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Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Reviews

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  • 01/21/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 of 5

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    this college is very removed from its surroundings. barely need to go outside in order to go around the campus.

    Greek Life

    nonexistent.

    Clubs and Activities

    small college, so doesn't have many clubs. has access to babson facilities though, so the fields and rinks there can be used. encourages volunteering.

    Great for these types of students

    engineers. mathematicians. problem-solvers.

    Bang for the buck

    really expensive, but gives you $20,000 right off the bat. teachers seem enthusiastic, but i haven't attended this school yet, so i can't give an idea of how well this school operates.

    What to do for fun

    ultimate frisbeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    Food and Dining

    i haven't attended this school yet, but the cafeteria is very nice looking and there is a meal plan that lets you eat at either olin or babson (limited number of times on the babson campus).

    Dorm Life

    very small campus. students share close interests, so become friends quickly. two people to a room.

    Academic Rigor

    very high and different from standard college practice of lecture and exam. there are many projects and high student involvement.

    Tips for prospective students

    they really like first tech challenge and first robotics challenge students.

    In three sentences

    olin is for engineers who want to change the world.

  • 07/14/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 2 of 5

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    When I went to visit, the people were so nice. The people and environment were completely different from what you would expect from an engineering school.

    Will learn a lot

    I am so excited to be attending Olin in the fall. The curriculum is so different and allows for people with different learning styles to learn. I know that I am going to learn a lot.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 5

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police, RA's, and student life facility are very helpful.

    Greek Life

    none

    What to do for fun

    Sports and working out. Exploring Boston, Needham and Wellesley. Hanging out with others. Olin provides some equipment and games to students. Student organizations often have events or activities.

    Food and Dining

    Well-prepared meals. Some variety. Also options to eat at Babson or Wellesley College dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    Top notch dorms. Some compare it to hotels.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses can be very challenging and may require lots of hours of work outside of class. Many classes also require group work so students can learn to work as a team, like for projects in the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Please visit Olin before applying to see if your personality will fit well with the community. Even though Olin is very open and accepting, the approach for academics and culture may not suit everyone.

    In three sentences

    Olin has a very positive and unique environment. The college encourages students to experiment and pursue their interests by providing resources and help from faculty. Olin is also very small, so you get to know everyone quickly.

  • 11/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 of 5

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    No Greek life on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Adventurous, collaborative, entrepreneurial.

    Bang for the buck

    If you can get in, Olin gives a half-tuition scholarship to every enrolled student.

    Dorm Life

    Very nice dorms, as everything is new. Rooms are big.

    Academic Rigor

    Highly collaborative, project-based learning environment. Failure is inevitable, but you're judged on your process and not the outcome. Classes can be taken at Babson (next door) and Wellesley (a couple miles away).

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus to see if it is for you. Campus consists of exactly five buildings.

    In three sentences

    Olin is a VERY small engineering school. They are very project-oriented and have a different approach to engineering education, and are getting good results. With only approximately 350 students, there's no way people aren't going to know you.

  • 04/04/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    5 of 5

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    YET TO GO, BUT LEARNT TO BE VERY GOOD

    Clubs and Activities

    ICE SKATING

    Great for these types of students

    HARD WORKING, STUDIUS, INTELLIGENT

    What to do for fun

    ICE SKATING, LOTS OF PROJECT WORK ETC

    Food and Dining

    VERY GOOD, ANOTHER OPTION AT BABSON.

    Dorm Life

    SEEMS TO BE VERY GOOD

    Academic Rigor

    GREAT FUN, LOTS OF PROECT WORK, YOU NEED TO BE VERY HARD WORKING.

    Tips for prospective students

    A VERY GOOD COLLEGE FOR THE HARDWORKING, INTELLIGENT STUDENTS. SMALL CROWD HENCE A LOT OF ATTENTION FROM TEACHERS. SOBER CROWD HENCE LESS ISSUES. LEAST BOTHERED ABOUT DRESSING AND OTHER EXTRA ACTIVITIES. MORE OF PROJECT BASED STUDIES HENCE MORE OPEN FOR CO-OPERATIVE WORLD.

    In three sentences

    LESS CROWD - MORE ATTENTION - 9:1 TEACHER - STUDENT HARD WORKING STUDENTS CAN ACHIEVE A LOT SOBER CROWD