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Olin College Admission Requirements

Needham, Massachusetts

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Chances of getting into Olin College of Engineering

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
16%
Admission Difficulty for Olin College of Engineering
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Very High 
How hard is it to get into Olin College and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Olin College is 16%.  It ranks #6 in Massachusetts and #39 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Olin College is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 148 out of 900 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent (SAT 1450/1570 ACT 34/35). Olin College of Engineering typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.9. Of those applicants who were admitted, 57% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Olin College of Engineering is a prized outcome for many students.

The Olin College application fee is $85 and applications are due by Jan 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Olin College of Engineering. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 58% of students submitted SAT scores and 56% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Olin College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1450-1570
Applicants Submitting SAT 
58%
SAT Scores for Olin College of Engineering
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 695
SAT Math 25th 755
SAT Composite 25th 1450
SAT Scores for Olin College of Engineering
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1570
Average SAT Score 1510

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Olin College of Engineering?

Olin College of Engineering typically prefers applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1450 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1390. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1510 out of 1600. Olin College ranks #3 in Massachusetts and #16 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 58 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Olin College of Engineering admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1570 and Above Good >27%
1510 to 1570 Avg + 16%-27%
1450 to 1510 Avg - 9%-16%
1390 to 1450 Reach 5%-9%
Less than 1390 Low <5%
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Olin College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
34-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
56%
ACT Scores for Olin College of Engineering
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
ACT Math 25th 34
ACT Composite 25th 34
ACT Scores for Olin College of Engineering
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 36
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 34

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Olin College?

Admission data indicates that Olin College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 34 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 1 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 34 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in Massachusetts and #18 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Olin College of Engineering.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Olin College of Engineering admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
35 and Above Good >41%
34 to 35 Avg + 16%-41%
34 to 34 Avg - 16%-16%
34 to 34 Reach 16%-16%
Less than 34 Low <16%
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Olin College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.9
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Olin College of Engineering?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Olin College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Olin College of Engineering was 3.9 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #9 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Olin College is a very selective school.

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GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

Olin College of Engineering admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 235 665 900
Accepted 76 72 148
Acceptance Rate 32% 11% 16%
Enrolled 35 49 84
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 46% 68% 57%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
32

Applicants have 32 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Olin College of Engineering is $85.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Olin College of Engineering and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Olin College of Engineering Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Olin College of Engineering
AP Credit No
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=441982 IPEDS survey data for Olin College of Engineering.

FAQs

Does Olin College of Engineering prefer SAT or ACT?

58% of students submit their SAT scores to Olin College. 56% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Olin College of Engineering?

16% of those who apply are granted admission to Olin College. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Olin College of Engineering?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1450 and 1570. 58% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Olin College of Engineering?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 34 and 35. 56% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.