There are two parts to the unique admission process at Olin College of Engineering: the Application and Candidates’ Weekends. We want to learn as much about you as possible—and give you the opportunity to learn all about us.

The Application

Students applying to Olin will submit the Common Application or Coalition Application, including Olin-specific member questions and application fee, online through the Common Application website or Coalition Application website. Our application deadline is January 1, 2021. The 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. In early February, applicants will be notified regarding if they are advancing to the second phase of the admission process, Candidates’ Weekend1.

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Candidates' Weekends

We invite about 225-250 applicants to participate in Candidates’ Weekends. This is an opportunity for both Olin to learn more about applicants, and for applicants to learn more about the Olin community, curriculum and culture. All applicants who reach the second phase of the process are required to participate in Candidates’ Weekends, as the information gleaned provides the basis for final admission decisions. Historically, these weekends have taken place on campus during the last weekends of February and the first of March, however given concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s format may be virtual. Further guidance from the CDC and local health officials will be taken into account as planning for the programs goes forward this fall. The purpose and vibe of the programs, however, will remain true to the Olin spirit of creativity and collaboration. The program will include both evaluative components as well as plenty of opportunities for Candidates to engage with our community and learn more about Olin.

After the programs, which will continue to be held in late February and early March regardless of format, the Admission Committee meets again and makes the final admission decisions. Candidates are notified of their decision by late March.

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Admission Timeline

August 1, 2020

Common Application and Coalition Application are available online for students applying for college entry in 2021

January 1, 2021

Deadline for submitting the Common Application or Coalition Application along with the Olin supplemental questions, application fee and supporting materials

The application and Olin-specific questions must be submitted by 11:59 PM in the applicant's local time zone.

Early February 2021

Applicants notified if they have achieved "Candidate" status

February 15, 2021

Deadline to apply for need-based financial aid by submitting the FAFSA form

Learn more about Olin's scholarship and need-based aid programs

Late February/Early March 2021

Candidates’ Weekends 1, 2 and 3*

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Late March 2021

Admission and Financial Aid notifications mailed and posted online

May 1, 2021

National reply deadline for admitted students to select their school of choice

*Note: Candidates are invited to only one Candidates' Weekend and do not attend all three.

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