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NECHE Accreditation

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the New England Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied though a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by NECHE is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by NECHE should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education 
209 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA 01730-1433
Phone: (781) 271-0022,

* Please note: NECHE was formerly the Commission on Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

ABET Accreditation

Olin College's three degree programs-electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and engineering-are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Program Goals

Olin's degree programs are designed to meet the relevant ABET Program Criteria.  The program educational objectives for all majors are:

  1. Graduates strengthen the teams and communities they are part of by cultivating collaboration, effective communication, and leadership.
  2. Graduates apply a multi-disciplinary engineering approach to solving important technical and societal challenges.
  3. Graduates create value for society through entrepreneurial and design thinking that transforms needs and opportunities into systems, products, and solutions.
  4. Graduates adaptively and independently extend their learning to excel in fields about which they are passionate.

Learning Outcomes 

In addition to the four goals above, Olin has established the Olin Learning Outcomes (OLOs) in which students are expected to be proficient upon graduation.  The Olin Learning Outcomes are:

Acquire Knowledge, Skills and Approaches

Build the appropriate breadth and depth of content, techniques and methodologies from diverse fields.

Apply Analytical Methods

Systematically and appropriately apply qualitative, quantitative and critical methodologies and approaches to design experiments, gather data, analyze, model and draw conclusions.

Think Critically

Engage in analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing, and applying diverse information and experiences to support decision-making, attitude formation, action and expression.

Develop and Apply Creativity

Generate novel ideas and approaches, taking into account authentic constraints, that lead to innovative outcomes.

Consider Context

Use a holistic approach that integrates across all relevant contexts and perspectives to identify and address needs and opportunities and consider impacts on individuals, society and environments.

Prioritize Sustainability

Consider the social and environmental systems impacted by engineering and design decisions, aiming for the greatest positive transformation while minimizing unintended negative consequences.

Communicate Effectively

Express meaning successfully through oral, written, and visual media and listen actively to comprehend the meaning of others.

Collaborate Successfully

Create and maintain successful working relationships and identify and resolve interpersonal teaming conflicts to achieve a common goal.

Plan and Execute

Scope, plan and implement projects, maintain accountability for contributions, continuously evaluate progress, navigate uncertainty and adversity, and iterate as needed.

Become Self-Directed Learners

Identify and address learning needs through setting goals, selecting resources and maintaining self-accountability to develop and support intellectual curiosity.

Develop Personal and Professional Ethics

Define and apply one’s own beliefs and values to inform one’s approaches while considering and respecting the perspectives of others.

Foster Identity Development  

Identify and reflect on key moments in life and connect them to the development of one’s sense of self.

In keeping with Olin's institutional value of continuous improvement, learning outcomes are viewed as fluid.  They are reviewed and enhanced yearly.


Student Enrollment and Graduation

  Enrollment (Spring 2018) Graduates (Spring 2018) Six Year Graduation Rate (Spring 2018)
Electrical and Computer Engineering 56 18 94%
Engineering 109 44 93%
Mechanical Engineering 74 24 100%


For questions about Olin's accreditation, please contact Institutional Research & Decision Support.