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MIT Study: The Global State of the Art in Engineering Education

A report, commissioned by MIT in support of its New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) initiative, has named Olin College of Engineering, along with MIT, as the top leaders in engineering education globally. The study, “The global state of the art in engineering education,” was conducted in 2016 and 2017. Its author, Dr. Ruth Graham, interviewed 50 global thought leaders in engineering education to identify the world’s most highly regarded undergraduate engineering programs and characterize the approach taken by these top-ranked institutions. The study focuses on current as well as emerging leaders in the field, with Olin and MIT appearing as first and second most frequently cited, respectively, in the current leaders category. 

Gordon Prize

In 2013 Olin College's three founding academic leaders, Richard MillerDavid Kerns and Sherra Kerns, received the Bernard M. Gordon Prize, one of engineering's highest honors. The $500,000 prize is awarded by the National Academy of Engineering to recognize innovation in engineering and technological education.

Rankings

Olin also appears on the following 2020 Princeton Review ranking lists:
  • #2 Best Classroom Experience
  • #2 Best College Dorms
  • #3 Professors Get High Marks
  • #3 LGBTQ-Friendly     
  • #4 Students Study the Most      
  • #11 Least Religious Students
  • #12 Their Students Love These Colleges
  • #12 There's a Game?
  • #14 Best Career Services
  • #14 Happiest Students
  • #17 Lots of Race/Class Interaction

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Olin’s rich learning environment is reflected in its outstanding results on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which gauges the effort students put into their college experience and the types of educational experiences they have. In 14 out of 20 metrics, including Reflective and Integrative Learning, Collaborative Learning and Student-Faculty Interaction, Olin scored higher than other institutions around the country. 100% percent of Olin seniors report participating in two or more of NSSE’s high impact practices (experiences that produce deep learning), including capstone experiences, research experiences and internships, and service-learning, compared to 60% of seniors nationally.