The Application

Students applying to Olin will submit the Common Application including the Olin College Member Questions and application fee online through the Common Application website. Our application deadline is January 1, 2018The Common Application must be submitted by 11:59 PM in the applicant's local time zone on that date. 

All applications are reviewed in January. We have a holistic review process that carefully evaluates each applicant’s academic and personal qualities. At the end of January, applicants will be notified regarding if they are advancing to the second phase of the admission process, Candidates’ Weekends.

Required Materials

A complete application includes each of the following required materials. (Please note the Common Application must be submitted by January 1, 2018):

Common Application including Olin College Member Questions Must be submitted online by January 1, 2018 through the Common Application website.
Application fee or fee waiver request $85; fee waiver request can be submitted via the Common Application
*School Report Form Complete with high school transcript and school profile
*Counselor Recommendation Form Complete with letter of recommendation from your school counselor
*Two Teacher Evaluations with letters of recommendation

We require one letter of recommendation from a Math or Science Teacher and one letter of recommendation from a Teacher of Your Choice.

Your Math or Science teacher recommendation must be submitted by a teacher of a core academic course (examples: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Geometry). Teachers of STEM elective courses (examples: Engineering, Design, Electronics) may submit a recommendation as your Teacher of Choice but will not be counted as a Math or Science teacher.

Current Senior Grades A first quarter report card or a first semester progress report must be submitted with your application. We cannot accept self-reported grades; all grade reports and transcripts must be submitted directly from your school. Your high school counselor may upload a grade report as an Optional Report or Mid Year Report via the Common Application, or may email your grades to us at
SAT or ACT Test Scores

We require either the SAT or ACT, and will use the highest section scores for the SAT or the highest section scores for the ACT as part of our application review. Beginning with applicants for Fall 2018, we will not require the optional SAT Essay or the optional ACT Writing section. Here's why!

For students attending high school within the U.S.: Self-reported or official SAT or ACT scores may be used for application review. You may self-report your test scores on the Common Application or upload a copy of your score report to your Olin Applicant Status Page (which will become accessible after you submit your Common Application to Olin). Test scores sent directly from the testing agency (College Board or ACT), or that appear on an official high school transcript or are submitted directly by a high school counselor to Olin are considered official. Students who are admitted to and choose to enroll at Olin will be required to submit official test scores at that time, if they were not submitted with the application. Please note: if an application is reviewed with self-reported testing and the official testing submitted upon enrollment does not validate those scores, Olin College reserves the right to rescind the student’s offer of admission.

For students attending high school outside the U.S.: Official SAT or ACT scores must be submitted with the application to Olin. Test scores sent directly from the testing agency (College Board or ACT) or that appear on an official high school transcript are considered official.  All testing results must be received by our January 1, 2018 application deadline. If you’re planning to sit for the December 2017 test date, please request that scores be sent to us by the application deadline. Our school codes are:

SAT: 2824

ACT: 1883

*All required forms can be accessed through your Common Application account.

Optional Materials      
In addition to the required materials above, any of the following materials may be included in your application:

  • AP and IB Exam Scores – While we are very interested in students who have taken advanced coursework, we do not offer any credit for AP or IB tests. You may report your scores on the Common Application or send us a score report
  • SAT Subject Tests – You may report your scores on the Common Application or send us a score report
  • TOEFL Exam – The TOEFL Exam is not required for non-U.S. citizens, but you are welcome to submit a score if you think it would be beneficial to your application. Olin’s school code is 9008
  • Interview Report – If you interviewed with a representative from Olin in your community, an interview report will be included in your application.

Our mailing address is:

Olin College of Engineering

Office of Admission

1000 Olin Way

Needham, MA 02492

Fax number: 781-292-2210