Olin – not your usual engineering school

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

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.

Sure – sounds familiar. Great ideals. Just what you expect in a mission statement.

But what is special about Olin is the number of women enrolled. Most Engineering programs that have less than 20% women enrolled.

Oin – Students 346 enrolled 55% male / 45% female — U.S.News

Something completely different

The college officially opened in Fall 2002 to its inaugural freshman class. During the prior year, thirty student “partners” worked with Olin’s world-class faculty to create and test an innovative curriculum that infused a rigorous engineering education with business and entrepreneurship as well as the arts, humanities and social sciences. They developed a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach that better reflects actual engineering practice. State-of-the-art facilities matched with first-rate students, nationally renowned professors and unbridled enthusiasm have made Olin an exciting whirlwind of activity and excellence. — Olin history

It can be done. How badly do we want to do it? What are we prepared to do to ensure that girls and young women want to be Engineers? What is the cost to society and the U.S. relevance in the global economy if we don’t.