Candidates’ Weekends

Each year, we invite about 225-250 applicants from our amazingly talented pool to participate in Candidates' Weekends. 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. Applicants who wish to remain in consideration for admission must participate in this second phase of the application process. The experiences are designed to be fun, informal, and informational experiences. They are an opportunity for you to get to know us, and for us to get to know you.

What happens at a Candidates’ Weekend?

Candidates’ Weekend experiences can be held either in person or in a virtual space. You’ll meet and hear from faculty, interact with current students and alumni, experience aspects of student life, and celebrate with the community as Olin comes together for these special events. There will be both evaluative components of the program, such as an interview, as well as plenty of opportunities for Candidates to engage with our community and learn more about Olin. While the format of CW 2021 may be different than previous years, the purpose and vibe of the programs will remain true to the Olin spirit of creativity and collaboration. 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.

How are Candidates’ Weekends used by Admission?

Given concerns surrounding the global pandemic, the format of Candidates’ Weekends will likely look different this year, however the purpose of the programs will remain the same. Candidates’ Weekends are about learning more about the Candidates in the context of Olin’s unique, highly collaborative setting so that we can craft an intentional cohort of incoming students that will be cohesive but diverse. If you are invited to participate, you will be notified by the first week of February. You may come to campus for your Candidates’ Weekend experience or you may have a virtual experience, depending on health and safety concerns pertaining to COVID 19. And as safety is our first priority, there won’t be any inherent advantage or disadvantage in the admission process between students who may come to campus (if, based on guidelines from the CDC and state health officials, that is an option) and those who participate virtually. In either scenario, Candidates will be evaluated by members of the Olin community, and that information will be used by the Admission Committee to make final admission decisions.

If you have any questions about Candidates' Weekends and how they are used in our admission process, please contact us.