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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Related FAQs

Olin Class of 2024

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has created an unpredictable and challenging environment for making decisions around attending college next fallWith this in mind we are doing our best to be flexible and are available to answer any questions you, your family or our counselors might have. This FAQ is designed to provide answers to some of the questions we are fielding most frequently, but please feel free to contact us anytime at apply@olin.edu. 

Will Olin be flexible with the enrollment deadline?

Yes. While we have not moved the May 1 deadline in order to assist in future planning, we will extend the deadline for individual admitted students who need more time to consider their options for college next year. We are here to answer any questions you or your family may have. Please contact us at apply@olin.edu.

My classes will be pass/fail this spring. Will Olin rescind my offer of admission because I don’t have formal grades?

Your high school is choosing to make your courses pass/fail this spring to support the heath of you, your family and your community so that alone would not impact your admission decision. We will require a final transcript and will review them to be sure you have passed your spring courses. 

My state or school district has not re-opened or has shifted to online learning. My superintendent has indicated that seniors will graduate based on progress to date. Will Olin rescind my offer of admission?

Your high school or school district is making a decision to support the heath of you, your family and your community and in consideration of local circumstances. A decision such as this is outside your control and will not impact your admission. We will require some documentation from your high school that you have graduated according to the local requirements.  

The IB exams are cancelled and AP exams are shifting dramatically. How will these testing changes impact my offer of admission? 

We are aware of the policies enacted by the International Baccalaureate Organization and the College Board. These policy changes, namely the cancellation of IB exams through May 2020 and the shortened, at-home versions of the AP exam, will not impact your admission to Olin. 

Olin does not grant course credit or placement for AP or IB exams. Should you choose to forego the redesigned AP exam, it will not impact your course choices at Olin. If you plan to take courses at Babson or Wellesley, you may wish to consult their AP and IB credit charts to see how AP or IB exam scores may impact placement in their courses. Please visit the Babson and Wellesley pages specifically to review their credit charts.

U.S. Embassies have suspended all visa services including student visas until further notice. What does that mean for non-U.S. citizens hoping to enroll for Fall 2020 with the Class of 2024? 

A non-US citizen must have an F-1 student visa in order to enroll at a US college or university. If a visa cannot be acquired, you may request to have your admission deferred to the Class of 2025. 

The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have hit my family hard. Can you reduce my enrolment deposit? Can I appeal my financial aid offer?  

We realize that many families will be impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. To request a reduced enrollment deposit, please contact Emily Roper-Doten. To appeal your financial aid offer, please contact our Financial Aid team at finaid@olin.edu.

Olin requires physics and calculus as a condition of admission. The disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the scope of my senior year courses including calculus and physics. Will my physics and calculus still count?

We will still ask students to submit their final transcript so we can verify completion of senior year courses. As we do not offer advanced placement credit, students do not need to take AP tests. All students take the same curriculum in their first year at Olin and your preparation in physics and calculus is important to your success – in that way, doing ur best in your courses “counts.”  If your school moves to a pass/fail grading system or the content of your courses is reduced do to closures and changes in course expectations, this will not impact your enrollment decision.  

Can I take a gap year/defer my admission until this blows over? When do I have to tell you by?

Any student admitted to the Class of 2024 may defer their admission. There is a tab in your admitted student portal with information about the process of requesting a deferral.  It is helpful for us to know as soon as possible if you are thinking about taking a gap year, so if you think you might make that choice, please let us know! We have officially extended the gap year request deadline to May 1, but if you need more time to make that decision, please email us apply@olin.edu.

What is Olin’s plan for fall 2020? (Will campus be open? Will Olin’s educational model change? When will you know?) 

At this point in time, early April 2020, we hope to return to on-campus instruction when the Fall semester begins. It is important to note, however, that this public health situation continues to evolve and we cannot guarantee that local and state officials will recommend colleges and universities provide on-campus instruction in September. Should we find it necessary to keep the campus closed for Fall 2020, we will inform our entire community- including admitted students- as soon as we can. Rest assured that members of the Olin Community are following the panedic and related models closely. We are actively discussing possible scenarios for the fall. Know that we are approaching this situation, as we do everything, with characteristic Olin ingenuity, creativity and a student- and community-focus. We will also provide an update for all admitted students at the end of April, in advance of the scheduled May 1 enrollment deadline, to share our latest thinking on Fall instruction. 

If I have already deposited at Olin and later change my mind, what choices do I have? Can I get a refund on my deposit if I decide I no longer want to enroll? 

If you decide not to enroll at Olin, we will be disappointed to see you go and will refund your enrollment deposit, however, we understand that only you can determine what kind of educational experience is best for you. We encourage you to not make any hasty decisions, however, and to reach out to speak to a faculty or staff member of the Olin community to discuss your situation prior to withdrawing. The Olin community is working diligently to provide an innovative, engaging education despite any COVID-19 disruption.