Not Your Father’s Engineering School

Olin College of Engineering – An undergraduate engineering institution exploring innovative approaches to engineering education since its founding in 1997.

Olin set out to be a new kind of Engineering College with the belief that engineering is a creative enterprise that begins and ends with people and their desire for a better world. From day one, Olin had no departments or tenured faculty, allowing for true collaboration and integration of efforts.

Olin students experience learning not just in formal and technical ways, but also as explorers and creators who design their own path. Learning happens everywhere — in group experiences like faculty-led classes, student-led independent studies, and co-curriculars (where students, faculty and staff come together around common interests) — in student clubs and organizations, ranging from highly structured engineering competition teams to service organizations, social clubs and sports teams — in exploring the boundaries of knowledge and innovation working on research projects with faculty — and by pursuing new ideas and passions through independent studies and Passionate Pursuits.

Educational, business and governmental leaders from around the world are coming to Olin to learn about our new and effective learning environment. Olin’s Collaboratory is dedicated to co-designing transformational educational experiences with other institutions.

Olin attracts top faculty and students who are passionate about learning and making a difference in the world. The student body is gender balanced and has one of the highest graduation rates in the country.