User Posts: 6,610 Senior Member
    I know someone here that was in the first graduating class at Olin. We were interviewing with a professor in the department at the same time. The professor wanted us to talk about our senior design project. The biggest difference I could see was their group had a budget of $50,000 and mine had $400.

    She seems to be pretty smart, but had a bit of a breakdown the first quarter. I know she really enjoyed her time there, but didn't like how the school was so tiny that everyone knew everyone else's business.
  • xjisxjis Registered User Posts: 458 Member
    The biggest difference I could see was their group had a budget of $50,000 and mine had $400.

    omgosh. ...
  • xjisxjis Registered User Posts: 458 Member
    anyway, is it the Olin Foundation that built this college? cuz their buildings are like everywhere. i saw Olin Hall in Cornell U, JHU, etc and they were from the same foundation. i was wondering if that same foundation built this college.
  • fiona_fiona_ Registered User Posts: 1,811 Senior Member
    Yes the Olin foundation helped set it up and funds the full-tuition scholarship.

    Does anyone know about their international FA policy?
  • auscguyauscguy Registered User Posts: 308 Member
    there is olin hall at my school also
  • chrisdchrisd Registered User Posts: 497 Member
    I believe that all admitted students, international or national,receive full tuition scholarships. However there is some sort of a cap on the number of international students who can be admitted. Admissions staff there are quite accessible, drop them an email or call. One of the admissions folks checks in here now and then.

    If you search threads on this board, you will find lots of Olin info.

    My daughter graduated from Olin in '07. All Olin senior projects (SCOPE) are connected with companies, and so may be well funded, but $50,000 doesn't sound familiar. My daughter's project was with Boston Scientific.
  • ken285ken285 Registered User Posts: 3,931 Senior Member
    She seems to be pretty smart, but had a bit of a breakdown the first quarter. I know she really enjoyed her time there, but didn't like how the school was so tiny that everyone knew everyone else's business.

    I'm not surprised, especially with only 300 people total at the school. My school was three times that size and news traveled *fast* .... ALL sorts of news. And everybody lived off-campus in New York, so I can't imagine what it's like on campus in Needham, MA.

    It's one (maybe the only?) of the downsides of going to a small college. There's no anonymity, and you can't hide, so there's not much... "privacy," for lack of a better word. You're around the same people all 4 years, so you can't "start over" midway through as you would be able to at a large state school such as UIUC. If you can't deal with everybody talking about you, don't go to a small school.

    Otherwise, I hear Olin is a superb place to get your education.
  • MTnestMTnest Registered User Posts: 1,793 Senior Member
    Olin isn't a complete free ride. They only cover the tuition portion. You still have to pay the room, board etc. They estimate cost of attendance at $52,000 and the scholarship is $35,000 so out of pocket is $17,000 (unless you qualify for financial aid).
  • ken285ken285 Registered User Posts: 3,931 Senior Member
    Did they change that? I remember hearing at the beginning that they covered room and board as well.
  • RacinReaverRacinReaver Registered User Posts: 6,610 Senior Member
    I think they were giving completely free rides to the first four years of admitted students to help raise the profile of the school. I remember my friend saying something along those lines.
  • fiona_fiona_ Registered User Posts: 1,811 Senior Member
    Wow I wish I had been born earlier! Haha. So yeah, I was wondering about their FA (to cover room and board, book fees, whatever) for international students. I've emailed them but they haven't replied yet.

    My current high school class is only 90 people so I guess the Olin atmosphere won't be that alien. But then again, college and high school are different.
  • ajaycajayc Registered User Posts: 4,682 Senior Member
    Its damn hard to get in. THey have this special admission process where they make you work on projects and give you tests before they admit you.
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